How to Keep a Flocked Tree From Shedding and Making a Mess
Flocked Christmas trees are stunningly beautiful. If you want a Christmas tree with that snow-kissed winter wonderland look, you’ll want a flocked one.
Flocking, an old art from the 1800s, became all the rage. And with the invention of flocking spray in the 1950s, the look hasn’t let up since.
You can buy artificial Christmas trees that are already flocked or do some DIY flocking yourself. No matter how you flock, the bottom line is you'll want to know how to keep a flocked tree from shedding.
It’s not the easiest task, but you can reduce the shedding using our guide, which will teach you a few tips and tricks to keeping your flocked tree from shedding.
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Video: Tips for flocking your Christmas tree at home
What is a Flocked Tree?
A flocked tree is one (live or artificial) that has been treated with a white powdery or liquid mixture to make it look like it has been dusted with snow.
A pre-flocked tree is made from synthetic material made to look like snowflakes. Some trees are completely white while others have a subtle dusting of “snow,” or an adhesive mixed with cellulose fibers to create the look.
DIY flocked trees
Along with buying a pre-flocked Christmas tree, you can create a flocked tree yourself using the following methods:
- Flocking kits
- Flocking sprays
- Flocking powder
- Powdered snow
- Coconut flakes
- Shaving cream
- Soap flakes or soap powder
- Spray paint
Video: How to flock a tree with shaving cream
Why Do Flocked Trees Shed?
Flocked trees can be messy, whether you bought one or are going the DIY route.
The tree will shed some of its flocking when it's fluffed or jostled. It’s especially important to be careful when decorating a Christmas tree that has been flocked, especially if many hands are going to touch it.
The flocking can end up all over the room and will even magically travel into the far corners of other rooms in your home. That’s because the flocking is sort of like glitter—it’s not encased in resin or another protective ingredient. So, it shakes loose.
Luckily, modern pre-flocked trees are a bit less messy thanks to improved materials and technology.
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How to Keep a Flocked Tree From Shedding During Setup
The best way to keep a flocked tree from shedding is to take these steps when setting it up. This anti-shedding method helps when you unbox a pre-lit, pre-flocked tree.
Use the Right Tree Skirt
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Non-fleece clothing
- Old sheet, tarp, or plastic
- Tree stand
- Extension cord
Step 1: Wear the Right Clothes
Put on some old clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty, and definitely no fleece—flocking sticks to fleece like glue.
Step 2: Turn off the Air
Before unboxing your tree, shut windows and turn off any fans or HVAC systems that forcefully move air in the home. Doing so will minimize flocking from flying around the room. Close off any vents or registers that are near where the tree will be unboxed.
Step 3: Prepare the Space
Clear the space where the tree is going and put down the tree stand or base over an old flat sheet, tarp, or plastic. Plug in any extension cords and timers you plan on using.
Step 4: Open the Box
Open the tree box as close to the stand as possible. You can unwrap the tree in the box or take the tree out and place it directly on the stand. If there is an inner plastic or bubble wrap covering on the tree, keep it on the tree while taking it out of the box and putting it on its stand.
Step 5: Assemble Without Fluffing
If your tree has included lights, plug in the tree: If the lights do not work, then you will need to return the tree. If the lights are working, go ahead and assemble all parts of the tree without fluffing the branches yet.
Step 6: Unwrap and Fluff the Top of the Tree
If there's plastic still on your tree, start at the top and unwrap the plastic covering the top of the tree. Carefully begin to fluff the branches on just the top of the tree.
Step 7: Vacuum
Vacuum any flocking that has fallen on the floor outside the floor covering. Vacuuming as you go will reduce the amount of flock that can move to other parts of your house.
Step 8: Unwrap and Fluff the Middle of the Tree
Unwrap and fluff the middle of the tree.
Step 9: Vacuum
Vacuum the flocking that has fallen outside the covering on the ground.
Step 10: Unwrap and Fluff the Bottom of the Tree
Unwrap and fluff the bottom of the tree.
Step 11: Adjust the Tree
Adjust all of the parts of the tree into place. This will jostle the tree and release more flocking to the ground.
Step 12: Vacuum
Before removing the sheeting from the floor, vacuum the floor around the covering.
Step 13: Remove the Floor Covering
Carefully and slowly fold up the floor covering with all the flocking on it so it does not transfer onto the floor. Take the covering outdoors. Shake out the flocking (if it’s windy, wait until the breeze dies down). If you used a flat sheet, wash the sheet by itself in your washing machine.
Step 14: Vacuum Consistently and Turn Air Back On
You will want to vacuum once again after the floor covering is removed. During the season, stay consistent with vacuuming the area near the tree for any flocking that has fallen.
Now, you can turn your air and any other fans back on. As long as the tree doesn’t get jostled too much, it should hold onto its flocking just fine.
How to Store a Flocked Artificial Christmas Tree
So you love the flocked look and want to preserve the tree for next year, right? Storing a flocked tree differs from storing an unflocked tree.
White flocking, as well as white artificial Christmas trees, can potentially turn a subtle yellow if they’re stored in hot or humid spaces. Help your Christmas tree keep its crisp white flocking by following these steps:
Tools and Materials Needed:
Step 1: Keep Branches Outward
Do not try to move the branches or compress them when storing a flocked tree. This can cause flocking to fall off.
Step 2: Lightly Dust Branches
After removing all ornaments, extra lights, or other decorations, gently shake the parts of the tree to remove any dust particles that have built up over the few weeks you’ve enjoyed the tree. Some flocking will shed along with the dust, which is OK.
Step 3: Slip on the Cover
Gently slip the upright tree cover, fabric, or plastic cover over the tree with minimal jostling.
If you don't have an upright cover, carefully disassemble the tree into a few parts, slip them into a case, secure the case closed.
Step 4: Store in a Dry Space
It’s important to store a flocked tree in a consistently dry, cool space, such as a finished basement. Any humidity that reaches the tree can ruin the flocking.
Step 5: Vacuum
Immediately vacuum the space where the tree once stood so that no flocking particles are left to float around the home.
How to stop a flocked tree from shedding
Do you have a flocked Christmas tree? How do you control its shedding? Let us know below—we’d love to hear.
For more festive ideas, see Hometalk's ultimate guide to DIY Christmas decor here.