How to make flocking for christmas tree


5 Minute DIY Snow Flocking: Best Easy $1 Recipe

Best $1 DIY snow flocking to make beautiful flocked Christmas trees, branches, & farmhouse decorations. Easy winter crafts for kids & family!

Do you love snowy Christmas trees and decorations? I am beyond excited to share with you my new favorite DIY! No need to buy snow flocking spray or powder, this super easy homemade fake snow flocking is non toxic, low cost, durable, and gorgeous! 

You can use it to create snow flocked Christmas trees, branches, garlands, wreaths, etc. In fact, it is so much fun you will want to flock everything in your home! 🙂

This is such a great winter craft for kids and family, and a beautiful way to create a beautiful snowy winter wonderland and snow flocked Christmas decorations.

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This method is MUCH easier and faster than the common ivory soap snow flocking recipes. You don’t need liquid starch, or shaving cream, or electric mixer. Just one ingredient and some water is all you need! 

Check out the video tutorial or skip to written tutorial below!

Materials to make DIY snow flocking for Christmas trees & decorations

  • Here’s our magical ingredient: white soap bars! You can get 3 oz or 4 oz white soap bars for less than $1 a piece. 
  • You will also need a box grater or a cheese grater, a whisk or a fork, and a bowl to mix the fake snow.
  • NOTE: this recipe works best on real trees and branches. To flock artificial Christmas trees and fake branches, this SnoFlock mix is a better option because of the stronger adhesives.

How much flocking do you need? You will need 5 to 10 soap bars to flock a Christmas tree around 5 feet tall, depending on how dense the tree is and how snowy you want the tree to look.

Choose soap bars with very little fragrance. You can also add a few drops of pine or fir essential oil , or winter fragrance oils to the mixture for an extra Christmas smell!

Step 1: grate the white soap bars 

We will be using the small prickly side of the grater to make some snow-like soap powder from our white soap bars.

Just rub the soap bar against the spikes on the box grater or cheese grater, the soap powder will fall right off, into a tray below. 

A 3 oz or 4 oz soap bar will yield over a cup of grated soap powder that resemble finely grated parmigiana cheese. 

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Step 2: mix the homemade snow flocking

It’s a good idea to mix the fake snow in small 1/2 to 1 cup batches right before you are ready to flock your Christmas tree or other decorations. 

A little bit goes a long way and it only takes a couple of minutes to mix a batch of snow flocking. 

Mix 1  cup of soap powder with about 1 cup of water in a bowl. You don’t need to use hot water, room temperature water works great. You can also add a few drops of pine or fir essential oil , or winter fragrance oils to the mixture to make it smell like Christmas!

Whisk the mixture for a minute until it looks and feels like thick whipped cream. If the mixture feels too dense like butter, add a little more water. 

If it’s too watery like batter, add a little more grated soap powder. You would rather have the mixture on the thicker side, because the “snow” will dry in a brighter shade of white.

How to use DIY snow flocking.

Take a handful of the “whipped cream ” snow flocking mixture, and rub it onto your Christmas tree, etc. It works great on fake or real Christmas trees and branches. 

The snow flocking will take a few hours to dry, so be patient and wait to decorate your snow flocked Christmas tree! You can also sprinkle some glitter before the faux snow dries to give it some extra sparkle.

This was so easy and fun that I ended up flocking some branches, a tabletop Christmas tree I made with real branches (tutorial coming soon), and some real red berries! 

All these ( branches, Christmas tree and berries ) took less than 1/4 of a 3 oz soap bar.

Best ways to make snowy pine cones.

Some types of pine cones have more porous surface than others. I find that it is much better to use methods in this tutorial when you are using more absorbent pine cones – 3 best ways to make snow covered pine cones.

How long can you store homemade fake snow mixture.

If you have extra snow flock mixture left over, you can keep it in a covered container for a few days. 

The mixture will harden slightly, just add a tiny bit of water and whisk thoroughly before each use if that happens. 

