Flocked Christmas trees have always seemed a bit comical to me living in Southern California but this year, I just couldn’t resist. Last year’s mantel was classic and gold, this year I wanted to change it up without spending a thousand dollars on decorations. The flocked Christmas tree adds a bit of whimsy and plays off perfectly to the $3 white houses that I got in the Target Dollar Spot.
I was surprised that a flocked Christmas tree was such an easy DIY project. Thanks to My Vintage Porch, I loosely followed her instructions and love the result.
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DIY Flocked Christmas Tree
These trees are from Hobby Lobby and were $3. They are the perfect size for the mantel and easy to fluff up.
Next step is to give them a good coat of white spray paint, I used this white chalk paint. I did from all angles too, including from the bottom up to make sure it was fully coated with just a bit of green peaking through.
While the paint was still wet, I sprayed it with adhesive and then dumped on the fake snow. I used an old bucket to contain the mess.
Once it was coated, I sprayed it with another layer of adhesive and then sprinkled on the baking soda. The snow that I bought was iridescent and I was too lazy to return it. The baking soda toned it down a bit.
Something I learned for next time, I’d attach a wire to the top of the tree so I could life and move the tree around without flocking my own fingers and smooshing the fluff on the top branch.
Flocked Christmas Tree Mantel
I loved the white ceramic houses from the Target Dollar Spot this year. I’ve always wanted one of those quaint Christmas ceramic house villages and this is probably going to be as close as I get.
Last year I laid the garland on top of the mantel but this year, I wanted something a little cleaner looking since the trees were so busy. Hanging it worked out great and I added in some live greenery into it to give it some depth. The wood nativity scene is this one from Melissa and Doug. The girls love to play with it and it keeps them from touching my vintage one in the other room.
To add height to the houses, I used some of my cake stands that I already had. The gold reindeer votive candle holders were from Hobby Lobby last year. The red bulbs are from Hobby Lobby as well. They came in branches and I just cut them into smaller bundles. Some of the extra snow from the flocking made for the perfect topping to finish off the mantel.
The big red bulbs give it a pop of color and work with the red beads in the garland. Plus it will tie in perfectly with our red stockings on Christmas morning. They will wait for Christmas morning since Little Nugget pulled one down on her head last year.
I’m super happy for how they turned out and the entire mantel cost me under $50!