Getting the Christmas tree just right takes patients and a little knowledge. One thing that helps lift the spirits during the holidays is having a snowy tree. This is the reason you should learn how to flock your tree, which the following will help with.
Four Ways to Get Snowy Trees
Many people dream of having a white Christmas, but mother nature doesn't always provide this. The following are four ways you can get that kind of Christmas with your tree:
Perhaps the most inexpensive way to get a white tree is to purchase one. The problem is these do not look too natural, so you won't feel like your tree has real snow, defeating the purpose altogether.
People who want something more natural should purchase a tree flocking kit. These kits come with a misting gun that helps you powder evenly. You are going to have a bit of a mess, but if you don't mind a little work to get a realistic look, then this is a good route to take.
You can also use a flocking spray that comes with adhesive powders. This is one of the most popular DIY methods because it is not only inexpensive, but it's also a little easier. Most of the dust will stay on your tree rather than fall, making cleaning a lot simpler.
If you don't want to do the work but still want your tree to look white, then consider having it professionally flocked and installed. It is going to be a bit pricey, but this is an option to keep in mind.
Guide to Do-It-Yourself
Those doing this on their own should consider the following tips:
The first thing you want to do is figure out your workspace.
Ideally, you want to do all of this outside so that you don't have to do some much cleaning. You could work in your basement or garage. The garage may be a better option because you don't have to worry about stairs.
If you don't want to drag the tree to its location after you are done working, then place tarps on the floor around your tree, and cover your furniture before you start.
The next thing to worry about is the tools and materials you'll need to do this safely.
First off, you should have goggles to prevent the dust from getting into your eyes. You also want to cover your nose and mouth with a mask so that you don't breathe in anything while working.
To apply the powder, make sure you start at the top so that the flock falls off the branches. Doing this should make it look more natural.
It's important that you do not smear the flock at the tips and that you avoid adding powder under the branches. Doing any of these things could make the snow look artificial.
Make sure you don't place any lights near your flock. That is all you have to do to add flock to your tree.