18 October 2010

More Halloween Madness

I told you guys I had a problem.  Here is the evidence:

I'll share tutorials throughout the week.  Today I'm going to tell you about the broom stick.

Materials you'll need:

crooked branch 
broom head
hot glue
ribbon o'plenty

My son found this crooked stick on the way home from school one day.  He was using it as a walking stick.  I told him to go find another. ;)  Because I instantly thought - how perfect for a wicked looking broomstick!  Everyone thinks this way, right?!?!  Anyway, fashioning the darn thing wasn't easy.  So don't laugh at my tutorial. 

I found a broom head at WalMart.  There were two sizes, small and large.  This is the small one.  It all made sense in my head, how to put this thing together.  But as I began I realized this wasn't going to be my fastest project.  The broom head has a metal ring on it.  So I sawed a slit on one end of my stick to wedge the broom head into.  Then I wrapped it very tightly with twine.  Fine twine, like this:

I used so much twine, I got twine burn.  After I wrapped until my fingers were numb I hot glued around the twine, around the top of the twine, around the bottom of the twine.  Then I held it while the hot glue dried.  Burned myself in a few places.  But it held so that is all that matters, right?  It wasn't pretty to look at, though.  However, you can cover just about anything up with ribbon!  Right?!


After I tied on a few or twenty scraps of ribbon, I stuck in a little chalk board sign I picked up from Tai Pan Trading (forever ago), and wrote "Bewitched" on it.

Throw in a pair of pointy-toed black boots and you've got one wicked little set-up.  Perfect for your doorway - since that, I'm assuming, is where a witch would park her broomstick ;).

Now go, go, go brew up some witch's brooms of your own!!!

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Erin said...

I think it's fantastic!! :)

The DIY Show Off said...

Lei, it's so cute! Sorry about your DIY battle scars. Thanks so much for linking up to the DIY Project Parade and sharing your creativity. It's nice to "meet" you! Now, off to check out more of your fabulous DIY and decorating! ;)

Have a great week!


Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

That is too adorable. I love it Lei!!!

I shared it on my TT&J facebook page and linked back to you :)


Char @ Crap I've Made said...


Alyssa said...

That's great! Sorry to hear about the twine burn. Lol! Oh the things we do for our craft. . .

sharon said...


Amanda @ Heart Tree Home said...

Super adorable! I love that you thought outside of the box and made the twiggy crooked witch out of the stick.

Kristen Duke Photography said...

love the broom stick! you've got lots of crafty genes, now i need to figure out what to do for this saturedays contest...surprised but excited...thanks for your comment!

brown paper packages said...

darling, lei!!

Lindsay said...

This is really great. Broom stuff is my favorite!

Andre Bagoo said...

Fantastic stuff!

What's next said...

LOVE it!!!