Love the beauty of fresh fallen snow on evergreen trees? We sure do. Bringing the natural look of a winter wonderland indoors at Christmas time is not new. In the 1800s people used cotton or flour to add a dusting of snowy white to their Christmas trees. Flocking was popular again in the 1960s. Rose, a friend that grew up during this time recalls her family making flock by mixing a paste using washing powder, and brushing it on their tree.
Today, you can have a cut Christmas tree professionally flocked, before bringing it home. You can make memories and save money, by flocking your own Christmas tree, fresh cut or artificial.
Flocking is a great way to spruce up that artificial Christmas tree that is starting to show signs of wear. Whether you’re displaying a fresh cut Christmas tree or an artificial one indoors this year, there are several DIY flocking methods to choose from.
DIY Christmas Tree Flocking
8 oz. Elmer’s Glue¾ cup Corn Starch
10 oz. can Barbasol Shaving Cream
Large, deep container for mixing ingredients
Pour all the glue into a large deep container, such as an empty ice cream bucket, or plastic cake holder top. Add the corn starch, and the entire can of the shaving cream to the bowl. Mix the ingredients by hand using a wire whisk. Finally, to ensure that the glue is thoroughly incorporated into the shaving cream, put a gloved hand into the bowl, rub the bottom, and fold. The flocking should look like a bowl of whipped cream.
If the tree sits on carpet, place an old shower curtain liner or disposable table cloth on the floor beneath the tree. When working with an artificial tree, start with the bottom tier. To apply the shaving cream flocking, dip a gloved hand into the top of the bowl, and put a little on the tips of your fingers. Grab a branch, several inches back, and rub the flocking on the greenery as you pull your hand forward, leaving the snow flocking on the tree. You can go back and reapply additional snow if you want. Once the bottom tier of the tree has been done, add the next, and flock it before adding the top.
Our tree is sitting in a room with a wood-burning fireplace, so the flocking dried quickly. You may need to let the tree dry overnight before adding lights and decorations. While the application process was not messy, if you do drop some of the whipped mixture on the floor, it wipes up easily. And yes, as expected, a little of the dried flocking may chip off when you’re decorating the tree. Emphasis on little, if you're careful.
The snowy tree turned out so gorgeous and natural looking that my husband and I have decided that it should be sparsely decorated. Forgoing the usual ornaments, and garlands, we’re decorating our newly spruced up artificial tree with a few birds to compliment the serene, winter wonderland look.
Want to see the flocking process in action? Watch this DIY tree/garland flocking video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDywt1hIcLE
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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