We live in Florida, so obviously this tree has been baked in sweltering, humid heat for an entire year now. My only real concern was that my "flocking" might crack or crumble over time.
Well, last week John brought our shrink-wrapped tree inside, plunked it down, cut off the wrap, and...
[drum roll, please]
...it looks perfect!
Now the real test: how did the flocking fare?
Not a single crack or crumble. WOOHOO!!
In fact, I'm pretty sure my fake snow looks way more real and fresh than the tree itself:
So for those of you who were on the fence about my flocking tutorial, I hope this helps assure you that it really does stand the test of heat and time.
Also, I am never NOT shrink wrapping this tree again. Putting the lights on is the most tedious and time-consuming part of the whole process, so it was sheer heaven to have the tree ready for ornaments in under five minutes. We had to assemble our second tree as usual, and boy was THAT a pain after this one! See how quickly I get spoiled? :) (Note: It IS a pre-lit tree, but I add four extra strands of twinkle lights on top of that. I like a LOT of lights.)
Here's one final full shot:
hot air balloon ornaments first, of course. (YAY BALLOONS!) I still have to decorate the rest of the tree, but I'm taking my time. I like to stretch out the full house-decking over a few weeks, for maximum holiday enjoyment. ;)
I hope you guys are having a great week!
* See my original tree flocking tutorial here.