There are at least 11 things that you need to know when getting and decorating a flocked tree. Let’s tackle how to pick one out, set it up, and decorate it perfectly. All in keeping with your style. There is nothing more beautiful than a divinely flocked, decorated tree.
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2020 Christmas Tour of Trees
This is my second time to participate in the 4th Annual Christmas Tree Blog Hop that is being hosted by Michelle James over at OurCraftyMom.com We are being joined by over 20 fantastic blogs to lend beauty to our magical holiday season this year. Drop by and visit each one when you wrap up here.
A Flocked Tree Finally…
A flocked tree is something that I have wanted for quite some time. Finally, last year we decided to jump in and get one. We have always put up multiple trees, so one more to decorate wasn’t a reach, but the details of picking it out and how to decorate it would be.
Let’s get to those 11 Things You are Going to Need to Know When Getting and Decorating a Flocked Tree:
- The first thing that you are going to need to decide when you are going to pick out your new flocked tree is what size you will want. You might want to consider where you will be putting it. That might determine the height, and possibly the circumference. Make sure you allow for the height of a tree topper. A slim tree might be a great choice for small, tight spaces.
- Type of tree itself is a personal preference: Some people like the looks of a pine. A fir tree might be your favorite or possibly yours is a spruce. Do you want branches close together, full & thick or trim & sparse?
- I feel that if you are getting a flocked tree, then the investment of getting a pre-lit one is definitely worth it. Should you be wanting a color theme, then you could just add color lights to it, also.
- Let’s jump the gun just a little for this detail: You need to keep in mind from the beginning as to how you will be storing this tree after Christmas is over. Your flocked tree will survive better if stored in a climate controlled area, as well as, dry and cool.
- Fluffing the flock. I had never really thought about this until I got mine out this year. Yep, before you can begin decorating a flocked tree it must be fluffed! Guess what I did to find answers to the best way to do this… Yep, I Googled it. I found this great post with a few other details that are very read worthy over at Curls and Cashmere.
Old clothes and tube socks will be your best friend for this chore. Now, start fluffing and separating the branches.
A Flocked Tree Can Be Done in So Many Colors & Ways
6. Deciding on the color that I will be decorating my flocked tree will be the place where I start. After giving it a lot of thought, I decided to visit a couple of local Christmas stores that have amazing trees. This is where I get some ideas and inspiration. (Who am I kidding, I shop a little, too!)
Here are a few of the colors that I toyed with using this year:
I settled on red. Mainly, because I had a lot of red decorations, but I also was putting it in the same room with another tree that I was using a similar farmhouse style and look that I wanted it to blend with.
7. Making choices about whether you use ribbon, mesh or maybe even berry garland strands. This will be helpful for taking up space, filling holes, adding additional textures and color. I not only used red berry garlands in various sizes, I also use a garland of grapevine which red berries were woven with. I love the way it filled and fit the lookin in my tree perfectly.
8. Picks and stems are great to have for height, and definition. They also add a designer decorator aspect to a tree. In my opinion they give it that “polished” look. A spectacular final touch.
The red berry sign, I just lucked into. I know it’s not for every one, but I’m not the norm I have figured out…
9. Ornaments are the “jewelry” for your Christmas tree. Finding the perfect ones for decorating a flocked tree would be fun. Basic balls (26 count) of the color of choice is the foundation of where I start.
I use a variety of sizes:
- 2.36″ red 26 pk
- 4″(100mm)red 12 pk
- 4″(100mm)red/burgundy holographic glitter
- 4″(100mm)red pattern 4pk
- 6″(150mm)red glitter 2pk
- 8″(200mm)sonic red
- 10″(250mm)sonic red
You may want to consider which sizes you use based on the size of tree you use. I save the smaller Christmas balls for the very last to add wherever there might be a hole.
Homemade ornaments are great to work in if they work well with the look you are wanting. These one-of-a-kind items are hard to beat. They can range from simple to quite complex if you are willing to put in the time and effort.
