Flocking a Christmas Tree

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Things You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup liquid starch

  • 2 cups soap flakes

  • Mixing bowl

  • Water

  • Blue food coloring

  • Can of aerosol flocking, or homemade flocking

  • Small paintbrush

  • Safety glasses

  • Face mask

  • Glitter (optional)

"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.


Step 1

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

Step 2

Stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture has a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in food coloring one drop at a time until you have a glistening white color.


Step 3

Put the tree securely in a tree stand. 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. moving 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.

Step 6

Sprinkle on 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.


Flock the tree on a day that is not windy.

Place a tarp under the tree so anything that drips can easily be cleaned.


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.