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How to Flock a Christmas Tree for Holiday Mini Sessions In Washington DC and Northern Virginia

photo of two flocked Christmas trees by photographer Alicia Potter of Timeless Moments by Presha

I know I'm a little late with this blog but they say better late than never. This was my first year hosting Holiday Mini photography sessions in my new area. I had a vision in mind and decided to bring it to fruition. I would love to share with you the process of building my set and the final outcome.

My first stop was jumping on Amazon and ordering another Christmas tree and all the materials to flock it. This year I decided I wanted a nice, fully flocked tree and what better way to get the results I want than to do it myself (plus have you seen the price for a 7.5ft flocked tree omg). Once everything arrived I setup my area outside on the patio and got to work. Here are the step by step directions and a quick video if you ever want to flock your own tree. Let me warn you, it is messy. But the end results were well worth the headache and clean up.

DIY Christmas Tree Flocking

Step 1: Gather your supplies

I used a large spray bottle filled with water, a metal kitchen strainer, a large tarp to protect my patio, flocking snow powder, a ladder and respirator mask. Also make sure to do it on a day that isn't windy.

Step 2: Set up your Christmas tree

My advice here is to take the time to fluff your tree. Not only will this make your tree appear fuller, you will get maximum snow coverage this way.

Step 3: Work in small sections

I really wish I had known this tip from the beginning. The instructions on my bag of flock was very vague and simply stated spray the water and shake the flock at the same time. Simple enough right? Wrong! The better way to do this is by moving in small sections and spraying one small section down with water first, then shaking the flocking powder while also continuously spraying a nice mist to activate the powder. By doing this you have a better chance of fully saturating the powder and not having a mess, like I did, when you attempt to move your tree back indoors.

I worked from top to bottom and moved around the tree. I finished the tree off with a good spray down and let it dry for 24 hours. If I had to do it again, I would definitely cover my hair with something. I had so much fun doing this and the trees photographed beautifully for my photography sessions. Leave any questions or comments at the bottom and I will be sure to get back to you. Here's a time-lapse video of the process so you can get a better idea of what it looks like.

While the trees were drying I made what was supposed to be a quick trip to my favorite holiday shopping store Hobby Lobby . I can always count on them to do two things, have some amazing props to design my setup and take all my coins. Here's a quick video of my haul.

After getting back home and bringing the trees back inside, I busied myself working on my photography setup in my basement studio and here are the final results.

Thanks again for following. If you live in the Washington DC and Northern Virginia area, or plan on visiting, let me help you document your moments in time. Fill out the contact form and I'll be in touch for a complimentary consultation. I can't wait to hear from you.


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