They can sometimes bring the whole project together. Take for instance these plain glass balls that I added a cutting of ribbon to. They worked perfectly. Check out the details here on this easy DIY ornament project.
Now, should you not be the crafty kind you can still find some of those one of a kind ornaments that will lend a perfect personal touch to the character of the theme.
The fun ornaments are the pièce de résistance. This is where you give it real pizzazz. You can further theme it at this point even further. I’m going to throw a few ideas in here, but it could be SO MANY THINGS!
- Animals – Cats, Dogs, or Birds – Maybe even on species in general; Cardinals or Peacocks
- Favorite Sports Teams
- Movie Genre– Star Wars, Marvel, or Star Trek
- Characters – Barbie, Cartoons, Etc.
- Focus Items – Snowmen, Stars, or Santa’s
- Keepsakes – Store bought or maybe even homemade collectibles
- Menagerie – Antique jingle bells, snowflakes, lanterns, homemade ornaments, etc.
10. Finding the perfect Christmas tree topper will be the next item that you will want to select. It can be made from the ribbon or mesh you have in your tree. A store bought one is always an option. One can be crafted with a blend of beautiful ornaments and stems.
Personally, if I am decorating a tree I usually place my topper on before I begin decorating. This way I decorate around it and don’t have to move things afterward. I can skip adding very many ornaments around the top, especially if I use a bow that has streamers that go down the tree.
Want details on making bows that look like this? I have went over them in a Bow Making Vlog from last year.
11. The finishing touch is the Christmas tree skirt. Store bought is definitely the most simple way to go, but the ideas are limitless. I use a utility tin to set my flocked Christmas tree on. My tree was only 6.5 feet, so I wanted it to be taller. The tin was rectangular. Most tree skirts are round. So I knew I needed to come up with some ideas.
Spending on a tree skirt that wouldn’t even fit well wasn’t really an option. I had an extra roll of red burlap, so I went to work on making a make-shift skirt. Knowing that this would not be the Christmas tree that would have presents under it, I just need it to look good. That is exactly what I achieved with this simple DIY Burlap Tree Skirt for Under $5.
Best Way to Decorate ANY Christmas Tree
The very best way to decorate a flocked tree for me is lined out in the above details. BUT before I can start decorating ANY Christmas tree, whether it’s one Christmas tree or SEVEN (yes, that’s how many we are putting up this year): Pour up a cup of Southern Redneck Eggnog or make a delicious Southern “Loaded” Hot Chocolate. Next, I put on Christmas music or movies. Let the flurry of Christmas decorating begin.
You are in for such a treat. Go fix you something delish to sip on, sit back and start scrolling. Check out the page of each one of these lovely Christmas trees. You are going to the homes of some amazing bloggers with just a keystroke you will enter their winter wonderland!
Enjoy and Merry Christmas Y’all!
Welcome To The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog HopBe sure to visit all the participating bloggers below for gorgeous holiday decorating ideas for your Christmas tree. Our Crafty Mom // Sustain My Craft Habit // Red Cottage Chronicles // Celebrate and Decorate Jenron Designs // 2 Bees In A Pod // Virginia Sweet Pea // From House To Home Tribe of Burton // Across the Boulevard // Intelligent Domestications // Simply Beautiful By Angela Modern on Monticello // Redneck Rhapsody // Purple Hues and Me // My Pinterventures Zucchini Sisters // One Thousand Oaks // Raggedy Bits // Southern Yankee DIY // Oh Fiddle Dee Dee My Sweet Home Living // Pretty DIY Home // Michelle James Designs // Daily DIY Life Happily Ever After, etc. // Kippi at Home // Simple Nature Decor // Design Morsels
For Even More Trees….
Last years was my first Christmas Tree Blog Hop. It was actually a 2 day event with over 40 bloggers!!! So, if you are looking for even more ideas take a look at these.