How to Turn a Green Christmas Tree Into White

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Flock your Christmas tree before setting it up in your home.
Flock your Christmas tree before setting it up in your home. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Irving Berlin’s classic, “White Christmas,” inspires many to long for a traditional white Christmas, even those who have never lived in snow country. Flocking a green Christmas tree transforms the tree into a white one. A flocked tree mimics a snow-laden evergreen. While Christmas tree lots often will add flocking for an additional fee, you can purchase flocking from the craft store and add fake snow to your fresh tree. Since flocking types vary, always read the manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding. They come in spray cans, air-gun-type applications or loose for manual application.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Spray water bottle
  • Sifter
  • Flocking material
  • Mica
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective glasses
  • Painter's mask

Dust Application

Cover the ground or garage floor with newspaper. If you're doing this outside, make sure it's not a windy day. Place the tree in the center of the newspaper, securely in its stand. Use enough newspaper to protect the area around the tree so that you can roll up and throw away the paper when finished flocking the tree.

Turn the nozzle of a spray bottle so it creates a mist instead of a stream of water.

Fill the sifter with loose flocking material. Use a sifter that is a bowl shape with a handle, made from mesh. Select loose flocking material that is self-adhesive when moistened with water. Look for flocking material at the craft store or at a Christmas display.

Shake the sifter gently over a branch, so the flocking material falls from the sifter.

Spray the falling flocking with the spray bottle to mist and moisten the flock, which will cause the flocking material to adhere to a branch when it lands on the tree. Repeat the process, moving around the tree, until the branches are covered white, as desired.

Sprinkle a little mica, using your fingers, over the branches to give the snow a glitter look.

Blow Application

Cover the ground or garage floor with newspaper. If you're doing this outside, make sure it's not a windy day. Place the tree in the center of the newspaper, securely in its stand. Use enough newspaper to protect the area around the tree so that you can roll up and throw away the paper when finished flocking the tree.

Put on protective gloves, glasses and painter's mask.

Shake your spay can of flock or hook up the flocking air gun device, according to its manufacturer's instructions.

Spray the flock onto the branches, beginning at the top of the tree and making a sweeping motion, moving down each branch, from the back to the front. Repeat, until the tree is sufficiently flocked.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read the flocking packaging for application instructions and guidance regarding how much is needed for your tree's size.
  • Never flock a live tree, only a cut Christmas tree.

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