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.
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.
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.
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.
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!