Upgrading a Traditional Tree: Flocking & More for $5!

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!  

christmas tree close up

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 Bucket

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. 

Click Here to Pin this Tutorial

how to flock your christmas tree

christmas tree

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 

| 9 ft. Christmas Tree


  1. Grace Williams
    November 8, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Love it!!! I think I'm going to do this for mine!! Where is your tree skirt from?

    • Riley Brahm
      November 8, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      Yay! I'm so happy you like it. I definitely think it takes a tree to the next level and is so easy. It's from Hobby Lobby & is 50% off right now! 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    November 8, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    This looks great! Can you save your tree for next year with the flocking on it or does it need to be thrown away?

    • Riley Brahm
      November 11, 2017 / 9:43 pm

      You can keep it! I stored mine from last year in a garbage bag and it was fine! You may need to add a little more flocking after storing.

  3. Anonymous
    November 10, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    Great tips and a beautiful tree! However, I have to let you know, the word is "voila," not "WahLah," lol.

    • Riley Brahm
      November 11, 2017 / 9:42 pm

      I had no idea thank you! I just liked it because in my head it reminded perfectly with blah. hah!

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