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DIY Flocked Christmas Tree: How to Flock Any Christmas Tree
Creating a DIY flocked Christmas tree isn’t as hard as you might think. Learn how to flock any Christmas tree with this easy tutorial.
This year, I really, really wanted a flocked Christmas tree. So I decided to turn my old fake Christmas tree into a DIY flocked Christmas tree. And it turned out amazing!
I did casually check out a few flocked trees while I was shopping, thinking maybe I would find a killer sale. But I just couldn’t justify buying a new artificial tree, when I already had a perfectly nice one at home.
So, of course, the next logical step was to figure out how to flock the Christmas tree I already had!
I’m sharing the full tutorial for this DIY flocked Christmas tree below, as well as a video tutorial and printable instructions.
What is a flocked Christmas Tree?
If you aren’t sure what a flocked Christmas tree is, flocked trees are those gorgeous, snowy white ones. Not the ones with white plastic needles, the ones that have a realistic white snowy texture.
Some are a little white with plenty of green still showing through and some are almost all white. They are meant to look like a beautiful evergreen covered with snow.
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Use real snow flocking powder
I turned to Pinterest and started searching for information on how to flock a tree. I found a few different methods involving soap flakes, white glue, glitter, even spray paint.
But when I looked at the results, they really didn’t look like a real flocked tree at all. So I did a bit more research and I learned that you can buy real flocking powder, the same flocking material that florists and other professionals use.
It only makes sense I guess – if you want it to look like the real thing, you need to use the real stuff!
I’ve never been able to find any real flocking powder in stores, it’s something you need to buy online.
After doing a bit of searching, I found Sno Flock flocking powder on Amazon. I bought a box of SnoFlock to flock my tree and have since used it to flock many other projects with great results.
This year I decided to do a little test to see if SnoFlock really is the best. You can see all the details of my quest to find the best flock here, but I’ll go ahead and share that I found SnoFlock and Sno-Bond Flock in a Box both work really well and look absolutely beautiful on your tree.
(This is especially helpful to know because SnoFlock sells out frequently, so having another awesome option really helps.)
How much flocking do you need?
I really wasn’t sure how much flocking I would need so I went for the five pound box. I figured it was better to have too much than too little.
In the end, I probably used a little less than half of the 5 pounds flocking my tree. Our tree is 7.5 feet tall and I flocked it with plenty of green still showing.
If you are flocking a typical 7.5 foot tree like mine, a two pound bag of flocking powder should be enough to flock it lightly. If you are flocking a larger tree or want your tree mostly white, I would recommend going for a five pound box.
- A real or artificial Christmas tree – you can also flock wreaths, mini trees, and garlands. I have flocked all of these and they look beautiful.
- Real Flocking Powder – this is the flocking I used, but it tends to sell out quickly. In my recent test of flocking powders, I found that this one is very similar. Either one will get you that beautiful snowy texture.
- A spray bottle of water
- A strainer
- A dropcloth to protect your floor
How to Flock a Christmas Tree
Protect your workspace
The actual process was super simple. It is a little messy, so I recommend working in a basement or garage if possible.
Be sure to cover the floor under the tree with a tarp or dropcloth before you start.
Fluff your tree
I should mention that before I flocked our tree, I did something else slightly crazy to it. Last year over half of the lights on our pre-lit tree burned out. I just unplugged them and threw on a bunch of other strings of lights.
This year, since I knew I was going to be making our tree beautiful and snowy, I didn’t really want to cover lots of old nonworking lights with flocking. So I cut all of the lights that came on the tree off with wire cutters first.
This took a lot of time and was completely unnecessary but I’m glad I did it. We are most likely going to have this tree for many more years and now it is good as new again.
You can flock real trees, fake trees, pre-lit trees, wreaths, garlands, pretty much anything. And you certainly do not have to remove the lights from your pre-lit tree first – since flocking this first tree, I’ve flocked several pre-lit trees with no problem.
It works best to flock your tree once it is already assembled and all of the branches are fluffed. Start working at the top of your tree and work down from there.
Mist with water and flocking powder
Lightly mist a section at the top of the tree with your spray bottle of water.
Scoop up some of the flocking powder into your strainer and sift it onto the damp tree from above.
Then spray the flocked section of the tree with water again.
The water activates the adhesive, fluffs up the flocking, and seals it all.
