DIY: Witch’s Broom

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I have been thinking about and planning this project for several years now. I knew I wanted to add a witch’s broom to my front door decor, but being the picky person that I am, couldn’t find the perfect one. So, after finally giving up on my search, I decided to make my own. Isn’t that what any self respecting DIY-er would do?

I started by purchasing a 2×8 long piece of wood. This simple task proved to be harder than it sounds. While searching for the perfect piece, another piece fell from the top rafters and hit Logan in the ankle, resulting in a trip to the ER and a few stitches. A few days later we were back at it though and Logan was not wearing his flip flops this time. 🙂

After purchasing the 2×8, I then drew the outline of my broom onto the wood and Logan cut it out with a jigsaw.

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Then I took an electric sander and started sanding my heart out to round the edges. When you think you’re done sanding, sand some more. Don’t stop sanding until your hand cramps up and you have to stop. Then begin sanding the next day. Then repeat.

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After finally putting my sander to rest, I stained the wood with some leftover stain we had around the house.

Next, I purchased two bundles of straw from Hobby Lobby to use for the brush portion of my broom. After a little bit of trial and error, I placed 3/4 of one bundle around the end of the broom first, and secured it with two zip ties.

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I then placed the second bundle, along with the rest of the first, over top of the first bundle. This gave my broom more volume and made it look much thicker. I used wider and much longer zip ties on the top layer. The extra length allowed me to only use one zip tie for each section, making it easier to conceal.

I then wrapped some rope around each zip tie, using hot glue to secure it, making sure to keep the zip tie ends toward the back of my broom for visual purposes.
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And that’s it! A few days (more like weeks with kids) of work and you’ve got yourself a custom witch’s broom! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It was the perfect addition to our Halloween door!

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  • Mary Lonergan - Looks fabulous am hoping to do this for a Halloween party!! Thank youReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you, Mary! Hope your party was boo-tiful!ReplyCancel

  • mrsben - All your creativity paid off as IMHO, you did a fantastic job! As did a lawn witch silhouette who holds a broom a few years ago, can relate how difficult it is to find an authentic looking one … . I ended up using a good size branch (with a lot of character) from an old Oak tree that one of my neighbours had to cut down. I stripped off its bark, painted it black then added layers of faux like-palm for its head portion by first boring a hole in its end then tying and stacking (similar to what you did) but don’t think it can stand up on its own like yours using the hay. (I must try it.) -Brenda-
    P.S.: I hope no one stole it on you.ReplyCancel

    • admin - I did try to search in the woods for the perfect stick but just couldn’t find the perfect one. You know the struggle is real! Thank you for your sweet comment!ReplyCancel

  • Letia - I can’t think of enough words to describe how awesome your witch broom turned out. Amazing, beautiful, Creative.ReplyCancel

    • admin - You are too kind! Thank you so much, Letia! It was definitely a labor of love!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - This is the best broom making tutorial I have yet to find!!!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • admin - So glad that it helped you, Sue! Please share a picture of yours if you end up making one!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Nelson - This is a beautiful design! Love the curve at the top. It really makes it unique. I just came across this and WOW! Wish i had the tools to build one. You really did a great job😊ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you, Karen! It definitely took some help from my husband in cutting the design out. My daughter has really enjoyed “riding” around on it this year!ReplyCancel

  • Rommel - Awesome idea! It looks very nice.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda - Love it wanting to make one tooReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks a bunch, Belinda! Hope you had success with yours! I’d love to see a picture if you made one!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Morrison - What an amazing broom-! Love it – you did a great job. Regards, KrisReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much, Kris! My daughter had a blast “riding” around on it this Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • San - Wow, Logan is a keeper! I can’t get my spousal unit to engage with my creative (he thinks superfluous and silly) plans! He also is not a sharer of his tools! My dream is now my own shed and own tools. No boys allowed!

    Who knew at some point in my life I would look longingly at power tools!

    Love the broom! I had a hard time figuring how you did the handle. From a 2×8 board!!! Now that is a serious commitment to sanding! Congratulations! The final product is crazy cool!ReplyCancel

    • admin - He sure is! He doesn’t like to admit it, but he likes when I have a project for him. Touching his tools though, not so much! lolReplyCancel

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