How to Flock a Christmas Tree


"Flocking" is defined as having or applying a downy, raised texture. When you apply the term to a Christmas tree, it refers to the addition of some type of compound made to look like snow. Flocked trees imitate the appearance of a tree in nature, with its branches dusted with fluffy, glistening snow. Whether you have a live tree or an artificial variety, you can apply flocking at home for a special look.

Step 1

Combine 2/3 cup starch with 2 cups of soap flakes in a medium bowl.

Step 2

Stir in 2 to 4 tbsp. of water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in food coloring a drop at a time until you have a glistening white color.

Step 3

Put the tree securely in a tree stand, and take it outside and set it on a flat, level surface, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Put on safety glasses or goggles and a face mask.

Step 4

Spray or brush the flocking gently down and across the outer tops of the branches, starting at the top of the tree and working your way down. It is better to have to apply a second coat than to have too much.

Step 5

Work around and down the tree, applying an even, light application of flocking. Flock only the top sides of the boughs; snow would not cling to the undersides in nature.

Step 6

Sprinkle a light coat of glitter before the flocking dries if you are using homemade flocking.

Step 7

Allow the flocking to dry completely before putting the tree in your house.

Tips and Warnings

  • Read and abide by safety precautions on the label if you are using an aerosol variety of flocking. Do not let pets or small children ingest flocking.

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas tree
  • Can of aerosol flocking or homemade flocking
  • Small paintbrush
  • Safety glasses
  • Face mask
  • 2/3 cup liquid starch
  • 2 cups soap flakes
  • Water
  • Blue food coloring
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Tielle Webb has been a freelance writer and editor for more than a decade. Published in local and national publications such as "The Dollar Stretcher," "Good News Tucson" and "Guideposts," Webb specializes in computer technology and is certified in Microsoft Office applications. Webb is also passionate about helping readers save money as well as offering home and personal care tips.

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