How to Make a Homemade Tumbleweed

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How to Make a Homemade Tumbleweed
Make a fake tumbleweed using craft materials. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Inflate a large, round balloon and knot the end.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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