All right, I’m kind of new to this. So, hold my coat. Hold the phone.
After rubbing my hands together, I’m going to flock that tree.
So, who here knows what flocking is?
I totally do. I’m going to walk all the rest of you through it.
Step 1: Get a tree.
You should probably use one that belongs to you, or that you are going to pay for so that it belongs to you soon. You can flock fresh or fake trees. Heck, apparently you can flock anything that won’t be adversely affected by flying powder.
Get it all set up somewhere where you can make a mess. You are going to be throwing light, white powdery stuff all over the place.
2. Purchase, find, or borrow your supplies.
You’ll need a spray bottle of water, a strainer, and some flocking powder. It’s at the flocking store, and Amazon.
Like I said in the last step, you’ll also want something like painter’s plastic underneath the project area. Ideally, you’ll want your project area to be your garage or basement.
3. Flock that tree!
Using the spray bottle, moisten a small section of tree. Carefully sift some powder over the wet branches. Keep that water away from the fluff in the strainer. If you get it wet when it’s not on the tree, it will fluff up and seal before you need it to.
Proceed to do that all over the entire tree. Have fun, make mistakes, and get messy!
If you’re lazy, assemble your artificial tree first. You’ll need a stool to reach all the high parts, of course, but won’t have to deal with sections of tree falling over.
Spraying and sifting each section will give you a better angle to fully cover all the branches, if you’re into that. Ella Claire even took each branch off, into a small basin, for full flockage.
4. Dry, and spray it all again.
At your house, you’re Jack Frost. You get to decide how frightful the weather inside has been, with how thickly you want to lay that flock on.
Just remember that thick “snow” will take longer to dry. Kelley Nan‘s clusters (pictured) took hours longer than her light dustings.
5. Let it dry.
Once you’re satisfied with the artistic clumpage of your fakely snowed Christmas tree, step back and give it some air. He may need a few days of it, depending on how much you smothered the branches.
You’ll know it’s ready when the thickest areas don’t feel moist anymore.
If you’ve got some extra pinecones, berries, holly, and other natural accents around; consider using any leftover flocking on them. They can be added to the tree as matching décor later.
6. Ornament it up.
This is the part where you decorate your tree as usual. You know: tinsel, lights (if it’s not pre-lit), ornaments, cats climbing the inside, and garlands.
Good job; you’re done! That flocking adds a lot of beauty to the old tree, especially when it’s all lit up in the evenings.