My Favorite Flocked Christmas Tree Craft
I can’t wait to share how to make my favorite flocked Christmas tree. I used pipe cleaners to create snowflakes to make them into trees.
Flocked Christmas trees are a little bit magical. The way light catches and creates a little sparkle. I loved making these flocked Christmas trees and since we don’t have snow in Southern California, I get to have a little bit of the Christmas snow magic in our house!
These flocked Snowflake Trees are my favorite. They are made from pipe cleaners and I used Borax to crystalize the trees. I think these are my favorite flocked Christmas trees!
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I have seen trees like this made from pipe cleaners, but I added a twist and added the snowflake crystalizing. Aren’t these Christmas tree crafts magical?
You might remember the snowflakes I made using this crystalizing method. These trees are made by creating snowflakes as branches!
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Here is the video of my Live Facebook demo to learn how to make the Snowflake Trees.
These trees are easy to make and perfect for the holidays and winter season.
How to Make My Favorite Flocked Christmas Trees
The tree is made of five snowflakes in graduated sizes.
What You Need to Make Flocked Christmas Trees
- White pipe cleaners
- Wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- 18 gauge wrapped floral wire
- Wooden spools
- Birch bases
- white acrylic paint
- white glitter
- Hot glue gun
Step by Step Make Flocked Christmas Trees
- Start with the largest snowflake (it gets harder to work with the snowflakes the smaller they are). Using a wire cutter, cut three 6-inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star.
- For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, two 2-½ inch lengths, one 2-inch length, and one 1-½ length. Starting with the 2-½ inch lengths, twist one of the lengths onto the first spoke at the midway point. Use needle-nose pliers to twist tightly onto the spoke. Twist the second 2-½ length slightly closer to the end of the spoke in the same way you twisted the first, using needle-nose pliers, twisting tightly onto the spoke. Twist the 2-inch length slightly closer to the end of the spoke and finally the 1-½ length closest to the end of the spoke.
- Ensure that all of the smaller lengths are tightly twisted onto the spoke. Cut and twist smaller lengths onto all six of the spokes of the largest star to create a snowflake.
- For the next snowflake, cut three 5-inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 2-½ inch length, one 2-inch length, and one 1-½ inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 5-inch snowflake.
- For the next snowflake, cut three 4-inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 2-inch length, one 1-½ inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 4-inch snowflake.
- For the next snowflake, cut three 3-inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 1-1/2 inch long. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 3-inch snowflake.
- For the next snowflake, cut three 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner. Twist the three lengths together in the middle to make a six-pointed star. For each spoke of the star, cut the following lengths of pipe cleaner, one 1-inch length. Follow the same directions above for adding the smaller lengths to each spoke of the star to create the 2-inch snowflake.
- For the tree topper, cut two 1-inch lengths and twist them into a cross.
- Once all of the snowflakes have been created, take the 18 gauge floral wire (or a small wooden dowel), and starting with the largest snowflake, measure out where the snowflakes will go on the floral wire with about 1-2 inches (spacing evenly to end with the cross at the top of the floral wire. Using the hot glue gun, glue the largest snowflake onto the floral wire.
- Glue the next smallest snowflake onto the floral wire about 1-2 inches (spacing evenly to end with the cross at the top of the floral wire) in length, and starting with the largest snowflake, wrap the pipe cleaner over and under the spokes at the glue to secure the snowflake onto the wire. Use a 4-inch length for the next snowflake and then a 2-inch length for the final snowflake.
Mix Borax with boiling water in a sealed container. (Use 1 1/2 cups per 8 cups of boiling water.) I used some large glass vases. Hang (or place) the trees, upside down, in the Borax/Water. Leave overnight.
The trees crystalize and are gorgeous! If the branches stick together, just lightly pull them apart.
To keep the trees upright, I made a base with a wooden spool and a birch base.
Using a hot glue gun, attach the spool to the birch base. Fill the hole about 1/2 full with hot glue and add the stem of the tree. Hold in place till secure.
I wanted the bases to be white so I painted them with chalk paint.
Before the paint dried, I added some white glitter.
I think these trees are so magical!
If you aren’t crafty and want to purchase Christmas decor, or if you are crafty but also love to buy new decor each year, I have you covered! Check out the prices on some of these beauties!
- Mercury glass is so beautiful on a Christmas tree. I love this mercury glass garland!
- Kurt Adler makes vintage inspired ornaments and this set of 12 is one of my favorites!
