Seed Bead Tree, Oh Seed Bead Tree

Design Idea A465 Christmas Tree
by Jake Woolley, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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 such as Christmas earrings, Christmas necklaces and noticeable home décor.

Christmas Jewelry

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.

Seed Bead Tree, Oh Seed Bead Tree

The Gallery of Designs features step-by-step directions for creating a few basic Christmas tree earrings styles including our most popular design using margarita flower (marguerite lochrose) beads.

Some of the key components for Christmas tree earrings include:


Seed-Beaded Trees:

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.

Design Idea 88NP Tree Sculpture

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.

Seed Bead Tree, Oh Seed Bead Tree

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 ear wires and hang.

Mini Christmas trees can also be used as craft fair displays for selling handmade earrings. Simply hook the earring finding to the trees branches as ornaments. Or when hosting a holiday get-together, display earrings as fun gifts or party favors for your guests.

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Customer Comments

We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article, "Seed Bead Tree, Oh Seed Bead Tree," featured in 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."
- Kay

"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"
- Anonymous

" inspiring. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday 2011"
- Liz

"Really enjoyed the newsletter about miniature Christmas trees, earrings and ornaments. Lots of really good ideas. Thanks."
- Jacquelyne