A well-flocked Christmas tree looks like there’s just been a light fall of snow, and it’s frozen in place, frozen in time. But how do you flock a Christmas tree at home?
There are lots of ideas on how to flock a tree. Some use household items, some use craft items and some use purchased flock. Have a look at what ingredients you like the sound of, and then see the tutorial.
Whatever project you choose, the flocking doesn’t need to be perfectly applied. When you look at snow on a tree, it’s not evenly applied, so yours doesn’t need to be either.
The only common ingredient among all of these methods is that it can get quite messy.
- Do your flocking outside or in your garage or basement.
- Place your tree on a drop sheet before working on it.
- Cover everything in the area around the tree unless you want it flocked too.
- Wear rubber gloves.
- Consider wearing a face mask.
- Allow your flocked tree to dry completely before taking it inside.
How To Flock Your Christmas Tree With Coconut And Starch
- 1-pound unsweetened desiccated coconut (It needs to be unsweetened; you don’t want to attract bugs)
- 2 cups of liquid starch
- Gradually mix the cornstarch into the coconut.
- Apply to the tree.
- Allow to dry.
- This mixture can be cleaned off or vacuumed if you change your mind.
How To Flock A Christmas Tree With Ivory Soap
- 2 Bars of ivory soap
- Electric mixer
- Grate the soap into the bowl.
- Add a little water.
- Whip with the mixer until you have the consistency of beaten egg whites.
- Add more water if you need to.
- Using your gloves, put it on the tree branches bit by bit. Put some in your hand and run over the branch through your fingers.
- If it dries out, add some water and beat it again.
- The flocking needs to dry for at least 24 hours.
How To Flock Your Christmas Tree With Paint And Popcorn Patch Spray
- White spray paint
- Popcorn patch spray Recommended to be used in temperatures of 68 to 72 degrees
- Artificial snowflakes
- Spray the tree with a coat of white paint.
- Shake the popcorn spray vigorously for at least a minute.
- Spray the popcorn spray onto the tree. Experiment with it; the harder you press the button, the finer the spray will be.
- While the paint is wet, sprinkle the snowflakes on.
- Allow to dry.
How To Flock A Christmas Tree With Spray Paint
- Acrylic paint
- Spray mist bottle – one that can spray a fine spray
- Ladder, if needed
- White wall texture spray (optional)
- Mix 3 parts of paint to 1 part water
- Using your gloves, start spraying at the top of the tree and work your way down. It doesn’t need to be even; real snow doesn’t fall evenly.
- If you want a “blizzard” effect, spray a can of texture spray on the tree.
- Allow the flocking to dry. It’ll take at least 24 hours, depending on how much flocking is on the tree.
How To Flock Your Christmas Tree With Store-Bought Snow Flock
- Pour some flock into the sifter.
- Shake the sifter over a branch; as the flock falls, spray it with water.
- Sprinkle some mica for a silvery dusting. Be careful with mica powder; it goes everywhere.
- Allow to dry.