How to Flock an Artificial Christmas tree

How to Flock an Artificial Christmas tree
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From all the ways you could decorate your house and Christmas tree, none screams true winter Christmas as loud as a white flocked Christmas tree.

You can definitely go the easy way and get right from the beginning a white Christmas tree, but what if it’s a colorful Christmas tree you want next year? On the other hand, why not doing it yourself and flock your Christmas tree exactly how you want it?

The easy way- the white spray paint

This is by far the easiest way to flock an artificial Christmas tree. You should avoid it though on a pre-lit Christmas tree (more at Verycozyhome) or decorating your unlit tree with the winter lights.

Easy to do and so convenient, the white spray paint gives a great glow to your tree and 3 to 6 cans of white spray should be enough for most sizes of trees out there. For the extra-special effects, you may also use some food coloring or glitter when you’re done with the white spray paint.

The more branches your tree has, the more is going to take you to finish, and it also depends on how fast you work. Allow your newly spray-painted tree to dry for 8 hours or so before you can proudly install it in the living room.

As the spray-painted flock may catch dust in the air, it’s always a good thing to dust off the flocked Christmas tree before storing it.

Keep in mind to also check the warranty coverage of your tree before starting the flocking. Some solutions (homemade snow, for instance) may void the warranty so you do need to play it safe.

Another way- a good home made mixture

The best part about flocking your Christmas tree at home is that you can do it as much/less as you want. It’s up to you to decide how white your Christmas tree is going to be and this is why so many of us would rather do it home and not get a white Christmas tree off the shelf.

Whether you go with some soap flakes or shaving cream, the most important thing is for you to like the results and to get a perfect looking Christmas tree!

Here’s what you need for this mixture:

  • 3 cups foam shaving cream
  • 1 cup glue (Elmer’s All Purpose is a popular one)
  • 1 table spoon Corn starch

Twelve batches of the mixture should be enough for a 7.5ft. tree, if you’re flocking each branch.

  1. Step 1

Mix all the ingredients we mentioned with a stand mixture. Take your time and mix it for a couple of minutes. You’re done when the stiff peaks form.

  1. Step 2

For the application, it’s always better to start from the bottom of your tree. It’s easier to start with the bottom third first, then put on the second tier to flock and finish with the top on.

Be meticulous and flock carefully every branch, if you want the best results. You simply fill your palms with the fluffy mixture and apply it smoothly into each branch.

The tips:

  • Always wear gloves when applying the mixture. You’re going end up all injured with some little cuts if not wearing protection
  • Don’t hurry up. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the next 4-5 hours until you’re all done with the whole tree
  1. Step 3

We come back to the patience again as you need to let the flock to dry for at least 24 hours. Make sure you’re not doing it on 23 December as you may start the Christmas dinner without actually having the tree inside.

The tree is going to look a bit spongy, but nice and definitely not crusty. If you plan to move it, keep in mind that it flakes off. You may very well add all the ornaments as planned, but you only need to be cautious while doing it.

  1. Step 4

This step is only necessary if you have a pre-lit Christmas tree. You may tape off each light with painters tape, but…it’s gonna take forever to do it.

You may also flock over the lights and be done with it. It shouldn’t be difficult to add more lights after the flocking, leaving the flocked ones unplugged.

The bonus

You may also try a non-toxic snow that is permanent, like Bonding Flock. You don’t need any adhesive for it as it’s self-adhesive flocking material. This means it simply stick when you apply water to the flocking process.

Bending Flock is non-toxic, flame-retardant, shake proof, biodegradable, rain and fog resistant. Basically, it’s safe and environmentally friendly.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Lay out a large garage with some brown builder’s paper where you’re going to dry your branches
  • Use a dust mask and begin by misting a branch with plain old water
  • Apply the bonding flock with a shifter on the wet branch
  • Wait for 6-24 hours until it dries completely

The conclusions

There are many options to try on an artificial Christmas tree when it comes to flocking and it’s only you, considering the time and skills, to decide which one works the best for you.