(By the way, you don’t want to accidentally mist your sifter full of flocking with the water – it will fluff up the flocking before it is on the tree and clog up the sifter).
Continue to do this moving from section to section.
Work from the top down
Working from the top down allows the flocking to settle on the branches in a way that mimics fresh fallen snow. Don’t attempt to smear the flocking onto your tree or add more flocking underneath the branches because this gives an unnatural look.
Afterwards, if you would like your flocking fuller, go back and add more water and more flocking until you get the look you want.
I love how much it actually looks like a snowy evergreen!
Allow the flocking to dry
Once you are finished, you need to let everything dry. This takes between 6 and 72 hours.
The more thickly you flock it, the longer it will take. I flocked my tree in the evening, let it dry overnight, and the next morning it was ready to move upstairs and decorate.wicker Christmas tree collar, buffalo plaid ribbon
It has been several years since I first flocked my Christmas tree and it is still going strong! The photo above is of the exact same DIY flocked tree a few years later – still looking beautiful!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this project so I put together an update on how my DIY flocked Christmas tree is holding up after 5 year plus answers to frequently asked questions.
This is by far my favorite Christmas project ever!
Check out the before and after – the flocking just made such a difference.
How to Flock a Christmas Tree Video Tutorial
Just hit the play button below to watch the full video tutorial. It shows exactly how to flock a tree along with answers to the most common questions I’ve been asked about flocking.
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- Any Christmas Tree - real or artificial, big, or small
- SnoFlock flocking powder
- Spray bottle of water
- Drop cloth to protect floor
- Before beginning, be sure to protect the floor under your tree with a dropcloth or other protective covering.
- Use a spray bottle to lightly mist a section of the tree with water.
- Scoop some of the flocking powder into the strainer and sift it onto the damp tree from above.
- Spray the flocked section of the tree with water again. The water activates the adhesive, fluffs up the flocking, and seals it all. (By the way, you don’t want to accidentally mist your sifter with the water – it will fluff up the flocking before it is on the tree and stop up the sifter).
- Move around your tree in small sections. Spray each section with water, sift flocking powder over it, and spray with water again. Continue to do this until the entire tree is flocked. If any sections look a bit bare, simply repeat the process until you are satisfied with how it looks.
- Allow your tree to dry thoroughly before moving or decorating it. This will take 6 - 72 hours, depending on how thickly you apply the flocking.
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And for those of you who aren’t sure you want to flock your own tree, I put together a round up of flocked Christmas trees you can buy all ready to go: 15 Gorgeous Flocked Christmas Trees for Any Budget.
I actually just bought a new flocked tree myself. After many years of use, the stand and some of the branches on my DIY flocked tree gave out. I bought this tree from Amazon. It’s pretty affordable and I’m really happy with how it looks.
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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.
Home snow: how to make snow and what can be decorated with it
To create a snowy mood in the house, you do not need to bring whole snowdrifts into it from the street - they will quickly melt in the warmth of the room. Why not make fluffy artificial snow that will lie under a smart green tree all weekend? We will decorate them with twigs, multi-colored toys on a green beauty, even furniture and dishes - nothing will remain dull and dull. And from the lumps of iridescent plasticine we blind a whole round dance of joyful little animals awaiting the holiday.
It's not enough to make beautiful artificial snow - you need to use it somehow. What application can be found for it?
- Are you expecting many guests for the holiday? No one can be left without a gift. Create greeting cards for your loved ones and decorate them with sparkling snowflakes. Draw the night on dark blue or purple cardboard, glue the house and trees, and write the words "Happy New Year!" with glittery foam flakes with glitter. A few minutes, and your gift has become truly winter and fun.
- The Christmas tree is so elegant, but it definitely lacks something. You need to think over a sparkling formal outfit for her. How to make such a decor from homemade snow? Glue foam snowflakes to green needles and see how the forest beauty will change.
- At home, of course, warm and cozy. But isn't it boring? Sprinkle light grains on cabinets and shelves. Put them in tall transparent vases and decorate with silver beads. A solemn atmosphere will reign in the room, and you will get the feeling that a real snowfall has recently passed here.
DIY artificial snowball will help decorate any craft. We need a small Christmas tree in kindergarten - sprinkle it with foam particles. We want to arrange a merry round dance of fairy-tale characters under the Christmas guest - let's take a shiny plasticine. We decided to make a snow magic ball - we take shavings from wax.
