I covered shining 2" Christmas Tree balls with crochet lace made of #10 thread, white with a silver strand. I bought the plastic balls at the dollar store and they for the most part turned out quite well.
Because I didn't know how many 'guests' would turn up, with our family, you never know, I many a ton extra. When I got tired of covering balls, I made beaded and lace wreaths. Each wreath was different. Since I had the option of three colored beads - clear, green and red - I was able to mix and match the beads in which ever way I felt. To mis it up even further, I used several different kinds and sizes of lace ribbon. It made for a good change.
I also crocheted little lace angels and a lot of stars and icicles, but they must be at the bottom of the Christmas trunk. I used some of them to put on Christmas presents last year, for family and friends.
I haven't yet decided what I will make this year. I was thinking something along the lines of soldering beaded wire into teardrop shapes. Maybe I will make beaded icicles. Most likely it will be something with crystal beads this year.