postheadericon How to Create a Wintery and Snowy Christmas Tree Without Flocking It

Four Parts:Planning and PreparingAdding Core DecorationsAdding Snow-Flocked DecorationsCreating Your Own Snow-Flocked DecorationsCommunity Q&A

Snowy trees are a familiar sign to many around the holiday season. The crystal icy sparkling wonderland can inspire many to want to recreate this effect indoors for their holiday decorations. One option can be just go to a store in person or on the web and purchase what is called a flocked tree. Another way is to buy what is called spray snow or flocking snow but who wants to go through the hassle, mess and fumes of using that stuff? Thankfully this article will show you a very clever way to get the flocked snowy tree look without the hassle or the cost.

Steps Part 1 Planning and Preparing 1 Think how snow falls and looks. The goal of this project is to produce an effect that resembles the Winter Wonderland that comes with a winter day. If your in a winter climate step outside and admire how the ice traces every little branch or paints the items it touches, how fresh fallen snow glistens or how snow clumps on the evergreens. If you don’t live in such a climate, research books and web galleries for ideas. 2 Consider how snowy your tree is going to look. You might just want to add a few glimmers of silver or white here and there with some crystals to create just a “kiss of ice” look. Or you might want to all go out with almost covering the tree with clusters and clumps of white ornaments for a snowy mountain look. Here you are not limited to the selections, amounts of “snow” on the tree as well as what it covers or the prices of flocked trees available in stores. In fact you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to create a high end flocked look without the high end price tag. 3 Choose what kind of tree to use. You might want an artificial tree. While any plain green artificial tree will be adequate for this project , a tree with needles in a grayish, silvery, or bluish-green color will really make the frosty look really authentic. Alternatively, you can use a fresh cut tree. When choosing a natural tree you can always just choose any tree kind that you want, but if you want a really frosty look consider the silvery blue spruce. Another option is the Fraser Fir with it’s dark green needles up-swept revealing a silvery gray underside. Other options include the soft needled white pines or other silvery fir species. Part 2 Adding Core Decorations 1 Choose the lights in the color scheme you desire. Classic white lights are always a safe choice. It’s a great idea to use lights of different shapes, sizes and textures in the same colors to add interest. Some have bulbs that come in frosted and other finishes with all the lights the same shape. Some sets have different shapes and sizes within one set. Because of the new LED lights out there there are more options of colors including the whites. Cool whites have blue and warms are more yellowish. Pure whites have no colors in them like white printing paper. However the color of the white as well as the brightness of the set, even with the same name, varies by brand, so you should experiment with different brands to find the tone of white or any other color that you are looking for or try to see the set lit in person. 2 Place the lights on the tree evenly and neatly. There are many ways and opinions on the web and books, magazines to do this. Despite all claims there is no magic number of lights per foot you need to put on it. How you do it is up to you as each different size or shape of bulb, kind of bulb, length of the strand requires a different technique. The shape of the tree and its fullness will also affect how you put your lights on it. Just arrange the bulbs evenly and make sure the wires and plugs are as hidden as possible. Remove those annoying spare bulb and/or fuse packages and the UL labels if they are too obvious. You can use white wire lights on a green tree. This will give you a winter snow laying on the tree or candle effect which will go well with this decorating idea. Strands constructed like icicles or curtains can be just placed on the tree and each icicle can be wrapped on a branch left to hang freely. 3 Place the tree topper on. After doing the top lights of the tree (or all your lights) do the tree topper now so there’s no risk of a decorated tree falling down with your decorations being destroyed.Many tree toppers come with white lights and gorgeous textures including faceted bulbs that resemble gemstones or pearls or are made of shells called capiz shells which resemble mother of pearl which make excellent choices for a frosty look. 4 Cover the stand with an attractive tree skirt. If your tree stand is attractive you can skip this step. If it’s not you can purchase a yard of fancy fabric or humble felt or satin and wrap it around the tree stand. Or you can purchase a ready made tree skirt or sew your own. For a very snowy look consider anything white, gray or silver. Part 3 Adding Snow-Flocked Decorations 1 Assemble an assortment of flocked ornaments, floral bushes, floral picks, garlands to fill the tree. Look around for glittery, snowy, flocked decorations found in many stores. You also find artificial wreathes, garlands, swags