If you have a paper punch and glue handy, you can make these uber cool pod beads. Here's the tutorial from Folding Trees.
WAIT A MINUTE. (crafting wheels creaking, right brain emitting chooka chooka sounds) I think these would also make some cooooool ornaments if you had a punch in a larger size. Could be so good either on their own or wired together to make a star. Hmmm...I must mull that one over a bit.
If you make some beads, you are invited to post them to the flickr group.