How to Make a Homemade Tumbleweed

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are organising a set or scenery for a theatrical production or class play, you may have difficulty finding certain props from a theatre prop store. One solution is to make your own theatre props using a few craft materials. For example, you can make a homemade tumbleweed using materials that can be purchased inexpensively from an art supply store. This enables you to create as many tumbleweeds as you need without spending a lot of money on set design.

Pour 1 cup of papier mache pulp, 1 cup of flour and 2 cups of hot water into a bowl. Stir the mixture with a spoon for two minutes, then let it sit for 10 minutes to cool and thicken.

Inflate a large, round balloon and knot the end.

Cut 20 pieces of yarn each measuring about 12 inches long.

Dip the yarn pieces into the papier mache mixture, then lay the yarn pieces onto the balloon. Apply all of the yarn pieces, which will overlap to resemble a tumbleweed. Allow the yarn to dry for four hours.

Pop the balloon with a straight pin and remove it from the inside of the yarn tumbleweed shell.

Paint the tumbleweed using tan acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes.


For a realistic look, you can pull several of the yarn ends away from the balloon before they completely dry so they'll stick out.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Papier mache pulp
  • Flour
  • Spoon
  • Balloon
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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