Flock Your Own Christmas Tree!

4 Materials
3 Hours

This year I noticed a major trend in the return of the flocked tree and I’m not even mad, flocked trees make it feel cozy and wintery all at the same time but a good quality flock tree comes with a price tag to match. I was literally one click away from buying one when I remembered that Sno-Flock exists so I bought a box and went to town.

If you haven’t heard of it, Sno-flock is a white ‘snow’ powder, combined with a glue that is activated with water to create the flock we know and love. What I will say before we get started is that this project takes some time, like 3-4 hours of time depending on the size of your tree (my tree is 7.5ft and THICK), but to me a $43 cost was worth the effort against buying a $400 tree. So let’s get started!

First of all, you’re gonna want to put only the first section of your tree up to make sure you can really get each branch covered from back to front. If you do this outside, still be sure to place some brown paper or an old drop cloth down as it is messy and sticky. Make sure you’re wearing a dust mask as this is a powder, and I found that everything in my basement had a dust film on it by the time I was done.

Next, take your water bottle and focusing on one branch at a time here spritz your first branch generously, scoop a cup of flock into your sieve and tap the sieve against your hand over the branch, like you would with flour in the kitchen, moving from the back to the front of the branch. I found this was the best technique to get a good coating, and I also dipped the odd branch end into a separate cup of snow for heavy coating. Once you’ve covered the branch as desired, spritz over the flock again with your water to set.

If you have a pre-lit tree, please check the safety labels before using to make sure they are rated appropriately for this process, as advised by Sno-flock in the instructions that come with the flock. Safety first guys!!

Work your way around and up repeating this method, taking care not to spritz near your sieve or let it touch the wet branches as it will clog up.

And that’s it! Let the tree dry for 24 hours and give it a good shake before putting it in its holiday place, to get any loose bits off. It will shed lightly as you decorate the Christmas tree, but vacuums up easily. You can also learn how to keep a flocked tree from shedding. I am so in love with my tree again I can’t recommend doing this enough to change things up. Let me know how you get on and please ask any questions you need!

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