Monday, November 21, 2016

Katie's Complete Guide To Flocking

I figured it out and it's only taken me three years.
Go me! 
I love the look of flocked trees and flocked branches. 
Let's face it, you can't replace all of your greenery and your trees on a whim.
Our greens were getting flocked!

I read every Pinterest tutorial that I could find.
Some of them sounded unbelievably messy and I'm not even sure that we have a sifter anymore.
 I tried painting our boughs with a brush and white primer.
That took too long so I switched to white spray paint. 
We set up a plastic spray paint panic area in the garage.
Let's be clear, it wasn't me that was panicking.

Bill has had some traumatic experiences with my tendency to overspray.

It worked pretty well but the branches looked frosted not snowy.
Then I found something called Snow Tex.

It created a look that evokes snow clumped on the tips of the branches particularly if iridescent glitter is sprinkled on it while it is still wet.
I bought two little jars. They were about $4.00 each and I used every drop.  
This year however, I couldn't find Snow Tex at Hobby Lobby.
Ebay didn't have it either.
The other day I was staring at my painting supplies looking for anything that could be used to give some other branches a dusting of snow. 
Bill had a can of popcorn ceiling repair but it was all clogged up. 

When I'm in the midst of a project, going to the store is not an option. 
I'll make do rather than get dressed, fix my hair and put on makeup. 
This is Texas. 
You can't go anywhere without hair and makeup. 
It is a rule strictly enforced by the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. 

I spied with my little eyes a tub of joint compound and thought it might work. 
It does! It is very reminiscent of the Snow Tex.
I began to suspect that the Snow Tex is actually joint compound in disguise.

I had fun freshening up some tired old branches with paint, glitter and joint compound.
It was almost like it snowed.

Finally, I have to show you these darling mugs.

We found them at Kroger the other night.
Kroger and I had been a little on the outs but now they are totally redeemed in my eyes.
They are speaking my language with these green and black buffalo checked cuties.
They also had a green blanket that somehow ended up in the shopping cart.
I've checked all my regular retailers and there is hardly any dark green to be had.
Go Kroger.
I'm done decorating the inside of the house.
I can't wait to show you.
Thanks for stopping in to see what I've been up to.
Have a blessed day.

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  1. OK Katie I'm going to need a step by step tutorial on how you did this with the joint compound . No kidding. I've tried the spray paint and like you it wasn't the look I was going for. So pretty please show us a demo. I DID live in Texas for awhile but I think I was just born with this makeup compulsion!

  2. I love flocked anything at Christmas. I am going to cheat and get the flocked wreath I saw at Walmart for $10!!

  3. Katie, I have a small jar of that snow tex that I use in crafting. I guess I had better cherish it if you can't buy it anymore. lol! The joint compound was a great idea, you clever girl you! Glad you didn't have to run to the store, but I say, pffffff to those cheerleaders. ha, ha! I love plaid and will be decking my kitchen in it. The mugs are fabulous!

  4. That's a lovely bit of innovation!

  5. Katie,
    Yep, it's Texas, but I've given up wearing makeup to Home Depot. :) I'm with Debra. I need a step-by-step tutorial on flocking with joint compound. I'm planning to "flock" my tree this year... a first. I took photos at the up-scale nursery to use as a guide of where and how much flocking to use.


  6. A true Texan Katie. You said it well. When I get up, no matter how early, the make up with sunscreen goes on and the hot rollers get heated up. Even at 4:00 a.m. Texas proud.

  7. Yes, please do a tutorial on how you do flocking.

  8. Joint compound is a well kept secret, I think. Clever use of yours! You'll have to let us know how it holds up. I just used it to smooth out a piece of plywood and it worked like a charm!

    I thought of you today as I decorated my leaf cut-out cookies with frosting and sprinkles. :o)

  9. I had to find the tree I got last year from my mom's attic today. She had a tree too but it vanished. I knew mine was mine because it was still banded up as it came from the factory. I hope to get it up soon

  10. I fell in love with joint compound when I did a "plaster" stencil with it over our stove. This is a great new use for it.

  11. Katie, I love flocking! And, girl isn't that the truth. Gotta have hair and make-up done here in Texas! LOL. Thanks for sharing! You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. The party goes live tonight at 8:00PM. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse