After posting a shot of my new tree on Instagam yesterday I have received so many questions about my new flocked tree and the pedestal style urn that I use to hold it in place. Hopefully I can answer all of your questions with this post but if not, make sure to ask in the comments below. :)
This year I ventured into a new territory, artificial flocked Christmas trees. A few years ago my family and I went with our first faux tree… Let me tell you, it was a huge step for me and my family as we loved our real Christmas tree tradition. I felt comfortable making the transition however since my daughter was a little older and we had done the Christmas tree farm thing more times than I can count. ;) After a while we all decided that maybe getting a faux/artificial tree would be the easiest approach for our lifestyle. We often travel during the holiday season and the last thing I wanted to worry about while gone is keeping my tree watered. Plus, so many of my friends had artificial trees at this point and I was so impressed by how real they looked.
To view my previous non-flocked artificial tree in ‘Snippets of My Christmas Home’ click here.
This year I felt I needed a change so I decided to purchase a flocked tree. I have always loved the look of flocked trees and throughout the holiday season they are seen everywhere on Instagram. The white color of the flocking tones down the green of the trees and the fullness always gives the tree such a soft and romantic look. I haven’t really considered getting a flocked tree before because I never wanted to deal with the mess but they have come so far…. The flocking holds on so much better nowadays. After researching a bit I found that many aren’t nearly as messy as they used to be. Don’t get me wrong, they still leave a mess but nothing like they did in the past.
When I looked for my first artificial tree a few years ago I comparison shopped in person so I could get a better idea of what to look for. I found that the branches looked and felt real on the more expensive trees and the coloring seemed a lot closer to the fresh green tones found on the natural trees. They definitely had more LED lights and the tree usually came in 3 pieces that connected in a much easier way. At the time, the less expensive trees seemed so much less in terms of quality..
You can then imagine my surprise when I walked into Lowe’s just the other day with my daughter and found a flocked tree that I loved within the first five minutes. Not only was it beautiful and the perfect size but it was under $300. It looked and felt just like my first artificial tree that I had paid three times the price for. To make matters even better we found out that it was on sale for less than the posted price which was amazing. Lesson learned… Looking earlier in the season is always best for selections and as you get closer to Thanksgiving the sales really begin to kick in. I should know this! ;) I’m the biggest shopper there is! So happy we are able to cash in on that with this tree.
A tip to help fill in any flocked tree even more…
I’ve learned from all my IG friends that filling cotton in and around the branches of flocked trees helps fill them in even more and hides hinges perfectly. It gives them a more ethereal look if that’s possible with the silver threaded strands they have layered within the cotton… I love that. I swear I learn something new every day on Instagram.
My Pedestal Stand
Everyone is always asking me about the pedestal/urn stand I use with my artificial trees. I purchased mine years ago at Ballard Designs and I think it transforms the look of my artificial tree. My 7 1/2 ft tree looks so much taller and has more presence in the stand. I would recommend using a stand to anyone who has never done so. As a matter of fact, I would rather get a smaller tree and use an elegant tree stand then go with a larger 9′ tree with no pedestal style stand. The stand allows us a place to pile up presents underneath the tree and everything looks so much more elegant using the pedestal style stand. The stand adds a couple of feet to your tree which is important to consider when you are selecting the height of your tree.
I’ve included links to my favorite flocked tree below for those of you who have asked as well as a few others in case you are looking for a different size or style than mine. I love the look of a flocked tree in my home and I’m so happy I was able to snag it for such a great price! If you are considering picking up a new tree then I suggest you check them out now while all the best selections and prices are still available.