A Snowy Christmas Tree Hack From The Dollar Tree…
A magical snowy Christmas tree. That look is all the rage right now. And if you’re like me, we both know why.
As a child, my family had a bright, white “bottlebrush” Christmas tree. Anything but natural, those trees were all the rage back then. Eventually, they dipped out of favor for a while.
But guess what? Those snowy white trees are back! And in a BIG way.
If you’ve been wanting a beautiful, snowy Christmas tree, we’re going to show you a SUPER easy and quick DIY way to take a cheapo looking run-of-the-mill artificial tree and turn it into a gorgeous, soft, pillowy snowy Christmas tree WITHOUT the mess of sticky sprays used in traditional flocking techniques.
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I wish you all could see how these two trees turned out in real life.
The pictures just do not come close to showing how BEAUTIFUL this made our artificial trees look.
The BEST part is, you don’t need any chemicals/stinky sprays, or messy glittery gluey stuff to get this look. And I only used ONE item to do it…
Video Tutorial: How To Create A Snowy Christmas Tree (The Easy Way)!
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Supplies You’ll Need (and Want) For Your Snowy Christmas Tree:
- white or pre-flocked artificial tree. sources for ours are:
- 7.5′ white tree (was under $100 when we purchased!)
- tabletop white tree (similar)
- *feather boas (# depends on size of your tree). good sources include:
- to fill gaps, these work well (but not a great option to cover the whole tree)
- another source for gap fillers
- I’ve seen people stuff this in gaps as well for a filler!
*For our 7.5′ white tree, I used 14 boas that were approximately 3′ long each. I think I could have probably done ok with an even dozen. For the tabletop white tree, I only used one pink feather boa!
How to DIY a snowy Christmas tree:
Let’s be clear…we weren’t starting out with some champion trees here. We purchased the 7.5′ white artificial pre-lit tree this season, and it was LESS THAN $100.
If you’ve priced out artificial trees lately, you know that you can’t find many at that price point that don’t look like the one we’ve all seen in a Charlie Brown Christmas, right?
The pic above was our artificial tree, straight outta the box, so it’s not looking so hot. But we hadn’t fluffed it out yet, in all fairness.
As you could see in the video, the ONLY item you need to use in order to achieve this snowy Christmas tree look is feather boas.
I *wish* I would have had my act together this year to REALLY do a tree up well using this technique.
I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, so I haphazardly did up our white tree as an after-thought this year.
And I’m telling you, the pictures DO NOT do this justice.
The boas add more of a textured softness than anything else. They just take the jagged-ness of the wiry-looking fake tree branches and tone it down.
It really makes it look like there’s a powdery, light, layer of fluffy snow on the tree. It’s seriously so, so pretty!!! The best part? It’s super easy.
All you do is…
String your feather boas around the tree like you would a regular old garland.
That’s all there is to it! For our 7.5′ white Christmas tree, I used a total of 14 garlands. Each boa is 72″ long.
You may need more or less of the garlands depending on the size of your tree, and how full it is (or isn’t). Boas also come in different sizes.
You have to play with the number of boas, just as you would regular garland, to get your ideal snowy Christmas tree look.
For the little tabletop tree in our daughter’s room, I only needed ONE pink boa!
Some awesome bloggers that I adore have used different noteworthy techniques to spruce up their fake trees.
Two of my favorites are from Lucy, the talented blogger and artist at Craftberry Bush, and Janet, an amazing photographer and blogger at Shabbyfufu. Just click the links to find out their secret ingredients to snowy Christmas trees.
Or if you’re looking to try flocking a tree yourself, Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired and Carrie from Lovely, Etc. both have great tutorials!
And if you’re on the hunt for more fun Christmas decorating and crafting ideas, check these out, too!
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Karen Hicks says
I love it!! I just purchased a 7 foot white tree and was trying to figure out how to make it look fuller and beautiful. Thank you for solving my problem. I can hardly wait.?
Oh I’m SO glad Karen!! I can’t wait to do mine next year as well! I didn’t think to try this until the tree already had ornaments on it, so next year, I’m going all out!!
Holy Smokes…you just saved me a TON OF MESS with your fluffy boa idea…I was all ready to mix up Ivory Soap flakes and starch to “flock” the tree…this seems way easier and just as much fun and the look is fabulous. Thanks!!!