Jingle bells are ringing — Christmas is in the air!
You probably don’t know it, but Christmas is one of my most favorite holidays!
The carols, the good tidings it brings, the food, the decorating! The coming together of the family to celebrate the occasion…and don’t forget the gifts! Or picking out the Christmas tree (for you lucky ones).
I bet if you haven’t done so already, you’re just about ready to go Christmas tree hunting. How fun!
Since you’re reading this post, I figure you’re interested in a special type of Christmas tree this year—the flocked Christmas tree. And why the ho ho ho not?
I am a BIG fan of flocked Christmas Trees! I just love how beautiful they look with their branches seemingly covered in tiny snowflakes that effortlessly gives your room such added flair.
However, I must admit that prior to doing research for this post, I didn’t have a clue what they were called. I simply used to call them snow-white Christmas trees. Am I the only one?
If you’ve never heard the term Flocked Christmas Tree before, and you’ve only stumbled upon this post by accident, then let’s get you up to speed by starting with the basics.
If you know a fair deal about this trendy Christmas decor, and you are simply trying to decide whether to finally get one, after putting it off for so long, then keep on scrolling.
But! If you don’t mind the read, then by all means grab a snack and enjoy. So…
Let’s start off with a quick definition and a brief history.
What Is A Flocked Christmas Tree?
The term ‘flocking’ refers to the process of attaching tiny fibers to a surface to create texture.
So, that means, technically, a flocked tree is one that has tiny (snow-like) fibers attached to it to give it some sort of texture by making it appear to be covered in snow.
These fibers are usually added with a flocking spray or powder (or a homemade concoction made from corn starch, water, glue (optional), and powder).
The idea of decorating your home with a white flocked Christmas tree started a few decades ago (in the early ’50s) and the tradition has lived on to become one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas season, to date.
If like me, you’re a Christmas enthusiast, a flocked tree is a must-have for your home.
Don’t you just love the look of a Christmas tree with fresh snow piled gently on top of each branch? I know I do!
A tree is the staple Christmas decoration. It is not only a fun way to bring the family together (who doesn’t enjoy gathering around the tree on Christmas morning, talking, laughing, and opening presents together?), but it just seems to top off your decorative efforts and add a gorgeous element to any room.
A beautifully decorated and equally lit tree is often the center of attention in most homes.
And what way is there to ring in the season than to share the Christmas spirit with others?
You don’t have to live up north to enjoy a white Christmas—buy a flocked Christmas tree, add a few ornaments, some lights and throw a couple of presents underneath and you’re good to go! You can even add some white decor (cushions, runners, curtains, accent pieces, and a large plush area rug) to really sell it.
A Few Things To Consider When Buying A Flocked Christmas Tree: Real Or Artificial
a. Flocked Christmas Tree Sizes – When you’re trying to decide whether a flocked tree (aka a frosted Christmas tree) or any tree at all, is the best fit for your home, one of the first things you need to factor in is size; the size of the room and the tree itself.
Will the tree be the centerpiece of your room?
If so, a taller, wider tree is a better option —if you have the space that is.
Say you already have a big tree and you intend to use the flocked Christmas tree as a secondary tree, then buying a smaller size would definitely make more sense.
If you are working with less space (a tiny room or apartment) then it would be a better bet to go with a tree that is less than 5 feet tall.
You wouldn’t want to spend so much money on a tree only to realize that it can’t even make it through your front door!
Thankfully, most stores or tree yards (I hope that’s what they’re called) offer a large selection of flocked Christmas trees at varying heights and widths, so a tree that fits you and your space perfectly shouldn’t be too hard to find.
PRO TIP: The average ceiling is 9 feet tall, so we recommend that you leave at least 2 feet between the tip of the tree and the roof. Be sure to measure the width and height of the room before buying a Christmas tree (bearing in mind how tall and wide the actual tree will be when placed on stands). Leaving enough space between the tip of the tree and the ceiling to hang the star or angel is a must.
b. Unlit /Pre-Lit Flocked Christmas Trees – In addition to size, another important consideration for your tree is whether or not you want one that’s pre-lit, or unlit. Neither option should be a problem.
