“Curl” your beaded wires. Just bend them into corkscrew shapes. Pull the gathering stitch tight and knot the ends.
The wires shouldn't look identical. They should be slightly different lengths, different bead patterns, and different directions and curliness with the corkscrews.
The kid's sized socks are great with smaller styrofoam balls.
And, when I showed my sister without telling her the inspiration, she said, "They look Seuss-ish!" AND my husband said, "They look like Dr. Seuss." (much less excitedly than my sister, hence the lack of exclamation point. For five years we've been working on the "excitement factor" which in our marriage is totally different than what you're probably thinking. For us, working on the "excitement factor" means training mr when he should be excited - i.e. when I make something I think is cool - and how he can show it. It's a work in progress.) POINT BEING, they totally saw what I was going for, so I guess it was a success!
I got this idea that it would be really fun to have a whole “Seussical” tree. You could get those sparkly pokey stick things that are all curly, and use these fuzzy, stripey balls, and maybe even make shrinky dink Seuss characters! How fun would that be? Don’t steal my idea for next year... (actually the shrinky dinks were my sister's idea, I never would have thought of that...)