How to make a straw broom

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A cottage in the woods or a farmhouse kitchen wouldn’t really be complete without a broom in the closet to clear away dust, with another near the hearth for sweeping up ashes from the previous night’s blazing fire. And imagine how satisfying it would be using materials from your own garden to create those brooms? Certainly, these would be brooms that would be pretty enough to display on a wall or tucked into a corner so they will always be close at hand.

Making your own broom is a fairly easy craft, and one that will leave family and friends in awe at your survivalist skills.

How to make a straw broomAnd although the term “flying off the handle” was born from the use of handmade brooms, which had – and still do have – a tendency to lose their heads when they’re used too forcefully, it doesn’t mean you yourself will fly off the handle when you attempt to make your own broom.

You’ll just need a little bit of patience, along with the necessary materials, and you’ll soon have your own straw broom, birch-branch broom, or broom-corn broom, the last being the sturdiest of these rustic, hand-crafted tools.

Straw should be easy to find if you live on or near a farm, and you can easily gather twigs and branches from the woods to tackle a birch broom. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can grow your own broom corn, paying tribute as you do to early broom designer Levi Dickenson, a Massachusetts farmer who crafted a broom for his wife using tassels from a variety of sorghum. Dickenson’s resulting broom was so successful (his wife told all her friends, and word around town quickly spread) that the sorghum variety he used is now called broom corn. The stalks grow like sweet corn and look the same, although it has no cobs, just the tassels on top, and that is the material you’ll use to make your broom. (And remember, if you master the art of broom making and grow enough broom corn, you will have gifts friends and family will love or that you can sell at craft shows, farmer’s markets, or fairs, where people are sure to fall for a hand-crafted broom’s old-time appeal.)

You can also order broom corn online from broom-making suppliers, where other supplies for crafting your own brooms can also be found, along with plans for more challenging broom designs.

The following projects, though, will get you started and can take on even pioneer-level quantities of dirt and debris.

Making a Straw Broom

A straw broom is easy to make, and the project is one that would be fun to do with the kids or a as a great back-to-nature project that would be ideal for a group activity at a craft fair or other special event.

Things you will need:

  • Straw
  • A stick to be used as a broom handle
  • Twine or wire for binding
  • A knife and scissors for finishing touches

Handles can be ordered from a supplies store for a more commercial look, but if you are going for rustic or are taking advantage of the items you have available to you, you can make your own using branches that you have collected. It is a good idea to strip the branches of their bark and allow them to dry for a few months before using them to ensure that no cracking or splitting will occur when you put them to use.

Clean your straw so it is free from dust and debris, shaking bits loose without using water, which can cause your broom to mold.

Divide straw into ten separate, equal bunches.

Gather one bundle of straw together, making sure that ends on one side are even. Hold the bundle together tightly and wrap it securely with twine. The tighter the bundle, the stronger your broom will be, so squeeze it tightly. Repeat the steps with the remaining nine bunches of straw.

Tie together the gathered bundles one at a time using wire or twine, ensuring that the bundles are secured as tightly as possible. If you want a flat broom for use on floors or hearths, place straw bundles side by side. If you want to use your broom as a whisk broom, connect the bundles in a circular design, still making sure bunches are as tightly linked as possible.

Sharpen the end of your handle so it can be pushed into the center of your bundle of straw, and secure it tightly to prevent your broom head from “flying off the handle.”

Cut the ends of straw so they’re even, and your broom is ready to use.

Making a Birch Broom

Birch brooms have a more botanical-inspired look than the farm-infused straw or broom-corn brooms.

Things you will need:

  • Birch branches
  • A stick
  • Twine or willow branches
  • Sharp knives

Soak birch branches and willow overnight so they’re more pliable and flexible, a must for the final steps of this project.

Place your stick or broom handle on your work surface and surround it with branches on both sides, making sure that the bottoms of the branches are pointed toward the top of your handle.

Tie the branches securely in place around your broom handle using twine or soaked willow branches.

After branches are secured, fold them down over the twine so tips are pointed downward. Secure them with additional lengths of twine, wrapping the branches either once or twice near the top of the handle.

Let your broom dry a few days before using it.

