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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 to flock a Christmas Tree with a can of ceiling texture.

flocked 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.

ceiling texture

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.

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

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

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.  

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

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.

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

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.

flocking a Christmas tree

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

I used long, even strokes and moved slowly around the tree and up. When I got to the top I took a step back to make sure I didn’t see any “bare spots.”

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.

My flocked Christmas tree

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.

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. If you want to see more of my Christmas decor, you might enjoy a few of my holiday posts.

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  1. What a great idea, it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Homestead Blog Hop!

  2. […] the more I can see my style leaning towards muted colors and a vintage style. I love the look of flocked greenery with hints of reds and greens, but nothing too bright or […]

  3. kim says:

    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.

  4. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Thanks for the great tip Lindsey, The tree looks fantastic now.

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  6. What a great idea! Your tree (and room) look fantastic!

  7. That looks awesome–great idea! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs.

  8. I’ve never come across this before. What a difference it makes and it looks like a totally different tree. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  9. Sheri K. says:

    This looks so great! Never would have thought to use that product. Thanks so much for joining the To Grandma’s House We Go link party!

  10. Leanna says:

    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.

  11. What a great way to bring a fake looking tree to life! It looks so much better after the flocking, and I’d never have thought to do that. Well done! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  12. What a great idea! I’ve got a few old wreaths that are looking sad. I’m going to give this a try on them. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinned.

  13. JaneEllen Jones says:

    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

  14. Jann Olson says:

    What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Again, not seeing a link back to the party. 🙁

    • 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.

  15. lemons2408 says:

    Now that is really cool – perfect for a farmhouse theme! Love it!

  16. Well this is so neat! It looks awesome! I LOVE your decorations on the tree too! Everything looks so Christmasy.

    Thanks for sharing.

  17. 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

  18. playdatesparties says:

    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!

  19. JESS44903 says:

    SO pretty!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  20. Teresa B says:

    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!

  21. Clever girl. 🙂

  22. Karen Dennis says:

    This looks great and is something that I would never have thought of doing #inspirememonday@_karendennis