Sunday, November 22, 2015

DIY Christmas Tree FLOCKING!

I love the look of flocked Christmas trees, but not so much the hefty price tag. For the last couple years I've been just lusting for a new improved tree. Elijah asked why I didn't just buy a tree like I wanted, and while they are expensive I realized the true reason I didn't is that I too enjoy a DIY challenge from time to time.

Taping the lights

With Pinterest and Youtube by my side, I set out to FLOCK my old tree! I began with the easiest tutorial I found. So simple even I could do it, and as the guy said in the video "no worries if you mess up, snow aint perfect!" I covered the lights in tape since it is a prelit tree. Two hours later I was ready for the white spray paint!
This is the point I discovered that Popcorn Ceiling Texture spray is not available in stores near me (or was out of stock at the time). So I placed on order online and packed the tree back inside, as I do not have a covered porch or garage.
A week and $15 later I had the spray in hand and was excited to "finish" my tree. Back outside we go to keep the mess out of the house. I read the directions, watched video how tos and screwed the top on the can. Three minutes later I had an empty can and a branch with a  small gallop of mess on it! I don't have a close up of that, I think it was scraped off on the door facing when we came back inside again!
Disappointed but still not ready to give up on the flocked Christmas tree idea, I went back to youtube. I found a pretty girl with a tree that looked very much like my own. She had stated she used modge podge, white paint and a bag of the glittery fake snow. I threw the kids in the car and went out to the nearest store. It was $4.77 for 3 small bags (I only used 2).
Back home I got out my homemade modge podge and shook it up, adding 1/3 part white paint. With gloves, I took the paint with my fingers and worked it into the ends of the branches and sprinkled the snow on top. Hmm, this could work! Maybe two hours later this is the end result.