Remember my DIY Tree Flock tutorial from last year where I used shaving cream and glue to make some “snow” for one of my extra crappy artificial trees? I’m here to let you know the deets of how the tree flock has held up after one year of storage. You’ll be completely surprised because I certainly was.
The DIY tree flock has held up wonderfully! So much so that I didn’t need to whip up another batch to cover bare spots this year. That’s a win in my book, but I do have some tips for those of you wondering how to store your flocked artificial tree, reassembly, and flakage (totally made that word up).
1. Store your tree in its original box if possible and in a temperature controlled room. No garages or attics. I’m pretty sure the summer heat will completely mess with your tree flock. I can’t be sure, but I do know that I stored mine in a hall closet and it looks great.
2. There will be flakage during breakdown and reassembly. A lot. This is almost a complete opposite from last year’s minimal flakage experience. Look at the images above. See the flakes on the floor from when I was putting up ornaments? Have a vacuum or broom handy. Wear something white if you do photos while you put up your ornaments. You don’t want to look like you’re in an ad for dandruff shampoo.
3. Lightly spray mist your tree (without lights) with water to tame the flakes. This will rehydrate the flock and keep a lot of flaking at bay.
4. Add more flock if you want. I didn’t because it actually held up really well this last year. Win!
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether you can use the DIY Tree Flock recipe on a tree with lights and on real trees. I can’t be 100% sure about the lights since I didn’t use any, but I don’t see a problem if you use LED lights. Some readers have told me that they used lights without a problem. Just make sure the flock is dry before turning the lights on. And real trees? Why the heck not?! Thankfully you won’t have to worry about storing it for next year. I know there are rules regarding trash pick up of real trees and flock. Might want to check your county rules regarding Christmas tree removal.
Do you prefer an au natural tree or a flocked tree? I’m 100% a flocked tree kind of girl.