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The BEST Way to Add Fake Snow

to Revive Your Tired Greenery

Fake snow decor to revive tired greenery. The BEST way to add drifts of faux snow to branches, berries, wreaths and more. PS: It’s addictive.

12 Days of Christmas Making Graphic with "Day 5" and leaves and berries

Today, Day 5, I’m sharing a little secret of mine. I love faux snow for decor revitalization [total aside: I so prefer “faux snow” over “fake snow”. It’s so much more fun, even elegant, to say. But Google prefers fake snow, so there you have it. I’m stuck titling this post Fake Snow.].

Sometimes you just need to employ a new technique or product to get the new look you’re after. Today’s that day.

Foreshadowing: we may or may not be using today’s trick on Day 7 as part of a larger Christmas focal point decoration. Trust me, you’ll want to be back for that.

view of partial wreath that has been revived with fake snow

Back on topic: Do you hang onto your Christmas decor year after year, probably well past its prime?

Me: Guilty as charged!

But I’ve been perfecting some ways to brighten, refresh, even revitalize my tired decor greenery. I shared last January how I restore the stems of berries  before they get stored away for the next 10 months. It’s such an easy process, just need to do it when we have time, like during the snowy,  lazy days of Winter.

And then I shared how I bleach and then “frost” pinecones for just a bit of sparkle.

But today I am excited to share how I build up layers of snow, or flocking, on just about anything, but mostly my Christmas and Winter greens that are tired and sad. This is not your typical spray can of snow. 

It’s amazing how adding some fresh white snow, and optionally some sparkling snow, takes years off these harbingers of Christmas.

Hmmm, maybe I should add some to my neck and chin.

 

 

closeup of part of a wreath that has been revived with artificial snow

 

 

 

I get it!

You’re busy right now.

So maybe pin this to your Crafts board

Or to your Christmas board,

Or to your Christmas decor board,

Or to your Christmas Crafts board.

Or to whatever board makes sense for you, so you have it handy when you’re ready to get started.

pin showing a closeup of the flocked wreath  with titles "Add Flocking" "Easy DIY"

But First, A Quick What NOT to Do:

Another chance. to learn from my trials and errors. You’re welcome.

picks of red berries that have a light dusting of frost

This is with gel medium and snow only!

Looks like a cheap version of just frost.

 

image of a craft fail of berries frosted and then flocked!

So I tried with the paint over the top. UGH! One big hot mess!

image of picks of red berries after they have been flocked with faux snow

This is what I wanted. And what you’ll get with the steps below.

How to Flock a Wreath and other Christmas Greenery — The Right Way:

picture of a bottle of craft paint, an open jar of gel medium, a box of faux snow and an artificial fir wreath

Materials & Supplies:

  • Your decor items that need brightening — here I’m showing a nice, but boring wreath and my old red berry picks
  • White craft paint, any brand will do
  • Gel Medium — I LOVE this stuff and always have a jar on hand in my supply stash!
  • Artifical snow for the sparkle and texture 
  • Covering for your work surface
  • Wax paper for collecting overflow of snow
  • Small disposable container for mixing 
  • Craft paint brush (nothing nice and fancy here)
  • plastic utensil or craft stick for mixing

SNOW NOTE: the one below looks as close as I could find to what I used. You want a fine powder type, not the larger shredded cellophane type

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Medium weight gel medium to add texture and depth to paint and snow!

Not the exact snow I’ve had in my stash for years. But looks very similar.[/et_pb_text]

I thought it would be silly to put a bottle of white paint here, but this 8 oz bottle is just 2.50 right now with free shipping! You can't drive and park at Hobby Lobby for that.

Now that you have all your supplies,

Let's get started Making It Fake Snow:

view of partial wreath that has been revived with fake snow

Step 1) Mix Your Paint and Gel Medium

closeup of hand holding a jar of gel medium
Closeup of paint bottle squirting into paper dixie cup
hand holding a paper dixie cup with a paintbrush and a plastic fork used for mixing

Add a generous dollop of gel medium to your disposable mixing cup.

Add a good squirt of white paint. You might be tempted to skip the paint, but don't. Remember the "What NOT To Do" earlier, the gel medium will dry clear and no one wants clear snow.

Mix thoroughly. 

HINT: You want to work fairly quickly between steps 2 & 3. So if you are doing a large project, break it into several areas. Step 2  then 3, step 2 then 3, step 2 then 3, until the whole area is finished.

Step 2) Apply the Thickened Paint

I found a pouncing motion with the craft brush worked for me on the berries. Snow tends to mound in little peaks on a smooth surface like berries and branches.

Then on the wreath, I used more of a sweeping motion mimicking how blowing snow gets caught in the fir needles.

HINT: Keep in mind the top of the wreath when it is hanging and try to focus all the snow as it woud falling form the sky. Do not put any snow on the underside  of the bottom or the undeside of the top

Step 3) Add the Fake Snow

HINT: Remember, work quickly between Step 2 and 3

With the paint fresh and wet, over a generous piece of wax paper, sprinkle the fake snow over the paint. Don't skimp here! Anything extra will land on your wax paper. Then carefully lift your wax paper from opposite sides and fold and tilt gently so all the beautiful unused snow can go back in the bag or box to sprinkle again and again.

 

closeup of artificial fir wreath that has been flocked with artificial cial snow

Step 4) Now Wait

I know, it's hard. But since you're using acrylic paints, it doesn't take very long.

Treat yourself to an indulgent cup of something or other and your Christmas greenery will be ready to debut fresh and renewed.

closeup of part of a wreath that has been revived with artificial snow

Doesn't that make such a difference? You get to control how much snow and where.

Don't forget about the tips of the leaves if your berries have leaves.

If you are adding a bow or ribbon to your wreath, do that first and then add some snow to it just as it would in nature.

Two closup images of flocked wreath with title "Add Faux Snow The Right Way!"

So glad you are along on this fun ride getting ready for the holiday season to come.

Happy weekend. And speaking of weekends, perfect time to try out the blog post Lynn has in store for us tomorrow morning, Day 6. Anyone ready to perfect a Christmas cocktail for your upcoming entertaining --- whether it's an Ugly Sweater competition for 50 or a quiet evening by the fire for 2? I know I am!

Here's to Joy-Filled Living, Diane
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