All about Flocking
“Flocking” a tree involves carefully applying a mixture of cornstarch and paper pulp, along with a flame retardant, to the branches of a tree. This process results in a beautiful, snow-covered effect that is sure to evoke nostalgia and longing for a white Christmas.
During the festive season, there’s nothing quite as breathtaking and cheerful as a fully-decorated Christmas tree.
People around the world decorate their trees in a myriad of ways, but one of the most popular and creative techniques is to adorn it with artificial snow or flocked fibers.
Flocking refers to the process of applying tiny fibers mixed with adhesive onto a surface, often a Christmas tree, to create a realistic and beautiful snow-covered effect.
This technique adds a touch of elegance, glamour, and winter wonderland magic to your tree, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal and making it stand out from the rest.
So, if you’re looking to spruce up your Christmas decor, you may want to consider flocking your Christmas tree to create that perfect snowy spectacle, reminiscent of a winter wonderland.
History OF Flocking
Popular Mechanics, a renowned magazine, issued a recommendation in 1929 regarding the use of certain ingredients for the purpose of decorating objects.
The recommended ingredients consisted of varnish, corn starch, and flakes of mica, a silicate mineral.
The suggested combination of these substances is believed to have created a splendid effect that resulted in a strikingly beautiful object.
Flocking, a method of adding fibers or small particles to a surface to give it texture, emerged in the late 1950s and became increasingly popular.
Simultaneously, aluminum trees and other glitzy Christmas decorations became the craze. In addition to this heightened interest in decoration, General Mills, a leading food company, introduced the Snow-Flok home kits that could be applied to the desired surface using a gun that was attached to a vacuum cleaner.
With the introduction of Snow-Flok, more people were able to indulge in the fun of decorating with flocking and contribute to the growing trend.