Hello and welcome back! Only one more week until Thanksgiving. Can you believe it? I know I can’t. We are going out of town to visit family for Thanksgiving this year, so we did all of our Christmas decorating early so that when we come home we can relax and enjoy the decorations.
I found our Christmas tree a few years ago at Walmart for only $40. It’s 6.5 feet tall and pre-lit. It’s a pretty basic looking tree. For what we paid for it, we have absolutely gotten our money’s worth. Last year, I found myself ogling other people’s flocked Christmas trees online. The fake snow is stunning with the lights. So this year I decided I wanted a tree upgrade, until I actually started looking online at flocked trees. They are so expensive!! I can certainly attest they are beautiful, but I’m not about to shell out $300 on a tree. Imagine all the gifts you can get people with that money! Naturally, we decided to DIY it. The best part is that we only spent $15 on the supplies!
Here is what you’ll need:
- White spray paint
- Wall texture spray
- Painter’s tape
- a buddy (optional, but definitely speeds up the process!)
Here’s our old faithful Christmas tree before. She’s seen better days. She was looking a little bald in some places too.
You probably could skip this step, but I wanted to make sure our lights were really visible, so we wrapped most of the little bulbs in painter’s tape. This can be time consuming, so I highly recommend having someone help. (And you can listen to Christmas music while you do it!)
After the lightbulbs were covered, I also covered the plugs in painter’s tape just to be safe. You’ll definitely want to do the spraying outside in a well ventilated area and either on the grass or on top of a drop cloth or something because paint will get on the ground. I have an old cardboard box I saved specifically for projects like this. Our tree is assembled in three different sections and to make it easier to spray most of the branches, we sprayed it down section by section.
I started off by lightly spraying the tree down with the white spray paint. I grabbed this Valspar Project Perfect paint from Lowe’s, but you can use any white spray paint. I’ve seen other people use the self adhesive fake snow for flocking their trees, but I figured paint would be a lot less messy and cheaper in the long run.
After the tree has been lightly coated with the white spray paint, it’s time to go in with the wall texture spray. This spray goes on blue, but dries white. The bottle has a valve that controls how much product comes out. I found this really helpful for spraying down the tree.
I focused on the ends of the branches and pointed down as I sprayed.
Let it dry for a few hours, remove the painters tape, and you are ready to decorate!
I could not be happier with how our tree turned out. We only spent $15 and it looks store bought! Now I can use the money I saved to go Black Friday Shopping… What would you guys spend it on? Let me know in the comments!