Monday, December 25, 2006

How to flock a tree

Edna asks:
I would like to know how to make a HARD flocking for small Christmas trees; one that is maybe put on and dries permanent or is put on and covered with another product so that it does not come off. I have several little silk trees that I would love to have them covered with snow. I keep my Santa's out all year in my *little old house* and they need snow covered trees.

Edna, be prepared to spend some time doing this!

You can make hard flocking by painting a thick layer of white acrylic craft paint where you want the snow to be and then blowing craft flocking fibers onto it. The paint acts as an adhesive. Or you can ...

Make Your Own Christmas Tree Snow

Mix together the liquid starch and soap flakes in a bowl. Add the water and beat with a rotary egg beater until the mixture becomes thick and stiff. Add the food coloring a drop at a time while beating, until the snow becomes an icy-white color.

Paint on your Christmas tree branches. If you want, you can sprinkle some glitter on the "snow" while it's still wet.

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And for those of you who don't know what Flocking is... Wikipedia tells us:
It is a type of texture applied to a surface. Flocking is the process of depositing millions of little individual cut fiber particles (called "flock") onto the surface of an article for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile sensation, aesthetics, color and appearance, and/or a wide variety of other functions--such as insulation, slip-or-grip friction, etc.

Hope this helps!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, Judi...sounds like fun!