Anyway this project has absolutely absorbed all of my free time.
OK, so you have this tree... then a couple of cardinals...a "root ball" and ribbon...
Behold! the tree stands! Sort of.
This is the general idea, though not laying down on a table. The tree will be nestled into a weighted bottom and with birds hanging out. Add in some details and hopefully it will equal something grand. Honestly I hate posting WIP, I mean if someone showed me THIS and said "isn't it great!" I would be liable to hit them. You gotta trust me though, it will look better when it's done.