How to Make a Tumbleweed Costume

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Tumbleweeds are an iconic symbol of the wild American west. They serve as a ubiquitous prop in serious and satirical portrayals of western life, and can be seen rolling across the horizon in countless films, cartoons, and plays. If you're looking for an off-the-wall Halloween costume idea that definitely won't be copied, a tumbleweed costume might be the right choice for you. Tumbleweed costumes can be made cheaply, and will be certain to attract a lot of attention. A tumbleweed costume is especially appropriate for western-themed parties, and will make you a centerpiece for the occasion.

Things You'll Need

  • Dessert or shrub ghillie suit
  • Twigs, sticks, shrubbery
  • Decorative flora
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Locate a desert or shrubbery-themed Ghillie suit. Ghillie suits are used by soldiers as a form of full-body camouflage. They are printed in a variety of different styles to fit different landscapes. Ghillie suits can be purchased cheaply from army surplus stores, and are also widely available through Internet vendors.

  • Gather twigs, sticks, and small branches from woodland areas. You may also consider purchasing some small shrubs from a local greenhouse. If you don't want to forage for sticks, you can also purchase decorative fauna from arts and craft stores which are generally used for centerpieces and dioramas.

  • Use your hot glue gun to affix the sticks, twigs, decorative fauna and/or shrubs to your Ghillie suit. You'll want to cover as much of the suit as you can, so that you appear to be a large bundle of sticks and shrubbery when the costume is worn. Allow half an hour for the glue to set before putting on the costume.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make the costume rounder you can purchase a ghillie suit that is too large to fit normally, then inflate -- or partially inflate -- beach balls to take up the additional space inside the suit. Another option is to use children's hula hoops to create a sort of round interior skeleton to your suit. Finally, you can purchase an additional large parka-like ghillie suit jacket to wear over the outfit which will give you a much rounder profile.

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