I liked it so much, this year I decided to do something similar for myself. Found myself a little live tree at the hardware store (come spring I'll plant it in one of my large patio pots). For ornament hooks I use the inexpensive, craft earring hooks - the type you can buy by the gross at Michaels or Joann's. They're better suited in terms of size for these smaller trees. And if you need a last minute gift and can't find anything else, you could snag a couple of snowflakes off of your tree and call them earrings!
I've noticed that my freebie snowflake pattern is one of the most popular pages on my site right now. Yesterday I received an email from Julia in the UK asking some questions about her snowflakes, because they were buckling. Both from my pattern, and some other patterns she'd found online (though I'm pleased that mine gave her the least troubles). I tried to help her do some trouble shooting, and thought I'd share some of that here.
|Seven-sided snowflakes are most likely to buckle
|This ring must lay flat before you go on!
The tension in your first couple of circles is especially important, if it doesn't lay flat at this stage, it won't lay flat later. So take some time to manipulate the beads until they're happily arranged in a flat circle.
|Sideview of buckled snowflake with too tight tension
|Side view of nice, perfectly flat snowflake - lower tension
And if you're looking for more on snowflakes: here's a pitch for my snowflake pattern for sale on Etsy - 10 full pages of instruction on 5, 6, and 7 sided snowflakes with as many variations as I could come up with, with carefully proofed color illustrations and photos.