I had been given an umbrella stand with metal spines with clips on the end - to attach cards for display. However, when I put my cards on it they were too heavy, and they overlapped each other. So I nixed that idea.
Suddenly this morning it came to me - make it into a fall tree by attaching fall coloured leaves to the clips. This is the result:
The base was made by first covering a wreath ring with 1 1/4" striped chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon and then hot gluing leaves all the way around the top. I tossed in some loose leaves in the center to cover up the metal base.
Here's a close up:
What I particularly like about this "spine" tree is that I can place display items under it and they can still be seen.
Here's a close up of the base (I took this one outside). You can see why I threw in some loose leaves in the middle.