How to Flock a Christmas Tree

The holidays have rolled around and you’ve made the annual trip to the local Christmas tree farm or ventured to the basement to dig up the faux evergreen, and your Tannenbaum is ready for its moment in the tinsel-trimmed spotlight. There’s nothing that will make your fir beauty dazzle like a frosted flourish. While we can’t summon Mother Nature to top it off with fresh snow dusting, there’s an easy—and elegant—way to add that magical touch (sans ice and snow): Flock it!

Flocking, which is the process of covering a bare tree in white synthetic powder, gives the illusion of a fresh snow dusting while retaining the tree’s natural charm, at one third the price of a store-bought tree that has been preflocked. “A new trend is that a lot of people are having their trees flocked purple, orange, pink, black, and royal blue rather than just the traditional white,” adds Natalie Sare, who offers professional tree flocking services at her California-based Santa’s Tree Farm and Village.

Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or looking to dial up the color on your (to-be) evergreen disco ball, we’ve gone to the pros who’ve seen it all, from gloopy faux snow disasters to an indoor winter wonderland you didn’t intend. If you want to learn how to do it right the first time, here’s everything you need to know about flocking.

Methods of Flocking

While some people go as far as to use soap shavings, shaving cream, and even coconut to flock their trees, the most popular options are 1) flocking kits, 2) flocking sprays, or 3) self-adhesive flocking powder. All three are recommended for easy application. Two and a half to three pounds of flocking should be enough for a standard size tree. Additional items you might want are a tarp or drop cloth to protect your floors, goggles and gloves, as well as a spray bottle and a sifter (a small and a large allow for added precision).

Flocking Powder

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Flocking Kit

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General Precautions

“Flocking a tree is a messy process, so be sure to protect the floor around the area where you’re working,” says Carrie Spalding of Lovely Etc., noting that a tarp or drop cloth can protect your floors. “Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dusty, as well as protective gear (goggles, gloves, a mask).” She also recommends working in a well-ventilated area such as a garage or outdoors to avoid breathing and ingesting the powder or spray, as some may contain fire-retardant chemicals.

How to Flock a Christmas Tree

Kim Morgan of Tidbits & Twine in the process of flocking her Christmas tree.

Kim Morgan

Regardless of which flocking method you choose (flocking kit, flocking spray, or flocking powder), there are some general tips we suggest you follow to ensure that your tree turns out the way you want it.

  1. Allow yourself at least three hours to fully flock your tree.
  2. If you are using flocking powder, mist the tree with water. This will allow the powder to stick to the tree. Add flocking powder through a sifter, filling it no more than half full to keep the powder from falling over the sides of your sifter and creating clumps.
  3. Begin sprinkling the sifter. Work your way from top to bottom when applying the flocking, and work only on one section of the tree at a time. Start from the tips of the branches and work your way inward. “Shake up and down, not left and right, to help keep the powder from falling over the sides of the sifter,” advises Tidbits & Twine’s Kim Morgan. “Also, use your dominant hand for sifting so that you are more precise with your movements.”
  4. Apply additional layers (as opposed to dumping a lot on all at once). This will make the flocking appear fuller. For added precision, come in with a smaller sifter to reach inner areas and touch up specific spots.
  5. Don’t get too obsessive. You can have your tree flocked lightly, showing a little green to reflect freshly fallen snow, or have it flocked heavily, to get more of a post–heavy snow storm effect. “Be sure to put your type A personality in check,” says Morgan. “Remember that you’re trying to mimic nature, so not every branch has to be perfect.”
  6. Add some dazzle. Before the flocking powder dries, you can add mica powder or glitter for a glistening effect.
  7. Let it dry. Allow the tree eight hours to three days to dry (depending on the amount of flocking). Simply touch the flocking to determine if it is dry or not.
  8. Reapply as needed. The flocking can be touched up year after year for a customizable finish.

