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Have you seen some of these beautifully flocked trees in magazines and on Pinterest? Have you seen the price tags on them? They can be quite expensive! I did a tabletop tree in our family room that I was planning on doing minimal decorations and thought flocking would be a great way to make the tree more special.
So away I went looking for flocking. There’s the stuff in the can and then there’s SnoFlock. Countless tutorials on Pinterest raved about SnoFlock and the results are gorgeous! When this idea came to me at the very end of November, I started looking for SnoFlock. Either it was sold out, not available to ship immediately, or had an incredible mark up in price. So I needed a plan B. My friend is a florist and I asked for her recommendations. She told the stuff in the can is extremely messy so it was back to the drawing board for a plan C. That’s when I saw a YouTube video using spray paint and the stuff of every 80’s woman’s dream….popcorn ceiling spray! You can actually buy it an a spray can for patching purposes and that’s exactly what I did!
- White spray paint
- Wall Texture Spray – I used Homax Orange Peel Wall Texture Spray
- Epsom Salt
- Cardboard or plastic
- Artificial Tree – I used this 3 foot tree from Target
- Prep whatever you are going to flock. I used a small tabletop Christmas tree so I fluffed all of the branches and set it up on a stand. Since the weather is cold, I worked in our little shed. You will want to use cardboard or plastic to protect the floor. If you would like, wrap the tree stand in plastic.
- Visually segment the tree vertically and begin to spray the tree with white spray paint beginning at the top and working your way down within the vertical segment. Concentrate more on the tips of the branches as that is how snow falls. Move your way around the tree. Lightly cover the tree for a lighter snow fall effect or more thoroughly cover the tree for a heavier snow fall look.
- Follow the directions on the can of texture spray to properly mix. Using the same technique of vertically dividing the tree into segments, begin spraying the wall texture on the first segment of the tree. Use more if you desire a heavier snow fall effect. Sprinkle with Epsom salts for an icy like texture and sparkle. Following the same steps, move your way around the tree until complete.
- Allow to dry thoroughly or overnight.
And that’s it! I used this on an artificial wreath and a small 3 1/2 foot tree and I still have a ton of the wall texture spray left. I just might start flocking everything!
The wreath that I flocked is on our back door which we use constantly and I notice very little of the flocking coming off of the wreath so once it’s done, this method of flocking isn’t very messy. You can also completely skip the Epsom salt portion but I just really like the texture and little bit of sparkle it added to the tree.
Be sure to pin this for later!