Thinking about buying a flocked Christmas tree this year? Even though a snowy white tree would make a beautiful addition to your Christmas decorations, it may not be as practical as you think. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of flocked Christmas trees!
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I love the look of flocked Christmas trees. They’re gorgeous and white, and they can make any home look like a winter wonderland, no matter the geographic location. In fact, I actually bought a flocked Christmas tree, flocked garland, and two flocked wreaths last year because I couldn’t get enough of the frosty look!
But as much as I love how flocked decor looks in my home, I had to get rid of it. All of it. 🙁
If you’re planning to buy flocked anything this year, especially a flocked Christmas tree, there are a few things you need to know before you take the plunge. Let me tell you about my experience to give you an idea of what you can expect.
Flocked Christmas Tree Pros
There are definitely some pros to owning a flocked Christmas tree. Let’s review them real quick.
Pretty + Popular
Flocked Christmas trees and other flocked decor are very popular right now. And it’s no wonder! The snowy white look pairs well with almost every color or theme you can think of. It also adds a wintry feel to your decorations, even if you live in an otherwise warm climate.
Economical + Low Maintenance
In addition to their visual appeal, flocked Christmas trees (as with regular artificial trees) are very economical. Rather than buying a live tree year after year, buying a flocked tree is a one-and-done purchase. Plus, they’re easy to care for since they don’t require regular watering.
Flocked Christmas Tree Cons
While flocked Christmas trees do have their merits, they also have some shortcomings.
Flaky + Messy
The snowy look we all love so much? Yeah, that stuff flakes off with the slightest touch. I had a HUGE mess to sweep up after I assembled our flocked Christmas tree last year. The wreaths and garland weren’t quite as messy, but I did have to sweep up a bit after fluffing those too.
Honestly, I didn’t really mind the mess. Sure, it was an extra step having to clean up all of the flakes, but I usually have to sweep up fallen tree needles anyway. If you don’t mind a little bit of cleaning after putting out your decorations, then this may not be a deal breaker for you.
In addition to being messy, flocked Christmas trees may not be pet-friendly. Maybe I just have overly nosy kitties, but our fur babies were the real reason we had to get rid of our flocked Christmas tree.
See this little stinker? Loki just can’t stay out of Christmas trees! No matter how much I tried to keep her out of the tree, she always found her way back.
Please excuse the overly yellow nighttime phone pic. 😉
Not only did she create a flaky mess every time she got in the tree, but she also got the white flakes in her eyes.
After we had the tree up for about a week or so, I noticed that she kept one of her eyes closed. It was pretty obvious that she had gotten some flakes in her eye. After all, she was covered in flakes from head to tail every time she climbed out of the tree.
At that point, we got rid of the flocked Christmas tree and bought a tabletop tree instead.
Fortunately, her eye cleared up on its own within a few days. If we had kept the tree, though, I feel certain we would’ve eventually ended up at the vet considering how often she had flakes all over her little face.
If you have nosy pets too, then a flocked Christmas tree may not be the safest option simply because those flakes can easily get in their eyes.
Note: While I don’t have personal experience with kids and flocked trees, I would assume the same risks still apply. Small children tugging on branches could send a flurry of flakes into their eyes, so be careful if you have little ones around.
Wrapping it up
As much as I love flocked Christmas trees and other flocked decor, I discovered firsthand that appearances can be deceiving. Beautiful? Yes. Practical? Not always.
Before you buy a flocked Christmas tree this year, first determine if you’re okay sweeping up a flaky mess. If that isn’t an issue for you, then also make sure that your fur babies will be able to stay away from it. If your pets rarely bother your Christmas trees, then you may be able to enjoy flocked decor without any problems!
I hope you’re able to have a flocked Christmas tree if that’s the look you love. But please be sure to keep your pets safe too. No one likes an unexpected vet bill, especially around the holidays!
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What about you? Have you ever used a flocked Christmas tree as part of your holiday decorations? What was your experience like?
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