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How to Flock a Christmas Tree with Spray Paint

I have always loved the look of a flocked Christmas tree or wreath, so I started thinking of an affordable way to update my existing decor. Flocking holiday decor is easier than you think and you may already have this spray paint in your basement.

What the Flock?!

You might be wondering what a flocked Christmas tree is because a lot of people look at me crazy when I use the word flocking.

Well to be honest, I had no idea a tree with some fake snow on the branches had a name for it either.

A flocked Christmas tree has a light coating of texture to appear like snow has just fallen onto the branches of the tree.

It gives the tree a muted gray green look instead of a classic dark hunter green color.

Flocking your Christmas tree or other home décor is a easy way to give it new look with out spending much money.

Here is a wreath that I updated for the winter by adding a quick coat of flocking and floral.

Flocking Spray

There are several flocking sprays on the market that claim to look like fake snow. Some of these flocking sprays look great and others have poor reviews.

I couldn’t decide which spray to try because there was mixed reviews on every spray.

It probably depends on how the spray is applied and the type of tree or wreath that is being using for the project.

Instead of buying flocking spray, I decided to try some spray paint that I already had on hand from a previous project.

Textured Spray Paint

I have used textured spray paint on a few vases and I loved how they came out. My favorite textured spray paint is Stone Spray paint by Rust-Oleum.

This spray paint looks great alone or underneath or on top of another spray paint color.

I had a gray vase that didn’t match my current décor, so I updated it with a quick coat of stone spray paint and matches perfectly now.

Below you can see the light texture on the branches from the stone spray paint.

I applied two coats of stone spray paint to achieve this look.

If you want a more heavily flocked tree then you should start with white spray paint first then use the stone spray paint.

Make sure to test the spray on cardboard and not the actual tree or wreath, so you don’t ruin your item if you don’t like the spray.

Items Needed to Flock a Christmas Tree:

  • White Spray Paint
  • Stone Spray Paint
  • Wreath or Tree
  • Optional: Floral, bows, or ribbons.
  • Toothbrush
  • Cardboard
  • Drop cloth

How to Flock a Christmas Tree or Wreath

If you prefer the look of a heavily flocked tree or wreath then I recommend starting with a coat of white spray paint.

The stone spray paint is subtle, so if you prefer a dusting on your item then only use stone spray paint.

To flock a Christmas tree or wreath start by spreading the branches apart, so you can evenly apply the white spray paint.

Then place the item in a ventilated area and spray the the branches in sections.

Making sure not to stand too close while spraying the tree or wreath to avoid spraying areas too heavily.

Once in a while, step back to make sure the branches looks even and you are happy with the amount of flocking.

Let the item dry for a few hours before any additional coats.

flocked Christmas tree
Before

Applying Additional Coats of Spray Paint

After applying 1-2 coats of white spray paint, it is time to add a little texture to your tree or wreath to give it that flocked look.

Lightly spray sections of branches leaving a light dusting of texture on each branch.

Then let the tree or wreath dry for a few hours before applying any more coats of textured spray paint.

After the item has dried and you are satisfied with the look, its time to decorate!

Tips to flocking a Christmas Tree

Test the stone spray paint or flocking spray before applying the spray directly onto your item.

Make sure to apply thin even coats from a distance to prevent over flocking the tree.

If you do spray any areas to heavy, you an use a tooth brush to help move the spray through the branches.

Some flocked Christmas trees only have a few branches with flocking, if you want to achieve this look there is a trick.

To flock small sections of your tree, cut a hole in a piece of cardboard or paper then pull a branch through then spray the branch.

how to flock a Christmas tree
After Spraying it with Stone Spray Paint

Decorating your Flocked Christmas Tree or Wreath

Before decorating my flocked wreath, I chose a color scheme for my florals. I decided on the colors dark red, navy, and light gray green for my wreath.

I found a large branch with leaves that resembled dusty miller, so I cut leaves off each stem and hot glued them to the wreath.

The leaves helped make the wreath look more full, so the berries would really stand out.

Then I cut the berries from their stems and hot glued them on to the wreath as well.

After everything was secured to the wreath, I fluffed the leaves and branches to make it look more full and hide any hot glue.

I love how this wreath turned out! I made this for around $15 total, but you can make this for less if you look around your home.

You might already have a seasonal floral arrangement or wreath stashed in a tote in your attic or basement.

flocked wreath
After!

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