    Pros and Cons of Flocking a Christmas Tree

    “The biggest con to flocking your own tree is that it can be messy,” Spalding says. “The tree will lightly shed some of the flocking whenever you take it down and bring it back out. But for me, a little mess is worth it.” Saving hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars for a preflocked tree can make the mess a bit more bearable. By flocking a tree yourself, you also have the option to use a real pine tree as opposed to an artificial version.

    Another plus is that flocking extends the length of time in which you can display your tree. “Some people are keeping their flocked trees up beyond January and even through February,” says Sare. “And flocked trees have less needle drop when the tree is removed from the home or building after display. ” Plus, as Spalding notes, “Once you have the necessary materials, you can also flock wreaths, garlands, mini trees, and anything else you want.” So go ahead, fellow Christmas fanatics, flock away!

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    Rachel Silva, the Assistant Digital Editor at ELLE DECOR, covers design, architecture, trends, and anything to do with haute couture. She has previously written for Time, The Wall Street Journal, and Citywire.

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    Manual floccators. Flocking. Flocking machine.: 2019

    Many years ago, in 2008, the growth of flocking technology began in Russia. It was associated primarily with the emergence of such a direction as auto flock tuning.

    As many copies as were broken in this direction in various groups, forums and social networks, perhaps, no single direction can, and cannot, break. Alteration of car interiors with flock is popular to this day. In smaller quantities, however, the industry has not degraded, but has become streamlined.

    Flocking of covers of books and magazines, notebooks and booklets was also the most important direction in flocking. There is a certain revival in gift products here. Not even a revival, but the main direction in the flocking of printing was gift copies of books, notebooks, calendars, etc. However, advertising projects were cut in 2014, and their revival has not yet been observed. The rare exceptions from big brands like Nike don't change the picture. Advertising on polygraphy using flock is too expensive.

    Returning to the topic of the article, we will briefly answer that flocking technology is being transformed. Following Europe, we are moving towards the enlargement of everything and everyone. Only and everything. Reformatting approaches to work, including flocking technology, dictates its own rules. And there is nowhere to go from this.

    What directions are the most attractive now? Where is flocking mostly used? These questions have always been relevant. And 15 years ago and now. In short: there are no most attractive destinations; and there are no mainstreams either. There are so many of these areas that you can spend a year listing them. Therefore, in this article, based on our experience, we will talk about the most interesting tasks from our point of view, which flocking copes with better than any other technology. And you yourself will determine whether the flocking has degraded or not.

    It should be noted that recently the appearance of new directions in flocking surprises even us. Bath flocking, as an example. No, not the side where the water is poured, but the reverse side. The idea belongs to one of our clients. With his permission, we describe the meaning and advantages of this use of flock.
    So, bath. The white and beautiful surface obviously does not need any alteration and improvement. However, there is a downside, which is usually covered in an apartment with a screen, tiles, and other types of decorations. At the same time, access to communications is difficult, and space is also lost. And such an unusual phenomenon for us is not fashionable, like, this. Putting such a bath in the center of the room is completely problematic.

    But if the bath is covered with flock from the outside, then there is no need for screens and other shelters that hide the unsightly side. It's practical, it's aesthetic, and it's beautifully designed.
    A special flocking method has been developed using a pneumatic flocker for a sufficiently large surface. The method of applying glue was worked out, the type of glue resistant to water was chosen (this type of glue is used for anti-fouling coating of boats, yachts and other ships) and a flock was selected for this surface. And one important point that remained a secret for us, and this moment our client did not disclose to us, his full right. Antibacterial and antifungal coating. Since our company did not develop a special coating for our client, but he did it himself, this remained his secret, and we consider this the right approach to work. "Yes, please flock, flock tubs like me, but they won't be like mine, because you won't know what I put in the glue to keep the fluffy tub from getting moldy in high humidity."

    There have been previous attempts to flock some elements of saunas. But there, drying and disinfection occurs constantly, as required by operating conditions. An ordinary home bath should be put in order in simple ways, otherwise it will alienate customers. Caring for a fleecy surface should not be difficult, but it is better to be completely absent. This was eventually achieved and led to a new direction in flocking technology.

