Flocking, also known as fake snow, can add festive and realistic touches to an otherwise barren tree, whether created at home or purchased from stores. Artificial trees often come with this service already included while some nurseries provide professional flocking services as well.
Overall, flocked Christmas trees are considered safe for babies as long as they’re kept free from hazardous items and dusted regularly – though no tree can ever be 100% risk-free.
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It’s not poisonous
Flocking is a safe decoration to create the appearance of snow on trees by applying white powder or spray. Although safe for children and pets alike, flocking must still be handled carefully around them; even accidental ingestion could result in intestinal blockage or mouth irritation.
Flocked trees can pose a fire risk when lit, so it is vital that they are placed away from heat sources and that any lights used are low-heat or LED-based. You should also inspect it daily as flocking requires more frequent watering than real trees do.
If your artificial tree contains chemicals, try finding one without PVC or using less chemical flame retardants. Some companies have recently started offering environmentally-friendly polyethylene plastic which does not leach any harmful toxins. Furthermore, be sure to vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter in use!
For optimal care of a pre-flocked tree from a reputable store, the ideal is purchasing it pre-flocked and taking proper steps in its care. Keep it cool, dry and monitor its water supply on an ongoing basis; additionally avoid metal ornaments that could contain lead and other toxic materials that can compromise its safety.
People can create their own trees at home using a mixture of cellulose, corn starch and water or spray adhesive. When preparing this mixture it’s essential that a large area is covered by a dropcloth prior to beginning work and all decorations or lights from the tree have been removed before applying this mixture.
Flocking a tree is relatively straightforward. First, the tree must be thoroughly cleaned before being sprayed multiple times with plant spray to achieve an even coat. Finally, once dry enough for decoration purposes it can be decorated with ornaments and lights.
It’s not flammable
Flocking is an elegant process of covering surfaces with tiny fibers to achieve an authentic snowy effect, used in fashion, home decor and art projects alike. Flocking trees are also an easy and cost-effective way to give the illusion that they’re covered with fresh snowfall! Flocked trees can be purchased pre-flocked at most stores selling Christmas decorations; or DIYers can do it themselves using this DIY guide from Buzzfeed. Flocking may appear daunting at first, but just be mindful of potential safety concerns before beginning this DIY journey.
When flocking a tree, make sure you do it in an area with proper ventilation, wearing rubber gloves and eye protection. Although not considered hazardous, flocking mixture can be messy and cause respiratory tract irritation if inhaled. You can find flocking mixes at most craft supply stores; just follow the instructions carefully and read and follow any relevant safety warnings carefully if applicable. Some mixtures contain borax which poses risks to pets and children if accidentally inhaled; for more natural alternatives visit an alternative supplier of products.
Before applying the flocking, first use a spray bottle to dampen a section of your tree in order to help the flocking adhere more securely. After doing this, carefully spread out the flocking over its branches using a sifter for even coverage and finish by misting again and leaving to dry overnight.
Once the flocking has set, you can decorate your tree with lights and ornaments. Just be careful not to place items that could pose a fire risk such as electric light strands, candles or glass ornaments that break and cause cuts or burns when broken – consuming these can even lead to internal blockages or toxicity!
As well, it’s essential that your flocked tree be placed far away from any heat sources like fireplaces and heating vents as their heat could cause its flocking to disintegrate from the tree and fall off. You should also avoid placing it near any potentially flammable objects like curtains or furniture as this could also compromise its integrity.
When buying an artificial tree with flocking, look for one that is PVC-free and offers at least 10 years in warranty. Also be wary of those containing hazardous materials such as lead or flame retardants; store upright in an airy environment free from humidity for optimal storage conditions (and ideally use a plastic tree storage bag for extra protection).
It’s not harmful to pets
Flocking trees can add an extra magical touch to holiday decorating in areas where snowfall is rare, making for an exciting activity to do with children and their friends. Flocking powder may contain harmful ingredients such as phthalates that have been linked with decreased fertility and an increase in cancer risks; although phthalates have been banned by the federal government from toys for small children, they remain widely present in household products. There are non-toxic alternatives such as homemade powder made of cellulose fibers or cotton fibers and water for flocking your tree!
Make sure your pets are safe around Christmas trees – both real and artificial. Cats and dogs could inadvertently ingest pine needles or flocking that could cause intestinal obstruction, choke on lights or break ornaments, get caught up in wires, or fall from an unsecure live or faux tree onto them and cause serious injuries.
Before flocking, make sure the tree is dry and devoid of ornaments. Work in a well-ventilated space without keepsakes you don’t wish to damage; use a drop cloth to collect any “snow” that falls off as you work; mist your branches with water in advance to help the powder stick to them more securely.
Once you’ve applied the powder to the tree, spray it again with water to activate its adhesive and fluff up its flocking. Repeat this process on successive sections until all parts of it have been covered – once complete, let it sit and dry for several hours before adding your ornaments.
Once your tree has finished drying, you can decorate it with ornaments of your choosing and even apply a second coat to increase its visual impact if desired. Please keep in mind, however, that doing this requires leaving it outside overnight to fully dry before being placed back indoors for display.
It’s not harmful to children
Flocking trees is a popular decoration that gives them that snow-covered look, yet many people are concerned about its safety. Luckily, flocked trees do not pose any harm to children provided the appropriate safety precautions are taken. The best way to safeguard children from potential risks associated with flocking trees is keeping it out of reach and regularly checking it for pieces that could fall off and pose a choking hazard; parents should supervise any children around such trees and remove any loose flocking promptly.
Flocked Christmas trees are increasingly popular with holiday shoppers as they add a festive feel to any room. While flocked trees do not require as much water than fresh trees, it is still essential that they receive adequate amounts of moisture in order to increase their lifespan and prevent becoming dry – a primary cause of fires in Christmas trees. LED or miniature lights may help avoid melting flocking or sparking fires by staying away from regular bulbs which could potentially cause meltdown.
At home, it is best to begin applying flocking mixture gradually. A person applying the flocking should first mist their tree with water before applying a mist spray bottle to mist and mist lightly as you sprinkle or shake the mixture through a sifter for even coverage. Once applied to the tree, allow for adequate drying time before moving on with other sections.
Once the tree is dry, it can be brought indoors and decorated with lights and ornaments. However, beware of using high-heat lights since these could melt flocking and create a fire hazard; low-heat LED bulbs would not melt flocking or cause fire hazards.
If you want a flocked tree but are concerned about exposing your pets or children to potentially hazardous materials such as PVC, consider selecting one made from polyethylene instead. Polyethylene plastic does not release harmful chemicals into the environment when leaked out over time.