Hello my lil’ holiday elves! Can you believe it’s actually time for holiday content again?! I know it seems a little early, but so many of you guys are starting to buy trees, or at least decide which tree to buy and I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible because it could save you a ton.
Last year, I dreamt of having a flocked, snowy Christmas tree but when I set out to buy one I found they ran double, if not triple of what a traditional tree costs (which by the way, why are Christmas trees so expensive?!). I could not bring myself to spend over $500 on a fake tree that would grace our living room for all of a month.
I set out to find a way to flock my own tree and was very surprised with what I found! Little to no tutorials on Pinterest, Google, etc. I did happen to stumble up one forum about faking snow with laundry detergent and decided it was time to experiment.
$5 dollars, one trip to the Dollar Store and about an hour later– I had a winter wonderland! I have never been so happy with a project before. I was able to get my flocked tree for HALF the price. I shared a little of this tutorial last year, but I really wanted to break things down for you today!
As you can see, it’s really easy. Basically just mixing and placing on the branches! If anything it’s just a tad tedious, but throw on a Christmas movie and enjoy the season!
I may end up adding some more flock to our tree, we ordered a new tree this year and I largely underestimated how big it was actually going to be. I did however add some ‘snow’ (torn pieces of cotton) that help add a snowy, white vibe to our tree! I did this last year too, its a great and cheap filler that creates a gorgeous look. My ‘snow’ is actually from when I made out headboard a few years ago, but you can grab it at Hobby Lobby. It’s the white padding that you find in the fabric section!
1 Plastic Tablecloth
Powder Laundry Detergent (I used 3 boxes for a 6ft Tree)
**You can get everything at the Dollar Tree
1. In a bucket, mix one cup of water with detergent. Continue to add 1/4 cup of water until you have a paste like mixture.
2. Place your tree on top of your table cloth.
3. Starting from the top, use a spoon and your hands to place mixture on branches.
4. Let dry before decorating
*I flocked our tree inside this year, last year I felt it made a bigger mess doing it outside and carrying it inside. Plus, our tree was too big to move this year. I did get a few drops of flock on the floor but they wiped right up, no damage.
Here’s our final tree! There’s still some things I want to add, but it’s basically finished. Next week I will be sharing exactly how I decorate the tree, where most of our ornaments are from, etc. I have so many fun holiday things coming your way I hope you’re as excited as I am. XO