Out of all exciting and curious traditions that come with Christmas, one is flocking. In simple words, the adhesive and cellulose fiber mixture that we spray on the Christmas trees to satisfy our longing of a white Christmas.
To be precise, the process of adorning the tree with artificial snow is what’s known as flocking.
If you think the lights and ornaments are enough to decorate your Christmas tree, think again. There is still something to add that “wow factor” to it. This time, try something new, like flocking.
Flocking your tree gives it the snow-kissed glow, and there’s something beautiful and nostalgic about it. A look was found on the real trees in the forest. So, transform your home into a true winter wonderland this Christmas.
Want to know more about flocking, how it came to be when it was founded, and more. Read this article to find out.
THE FLOCKING HISTORY:
You must think this process is something. You’ll be surprised to know the truth. The flocking started way back in the 1800s. However, it was flour or cotton that did the trick at that time. Then in 1929, Popular Mechanic recommendations varnish, corn starch, and flakes of the silicate mineral mica came into the picture.
It started to get attention in the late 1950s and 1960s when aluminum trees and other glitzy decor became natural. Then Son-Flok home kits started becoming famous. You use a gun attached to a vacuum cleaner, and voilà flocked tree!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND FLOCKING:
We know the basics of flocking, but what exactly is flocking? Scientifically speaking, flocking is attaching tiny fibers to a surface to create texture. Other than decoding Christmas trees, the process is used in fashion, home decor, and crafts.
So now let’s talk about U.S’s biggest flock manufacturer, the Peak Seasons. These guys use the paper pulp as fiber, corn starch as adhesive, and boron as a flame retardant to prepare a flocking mixture.
They started with putting toilet paper in the grinder that then comes out as powder. The problem was specific bright colors. For that reason, cotton is used as fiber, which resulted in the baby powder-like final product.
That’s where flock machines come in, like the Mighty Sno-Blower. They are responsible to fluff-up the powder. It includes a big tank to hold different amounts of the flock. Then a hose that pumps the powder. A gun at the end mixes it with water mist, and the flock is born.
HOW TO MAKE FLOCK AT HOME?
Now that flocked Christmas trees are becoming famous, the local stores have started including pre-flocked trees to their inventory around the holiday season. However, some DIY-enthusiasts still think preparing one at their home is more fun, and we agree.
Just as the pre-flocked trees, you can quickly get the flocking powder from practically any store. But then again, making it at home could be a lot more fun. So if you have the love to create and time in your hands, you should try this DIY flock recipe at home.
So get your notepad from the kitchen or whatever you need to jot this down. Just remember this mixture won’t last for a whole year. If you are planning to keep your tree around, better go with the traditional flocking powder.
This recipe is for people who are OK with throwing their tree in the bin the next day. Here’s what you are going to need to prepare this DIY flock:
- 2 cups white soap shavings
- 2/3 cup liquid cornstarch or white glue
- Four tablespoons of warm water
Once you have all the ingredients, mix them, and flock your Christmas tree like you usually do. There are a few things you must keep in mind, though, here they are:
TIPS FOR FLOCKING YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE THIS YEAR:
If you want to make sure that the flock you are making is the best and looks the most natural, make sure you keep these things in mind:
- Before you go on and decorate the tree with any of the lights, ornaments, or tinsel, always flock it first.
- Start the project roughly two days before Christmas, because the flock takes around 20 to 48 hours for drying.
- Leave the underside be while you are flocking the tree with flocking powder.
- Only flock the tips of the tree branches.
- Let some of the flocking mixture to fall on the branches below.
- Don’t spread the flocking mixture on the needles.
On the last note, if you are using flocking powder on an artificial tree, throw a cotton cloth over it to store it. Trees with the DIY flocking powder we just learned can be left on the curb or recycled with any remaining flock on it.