paintbrush (if painting)
hot glue gun
gel glue - I find Krazy Glue to not be sufficiently gel-like, try another brand
small bowl or plate (for seed beads)
clay - I used paper clay for its lightness, but it has to be painted, which is a pain
cardboard or paper for template
matte green and glossy black paint (if painting the clay)
earring finding (or a loop of wire) to hang wire from
white or silver seed beads, ~2mm
6mm red beads, one per tree
wire to hang ornament
(optional: sticker labels to put on wire)
Step 1: Form the trees
Take one of the earring findings or a loop of wire - the ones I used are something I found in a hardware store, but I'm not even sure what they're called. Roll a bit of paper clay (or black clay) around the wire to make the trunk. Make the bottom thicker than the top, as shown.
Sandwich the trunk between two triangles, making sure that the loop is right at the top of the triangles, with the hole aligned so that the hanging wire can go through it in the same plane as the triangles.