Making a Broom-Corn Broom

Things you will need:

  • Broom corn tassels
  • Twine or wire
  • A wooden handle or stick
  • Scissors

Shake any dust and debris from your broom corn, then divide it into ten separate, even bunches, layering stalks until they are about one inch thick in each bundle. Use longer stalks for a large, full-length broom; reserve smaller ones for use as a whisk broom or small hearth broom.

Secure bundles together tightly with twine, remembering that the tighter the bundle, the stronger and more secure your broom will be. Repeat the steps with the remaining nine bunches of broom corn.

Tie together two gathered bunches of broom corn using wire or twine, ensuring that the bundles are as tight as possible for a sturdy, durable broom. Add the next bundle of broom corn, placing it flat against the first two bundles for a broom you’ll use on floors or hearths or in a circular design for a smaller whisk broom. Continue the process, attaching new bundles one by one, until all of the broom corn is attached securely.

Sharpen the end of your handle so it can be pushed into the center of your bundle of broom corn, and secure it tightly at the base.

Cut the ends of your broom corn so the base is even and as smooth as possible to capture debris, and trim the top if desired.

For an added decorative element with any of the brooms you make, drill a hole at the top of the handle and knot a loop of twine through it. Your broom can then be hung on a hook near your fireplace hearth or on the wall in your kitchen. Cast iron hooks crafted by a blacksmith would also be a nice, rustic touch.

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Before you spend a fortune on a handmade besom, check out this tutorial on how to DIY one for practically nothing.

You know those gorgeous, handmade round brooms you see at summer pagan festivals and on Etsy?

Maybe you’ve imagined leaning one against your kitchen wall, or on the porch during Samhain to give your home that authentic, witchy vibe.

But alas! The high quality ones cost anywhere from $30-$50. That’s a lot to spend on a broom, you think.

Good news. They’re super easy to make! I’ll show you how to select materials, make it from scratch and then customize it for your specifications. Let’s get started.

The Lore of the Besom

A number of theories have made their way around the circle about how witchcraft became associated with brooms.

The prevailing one remains that the image of a witch flying on a broomstick originates in the use by early pagans of psychoactive drugs.

Although the evidence to support this is frankly pretty thin, it makes a good campfire story.

You might be asking, what exactly do psychoactive drugs have to do with flying around on a broomstick?

I’m a little squeamish about detailing the specifics in this blog, but if you’re super curious, here’s a pretty detailed explanation.

Nowadays, besoms are mostly used for ritual cleansing and, in some traditions, handfasting ceremonies.

Gathering Materials for Your Besom

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(Please note that this portion may contain affiliate links for your convenience. You can read all about this practice on Moody Moon’s disclosure page. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty boring).

To find materials for this project, start in your backyard!

First, find a stick. This will be the handle for your besom.

I just used a random one I found, but if you want to get super intentional, you can choose a stick from a tree with significance in witchcraft (an apple tree, a willow, whatever).

Either way, find one that’s sturdy about the diameter you want.

Obviously, the size of the stick will determine the size of your broom. Remember, you can make this broom any size you want, from a 6-inch besom for your travel altar to a full size broom of several feel for ritual.

Then, decide what you’ll use for the sweep.

I chose pine needles because I wanted my broom fairly small for a travel altar.

But you can use grass, straw or anything material that is thin and pliable.

You’ll also need some natural twine.

Finally, it’s not 100% necessary, but it’s super helpful to have some hot glue and a hot glue gun.

And that’s it! We’ll talk about decorating it further down, but for the basic broom, this really is all you need.

To sum it up, you need:

-pine needles, grass, straw or other thin, pliable material

-hot glue gun/hot glue

Step 1

Gather your pine needles (or whatever) around the base of your stick.

Allow at least a few inches of the stick to go down into the needles, and make sure they cover it completely.

Step 2

Lay the broom on the twine and tie a tight knot.

Do not cut the twine yet! It should look like this:

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Step 3

On the back of the broom, press a stripe of hot glue. This will help to secure the twine.

Carefully wind the twine around the broom, pulling it tight as you go.

When you’re finished, it should look something like this.

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For larger brooms, tie off the end of the twine with a tight knot.

But for smaller brooms, the glue is generally enough to secure the twine.

Trimming Your Broom.

Clip the ends of the twine.

You can trim the sweep of the broom with scissors if you want.

Personally, I like to leave it pretty uneven, as I think it looks more rustic that way. But you know, trim it to your preference.

