How to Flock a Christmas Tree with a Can of Ceiling Texture

Has anyone used the normal “flocking” powder or flocking spray? I’ve heard it’s very messy and hard to use.  I wasn’t about to go out and buy a product to flock my tree with when I haven’t heard the best reviews. So when I heard a genius tip from a friend on Instagram, I had to try it and share it with you guys! I can’t wait to share with y’all how I flocked my Christmas Tree with a can of ceiling texture.

How to flock a Christmas tree with a can of ceiling texture

You know I’m a fan of repurposing household items to create fun home decor and craft projects. I’m especially a fan of using household items that I already have on hand!

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Let me share with you the can of ceiling texture I’ve used for a flocking spray.

I’m sure any can of ceiling texture would work, this is just the product I already had.

Most ceiling texture cans have different settings and I used the medium setting. I would imaging that the heavier, or larger texture setting would create a “heavier” flocked look. Play with the settings and test a part of the tree first before you start flocking.

Let me show you the “before” picture of my sad and ugly green Christmas Tree.  I’ve had this tree for years, and thought about getting rid of it many times because it looked so cheap, but something told me to hang on to it! I’m so glad I did.

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Here is a close up so you can see how fake the leaves looked before I flocked it.

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Now let’s start to flock this Christmas tree!

Where did that word come from by the way?  When I looked it up in Wikipedia it says Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface.  

First I would advise that you find an outdoor area to spray the tree. You could even use a garage but I would not suggest spraying the texture in the house. Even though it is meant to be sprayed on an inside wall, you don’t want to spray this stuff all over your floor and home.

The first thing I did was test a small piece of the tree and decide on the perfect setting. Then I started spraying the bottom of the tree and worked my way up.

I’m sure you could start by spraying the top and working your way down, but this way made sense to me.

Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface.

Here is another shot of the Christmas tree after it was “flocked.”

How to flock a Christmas tree with a can of ceiling texture

I didn’t go overboard with the spray ceiling texture, mainly because I just wanted a hint of “snow.” The best part about this project is that you can create as much of a “flocked” look as you want.

I’ve seen other bloggers spray their Christmas tree with white paint before they used the ceiling texture to give it a real white look. The ceiling texture really sticks to the tree in clumps and makes it look like real snow.

Here are a few more pictures of the tree decorated with my own DIY flocking spray.

How to flock a Christmas tree with a can of ceiling texture
How to flock a Christmas tree with a can of ceiling texture
How to flock a Christmas tree with a can of ceiling texture

I think the faux “flocking spray” really gives the tree a new look. I’m so glad I decided to keep this old Christmas tree and give it new life with a can of spray texture.

For those of you who aren’t into creating your own flocking spray out of ceiling texture, I’ve shared a few real flocking products that have great reviews:

The SnoFlock is a neat product if you want that heavy snow look. Like if you want the edges of your tree to be heavily flocked.

This flocking spray is the stuff you see all over the big box stores. It is the regular old generic flocking spray. I’ve used it once and it worked well!

Now I’m off to flock some more Christmas trees! Thanks for stopping by friends.

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28 thoughts on “How to Flock a Christmas Tree with a Can of Ceiling Texture

  1. I’ve never sprayed my tree, I like to keep it green, but I do remember using those sprays when I was a kid and they were messy. Though when you are a kid messy is good. This is a great idea, though and it may be more lasting than the other snow sprays. Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  2. Okay, this looks like so much fun I almost want to go and buy a little tree just to try it out! Actually…with a 2-year-old in the house, a little tree would be perfect. ???? Now to convince the Husband. ???? Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  3. Love this! I am obsessed with Flocked Trees. I didn’t want to buy the messy powder either so i just sprayed mine with the regular snow can. It clearly says not for flocking but i didn’t spray it heavy. Just enough to see the hints of white to update the look. Your tree looks amazing and will have to try this out next year if I don’t get me a flocked tree after the holiday. lol
    stopping by #Alittlebitofeverything Linkup

    1. Hi Jann,
      I’m so sorry about not having the link back. I link my posts through a third party website called Link Party Animal so after I set it to link up I forget about linking back. Tell me your website again and I will link back to your party. So sorry again.

  4. Yours is about 3rd. flocked tree have seen in this last week.Have to admit like idea of using ceiling texture instead of actual flocking product. Have never cared for flocking when it was so popular few years ago but for some unknown reason all of a sudden like the look. Think would help our little 4 ft.faux tree we bought tonight at Family $ look better. Is just the two of us sr. citizens and actually were going to do without a tree until we went in tonight on way home.Your tree looks so pretty with the flocking and minimal decorations. If I can talk Mr.Furry into it will hit Ace Hardware for some ceiling texture tomorrow. You’ve sure inspired me. Now if I can inspire hubs,lol.
    Have wonderful Sunday

  5. Perfect plan for an out of dated tree. I have two trees but want another one, instead of several hundred on a flocked tree I will scour thrift stores and try this idea. Especially with painting it white first.

  6. I tried the can. Big flop. I actually took 4 cans back and then bought the dry popcorn ceiling mix (In a box) at Lowes. Kept wetting my tree throwing more and more and wetting more and more. Messy, yes. Bringing it in was pretty messy too. Now its decorated and lovely. Lots of flock.

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