The kids grow up so quickly; they outgrow clothes faster than you can buy them. You take the old clothes and give them away or have a yard sale, but before you do that, grab a couple of outfits to use for making broom babies. The cute kids you make from brooms can pout in a corner or liven up your garden. They’re cheap and easy to make; make a boy, a girl or both!
At a craft store you’ll find a large assortment of craft brooms. The straw brooms are simplistic and not expensive. The 36″ ones work great for making broom kids but you can actually use any size. Get one broom for each child you want to make.
To create a boy lay the broom on a table. Separate the straw into two equal sections. Slide a pair of bib overalls or denims onto the broom guiding one half of the straw through one leg and the other half through the other leg. Add stuffing to the pants, as needed, to fill up the waist. Slide a long sleeve shirt on the broom. If the boy has bib overalls, stuff the shirt in and fill it with fiberfill. Tuck the shirt into the bibs. If the broom boy has denims, fill the shirt, then tuck it in or leave it hanging out. Where needed, use twist-ties or pieces of wire to secure the clothing to the broom.
Use a large straw hat to top the broom boy and hide the handle. Pull the cuffs of the sleeves up to the area where the face would be and secure the sleeves there with wire. Set the finished broom boy in the garden or inside the house. Place him somewhere that hides his face, like in a corner or outside against the house.
To make the girl doll, lay the broom on the table then separate the straw into two sections. Use wide lace or eyelet material to make a petticoat or knickers. Wrap one piece of lace around half of the broom straw and another piece around the other half. Place a long dress on the broom and stuff it with fiber-fill. Position and secure the long sleeves of the dress on the broom and top it off with a large straw hat. Secure the hat with wire or twist-ties. The broom babies stand easily outdoors by using bamboo sticks inserted under the clothes.
Make assorted sizes of the broom people and you can create a whole family for outdoors. Or, make mini versions, using doll clothing, and stand the adorable kids on a shelf. You can even use the same technique to make ghosts, goblins and witches at Halloween. You’ll love watching people do a double-take when they see the tiny broom people!