Decorating Your Besom.

You can decorate your broom with almost anything. Here are some ideas:

-old costume jewelry

Anointing and Charging Your Broom.

I like to anoint my brooms with essential oils. A few drops of cinnamon oil or frankincense fills the air when you bring it out.

Consider charming your broom by leaving it in the full moon light overnight.

Or, store it with a sachet of herbs and let it soak in the energy of whatever blend you choose.

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The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. In addition to being good for playing Quidditch, the besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools.

Magical Uses

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In many traditions of witchcraft, the besom is used for sweeping a ceremonial area out before ritual. A light sweeping does more than clean the physical space — it, also, immediately clears out negative energies that may have accumulated in the area since the last cleaning. The broom is a purifier, so it is connected to the element of Water in some magical traditions, but others associate it with Air. It is not uncommon to meet witches who have broom collections, and it is fairly easy to make your own besom if you don’t wish to buy one. The traditional magical formula includes a bundle of birch twigs, a staff of ash or oak, and a binding made from willow wands.

Along with the popularity of handfasting ceremonies, there has been a resurgence in interest among Pagans and Wiccans in the idea of a “besom wedding.” This is a ceremony also referred to as “jumping the broom.” Although typically this is seen as a custom derived from the slave culture of the American south, there is also evidence that besom weddings took place in some parts of the British Isles.

Artemis, over at WonderWorks, says,

“The first official documentation that records a person flying on a broomstick is from 1453, from a confession by witch Guillaume Edelin. There were earlier recordings of witches flying on different sticks – walking sticks, tree limbs, etc. This probably came from agrarian fertility rites when pagans were riding their besoms (hobby horse style) and jumping with them, to show how high the crops would grow. Ancient besoms have been discovered with hidden compartments in the handle, to hold herbs, oils, and feathers (items for rituals/spells). Some people say the handles of the besoms were coated with flying ointment.”

Broom Folklore in Rural Cultures

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The broom is one of those tools that most people have in their home–whether they’re a witch or not! In many rural cultures, the broom has become a source of legend and folklore. Here are just a few of the many beliefs people have about brooms and sweeping.

James Kambos says in Llewellyn’s 2011 Magical Almanac,

“When misfortune was thought to have entered a home, one old German custom was to sweep the home, thus sweeping away any negativity. Each family member would grab a broom and begin sweeping. Starting at the center of the home, they’d sweep outward toward all exterior doors. As they swept, they’d open the front and back doors and sweep out the negativity.”

In the Appalachian region of the United States, many folkloric practices were brought over from Scotland, England, and Ireland. It is believed that laying a broom across your doorstep will keep witches out of your house. However, be careful–if a girl steps over a broom by accident, she’ll end up becoming a mother before she gets married; this belief may have originated in Yorkshire, as there are similar warnings in that area.

People in parts of China say that a broom should only be used for household chores like sweeping because it is so strongly tied to the household spirits. It shouldn’t be used for playing or whacking people with, because that is offensive to the household entities.

There’s an old tale in the Ozarks that you should never sweep a house while there’s a dead body in it–although one would assume that if there’s a dead body in the house, you’ve got other things on your mind besides housecleaning.

Some African tribes believe that men should leave the house while women are sweeping. The reason? Because if they are accidentally struck by the broom, it could render them impotent–unless they take the broom and bang it on the wall three times (some legends say seven times).

Make Your Own Besom

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While it’s certainly easy to just buy a broom, it’s also pretty simple to make one of your own out of different types of wood. Although the items that follow are for the more traditional style of besom, you can use nearly any types of branches available to you. You’ll need:

  • A four-foot length of ash or oak for the handle
  • Thin branches of birch for the bristle part (you can substitute a woody herb like mugwort or thyme for the bristles if you like)
  • Lengths of willow or heavy cord to bind everything together

You’ll also need heavy-duty scissors and a bucket of warm water.

Whatever you’ll be using for the bristles–whether it’s birch, an herb, or some other wood–should be soaked in the warm water overnight to make them pliable, as should the willow binding, if you’re using it.

Crafting Your Besom

Lay the handle on a table or the floor, and place the bristles alongside it, lined up about four inches from the bottom. Point the bottom of the bristles towards the top of the broom, because you’re going to flip the bristles in a minute.

