I added a glass bead, rhinestone rondelle, one of my disk beads, a bead cap and a fire polished glass bead to an eye pin. I attached the hanger and filigree with 13mm jump rings.
The filigree is super lightweight so it won't weigh down your branches. The filigree comes in sets of 2 so you can make for your tree and one for a friend or give them as a set. I could see them done in several different colors and given as a special gift.
The second, is missing any art beads, but I have these round beads I need to use up. The ceramic rounds were on a bargain table at a local bead show and I ended up getting two strands of these huge beads that I will never use for jewelry. Sometimes that the danger of shopping at a show! After I made the nest, I attached a wire hanger and tied on a bit of silk ribbon. LOVE these! I want to make a dozen or so of these for my tree.
The nest is created with steel wire and the curly wire work on stop is done with a softer craft wire in a bright silver finish, both are 20 gauge. If you don't know how to make a nest here are two tutorials - 1 & 2. I do kind of a hybrid of these two styles. The nest is about 2" wide.
The back side of the nest. I have a set of tiny teal birds that my daughter and I made a few years ago, they will look so cute on the tree with the nests. I could see these on top of packages too instead of bows.
So how are you doing with your holiday decorating? Is it a major affair or do you keep things simple? My only requirement is a real tree - I need that fresh pine smell to feel like it's the holidays!