I love a beautiful Christmas tree. And I think snowy white flocked Christmas trees are the most beautiful Christmas trees of all.
Last year I got brave and flocked my own tree. And it turned out sooo beautiful. For those that don’t know, flocked Christmas trees are those beautiful snowy trees. Not the trees with white plastic needles, the ones that look like they have snow crystals all over them. They can be all white or they can have just a ‘dusting’ of snow, but either way they are gorgeous.
I wanted one of those beautiful trees so bad, but I couldn’t justify buying a whole new (expensive) tree when I had a perfectly good artificial tree already. So I did what I always do in those situations – I figured out how to get what I wanted by doing it myself for way less.
And it worked! If you haven’t read about my flocking process, you can check out the full tutorial here. But suffice it to say, my DIY flocked Christmas tree looked amazing. The flocking made the whole tree look fuller, more realistic, and more beautiful.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten tons of questions about my tree and how it is holding up. So today I am going to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of flocking your Christmas tree.
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Where did you get the flocking?
Lots of people have asked where I got the flocking I used and while I updated my original post to include this information, I am going to include it here too for those who missed it.
There are several ways to get a gorgeous flocked tree. You can buy one that is already flocked. You can have your tree flocked at some Christmas tree lots or florists. Or you can do it yourself like I did. Most professional flockers use a fancy machine to spray the ‘snow’ on but you can do it yourself without one of those.
Last year, when I decided to flock my tree, I looked into all kinds of ways to get a pretty snowy tree. Some people use spray snow or white paint. Some people stick cotton batting in their tree or make their own flocking mixture with glue and glitter and paint. All of these could be great options, but I couldn’t find a single picture of a tree that truly looked snowy that wasn’t done with proper flocking. So I decided to get the real stuff.
I did my research and purchased a five pound box of Sno Flock from Amazon. This is the good stuff and I can personally vouch for it. Last year, I used roughly half of a 5 lb box to lightly flock my 7.5 foot tree.
How messy is it?
To be honest it is pretty messy. Verging on really messy.
The process of flocking the tree is quite messy and I would definitely recommend doing it outside or in a basement or garage where a bit of mess isn’t such a problem. Damp flocking will stick to the both you and the floor as you are flocking your tree. It isn’t a big deal to clean up though. Just throw your clothes in the laundry and use a stiff broom to scrape up the flocking on the floor.
Unfortunately, it continues to be messy any time you move the tree including when you move it into the house, when you decorate it, when you jostle branches, etc. The flocking will flake off and land on the floor. But since it is now dry, it will basically be like white dust falling off the tree. It is very easy to clean up with a broom or vacuum and once the tree is decorated and just hanging out in the corner, it will stay fairly neat.
How has it held up?
As I mentioned, the tree does shed some of its snow whenever it is moved or jostled so it will gradually become less and less snowy.
We are very fortunate to have a large basement so for the last few years, we have moved our entire tree to the basement without disassembling it. (We did this even before I flocked the tree.) This is the best time saver ever and if you have extra room in your basement, garage, closets, etc. I highly recommend it. We just throw some old sheets over our tree to keep the dust off and then bring it back upstairs the next winter. Because of this, I cant say for sure how much snow would be lost in disassembling and reassembling the tree each year. I would imagine quite a lot – maybe half, maybe a little more. I doubt all of the snow would fall off though. And what did fall off, could be easily cleaned up as you pack away the tree.
Even without packing our tree into a tiny box, we did lose some snow between decorating it, undecorating it, and then moving it to the basement. I would say we lost 1/4 to 1/3 of the flocking I had originally added.
Obviously these two pictures aren’t showing the exact same branch, but you get the idea. After a year of use and then storage, it was looking a little ragged.
So this year before I brought it back upstairs, I added more. I still had plenty of flocking powder left over from last year so I pulled it back out and added more all over the tree and I still have maybe 1/4 of the 5 lb box left. Adding extra flocking probably took 30 – 45 minutes.
As you can see, I added more flocking this time than I did originally. I wanted it to look even snowier, plus I knew that some of the snow was going to fall off. This time, I got a tip from the sellers of the flock to add a little white school glue to my water to help it stick better so I tried that. So far I can’t really tell if it helped the flocking stick better.
This is the mess that was created putting on the lights this year. (I sadly didn’t realize I should have just left the lights on when I undecorated last year until it was too late!) I love Christmas lights so there are seven strands of lights on there wrapped around each individual branch. If you just add a string or two, the mess will not be nearly this big. Also, this mess was definitely helped by my two year old who thought shaking the tree to watch the snow was really fun.
Is it safe for pets?
I have been asked this quite a lot – good for you conscientious pet owners! I do not have any pets, so I can’t say for sure. I do know that the flocking says it is biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and nontoxic. It also says they recommend wearing a dust mask when applying it and that it should not be used by people that are allergic to trees or corn. (Yeah, I don’t know. That’s just what it said.)
Personally, I would probably skip it if you think your pet may try to eat it. Also, if you are worried about your pet tracking flocking powder all over the house, that could also be a problem.
Can you also do this on real trees?
You can use this on real or fake trees as well as wreaths, garlands, Christmas villages, etc. It would actually probably stick better to a real tree as their needles are not as smooth and slick as fake ones.
Was it worth it?
Despite the messiness and the fact I needed to refresh my tree this year, it was 100% worth it to me. I think it turned a perfectly ordinary fake tree into an extraordinarily beautiful one. It was easy to do and fairly inexpensive. The mess is kind of a pain but is easy to clean up. And I love the way it looks all beautiful and snowy. I am debating flocking some garland or a wreath this year as well, but that totally depends on time!
This photo is of our Christmas decorations from last year.
Update: you can see new pictures of the tree all decorated as well as the rest of this year’s Christmas home tour right here.
Have any flocking questions that I didn’t answer? Leave them in the comments or email me and I’ll get back to you.