- All of these beautiful jewel toned ornaments are so gorgeous and 25 glass ornaments for $30!
- How amazing is this vintage inspired glass garland?
- These whimsical striped glass balls are so sweet. A set of 9 for $15!
- These red and gold vintage inspired glass ornaments are absolutely gorgeous!
- I love to swag a tree with garland and this cranberry wood bead garland is 9ft!
- Or if you want less color, you can use this natural wood bead garland that is 12ft.
- How sweet is this set of 4 glass ornaments? I think the bear is my favorite.
- 25 mercury glass ornaments for $25! You can’t beat that deal!
- This box vintage inspired ornaments is one of my favorites!
- This set of red, green and gold vintage inspired ornaments is so pretty!
- I love these green glass pinecones. This set of 12 is only $16!
- I absolutely love this vintage inspired tree skirt with Santa and his reindeer and bells!
- And this white knit tree skirt is so simple yet so pretty.
- I have this rattan collar with the tartan ribbon in my cart!
- Nothing says Farmhouse Christmas like some ruffles! If your home or Christmas theme is farmhouse, this ruffled tree skirt is for you!
- I am a sucker for Santa and his sleigh. And burlap. And tartan plaid. And at $10, this darling tree skirt is a must-have!
- This patchwork quilted tree skirt is so homey and will look so cute under any tree!
- Tree collars are a great way to hide the tree stand or water bucket and these two galvanized collars are wonderful. One is plain and one has farmhouse writing.
- This red knitted tree skirt has white snowflakes and trees around the edge. So cute! Red knit with white edging
- I love this white washed box shaped tree collar.
- I love pompoms and this tree skirt has pompoms and a pretty script of Merry Christmas around the edge.
These artificial trees are beautiful AND pre-lit.
We have a tradition to go together as a family to the tree lot to choose our fresh tree together. But to be honest, these artificial trees have gotten so good-looking and so affordable, I think I might love them more than the tree lot trees. Shhh, don’t tell my family because we will still go to the tree lot together!
- This Best Choice Products 6ft Pre-Lit Spruce has almost 5,000 positive reviews and is under $135. Such a good choice!
- National Tree Company 6ft Pre-Lit Dunhill Fir is under $160!
- Want to put your own lights on the tree? This 6 ft unlit tree is under $100 and has over 10,000 reviews!
- Pencil trees are perfect for tight corners. This 7.5ft flocked and pre-lit tree has 350 lights on it!
- I love the shape of this 7.5 Foot Pre-Lit Aspen Fir.
- This 6.5ft Carolina Pine is pre-lit and so full. A gorgeous tree that is flocked and has pinecones.
- Balsam Hill 6ft Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree Classic Blue Spruce. Amazon Exclusive – get it here!
- Create a winter wonderland with this 7.5ft Pre-Lit Snow Flocked Christmas Pine Tree
- Have tall ceilings? This National Tree Carolina Pine tree is 7.5ft and pre-lit.
- This 3ft farmhouse tree comes with this farmhouse-style box and can be tucked into a small spot or kitchen!
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Leslie, these trees are adorable! I can’t wait to show these to my daughter. Thanks for another fun, festive idea. XOXO Misty
Leslie, these trees are fabulous.
Is the Borax solution a one time use only? Or, can the solution be used more than once such as making trees on successive days with the same solution.
This will be a great project for my granddaughters to do while here over Christmas! Thank you!
I used the Borax solution exactly as instructed but by morning there were no crystals at all that had formed. Any ideas what could have gone wrong?
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Thank you Denise!
These are just fantastic! I just ordered the chenille stems you’ve got me so interested…lol.
Love these sooo much!
I made some snowflakes over the weekend and they turned out so pretty! I’m going to attach one to the top of my wrapped Christmas gifts as an added ornament gift. On to making some trees… thank you for sharing this sparkly DIY project.
You have done it again! What an amazing craft for not only Christmas but for all of winter. Love, love, love this idea! Also finally found the IOD snowflake mould, was the last one my dealer had and she said it is now discontinued. I got lucky…
LOVE this!! Thank you so much…hope to do…I shared!! Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas!!
Can you reuse the borax water for another tree? If so do you need to heat?
My favorite tree project along with the pine cone wreaths you demonstrated! I cherish both projects!!! Just love love them!
Oh thank you so much Sue! They bring me so much joy, I’m so happy you’re enjoying them too 🙏❤️
What a darling project Leslie – these are fabulous! Love the sparkle, and they’re so friendly! 🙂 Thanks for another wonderful idea!