Get your cozy, wintery Christmas fix by learning how to flock a Christmas tree the easy way! Seriously, so simple and so much cheaper than buying a new, flocked tree. Turn your winter wonderland wishes into a reality with a great DIY solution!
I seriously love the flocked Christmas tree look. A couple years ago I replaced the small tree in our living room with a flocked Christmas tree and it’s just gorgeous. I adore the snowy, wintery look – especially since it rarely looks like that outside here in Alabama.
There’s nothing sweeter than cozying up on the couch next to the fire, with the Christmas twinkly lights and the look of snow on the tree. Just magical, if you ask me!
Up until last year I have been perfectly happy with our artificial 9-foot slim yuletide pine tree in our dining room in the front window. It’s the perfect size for the room and looks great!
But sometime this fall I started dreaming of a flocked tree in the front window. There’s just something about the vintage look or the rustic charm of the snowy branches. So, I started shopping. But I couldn’t justify purchasing a new tree when we had a perfectly good tree!
Enter the DIY solution. Duh! I really think my love for DIY comes from the fact that I want what I want and will figure out a way to have it even when my budget is limited (or it doesn’t make any sense to get rid of a perfect good tree). LOL
I discovered this awesome DIY flocking powder from a fellow blogger who had used in it her home. I was sold! I ordered the 5 lbs. box of the powder, since my tree is 9 feet tall, and anxiously awaited the 2 days for it to arrive.
I was a little nervous about how messy it would be, but it turns out that it was fine! I’ll walk you through the process. But don’t be intimidated. It’s seriously super easy and would be hard to mess it up!
Tools you need to Flock a Christmas Tree
- SnoFlock Decorative Snow Flocking Powder (I bought the 5 lbs. box for my 9 foot tree and used a little more than half of it.)
- Kitchen Strainer
- Large Spray Bottle (filled with water)
- Drop Cloth (or other protective cover)
How to Flock a Christmas Tree
Step 1. Set up your tree. You will want to decide if you want to flock your tree while it’s put up or still in pieces. And you’ll want to designate a place where you can put down a drop cloth. I did mine in my dining room with a drop cloth on the floor, but you may want to do yours in a garage or basement.
I chose to flock my Christmas tree from the bottom up as I was putting it together. This allowed me to get the flocking powder in the middle of the tree and throughout all of the branches. I wanted a full flocked tree. But if you just want to flock the outside edges of your tree, then you can probably just put the whole thing together and then start working.
Step 2. Gather your supplies. Fill the water bottle with water and grab your strainer & flocking powder!
Step 3. Liberally mist a section of the tree with water from your spray bottle.
Step 4. Fill your strainer half full with flocking powder and gentle shake it over the wet section of the tree. The instructions suggest spray the powder as it falls on the tree, but I didn’t do that. I just sprayed the tree and let the powder fall on it. Just be careful not to spray your sifter, if you do try that! 😊
Step 5. Disperse the “IceFlakes”. There will be some “pre-mixed IceFlakes” left behind in the sifter. They are just shiny pieces that can be added to the tree. I just sprinkled them around. Or if you don’t want those on your tree, just dispose of them.
Step 6. Liberally mist the flocking powder again until it is well saturated, but not dripping wet. I didn’t test this out, I just sprayed it a bunch and saw that it was fluffing up and moved on to the next section.
Step 7. Repeat until complete!
Step 8. Allow the flocking to dry completely before adding lights or decorating. I applied the powder at night and it seemed completely dry by the next morning, but I’d let it sit for 24 hours just to be safe.
And that’s it! Your newly flocked tree is now gorgeous and ready to look beautiful in your home all season long!
A Few Frequently Asked Questions about How to Flock a Christmas Tree:
Q: Is It Messy?
A. While the process of flocking the tree is messy, it’s not terrible. I put a drop cloth under it and it worked great! A tiny bit of fine dust got on the floor, but it came up with a damp cleaning cloth. And once it’s dry, it’s really stuck on there. I moved it off of the drop cloth and hardly anything came off of it. I imagine more will shed as I decorate it, but it seems to adhere very well.
Q: Does it look like a store-bought flocked tree?
A: I think it looks pretty darn close. The only thing that I wish could be better is that the flocking powder adheres really well to the top of the branches, but it’s hard to get it on the bottom of the branches. Looking from the top of the tree down, it looks covered, but looking directly at the tree, it’s a lot less white. My flocked tree from the store has flocking under the branches as well. When I take it down at the end of the season, I might turn each section upside down and flock the underneath side. 😊
Q: Is it safe?
A: In the official instructions that came with the powder, they recommend using a dust mask, gloves and eye protection, although the product is non-toxic and naturally sourced. I didn’t feel the need to use these safety products and it seemed perfectly fine without them. But please use your own judgement.
Let me know if you have any additional questions and I will do my best to answer them.
I absolutely LOVED this product and the results for the price. It’s super pretty and took just a couple hours to give me the look I was going for – at a MUCH cheaper price than buying a new tree. It’s also immensely satisfying to sit there and watch the branches go from regular green to snowy white. So pretty!