Maia and I made our own paper maché wreath to hang indoors. It's sort of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of the wreath world, but we love it and had fun making it!
We started by cutting a wreath shape from cardboard (We traced a large bowl for the outer perimeter and a smaller bowl for the inner to get the shape.) then spreading glue over the front.
Maia and I wadded up newspaper and stuck the balls of newspaper in the glue.
In preparation for doing the paper maché, we mixed our paste (1 cup flour, 2 cups water, 3 Tbsp salt, 1/2 cup glue) and tore newspaper strips.
We then covered the wreath form and newspaper balls with the newspaper strips dipped in paste.
After the paste dried, Maia and her friend Marlise painted the wreath using green and purple tempera paint and sprinkles of glitter.
And we hung the wreath on the chalkboard with Maia's "Merry Christmas", Daphne's scribbles, and my stars. It's held on with lots of double sided tape on the back which isn't working so well (it's already fallen down twice) so I think we'll hang it with a ribbon.
I'm loving our homemade decorations! We get to enjoy them twice -- first while making them and then while viewing them all around us.