Use the willow branches or cording to wrap the bristles around the broom. Add as many as you want to make the broom full. Make sure you tie the cording off securely so your bristles don’t come popping out later.

Now, take the bristles and fold them down over the willow binding or cording so that they’re pointing towards the bottom of the broom. Tie them down again at the base of the broomstick to secure them. As you’re wrapping the cord in place, visualize your intent for this besom. Will it be strictly decorative? Are you going to hang it in place over a door? Perhaps you’ll use it ceremonially, or maybe even for physical cleaning. Focus on what you’re going to be doing it, and charge it with energy. Make your broom as fancy or simple as you like – the possibilities are endless!

While you’re probably not going to be flying around on your broom, don’t worry–it’s got a lot of magical possibilities. Use it to sweep around your home in spells related to eliminating negative energies. Use it in ritual to direct energy, much like a wand, or to symbolize the element of Air. Stand it upright by your door, or hang it over your hearth, to keep away those who might do you harm. Tuck it under your bed at night to keep bad dreams away while you sleep.

Let your broom dry for a day or two, and when it’s all done, consecrate it as one of your magical tools.

This article was co-authored by Erik Bakirov. Erik Bakirov is a Cleaning Specialist at Room413 Cleaning in Los Angeles, California. Erik specializes in deep, move-in, and move-out cleaning services. Room413 matches homeowners with reliable and trustworthy cleaning services. They also promote environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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Brooms do so much of the cleaning work that we sometimes forget that they need a good cleaning too. Removing debris from your broom before you get it wet, and then soaking the broom head and disinfecting the handle, can help keep your brooms clean.

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Cleaning Specialist Expert Interview. 7 January 2021. Because brooms are large, you’ll need to mix the soap and water in a bucket to ensure the broom head can fully soak. Fill a small bucket with warm water and add a few squirts of liquid dish soap. Mix the soap and water together until it’s sudsy. [4] X Research source

A: Utility Shears for trimming broom. B: Various twine (hemp and waxed linen) C: Knife D: Pruner for trimming broom corn stalks. E: Bodkin/Needle for stitching broom. F: Tarred drop-line for binding. G. Clamp for stitching broom flat. H. Sewing cuff J: Handle painted with milk paint

Materials

Broom Corn:

Broom corn is not really corn but a type of sorghum. It can be grown, but the amounts needed to make one broom makes it difficult for an individual to grow, harvest, and prepare enough broom corn to make more than a few brooms. Most craft broom makers procure broom corn from local growers or buy it from companies who specialize in craft broom materials and tools. I purchase ten pound boxes of craft broom corn ( broom corn with a section of stalk for weaving) from Caddy Supply Company of Orangeburg, South Carolina. Caddy Supply Company A ten pound box currently costs 35 dollars. Since most kitchen brooms require a pound of broom corn and other types (whisks, cob-web, turkey-wings, hearth) less, ten pounds will make ten to twenty brooms. Caddy also has a fifty-pound box of craft broom corn.

(B) Twine and/or Wire:

Broom corn is tied to the handle with twine or wire. The Shakers were the first to use wire to bind the broom corn to the handle. They also made the first flat brooms by squeezing the broom in a vise and lacing it with twine. Caddy Supply Company sells hemp twine in varies colors as well as 18.5 ga. tinned wire. I use nylon to bind the broom corn to the handle and waxed linen for stitching.

Basket Reed and Splints:

Many craft broom makers weave the stalks of the broom corn around the handle. Others use dyed reed or splints.

Handles:

Pine handles can be purchased from Caddy Supply Company, but most craft broom makers find discarded limbs or search woodlands for dead wood (before it decays). Some tie brooms to saplings (known as twisty sticks) deformed by vines such as honeysuckle. Others use antlers and wrought iron. Some craft brooms such as whisks, pot scrubbers, cake testers, and turkey-wings have no wooden handle, the handle being formed from the broom corn. I collect fallen limbs from my neighborhood and shape them on a shaving horse with a drawknife and spokeshave (and then dry for up to a year) before using them to make a kitchen, hearth, or cobweb broom.

Tools

Foot winder/ Tying Frame:

Device to hold tension on twine or wire while winding broom corn to handle.

Scissors:

For trimming broom corn and cutting twine.

