During Autumn, the leaves change color and it is absolutely beautiful. As I was admiring this beauty, I began to think of a “nature” craft I could make that would fit in all year long. This broom idea is what I cam up with and I must admit, it is rather adorable.
This craft is best made in the Fall because that is a good time to find sticks on the ground and maybe some other things to use as the bristles. Please take care of nature and make sure all items used are found on the ground and not still in the trees. Follow the steps below and create a broom to decorate a door, an exterior wall, or even a den. Change colors on the broom each season to create an updated and fresh decor item.
Step 1. Gather a straight stick from your yard. It should be a little bit thick. Size varies upon what you find and also where you want to put it. You can make any size you want to fit into the space available.
Step 2. Choose what you want for your bristles. If you have an old broom, you can cut those bristles off. If you want to make it more natural looking, you can get some dried corn husks and either shred or cut them into thin strips. Or you can think of your own idea for bristles. Whatever you choose, make sure you have enough to go around one end of the stick. You should start with long pieces of bristle first and cut back after your first measurement. (You do not want the bristles to look too short on the stick you have chosen.)
Step 3. Line up the bristles and use a glue gun to attach them evenly around one end of the stick. Take some twine or string and tie around the top of the bunch to make sure they stay tight. If desired, at this point, you can tie a colorful ribbon around the bristles instead of twine.
Step 4. Get an assortment (about 4-8 depending on the size of the stick) of colorful flowers and make a small bouquet. If you have a wide patterned ribbon, you can use to decorate as well. Make sure your flowers and ribbon match. For my Autumn broom, I chose reds, yellows, and oranges in my flowers and ribbon. Arrange the flowers and ribbon as desired. I made a bow with my ribbon and tied it around the flowers.
Step 5. Take some twine or excess ribbon and tie the arrangement to the stick. You can tie it anywhere on the handle of the broom you want. I tied mine near the top of the broom handle and then had long ribbon pieces draping down the sides of the broom. My daughter tied her flowers at the base near the bristles and hung hers up so the bristles were at the top. Choose however you like it.
Step 6. Tie a loop on the end of the broom (whichever side you want to face up) and use that for the hanger.
Step 7. When seasons change, remove the ribbons and flowers and add updated colors to the broom. If desired, you can keep off the ribbons and flowers and make it a broom for a witch in a Halloween display.
The best part about this craft is that you can make it your own. You choose the stick, bristle type, colors, flowers, and how you want to hang it. You can have a craft party with this idea and no ones will be the same. Get your whole neighborhood together and all year long each neighbor will have a different broom hanging on their door. The possibilities are endless!