From Rockefeller Center's majestic Norway spruce to Charlie Brown's lonely little tree, the Christmas tree has always been an icon of the holiday season. As the centerpiece of our home's holiday décor, variations of the Christmas tree have changed over the years. From nature's finest noble firs to the aluminum trees of the 1960s and today's pre-lit LED artificial trees, this holiday symbol has been around for centuries and decorating the branches has become a family tradition worldwide. A fun element for creating holiday style is to incorporate the Christmas tree symbol into everyday jewelry and noticeable home décor.
Miniaturizing Christmas trees is one of the beloved holiday projects that so many jewelry artists look forward to each year. What better way to spend an evening than putting on a classic Christmas movie, digging through your jewelry-making supplies and creating Christmas tree-inspired earrings, seed-beaded trees or pint-sized ornaments to cover a miniature tree?
Impress your family, friends and customers this holiday season with the following variations of the Christmas tree.
Christmas Tree Earrings:
One of the favorite features of Christmas tree earrings is that you can create such a large variety. With so many color combinations and product assortments, it's easy to assemble a large collection of earrings to match your go-to holiday outfit.
The Gallery of Designs features step-by-step directions for creating a few basic Christmas tree earrings styles including our most popular design using Swarovski crystal marguerite lochrose crystal beads.
Some of the key components for Christmas tree earrings include:
Seed-beaded Christmas trees can be created in a range of sizes for table toppers, fireplace displays or other holiday decorations. Seed beads are the preferred choice for this type of beaded art because they're small enough to create the necessary details. The weaving technique and style of layered branches will determine if beading thread or wire will work best for you.
A recommended tool for projects requiring threading on multiple seed bead strands is the Speedy Stringer™ bowl. Stringing layers upon layers of seed bead branches can get tiresome and time consuming. If you haven't tried the Speedy Stringer bowl yet, you're in for a special treat as the seed beads literally jump onto the beading needle with ease, saving you from going cross-eyed trying to string each bead individually.
Seed-beaded trees can be very personalized with small nuances in the colors, ornaments and presents surrounding the base. Find a theme that fits your decorating style and start creating.
Some of the key components for seed-beaded Christmas trees include:
Miniature Tree with Ornaments:
We can all appreciate the invention of the table top miniature tree. Whether it's a space issue, finances or simply no time for a traditional-sized tree, these smaller versions are a perfect solution. Plus, with having a couple miniature trees around, you won't have to limit your tree themes to just one. Take advantage of these mini trees and elaborate on additional decorative ideas.
Though quite small, generally standing only a foot or two, mini trees can make a big impact when fully decorated on the dining room table or through a shop window. Let your personality shine through with beautiful ornaments that cover the tree from head to toe. If you're in a time crunch, Christmas-themed charms tend to work well as instant mini-tree ornaments, just attach to earwires and hang.
Some of the key components for a mini tree with ornaments include:
We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article, "Mini-Me Christmas Tree," featured in the a newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
"Not a Question; But a comment, Miniature Christmas trees are a good way to get rid of some of the left over one or two of a kind beads in your Cache."
"Loved idea of using for earring display."
- Kathy and Don
"I really liked it and I want to make some of those Christmas tree ear rings. been looking for the pattern for some time now.Thanks"
"Awesome.so inspiring. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday 2011"
"Really enjoyed the newsletter about minature Christmas trees, earrings and ornaments. Lots of really good ideas. Thanks."