already flocked you can break apart using wire cutters and wire them to the tree using floral wire or a thick jewelry wires. You can also just tuck these decorations in the tree. Also available in stores are bowl fillers which can can made of feathers, sticks, or be a collection of pine cones, white flowers or fruit. You can also snake ready made flocked floral garlands in the tree by going around and around the circumference of the tree and tucking those deep within up against the trunk of the tree. Be also on the look out for floral picks with variegated holly and other plants which can really make an unique effect. Variegated means white on green leaves. There are also picks with soft velvety greenish gray leaves ( Sage, Dusty Miller) and also grayish, silvery ferns that can really resemble a fresh dusting of snow or frost. 2 Neatly arrange garlands in rows or swags in the tree. These are the garlands that are not the floral ones (crystals, beads, ribbons, roping, tinsel). The more wavy the pattern is the longer length of garlands you are going to need. For shorter garlands and precision in placing the garlands in exact areas use ornament hooks. This prevents sliding and slipping as well. Choose your garlands with care. The more intricate in shape a garland is the more easier it is to get tangled! Also garlands with items on the ground like snowmen and trees will look wacky with those items upside down. Also intricate garlands can make the tree look too busy. Try hanging too short garlands vertically like icicles. Snowflake garlands look really pretty like this. Icicle garlands not so much. White or silver tinsel velvet ribbon or pure white or silver velvet,satin, white feather boas, tulle or whatever material will look lovely with a flocked tree effect. A cute idea is to take icicle garlands and swag them around the very bottom of the tree which makes it look like it’s wearing a fringe skirt. 3 Use basic ornaments in silver, white, gray colors, and translucent (cloudy), transparent (clear) opacity, as the base for your tree. These are the ornaments you have a lot of. One of the most popular options is simply the ball (or other shapes) ornaments that are made of glass or plastic that come in a multitude of finishes and textures. But you don’t have to jump on this bandwagon. Why not try chandelier pendents, crochet snowflake ornaments, snowmen, or all icicles? For a fun musical tree consider purchasing metal silver instead or glass or plastic bells and using those as a basic ornaments. Play with textures and randomness. The snow and ice outside is not just one texture and icicles are not all one perfect shape. Cloning gets repetitive and boring. Forget the “Murder She Wrote” snowflake clones you see every where. Use ones with individuality just like nature does. 4 Add your original ornaments you treasure to the arrangement. Don’t be afraid to become creative and adjust the suggestions in this article to your own desires. The snow outside doesn’t choose a specific color to cover outside. Part 4 Creating Your Own Snow-Flocked Decorations 1 Paint your desired decor with iridescent white paint or a icy glazing medium. Depending on the material your using there is a white iridescent paint suitable for that surface. Different kinds of paint and finishes in the paint will give you different appearances so experiment on scraps before using an desired items. Be careful when choosing specific shades of white to get a pure white or bluish white. Warm white lights with brown or yellow-like ivory or cream decorations will result in a tree that looks like mayonnaise and not snow. Avoid greenish whites, or you’ll end up with a cream of pea soup or green alien blob invasion. 2 Cover your desired decorations with the diverse forms of white and/or silver glitter. Glitter comes in many form and textures now. Those fruit decorations you see in the department stores are all covered in what is called glass glitter or glass microbeads. If you are not finding the glitter you want try shopping online on eBay, Etsy or a craft shop. If the normal glitter in the crafts department is too coarse (big particles) consider purchasing body glitter used in make up. This glitter is very fine like salt or sugar. 3 Spray the flocking on the decor yourself. This way you can take the messy flocking/spray snow stuff outside and avoid the huge cleanup and harmful fumes inside. 4 Consider doing a number of snowy Christmas decoration crafts. Using glue and strings as well as balloons you can create lovely string structure ornaments that are really cool. Take plain styrofoam balls and cover them with paper mache, clay, plaster, Mod Podge, paint white and roll in glitter. Another approach is taking the same balls and covering them with white or silver shimmering fabric, and/or gluing and pinning on ribbons, sequins, buttons, rhinestones, pearls, cotton balls, decorative trimmings other jewels until the ball is completely covered. If you are into jewelry you can easily find or make ornaments of icicles and snowflakes with beads and wires. Look around for ideas in books or on the web. Make a String Ornament Make a Yarn Pompom using sparkling white yarn. Make Borax Crystal Ornaments Make Tassels using sparkling white yarn.

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