Now that the store is in full Holiday garb…
it usually takes me about three weeks, to recuperate from this decorating extravaganza.
Although I am not quite ready to deck the halls here at home, I have already ordered my tree, which I will put up in the third week of November. I love the BEAUTY and FABULOUS aroma of a “real” tree, but am not a fan of all the needles.
For the last four or five years, I have opted for a real tree that has been FLOCKED.
This could be…
This gives me the best of both worlds, as the flocking glues the needles together, so there is little or no mess.
Flocking trees is not a NEW idea…in 1960, if a girl had
cute shoes and a vacuum….anything was possible!
Found a little more current recipe for those of you who are both “brave and daring”.
A little “HOW TO”…
Things You’ll Need
- Christmas tree
- Can of aerosol flocking or homemade flocking
- Small paintbrush
- Safety glasses
- Face mask
- 2/3 cup liquid starch
- 2 cups soap flakes
- Blue food coloring
Combine 2/3 cup starch with 2 cups of soap flakes in a medium bowl.
Stir in 2 to 4 tbsp. of water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture has a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in food coloring a drop at a time until you have a glistening white color.
Put the tree securely in a tree stand, and take it outside and set it on a flat, level surface, such as a sidewalk or driveway. Put on safety glasses or goggles and a face mask.
Spray or brush the flocking gently down and across the outer tops of the branches, starting at the top of the tree and working your way down. It is better to have to apply a second coat than to have too much.
Work around and down the tree, applying an even, light application of flocking. Flock only the top sides of the boughs; snow would not cling to the undersides in nature.
Sprinkle a light coat of glitter before the flocking dries if you are using homemade flocking.
Allow the flocking to dry completely before putting the tree in your house.
I have not tried this method, but do plan to give it “the old college try” on a sweet “charlie brown” tree for my kitchen. Will keep you posted on the results.
These two snappies are part of an article that feature our home, from a previous Christmas.
Many thanks to Style at Home magazine
for featuring a small bit, of our “old crooked house”
in their special Christmas issue this season.