A fun winter Christmas tree perfect for teddy bear snow day! Winter themed woodland christmas tree decorations on a DIY flocked Christmas tree.
Hello friends! I am so excited to show you my Christmas Tree for this year. I’m unofficially calling it my Merry Bear-y Christmas Tree 🙂 A couple months ago, JOANN asked me and group of other bloggers to do a series of holiday posts. I did one for Fall, then a fun Sleepy Hollow themed Halloween post, and recently my mantle decorated for Christmas.
I had originally planned to reuse and put a new twist on my previous tree decor. But when this opportunity with JOANN came up, I let my imagination go a little wild, in a crafty DIY kind of way, LOL! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at flocking a tree. That’s the official word for making your Christmas tree look like there is snow on it. I’ve found that if you say it around people who have no idea what you are talking about, you will get a varied response of “what the heck did you just say?” It’s pretty funny.
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When I was at JOANN pouring over all of their ornaments and decor, I started leaning towards the ornaments that were more nature and simplistic. I love a Scandinavian Christmas, so I went with a neutral color scheme. But then… I found the bears!
I was at a local nursery/outdoor decor/Christmas decor store a couple years ago when I saw a tree with stuffed bears playing on it. I loved it and never forgot it. A bear tree was one of the ideas I first had when I was brainstorming ideas for the tree. I thought, “what are the chances JOANN would have stuffed bears?” Welp, sure enough, there was a bin of teddy bears there the day I was shopping. It was meant to be 🙂
DIY FLOCKING FOR CHRISTMAS TREES
Back to flocking… I did a lot of research about flocking trees. Most tutorials seem messy at best. I could envision my stairs and cats coated in “flock” as I tried to wrestle it up and down my staircase. Then I found some really cute trees that used Poly-Fil. Hmmm…. When I saw display of it at JOANN, I grabbed it and knew right away I was going to get my flocked tree! I asked the sweet cashier if the 5 pound box was enough to flock a tree. She looked down and smiled and said I would be fine. I got the feeling she knew something I didn’t know yet. 🙂
I have since figured out what that something is… The second you pull the bag out of the box and undo the twist tie, it’s like a dang roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls that explodes! You can’t even tell that I used any looking at the bag (that is now twice the size of it’s box).
I love all the ornaments with different textures and materials. I was able to find ornaments made of all different materials that help get that layered, textured, cozy tree vibe.
click here I studied a lot of other trees, and here’s what I learned:
- Flock goes on the tops of branches and only on the very ends of the branches, where snow would land on them.
- Don’t stretch out the flock too much, and if it get’s stringy, use your fingers to smooth it down or pull off of branches where it looks more spider web than snow.
- Flock is amazing for covering up the green cord running between your twinkle lights.
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WINTER BEAR CHRISTMAS TREE SOURCES
- Bears (similar)
- grey tree skirt (similar)
- faux fleece throw blanket in basket
- silver jingle-bell ornaments
- garland of twine with galvanized metal ornaments (similar)
- evergreen branches with snow
- small furry woodland animal ornaments (similar)
- pinecone bunches (similar)
- galvanized metal bells
- galvanized metal snowflake ornaments (similar)
- furry ribbon (similar)
- glitter pinecones on evergreen branch (similar)
- styrofoam balls
- fur fabric
- wood signs “Merry’ and “Joy” (similar)
I was excited to see what the tree looked like at night, and I love how the twinkle lights look with the snow!
I hope you enjoyed my Merry Bear-y Christmas tree as much as I do! Merry Christmas friends and I wish you all safe travels if you are headed to see loved ones in the coming days.