I remember back in the day, my grandparents had a white Christmas Tree. As in, the entire tree! I never realized that it was supposed to replicate a snow-covered tree. It certainly didn’t look like a snow-covered tree. Nowadays, it seem that flocked Christmas trees are the most realistic and beautiful alternative to having a snow covered tree. This year, I decided to flock the Christmas tree that Scott and I have owned for several years, now. Since it was my first time, I figured worst case scenario is that we’d replace our tree, next year, for a tree that is pre-flocked.
Turns out, I was very happy with the results! It was relatively inexpensive and took about an hour to do.
Here is what our tree looked like, half way throug the flocking process. You can see the difference in the right side (flocked) versus the left side (not flocked).
And, here is a closeup of the tree, with the flocking:
As you can see, the snow flock looks pretty realistic. I like how there are some spots that are more clumpy than others. I tried to apply the flock in a way that snow would fall, naturally. (Somewhat, imperfectly.)
Since my first attempt turned out fairly successful, and it was much easier than I thought, I’m going to share how I flocked my artificial Christmas tree. Step by step. Spoiler alert! This will cost about $25-$50 and take a few hours.
The brand of Snow flock that I purchased was made by Sno Flock. It’s very highly rated on Amazon. It’s one of the most popular brands of self-adhesive snow flock powder. I got a 5lb bag because our tree, with all three sections, is ten feet tall. (There is also an option for a 2 lb. bag, as well.) I was immediately impressed with the product. It was very, very white. And, it felt like corn starch. I was optimistic that it would adhere well on the tree branches.
I should also add, that this product is Environmentally Safe, Biodegradable, and Non-Toxic. So if you use it on a real tree, it can be recycled with the tree, at the end of the season! Even though we have a child gate around our tree and fireplace area, I would not have used any product that had harsh chemicals. (It’s also suggested to wear a mask and gloves, but more-so because it can be messy and dusty.
I originally used a spray bottle with water and a hand-held kitchen strainer to apply the snow flock. In following the directions written inside and on the SnoFlock Box, I generously sprayed each section of the tree with water before shaking the strainer (filled with about a cups worth of flock) several inches above the area I was working on.
It is highly recommended to do this procedure outdoors, because it can be messy! Really messy. However, since our tree was already set up and strung with lights (a few days before Thanksgiving), I decided to use a few large, plastic trash bags to cover the floor. (It’s fine to do this process with lights already on the tree. Just push them closer in towards the center.)
I decided not to flock the side of the tree facing the corner. I know. I’m probably getting a few raised eyebrows. But, I didn’t want to run out of product using it in an area that nobody can see.
At one point, I decided to use a cup to sprinkle the snow flock over the moistened tree branches. In lieu of the strainer. I just felt that it would have taken forever, and I wanted the tree to look like it had a substantial amount of snow on it.
As you can see above, it did create quite a bit of dust on the floor. But, it was relatively easy clean up. I just rolled up the trash bags, vacuumed all around the tree, and went over the hardwood floors with a damp cloth.
As I mentioned, it’s best to work in sections, and, start from the top. But then spray all the way down, because the snow flock will fall through sections. Once I got the right amount of snow flock on the section I was concentrating on, I would spray it a few more times, to allow it to adhere to the branches.
It is supposed to take at least 24 hours to dry. I started this flocking project in the afternoon on a Saturday, and by Sunday morning, it was 100% set and dry. My Christmas tree looked brighter and so much prettier! Almost like it snowed in my living room!
I haven’t really added the decorations yet. As you can see, the tree looks pretty dressed up as it is. If I do anything, I’m thinking of adding some faux fur snowballs and more pine cones to keep the tree looking authentically outdoorsy. (Check back for more pics, soon. After it’s decorated!)
So, would you consider flocking your own Christmas tree? Do you already own a pre-flocked, artificial tree? Let me know the status of your tree in the comment section!