How to Make Airy Styrofoam Artificial Snow Flakes
A small piece of Styrofoam is the main component of fluffy flakes. They are useful for decorating postcards, crafts, coniferous twigs and even furniture. The material can be crushed in several ways:
• send to a coffee grinder or blender; • pass through a grater; • scrape with a fork.
In the second and third cases, the particles will scatter all over the room and spin in a snow-white waltz. Put the resulting snowflakes in a jar and mix with sparkles. So they will shimmer beautifully under the rays of multi-colored lights. Instead of foam, you can take polyethylene insulation. Get a soft snowball out of it with a grater.
Making snow at home from starch - 4 ways to create a miracle
What if not white starch resembles a soft, crunchy snowball? Choose the recipe that suits you:
- Mix equal parts starch with cornmeal. Gradually add shaving foam. You should get crumbly, cold snow. For beauty, add sparkles to it. Now sprinkle around the holiday guest or make a snowman with a carrot instead of a nose.
- Combine equal parts cornstarch, PVA glue and silver paint. Grind them well, and you will get an interesting mass for volumetric surface decoration. We draw snowflakes on plain Christmas balls, snowdrifts on postcards. We wrap a small village house and miniature trees on a craft with a warm snow blanket.
- Do-it-yourself unusual snow from this material is obtained with soap. Finely grate a white piece, place the chips in a deep container. Add starch and boiling water. Beat with a mixer until the mixture turns into a strong foam. Such a mass can be applied to needles, Christmas toys and other decorative elements. After drying, the foam will look like small snowdrifts.
- Original and harmless plasticine is obtained by mixing the material with soda. From it you can fashion various figures, decorate and make a motley round dance. Take 1 part starch, 2 teaspoons of soda and 1.5 teaspoons of water. Mix thoroughly, and you will get a soft mass, similar to plasticine. Add bright colors to the costumes of the sculpted characters and play an interesting New Year's story under the Christmas tree.
There are several ways to make an artificial white starch snowball, and it always turns out different, just like the real one that falls outside the window. Decorate them with fluffy twigs, toys and dishes, sculpt fairy-tale characters, throw lumps - in general, create a joyful mood and have fun.
Delicate white candle flakes
Wax candle produces a light, pleasant to the touch snowball, which is best suited for a magic ball. It will not dissolve in a liquid and will not change its shape, which means that it will cover a toy Christmas tree in a jar for a long time. To make light artificial snow, grate the candle on a fine grater, and mix the resulting shavings with sparkles.
Take the jar, attach a toy tree or house to the inside of the lid. Pour water with glycerin into the container itself, put wax chips and close tightly. The snow globe is ready! Shake it and watch winter magic under glass.
Growing salt crystals on a thorny twig
Ordinary table salt does a good job of creating frost effect on needles. Pour it into a pot of water on the stove until it no longer dissolves. Remove from heat and place spruce legs in liquid. In a few hours, salt crystals will grow on needles, resembling hoarfrost, and sparkle in the lights of garlands on New Year's Eve.
How to make snow out of a diaper - an unusual use
Borrow one diaper from your baby. He won't mind when he sees the result. Remove the inner absorbent and tear it into pieces. Put them in a container and gradually fill with water. Take your time, because if you overdo it with liquid, the product will be too wet. Now sculpt lumps or figurines of snowmen who will stand in a friendly round dance under a coniferous beauty.
Multicolored grains for original decor
DIY rainbow snow can be made from polymer clay. Often leftovers dry up at needlewomen - we will use them. Grind dry pieces of clay in a blender and boldly decorate the New Year's beauty. Don't wait until you have enough white residue. Take colored ones to make your decoration look more fun.
Each of these methods is an interesting and exciting activity. You will not only create artificial snow for decoration with your own hands, but also have fun with your child decorating the living room. The New Year's guest is dressed in a sparkling fur coat, the balls are decorated with snow-white strokes of the blizzard artist, and cheerful residents have gathered under a fluffy tree and are looking forward to the onset of the main holiday of the year.
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Decor ideas 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
Artificial snow in cans is often used to decorate windows and shop windows, decorate 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, 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 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
Spray Hoarfrost - 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 to 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!
6. Snow cloth
Snow-white polyester blanket can be used to decorate a festive interior, furniture drapery, the lower part of the tree trunk or the floor. This luxurious carpet, imitating soft white snow, will be the perfect basis for all kinds of holiday arrangements.