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How to Flock a Christmas Tree

Flocking artificial Christmas trees is an excellent way of bringing the beauty of snowfall to your home. When done the right way, flocking can make your tree look like itís been showered with real snow!

Although you can easily buy flocked Christmas trees from a Christmas tree store, DIYs can be fun. Hereís how to recreate the beauty of a winter wonderland right on your tree:

Flocking Materials

2/3 cups liquid starch
Soap flakes (about 2 cups)
Warm water Food coloring (blue)

First, combine the liquid starch and flakes in a mixing bowl. Add a tablespoon of water at a time and mix until the flocking is thick and forms peaks. Put a drop or two of the food coloring until you get a glossy white color that resembles that of snow.

Safety

Before you start flocking your tree, itís important to take some safety precautions. Fumes from the flocking spray (if youíre using a ready-made one) may block nasal passages, so wear a face mask and safety glasses for your eyes before spraying or painting your tree. Itís also a good idea to use gloves and apron to prevent the flocking spray or mixture from staining your hands and clothes.

Do the flocking outside of the house, preferably in a wide open space to keep the fumes and mess at bay. Place your Christmas tree on a tree stand and station it on a flat surface for stability. Remove any accessories or ornaments on your tree before you start flocking.

Flocking the Tree

Flock the tree as heavy or as light as you like, but for a more realistic presentation, look for pictures of snow-covered real trees and make them your inspiration for this project.

Start flocking your tree from the very top and work your way down. With this technique, there will be less work for you to do as residual flocking will fall on the lower branches of your tree.

To achieve a natural flocked look, paint only the outer tops of branches using light even, strokes. Coat your tree lightly with the flocking spray or mixture and add more when necessary. Let the flocking dry completely on your tree before bringing it indoors and adorning it with lights and colorful ornaments.

Flocking an artificial Christmas tree is a fun DIY with immediate satisfaction! Make sure to flock your tree outside in a well-ventilated area and wear protective clothing, so that the activity is both fun and safe. After the tree is dry, set it up and decorate it and youíll have a beautiful, snow-covered tree for the season!

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