Flocked Christmas Trees - Do's and Don'ts
What is Christmas Tree Flocking?
Christmas is a special time of year. It's a time when, well, time slows down, when we migrate inside into the warmths of our homes, into the warmth of each other. We like to take it one step further and we like, no - we love - to celebrate this time of year. We decorate our houses, outside and in, we buy presents, give and receive.
Then, of course, there is the Christmas tree. I won't go into the details of it's history - although it is very interesting - all I will say it is fundamentally one of the biggest aspects of Christmas. Big or small, wide or slim, decorated or undecorated - everyone has a Christmas tree.
Everyone, of course, is different. In recent year many new types of Christmas trees have come about, and by different I mean fake or artificial. The pre lit artificial Christmas tree has become one of the most popular trees in the last decade or so; there are now also aluminum Christmas trees, slim Christmas trees, and flocked Christmas trees.
The question: What is Christmas tree flocking?
Christmas tree flocking is when artificial snow is applied to the tree. It can be applied to both normal Christmas tree, as well as artificial Christmas trees, and, if applied correctly, can look almost identical to real snow. Already flocked Christmas trees are available; you can also buy a can of flocking mixtures to spray on yourself.
Flocked Christmas Trees Facts
Flocked Christmas trees are different breed to deal with; in other words don't expect the same kind of treatment as you would give a normal Christmas tree. There are many different aspects of Christmas tree flocking you should consider before you buy a flocked Christmas tree; there are also a few misconceptions you should understand.
You can either buy a pre flocked Christmas tree or you can turn your live tree into a flocked Christmas tree. Some nurseries will custom flock your tree with their special flocking mixtures; you get them to only flock certain part of the tree, such as the top branches, or just the middle branches. Nursery flocking mixture, made of cellulose, is usually better than the store bought flock. If you are feeling really lazy you can buy a pre lit flocked Christmas tree, although these are closer to being an artificial Christmas tree than a live one.
One of the biggest reasons why people choose to buy a flocked Christmas tree is because the flocking mixture will seal the tree in a way that not much moisture will escape; this will therefore, in theory, keep the Christmas tree from drying out thus making it last longer. Although this is a factor in the trees life, the flocking process doesn't completely stop the watering process. A Christmas tree with flocking should still be watered periodically in order for it to live the longest.
There is a downside in having a flocked tree. Flocked trees, unfortunately are unable to be recycled. The flocking mixture contains too many chemicals for the tree to be recycled properly; when Christmas season is over you may be forced to to find an alternative to get rid of your Christmas tree.
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Make Your Own Flocked Christmas Tree
If you don't want to risk getting a tree that has already been flocked you can, instead, flock your own Christmas tree at home. Flocking kits can be bought at kraft and Christmas stores across the country; this a cheaper option then buying an already flocked tree.
Tips when flocking a Christmas tree:
- Flock the tree at daytime when there is little wind.
- Temperature required for flocking will be mentioned on the flocking mixture.
- Flock the Christmas tree after it has been set in the stand for a couple days and it's position has settled.
- Flock the tree starting at the top and moving downward; think of it like it's receiving a gentle snowfall.
- Use a back and forth when applying the flocking mixture.
- Flock the exterior before the interior of your flocked Christmas tree.
- Don't flock the underside of the branches.