If you enjoy stringing up the lights on the tree yourself, or with your kids, then an unlit tree is a wise choice.
However, if you’re the polar opposite and would prefer to just pull the tree out of the box and plug in the lights, then a pre-lit flocked Christmas tree is for you.
PRO TIP: If you buy a pre-lit artificial frosted Christmas tree and you’ll do the flocking yourself, please remember to let the flock dry completely before plugging in the lights! This may take up to 48 hours to do so.
c. The Shape of The Tree – For those of you who believe the shape of a Christmas tree is a key element, you can use the width and height of the room to help you decide which shape to get. The different shapes include full, slender, extra-full, spiral-shaped, upside down, flat-back, and quartered.
d. Your Budget: Christmas trees can be expensive; especially when you’re buying them closer to the start of Christmas. If you wish to spend a small amount of money on decorations this Christmas, consider your budget wisely.
If you aren’t careful, you can end up spending hundreds on a tree ALONE!
If you know how to do a flocked Christmas tree, then it may cost you less to do it yourself; although it can get a bit messy (scratch that: really messy). If you don’t, there’s always the option of buying a pre-done flocked Christmas tree at the store. Which I must admit, although I live for a good DIY, is the easier, less time-consuming option.
Flocking a tree can take up to 45 minutes to an hour —if you know what you’re doing and depending on the size tree and how heavy you’re going in on the flocking; the “snowier” the better.
If you can’t afford a real tree or you don’t want to be bothered with looking for one, then you can always get yourself an artificial flocked Christmas tree. The best part about it? They look just as nice. And real!
EXPERTS SAY: A budget buy can still make a statement!
e. Quality: Cheap is just as the name suggests. Pre-flocked trees of greater quality (especially real Christmas trees) tend to be more expensive. Decide whether an artificial tree or a live tree would best suit your needs.
Here are some questions to ask:
Is the tree new or used?
What material is it made of? Plastic? Metal? fabric, glass, or rattan?
Does it feel or look like the real thing?
What type of tree is it? Spruce, cedar, fir, or pine?
Which is the best brand? (Vickerman, Perfect Holiday, ABUSA, Aleko, King Of Christmas, Best Choice Products, National Tree Company, Winlyn et cetera)
Is it recyclable?
f. Durability: This goes hand-in-hand with quality. You’ll tend to find that better quality trees last longer. Before deciding to buy a tree, be certain of how long you desire it to last. Is it just a one-time use? Or, would you love to have the same tree for use each year?
Also, consider how long the flocking will last before you have to re-flock.
PRO TIP: Artificial flocked trees tend to last longer than real Christmas trees which tend to try up or shed needles more easily. With extra care, you can have a frosted Christmas tree for up to 10 years!
g. Use: Will it be for personal home use or for commercial spaces like a mall, or office, or park?
For most Flocked trees, it is not recommended that they are used as exterior decorations. Why? Simply because the weather conditions (rain, wind, and heat) can cause your tree to lose its flock quicker than you’d appreciate.
Where To Buy Flocked Christmas Trees
Like anything else, you can find so many Christmas decorations online, including tons of frosted Christmas trees.
Buying online is more convenient as you can check the reviews (to reassure yourself you’re making the right choices with a particular product), you can compare prices (while sipping on a cup of hot cocoa from the comfort of your home instead of out and about in the cold!), and BEST of all, is that your tree can be shipped right to you, and even delivered straight to your doorstep! (And who doesn’t want to save on gas?)
If you’re scarce on time and don’t mind shopping online, here are 3 of the most popular online retailers to shop the best flocked Christmas trees from:
1. Walmart (They have a Christmas trees clearance sale going on right now for select types)
2. Amazon (A Favorite among shoppers)
Here are 10 of Amazon’s Top picked Frosted Christmas Trees, under $100 (In no particular order)
These are some of the best flocked trees of 2020 (based on Amazon’s own standards). Regardless of your style, one of these is bound to make you take a double glance.
