Should Your Christmas Tree Be Flocked Or Not? HGTV's Jenn Todryk Weighs In

Flocked trees come with their pros and cons just like any design feature. If you're considering getting one, you need to weigh the style element against the maintenance needs. Jenn Todryk shared on Instagram that one Christmas, she was excited about the aesthetics her new flocked tree would add to her home, but she also had some doubts. She was concerned about shedding and any potential problems associated with her kids eating the fake snow. However, she tried it out and fell in love with it.

Flocked Christmas trees are coated in a specific type of white dust, or powder, that looks like snow. A fun twist on the traditional artificial Christmas tree, they add a stylish element to the seasonal décor and help create a winter atmosphere indoors. The art of flocking a Christmas tree comesfrom Germany in the 19th century, when people placed cotton balls and pieces of paper in their trees to create the appearance of snow. The concept has stuck around since, and flocked trees are now manufactured in different colors and degrees of snow thickness for you to choose from.

Flocked Christmas trees are effortlessly beautiful

The beautiful, winter wonderland appearance that's created by a flocked tree is sure to add elegance and charm to the holiday scene you create in your home. Whether you want a full-flocked tree or just frosted tips, you can find a tree to match your vision. Another pro of flocked Christmas trees is they don't need a lot of decorations. Because the inbuilt design of snow-covered branches is visually pleasing on its own, you won't worry about your tree looking unfinished or the decorations being scanty. You can have a tree that's basically ready when it comes out of the box.

For example, using the same color of ornaments won't look boring at all, especially if they play off the color of the tree itself. Some also come with extra features. Pre-lit flocked Christmas trees give you the option of simply plugging in a cable to light up your tree. 

Speaking about a different flocked tree she received from King of Christmas, Jenn Todryk was excited about decorating it even though she didn't need to, as seen on her Instagram. The tall, pre-lit green tree with white flocking was already a masterpiece when placed by the staircase.

Shedding and toxicity

Shedding is commonly mentioned when it comes to flocked trees. However, it doesn't seem to be a big issue. "It's the perfect width and height and the flocking doesn't shed [nearly] as much as [I] thought it would," said Jenn Todryk of her King of Christmas tree on Instagram. Some say the shedding mainly happens when the tree is being moved, so you might not have to worry too much about sweeping once you've set it up for the holiday season.

The shedding also depends on the standard of the flocking process and whether it's done professionally or not. Flocking can be done as a DIY project, allowing you to cut costs and even use a real tree, but it means more shedding than a pre-flocked tree. Another of Jenn Todryk's concerns was about the toxicity of the flocking material. While it is actually non-toxic, it is unsafe for pets and children to consume.