~ALL FROSTED UP~
A couple weeks ago I shared with you our saga of hunting down a new Christmas Tree to replace the one that bit the dust last year. You can read all about it here in case you missed it!
I told you in that Post I was planning on PAINTING my Christmas Tree and indeed I have done just that! I promised to show you what I did and how I did it and so today is the big day! Somehow in the midst of dodging the Oklahoma wind and rain my Mr. AGPMan and I managed to get our new Christmas Tree coated in winter white. We are absolutely loving her and hope you will be inspired to do something similar with your own favorite Tree.
~TYPICAL DARK GREEN PINE TREE~
As I shared with you before we snagged our new Christmas Tree at SAM'S CLUB for about $129. Not a GREAT price, just an OK price. I got tired of looking for one and even though the one we found was WAY TOO GREEN I knew it would be just fine once it was transformed!
After my hubster removed it from the box he spred all the branches out and made sure the lights were all working.
~ALL LIT UP/BEFORE PAINTING~
While he was doing that I mixed up a special concoction of spray paint, Rebecca Style. No aerosol paint here...nope! Two reasons for this...first, it's too cold to paint with spray paint right now and second, even with a mask I can't handle the fumes (caring more and more about my health these days!).
I mixed two parts water with one part Master's Touch Titanium White Acrylic Paint in a spray bottle like the one you see below.
~CHEAP SPRAY BOTTLE~
After screwing the sprayer back together I covered the top with a paper towel (to avoid spills and leaking) and shook it up really well!
Put on some old clothes, shoes and plastic gloves and make sure you cover anything you don't want over-spray to reach. Begin spraying your tree, occasionally shaking your sprayer as your go. There is no latex in the paint so your sprayer shouldn't clog. But, if it does just take it apart and rinse the end and spout off. Keep going until you have your Tree frosted and painted as much as you desire.
I had to fill my sprayer up twice for a 7 ft. slimline tree! The paint was about $3.99 and the sprayer was $1.99. Absolutely the cheapest way to flock a Tree and NO flaking off!!!!
~LOOKS LIKE SNOW~
After your Tree has dried you might want to go back and recoat the tips again. I did this and LOVE how it came out!
~AFTER THE FIRST COAT~
(Looks Like a REAL Tree!)
This is how our Tree looked after the first coating! As I said I went back and recoated a few select branches for a bit more white. Unlike spray-on flocking (which is worthless and a big mess in my little opinion) the paint stays put on the Tree. You paint right over the lights and wires and everything! Your lights still light up just fine. I actually like it even more with flecks of paint on the bulbs!
My guy secured our Tree while she was drying because I was afraid she'd blow over as it's been really windy here in our state. It took about 2 hours for her to dry before we were able to move her back inside!
Now...once I have our new girl dressed to the nines I'll show you again how she looks! Gone is that bright, bright GREEN and in it's place stands a Tree that looks like it was coated in freshly fallen snow!
I told you it was EASY! A bit messy, but if you're careful and use drop cloths you'll be just fine!
Hope your Saturday was wonderful!
Love to you...