Thursday, November 21, 2019

How To Flock A Christmas Tree

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Well, I've been saying that I was going to do it for years now...and guess what! I finally did it! I flocked my Christmas tree!!! We bought our 10 footer about 7 years ago, and I have loved everything about it besides the fact that it wasn't flocked... That's a big thing to hate! ha! Over the years I figured out how to make it look lighter using lots of frosted garland and sticks full of flocking. I decided that last year was going to be the last year of doing that, and I really needed to just flock the thing. The way I saw it, we had our good times and well, it was just about time to get a new one. So, why not try to revive it one last time? I would rather spend a fraction of what it cost to buy a flocked 10 foot tree than by the actual tree.

So, the flocking happened. And it was totally worth it and so so easy!! Here's the final result:
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 The two flanking trees came from the store flocked, so you can see what an awesome job it did!

Here's the before:
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I did this whole tree in about 30 minutes. Here's all I used:
This flock from Amazon (link) I used a 5 pound bag on my tree and had about 1/5 left over for touch ups. 
Mesh strainer
Spray bottle full of water
Mask
And socks...definitely socks you can throw away :)
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The flocking has some really good instructions, so be sure to use that as a guide. But, here's how I did mine...and I have a video below that shows my technique...with my head chopped off :) Sorry, compliments of my 6 year old taking the video.


So, here's how I did it. I filled the strainer almost full with the flocking. I misted the tree around the area I was ready to flock. I then shook the strainer and started spraying what was coming out of it towards the tree with the spray bottle. This looked good, but I wanted more. I wanted lots and lots of flocking. So....I kind of shook the strainer harder and noticed nice big poofs were going onto the tree  in just a beautiful thick layer. So I started spraying all the stuff that was going over the rim of the strainer instead. Pic below also compliments of my 6 year old:
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 I swore I wore the mask through 75% of doing this, just not in the pics or video :)

My tree comes in three pieces, so to make this easier on me and not have to stand on a teetering ladder, I placed the pieces in their own stands. 
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 Here's a good look at before the flocking and after.
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 and all flocked up! Ha! I loving saying that. I totally found a shirt on amazon a couple of years ago that said "let's get flocked up" and had a Christmas tree on it. I am so so sad I did not buy it. I can't find one now! I need to just start making them :)
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Couple of words of advice. Don't wear shoes, they will get ruined. Also, don't go barefoot...you will literally be scraping the flocking off the bottom of your feet. So, wear socks you can throw away...or I guess shoes you don't care about and can probably throw away. Don't flock your dog. I did...on accident. He was just super curious and got in the way at the right time :) This stuff is apparently completely safe and natural so I didn't worry too much about getting him. It might also be smart to not wear things you care too much about. I didn't really get much on me, but that's not to say it can't happen. And lastly, wait to bring it inside. Make sure all the flocking has set. Spray it down again if you need to.

Now for my review. I loved this stuff. Worked waaaay better than the aerosol kind I attempted to use last year. That being said...make sure you take your time and wet it down enough in between coats so it can completely adhere. I had spots that were super loose because of my over-kill clumping. This stuff doesn't stay on as well as actual flocked trees you will buy at the store, but it also didn't cost as much! So, there's that. I just put new lights on my tree once I got it in my house, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little flocking fell off when I put them on. I ended up just having a slight dusting on the floor. I'll definitely be saving the left over flocking for touch ups next year once it gets back out of the box! But all in all, it was totally worth it. Super easy and quick and gave me the look I wanted for years! 



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