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Give your home a touch of elegance with this 6ft flocked white on green Christmas tree. It comes bearing hinged branches for easy storage and includes a heavy-duty metal stand.
Do you have a small living area at home? To share the Christmas cheer with your family without cluttering space, buy this six-foot Christmas tree from Perfect Holiday.
Its compact design sprinkled with flocked snow adds elegance and charm. It also has beautiful tips made from fire-resistant PVC which makes it safe to use if you have pets or kids at home.
Also available in 4ft & 5ft (See below).
This tree is only 4ft tall but is perfect if you’re tight on space. It comes with Pre-strung White Lights and a Stand. It’s pre-hinged branches make for easy setup and disassembly (for storage), and its sturdy metal base and fire-retardant needles (non-allergenic) give it high points on the durability scale.
This one is similar to number 1 above, just a foot shorter, and not as heavily flocked.
If you would absolutely love to have a tree, this year, but don’t wish to splurge on a natural Christmas tree, then this one is a more cost-effective choice.
If you’re looking for a beautiful unlit Christmas tree, then this one may be the one for you. It’s only 3 feet tall so it won’t take up much space and can be easily tucked away after the Christmas celebrations are over. It’s a plus that it comes with a 1-year seasonal warranty.
Do you have 2 feet of space in your apartment that just seems to lack something? How about decorating that space with this beautifully crafted PVC tipped tree? It comes with a plastic stand too, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your floors (especially if you have hardwood floors or tiles) or furniture.
This tree is one of the cutest things. It’s only 12 inches so it can go just about anywhere. I would put something like this in my bedroom or entryway. The 8 warm white LED lights it comes with is bound to give a cozy glow to any space.
If you want the Frosted Xmas tree look, for your porch, patio, or entryway, without having an actual Christmas tree, or taking up too much space, then you’ll have luck going with a spruce bush like this one. It is 25 inches wide x 26 inches high, prelit, and beautifully adorned with pine cones. Plus, the tips of the branches were molded from real tree branches to give that authentic “living tree” appearance.
- This Beautiful Flocked Holiday Christmas tree in Snow Dusted Green comes with a wrapped construction.
- Thick snowy branches give this tree a full, healthy look, and its 6 ft stance surely makes a statement—the perfect addition to your seasonal decoration.
- The artificial Christmas tree comes with a metal stand for support
- A favorite in Artificial Christmas Trees: The tree features 670 beautiful snow-dusted pine tips with decorative pine cones.
Crafted with 600 branch tips and snow flocked leaves, this 6 ft Christmas tree is leafy and will give you an elegant look. Featuring simple style, there are no extra decorations on the tree, offering you plenty of space to hang ornaments. You can choose to decorate it with Christmas stockings, or colored balls and lights—it’s all about preference.
Also comes paired with a firm metal stand for added support all season round. Available in 7ft and 9ft as well!
This heavily flocked white on green appearance gives off elegant vibes and makes it an ideal centerpiece for the home.
Although it stands at 6 feet, you do not need any special tool to set it up. Grab a step ladder, or hubby’s sturdy shoulders, and have the kids help out. After all, decorating a tree is too much fun when the whole family is involved.
The material is durable as well as child-safe, making the Qualitex Flocked Artificial Christmas tree a preferred choice for homes. Its free folding metal frame makes it easy to store when not in use.
WARNING: Suitable for indoor use ONLY.
END NOTE: If you can grab one of these trees for less than $100 please do so at all costs!
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Flocked Christmas trees have managed to grab the attention of home decorators and Christmas enthusiasts for years and will continue to do so for years to come, and you can see why; they’re durable, beautiful, and add a unique touch to any space they occupy.
Bring your very own snow tree into your home and relish in the magic.
Will you be buying a Christmas tree this year?
Also, do you prefer your Christmas tree flocked or natural? Why?