Merry Christmas Friends! I’m so excited that it’s finally Christmas time. I’ve been wanting to put up the tree for weeks but guilt, peer pressure and time have all kept me on the Fall season/Thanksgiving path. Well yippy skippy – no more! The day after Thanksgiving I flocked my tree and flocked it myself. It was super easy. So if I can do it, you can too!
A DIY Flocked Christmas Tree
First a little back history as to why I decided to finally flock. Year before last we begged and basically drove the Mister crazy until he caved and got us a real tree. I picked out my fave; a Noble Fir. Cue the music… it was just so pretty and green, so luscious, so soft and it came with it’s own unique fresh forest smell. And of course it was just the right amount of plumpness and height. We loved it! Okay, music off.
We hadn’t had a real tree in years and years so I needed to purchase a tree stand. The tree was 9 foot so I bought the 8-9 foot tree stand and added the special ingredient packet to keep it as healthy as possible. Yeah, no. It didn’t work as planned.
Two weeks later and out of the blue, it fell over! It crashed to the ground and so did the ornaments I’d been collecting for 25 years. I couldn’t even blame one of the three dogs. We just stood there with our mouths open not able to move for fear of stepping on glass. It was awful.
Well we cleaned it up, propped it up and poofed up what ornaments we had left. It didn’t look so bad. A week later we were getting ready for a party and the tree fell over again!!! By now the Mister was turning into Ebeneezer and the Grinch rolled into one. And I was riding along with him in the side car! I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe it.
So after all that, the Mister hasn’t been keen on getting another real Christmas tree. I’ll have to wait a few more years until he’s forgotten about the “Catastrophic Real Tree Fail x 2” before asking for another.
Now you know why I flocked our tree. The one I’ve threatened to throw to the curb for like 5 years now. The one that is so scratchy and itchy it gives us all hives when we put it together and the one that is so dusty you might think it was already flocked but isn’t.
Drum roll please, cue the music again and call Mr. Kringle because it looks fabulous now! I haven’t found new ornaments yet but will do my best to dress her up but for now, I love it. I’ll put the lights on after it sits 24 hours to dry and will show you the final tree next week because I’ve joined a few friends for a blog hop showing off our wonderful Christmas trees.
11 Hints to make this a smooth DIY project:
1. Do it outside if possible. It’s messy and even if you think you can cover the floor and other furniture, it will still get a powdery dust on everything.
2. We used a piece of cardboard so we could crimp it in the middle and “catch” the wasted snow and pour it back into the box for reuse. This worked really well. Our tree is 9-1/2 foot tall with about a 6 foot circumference and I used the entire box adding more at the end just to use it up.
3. I did each branch individually. You certainly don’t have to do this but it will make it easier for sure.
4. Use a very large spray bottle. I used a small one and was having to go back and forth to the sink about every 2 limbs. Ugh.
5. It will get on your fingers and arms but no worries, it washes right off.
6. I suggest spraying the limb on both sides, sift the snow on the top side then spray the snow again. Then sift again and spray lightly one more time for a good adhesion. No need to sift snow on the bottom side. It’s not realistic to have snow attached to the underside of limbs. 😉
7. Add the limbs to the base as soon as you’ve added the snow. Basically, start assembling the tree.
8. Step back and look at it several times to check consistency.
9. Clean yourself up as soon as you’re done. It’s just easier that way.
10. I would have gone way heavier on the snow but I only purchased one 5 pound box. It’s enough to do the entire tree for sure but I wanted mine to look like the Texas Snow storm of 1980 so I’ll probably do another box on it next year.
11. I also wanted it to look like it had clumps of fallen snow like it had piled on. For that I still sprayed it but used my fingers.
Voila – A DIY Flocked Christmas Tree!
Send me a picture of your flocked tree if you try this. It’s really a easy way to flock your Christmas tree AND it even brings new life to an old worn out itchy scratchy tree too!