This Brilliant Flocking Hack Will Instantly Update Your Old Holiday Decor

DIYers, listen up! Here’s a genius way to spruce up your home for the holidays.

By Alexa Erickson | Updated Dec 10, 2020 12:29 PM

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After you’ve hung the Christmas lights, decorated the tree, and curated your holiday playlist, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a job well done. But wait! There’s one more fun project you can take on to celebrate your festive spirit! Blogger and Instagrammer Fynes Designs shared her great tip for easy (and cheap!) flocking—and it relies on something you probably already have in your toolbox: spackle!

Spackle is an essential product in any household. The compound is used for patching small holes, cracks, and other imperfections in walls. It’s white, easy to work with, and dries quickly, making it a great substitute for traditional flocking. Plus, it’s less expensive and less messy than other spray-on or sprinkle-on faux snow options.

Her Secret Flocking Hack

Spackle is the secret behind Fynes’s snowy holiday scenes. “Lightweight spackling does the trick for only $4 and very little mess! Just dab, wipe, and swipe your way to a winter wonderland!” In the video, she shows a variety of items you can decorate with spackle to create a flocked Christmas collection.

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Dab It on Fresh or Faux Branches

First, take a bundle of branches from your freshly cut Christmas tree and tie it together with some twine. Dip your fingertips into the spackle, then dab it along the branches to mimic new-fallen snow. In no time at all, you’ve created a lovely centerpiece for your holiday table!

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You can do the same with faux branches. In fact, if your old artificial holiday greenery has seen better days, this flocking hack will give it a whole new look with little effort.

The Instagram post was greeted with enthusiasm: “This is such a great idea!! I don’t want to buy new flocked Christmas trees…might have to try this out!” commented @simplyalignedhome.

Flock a Wreath

Set the scene at your front door by adding some “fresh” flakes to your holiday wreath. You can glide the spackle thickly on branches for a bright white look, or sprinkle just enough to punch up the winter vibe.

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Create a Winter Wonderland

Use a small putty knife, a paintbrush, or even a wooden craft stick to layer spackle onto the rooftops of cozy cottages in your Christmas village. Add a few dabs to the tiny windowsills, door frames, and front steps, then finish off the wintry look with a bit of spackle snow on the surrounding bottle-brush trees.