    Maybe it's not new at all, who knows? But for us it was new and surprising enough. From the very idea to its realization and application.

    Next, let's talk about foam. The colossal number of milling machines that were launched in Russia could not but lead to increased competition. And competition has led to an increase in the use of flocking. Foam materials such as polystyrene, expanded polystyrene, polyurethane foam are molded, cut on milling machines, glued and .... flocked. Boxes for everything, lodgments, boxes, tabs, figures of animals and birds, various decorative, Christmas decorations, chess and other figures, you can’t list everything. This is massive and this is relatively new for the Russian market. Flocking of foam materials has been known for a long time, but in our realities it remained something exotic. Not anymore.

    Flocking furniture has been known for a long time. A flocked box for personal belongings, flocked, of course, looks both more beautiful and more practical. You can put your phone there and not scratch it, it does not rattle, you can store watches and other valuables there. It's comfortable. Pasting the boxes with cloth has ceased to be interesting. Flocking, after working out methods of surface preparation, priming and painting various types of wood, MDF, plywood, etc., turned out to be both practical and more pleasant. In addition, it suddenly became popular. And it is no longer possible to influence this, many people like it, and therefore the boxes in all kinds of furniture elements are flocked more and more often.

    Summing up, we can say one thing. We have to delve into new directions and study them as deeply as paper flocking and car flocking were once studied. New types of adhesives, new methods of applying flock - all this is the development of flocking technology. The withering away of any directions is not degradation, provided that new directions appear. And we want you to find yours.

    In the future we will try to tell more about the trends in flocking technology, to keep you informed.

    Ideas for decoration using artificial snow from Winter Story designers

    New Year's celebrations take us to the magical, delightful, inimitable atmosphere of a fairy tale! Creating an aura of magic in your home or work is easy. It will take only 4 things: a little imagination, beautiful decorations, a wonderful mood and snow ... We will tell you about what types of snow are, in what cases they are used, how they differ - in this review.

    1. Spray - artificial snow

    Canned artificial snow is often used to decorate windows and showcases, decorate the branches of a fluffy Christmas tree and other interior items. The advantages of such sprays are that the coating adheres perfectly to any surface, and after the holidays it is easy to remove it (washed off with soapy water or glass cleaner). This decor is sprayed in a thin layer to avoid yellowing and cracking, with short pressure and at a distance of 10-20 cm.

    Beautiful drawings on the windows will be obtained if you use special stencils that are available in the assortment of our store.

    You can also add grace and color to window painting with sprays of gold and silver tint, and if you spray them on spruce branches, you get an incredible effect, as if shimmering frost covered the needles.

    * There is a smell when applied, it disappears quickly.

    2. Glow in the dark

    The spray lays down volumetrically like thick snow and very naturally imitates the surface of a real fluffy snow cover, and it also glows in the dark and will look very advantageous on the paws of a Christmas tree and in decorative compositions. The texture of snow is creamy when applied, in the air it hardens and becomes crumbly over time, and when applied to glass it forms a uniform white coating.

    3. Artificial frost

    Frost spray – suitable for decorating mirror and glass surfaces, creating the effect of frosty windows. The texture of the spray is creamy, it hardens in the air over time, and when applied to glass, it makes it frosty, as if covered with hoarfrost. Easily rinsed off with a glass cleaner.

    4. Flocking Spray

    Flock is a voluminous thick spray that realistically simulates snow that has just fallen on branches in fluffy flakes. The flocking spray lays down volumetrically, like loose snow, so it will look advantageous on the paws of the Christmas tree and in decorative compositions. Like the Artificial Snow spray, it is suitable for applying patterns on glass, but lays down in a denser layer.

    5. Snow flakes

    Sparkling snow near the Christmas tree, on bookcases, on the windowsill… A wonderful idea, just right for the New Year! And for its implementation, you do not need to open the window wide and freeze in the December frost. Skillful imitation of acrylic, cotton and polyester is a simple and effective solution. The material is light, snow-white and sparkling! Fantasize, invent and implement ideas for every taste and style!

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