Dec 1, 2010

Flocking and Glittering...

For the past few years
I find my Christmas decorating
leaning away from too much color...

I like the feel of white and silver
the cold look of a winter wonderland...

(click photos to enlarge)

I have been wanting a white tree,
but.... I love the way the tree I have
 fills the space in the foyer...


So I decided to play with flocking it this year...


While the flock was wet
I had to try glittering it...
It sunk right into the flock and stuck!!

I love the sparkle it adds!!


It wasn't a budget buster at all
(like a new tree would have been)
three cans of flock (ten dollars)
did my nine foot tree
and I used a bunch of cheap glitter I had...

This is not a project (or tree)
for the faint of heart!
It is messy!

I put it all together with a big tarp under the tree
The flock had to go on in layers
because it drys slowly,
and deflates a bit as it drys...
I'll leave the tree to dry over night and decorate tomorrow...


Dreaming of a White Christmas....

...UPDATE....
If you would like to see the finished tree click here

Tonight I am joining...
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Beyond the Picket Fence for 100 Ideas under $100
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggerville
and

Come join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting me today!

36 comments:

Ann said...

I think it is going to be beautiful!

Sherry said...

Oh Bella! This is fantastic! What a wonderful idea. I have a tiny tree that I am going to try this on. I didn't think to add glitter. I want a tiny little corner with blue, white, and silver, while the rest of the house is very traditional with color. I am glad it worked and you shared your tips. It is a great transformation for sure!
Sherry

High Heeled Life said...

Bella , I cannot wait to see it decorated!!! This is such a wonderfully creative idea... HHL

Blondie's Journal said...

It looks beautiful, Bella. Will it hold up when you store the tree? I feel the same way you do about less color and more sparkle. We shall see! ;-D

XO,
Jane

Mari said...

OHHH MY BELLA,

YOUR TREE TURNED OUT BEAUTIFULLY, WHAT A GREAT IDEA! CANT WAIT TO SEE HER ALL DRESSED UP AND DECKED OUT FOR X~MAS :)

XO~MARI

Rita E said...

Great idea! I can't wait to see it all decoreated ... it'll be beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Designing Lady Jane said...

Sounds like a big job, but your tree is going to look magical when you're done. It will be a real white Christmas wonderland for you. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Lovely, Bella! I love the flocking idea! I'm definitely going to try it out on my little tree!! I with you about the serene, calm Christmas decor. There's no red around here - except maybe for our cold noses when we come in from shoveling! lol!

xoxo laurie

stefanie said...

its looking so pretty!!! can't wait to see how you decorate it!

Katy Noelle said...

Hello, Bella! Your home is a refreshing and festive place to visit, tonight! It seems as if everyone in the world has had snow except for us, here, in the mountains. Curiouser and curiouser. It's been COLD, though!!!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! Your cranberry heart in the snow was a delight!

Love, Katy Noelle

very merry vintage style said...

It looks very pretty--can't wait to see it decorated! Stop by and link up to my Christmas decor party! http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com/2010/12/very-merry-holiday-home-new-link-party.html

debi said...

You're a brave one! It looks beautiful...can't wait to see it all decorated!!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Bella :) Love what you did with the tree! Just beautiful, and I can't wait to see it all decorated; I know it will be breathtaking :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Donna said...

What a beautiful tree! I'm addicted to glitter! I've never used flocking, but after seeing your great post, I want to rush out an buy some, thanks for sharing!

Suzann said...

Bella,
It looks so pretty!!!
Cant wait to see when it is finished.
Happy Holidays!!

Suzann

NanaDiana said...

Bella- That is really an undertaking! I don't know if I would dare do it to my big tree...although my heart keeps calling for a flocked tree. I can't wait to see yours all done and decorated. I take it you sprayed it right in the house? so..it is NOT like spray paint then? Doesn't create an overspray that goes all over everything? I am axious to see the end result...love the glitter idea! Hugs-Diana

Shabby Chatue said...

Looks gorgeous! This is what I have been doing all day in my basement...it looks like a winter wonderland down there! lol! Who says ya can't have snow in NC?

Shabby hugs..xo...Dawn

Sares said...

Hi Bella! I am just out blog strolling and came across your beautiful blog. Y our tree turned out to be really gorgeous. I may just have to try it. I never would have thought of the glitter. I will definitely be back for a visit soon, Happy Holidays!

Cabin and Cottage said...

I think this is great just the way it is! I saw a short fat flocked tree in an urn in the Pottery Barn catalog and I WANT IT! I've been wondering about it. Why don't you come on down for a visit and bring your spray can? Ha! I'd have to get a wild hair to actually do it myself. JQ

Barbara Jean said...

Great idea and love the extra sparkle!

thanks

blessings

barbara jean

Sarppu said...

Such a beautiful christams tree ♥ wonderful

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

The tree looks great and I certainly hope you didn't inhale too many toxins from your cans of flock...
Smart thing to use a tarp!
Look forward to see the end result after it has dried up.
Enjoy your decorating; less messy and no health hazard either.

Mariette's Back to Basics

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Bella...

Ohhh...your tree looks awesome, my friend! I love, love, LOVE the flocking and adding the pretty glitter is the icing on the cake! I have never used flocking but the results look amazing! Can't wait to see your tree all decorated...I'll be back for sure!

Warmest Christmas wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

It's me said...

I really like your tree Bella....it is wonderful so........you did a great job !! ...lovely day love Ria....

Rebecca said...

It probably is better than a flocked tree you'd buy-sometime they have too much-unlike a real tree with snow-can't wait to see it decorated!

Debbie said...

Hi Bella...your tree looks lovely, even without decorations!
Debbie@lakehouse

Sandy said...

Aw, man, that's the look I wanted, but I used white glitter and it doesn't show up as much. My ornaments are on now and I can't really touch it up, but next year I'll follow your advice!

C'est ravissant!

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

milka said...

Gorgeous! It already looks great even without any ornaments on!

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Hi Bella the trees beautiful what a clever idea, I too really like the thought of a white tree. I have a fake tree that is getting on a bit but as Im moving house next year replacing it seems a bit silly right now as it will not be coming with us. But a little touch of magic will certainly make it look new for this christmas x

Betsy said...

Absolutely Beautiful!! I am gonna try it on a little tree I have. Thanks for showing how you did it.
Betsy

Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops said...

It looks so beautiful! I'm thinking of flocking a wreath so your tips are helpful. :)

House and Garden Boutique said...

It is looking very beautiful....can't wait to see it decorated!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Looks great, I was wondering if that would work. Thanks!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I am catching up so I have been checking out several post!
I love that you shared that you flocked the tree and so inexpensively!! I am looking to see which tree i can do that to for next year!

And then to see it decorated so beautifully was such a treat!! So stunning!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!

I hope you will visit me to check out my home Tour room by room of my home....
Hugs,
A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So so pretty, I love it all. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Party.

Kim said...

How fun! What a great idea to revive any old tree. You must have a lot of glitter around, I know how much a little project leaves around ;).