Step 4: Stabilizing the branches and trunk
Put your tree in a work area that you don't mind getting messy because when this mixture gets on something and dries it is hard to get off.
Take one bucket of water, and put enough flour in this to make it a bit thick, but still fairly thin.
Rip you paper in strips and keep it handy just in case you need more strips.
Now put the strips in the bucket with the mache mixture, (flour and water)
Now take some strips and take excess mix off of them. Put these around the base of the tree to stabilize it and up near the branches. Also put the strips around the branches to fix them in the places that you want them.
Set your tree up somewhere so it will be out of harms way while it is drying. It can take a day or two to fully dry.
At this point you can still bend the wires still showing in different positions that you would like them to be in. I would wait to bend the wires after the papier mache dries.