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How to Flock a Christmas Tree

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

Before anything else, though, check the warranty coverage of your tree. Flocking trees from Christmas Tree Market voids all warranty privileges, so check if your tree is suitable for flocking. Once you find everything in order, you can then enjoy flocking your Christmas tree!

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Although you can easily buy flocked Christmas trees from a Christmas tree store, DIY can be fun. Here's 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.

SAFETYBefore you start flocking your tree, it's important to take some safety precautions. Fumes from the flocking spray (if you're 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. It's also a good idea to use gloves and an apron to prevent the flocking spray or mixture from staining your hands and clothes.

Do the flocking outside 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.

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FLOCKING THE TREEFlock the tree as heavily or as lightly as you like, but for a more realistic effect, look for pictures of real snow-covered trees and use them as 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 on your tree dry completely before bringing it indoors and adorning it with lights and colorful ornaments.

Flocking an artificial Christmas tree is a fun DIY project that gives 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, decorate it, and you'll have a beautiful, snow-covered tree for the season!

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