Flocked Christmas trees are my absolute favorite. I’m in love with winter, including the snow and magic coming with it, which is why I love the snowy look on Christmas trees so much. My very first Christmas tree when I lived on my own was a real flocked long needle pine and I couldn’t have loved it more. In fact, the flock preserved it so well, I had it up until late March! Two years ago when looking to buy an artificial tree, I knew I wanted a flocked look. I looked for a long time to find this 7.5 snowy pine for less than $350!
I know decorating for Christmas in early November might not be for everyone, but I love having everything up for as long as possible. In today’s post, I want to share how to quickly decorate a flocked Christmas tree. This is perfect if you need to get Christmas decorations up in a jiffy or want to stick to a lower budget. Ornaments can add up and end up costing a lot. This is a great way to get a unique festive look without breaking the bank.
Keep It Simple
First up on how to decorate a flocked Christmas Tree is to leave it as is. One reason I love flocked Christmas trees is they look good on their own, especially if you buy the right kind. I’m partial to spruce or long-needle pine Christmas trees versus Fraser Firs. To me, they look so lush and elegant. Once they have a nice dusting of flock, they just seem so magical and realistic. If you plan on leaving your tree plain, make sure you’re getting a high-quality tree. Ours is a 7.5 feet tree and we have 10-foot ceilings in our apartment.
Layer Tree Collar & Skirt
I love a good tree skirt but I also love tree collars. The next step on how to decorate a flocked Christmas tree is to layer both a tree skirt and a collar. You could do one or the other, but if you are leaving your tree plain without ribbon or ornaments, I think it adds a nice pop. Having both gives the tree more texture and depending on the look you’re going for, cozier and inviting. I’ve had this faux-fur tree skirt for years and it still looks as good as new. I’m pretty sure I’ve washed it once and it came out looking great. I know this one is a bit of an investment, so I found a more affordable option here and here.
There are so many different tree collars but the galvanized ones are my favorite. I chose this one because it has gold accents. Plus, it isn’t one solid piece so even if your tree is already up, you can put it around underneath without having to lift the tree. I’m sharing a few other tree collars I like below.
How to Add Ribbon to a Christmas Tree
Ribbon can be very daunting. Looking at photos of perfectly decorated Christmas trees on Pinterest, I can definitely get overwhelmed. However, a few years ago, I learned a trick and it completely changed my outlook on using ribbon!
Use Wired Ribbon
This is a gamechanger. The wire in the ribbon will let you manipulate easily so you can get exactly the look you want. This is crucial when you need it to “fluff” or flow over a particular branch and then tuck into the tree. Ribbon without wire is flimsy and almost impossible to use when deocrating your flocked Christmas tree.
Cut Into Pieces
Finally, my last step on how to quickly decorate a flocked Christmas tree is to cut your ribbon into pieces. Instead of using one or two long strands you would loop or wrap around the tree, smaller cut pieces make it so much easier. I alternate between one foot or about 2 feet pieces, sometimes cutting between that size to get the look I want. Another insider tip: fold the ribbon and cut with scissor blades facing up to get that finished mermaid tail look. Once I have one piece cut, I’ll put it in the tree, tucking the top and bottom portions. I like to cut as I go, rather than cutting all the pieces at once.