Flocking an artificial Christmas tree gives your home a wonderful wintry effect. Here are three of the safest ways to flock your holiday masterpiece using artificial snow.
Option 1: Soap Shavings as Christmas Tree Flock
Soap shavings are a popular choice for making Christmas tree flock because they are cost-efficient and readily available. With simple additions to the mix, such as glitter or food coloring, they can also be customized to fit any style or décor.
Wear appropriate protective gear, such as a mask, a pair of gloves, and safety goggles to prevent inhalation, ingestion, or contact in the eyes when making and applying the flocking mixture.
Make sure to keep Christmas lights away from the flock.
Ingredients and Procedure:
To make the soap-based flocking mixture for a 5-foot Christmas tree, combine 2 cups white soap shavings with 2/3 cup liquid corn starch or white glue in a mixer on medium speed. Add 4 tablespoons warm water and continue mixing. This is also the time to mix tint or glitter if desired. Beat until the flocking mixture forms stiff peaks with the same consistency as nougat.
On a ladder, stand close to the crown of the tree so you can flock the top needles first then work your way down. Use a paint brush to scoop up a dollop of the mixture, and flock only the needle tips. To create a more natural snow-fallen look, let the foam stay in clusters, or even drip off the tips and land on the lower needles. Allow the tree to dry for about eight to 24 hours, depending on the size of the tree and the amount of flock applied.
Read This Entry