Have you ever wondered how you could give your old Christmas tree new life? Today, I like to share a simple tutorial on how to change the look of your Christmas tree by flocking the branches.
We bought this 7′ Christmas tree on Craigslist to save some dollars. It came with no lights, no flocking but was brand new. After we put it together, we realized that it needed some love.
I had tried the artificial snow spray but didn’t want my kids to get the snow all over themselves while playing around the tree. And I also didn’t like the ingredients of the artificial snow. So, I search the web for non-toxic snow that was permanent.
Bonding Flock is pure cellulose, non-toxic, flame retardant, biodegradable, shake proof and rain and fog resistant, so it is safe and environmentally friendly.
What you need to flock a Christmas tree:
- Bonding Flock – 2 x 2pound bags was enough for a 7′ tree
- a spray bottle filled with water
- an empty garage to store the wet branches
- Brown Builder’s Paper (already owned)
- 3M 8511 Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve
I love the way it turned out, here are also a few images on how to apply the bonding flock.
Before I started with the bonding flock application, I added some pine cones to my branches to give the tree a real overall look and feel. Use floral wire to wrap the pine cones to the branches.
Lay out a big garage with brown builder’s paper, use this area for your branches to dry on.
Put on a dust mask, and start by misting the branch with plain old water.
After spraying the branch with water, apply the bonding flock with a shifter for smooth flocks.
Once done, lay the branch on your paper and let dry 6-24h.
- Before you add branches to the tree shake them well, so all the mist stays in the garage.
- To apply a thicker flocking look – let the branch dry a few minutes, then spray the already flocked area with water and use more bonding flock.
- To achieve an authentic look, only apply bonding flock to the ends of your branches.
Coming soon to Remodelaholic’s 12 days of Christmas: