Alyssa loves celebrating holidays and making fun crafts. She is a wife and mom who drinks a lot of coffee!
How to Make a Witch Broom
It must be the season of the witch. For this Halloween season, I've crafted three witchy items to help round out my home decor. The cauldron and witch figurine were only missing one thing, a broom.
With a rustic feel, this piece was the perfect addition and looks great hanging on the wall in the entryway. Simple and easy to put together, I used items I had around the house. Thanks to my husband, I even found a way to use up some of the Styrofoam I refuse to throw away.
- A long, half-inch thick dowel rod (Mine is about 46 inches long)
- A thin sheet of flexible packing Styrofoam
- Razor knife
- Brown, gold, and green acrylic paint
- Hot glue gun
- 150 grit sandpaper
- Floral wire
- Dried flowers or leaves, I used dried boxwood stems
- Thin old rope
Steps 1—5 Photo Guide
1. Lay your Styrofoam sheet out on a thick piece of cardboard.
2. Begin at the edge and start cutting rectangles into the Styrofoam about 12 inches up. Do not cut the pieces out; leave them attached.
3. Cut smaller sections into your Styrofoam rectangles. This will give you thin strands that will mimic the bristles of a broom.
4. Keep cutting until you have a 4—5 inch section of bristles.
5. Cut your bristles out of the Styrofoam, leaving a strip at the top uncut, about an inch or two.
Steps 6—8 Photo Guide
6. Using brown, green, and gold acrylic paint, begin painting your Styrofoam. Be sure to get in between the bristles to cover up the white Styrofoam.
7. Flip the bristles over, and paint the other side. Allow your bristles to dry completely.
8. Using brown and gold, paint your dowel.
9. Allow it to dry completely.
Photo Guide Steps 9—15
9. Once everything is dry, decide which side of your Styrofoam bristles will face the front. Flip it over, and run two thin beads of hot glue along the top. Secure the Styrofoam bristles to your dowel rod.
10. Cut a piece of twine and wrap it around the top, securing it with a knot.
11. Rough your broom's handle up using a piece of sandpaper.
12. Add your pieces of rope and dried stems to the bristles using hot glue and floral wire. This is a great time to customize your broom with materials you have around the house.
13. Wrap an additional piece or two of twine where the bristles meet the handle. Distress the twine a bit to give your broom a rustic feel.
14. Look your broom over and add an extra distressing you'd like.
15. Display your broom as part of your Halloween decor.
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