(C) Knives:

For trimming broom corn stalks, cutting twine, shaping handles, etc.

A shoe/leather knife used in shoe industry (back when there was one). Excellent for trimming brush and stalks around handle and splitting stalks to use in weaves. Hyde and Dexter Cutlery still have shoe knives made in USA.

(E) Bodkin:

A large needle for stitching brooms.

(G) Clamp

To press broom flat while stitching.

(H) Sewing Palm

For pushing broom needle/bodkin through broom straw when stitching.

Water Container:

For soaking broom corn and reed prior to weaving.

Tying Table:

A broom tying table by Shawn Hoefer of Laffing Horse Tying Table

Rip Cord:

A loop of strong twine for tying off end of wrapping.

Here at Haydenville Broomworks we aim not only to make functional and beautiful brooms but also to maintain the American broom making tradition. It is important to us that buying a broom from Haydenville Broomworks is a personalized experience and since everyone can’t visit the Broomshop or see us at craft fairs we’ve explained our process below. If you can make it to a craft fair, you can see some of these steps in action!

Following centuries old traditions, our broom making is a simple craft. From selecting the highest of quality materials to dropping the broom off at our small town post office, each broom is truly made by hand.

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Sorting the Broom Corn

The process begins on a sunny day when we take our broom corn outside and sort it by size and quality. Centuries ago broom corn was selectively grown into the product it is today because of its ability to catch and hold dust.

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Broom Corn’s Local History

The creation of broom corn as a specific crop is widely credited to a farmer named Levi Dickinson in Hadley MA, down the road from Haydenville! Once the corn is sorted our attention turns to the handles.

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Sassafras Handles

Our handles are made from sassafras because it is strong, light-weight, does not shed its bark and will continue to shoot out new saplings from its roots following harvest. We harvest the sassafras from a variety of locations including land owned by Anne’s uncle Lee Sauder.

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Preparing the Broom Handle

Once the sassafras is harvested and dried each branch is cut to size and holes are drilled on each end; one for the leather hook to hang the broom and another for wire to attach the broom corn to the handle.

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Assembling the Broom

Eight gauge wire is used to secure the corn to the handle and staple nails are use to secure the broom corn to the handle and tighten the wire around the broom corn. Some craftsmen skip using nails – this step in combination with our high quality materials it is one of the reasons why our brooms last so much longer then mass-produced factory brooms.

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Working on the Broom Bench

When assembling the brooms we work on a customized bench that allows us to keep the wire taut and provides solid surface for the hammer. Depending on the broom design, several layers of broomcorn are added at this stage.

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Weaving the Handle

The outer layer of the broom is made by selecting the longest and highest quality broom corn. The ends are split lengthwise and soaked in hot water to increase pliability. Jute is used with these “weavers” to create the woven portion of the broom.

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Different Weaves for Different Brooms

For our larger brooms, the woven section secures a final, outer layer of broomcorn around the head. For the whisks, the handle is made entirely of broomcorn and the woven handle.

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Stitching the Broom

The next step is to stitch the broom, holding it in a round or flattened shape depending on the design. We stitch with a waxed string a double pointed needle, working by hand for the round-stitched brooms such as the cobweb or round hearth brooms.

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Using the Broom Vice

The Shakers pioneered the flat design of many brooms we see today. To stitch the brooms flat we use a restored 19th century broom vice that holds the shape as we stitch it.

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Cutting the Broom

The final step the process is cutting the excess broomcorn from the end of the head using the broomcorn cutter. The cutter is used to give the Turkey Wing Whisks their distinctive shape. Watch those fingers!

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Sending Away

We drop off the finished brooms at our local post office, to be shipped to your front door.

Introduction: Classic Witch’s Broom

How to make a straw broom

How to make a straw broom

How to make a straw broom

Need a simple and easy-to-make prop witch’s broom for a Halloween display or costume?

I needed one, but wasn’t keen on spending very much time or money on it. Here’s what I came up with, and it only cost me about $5 and 30 minutes of time.

Step 1: Materials

You need a straight-ish stick that is about 5 feet long, and a cheap broom, preferably the cheapest you can find.

I was looking around for suitable materials for the sweepy end of the broom, and considered gathering sticks and twigs, but spending $5 on a cheap Walmart broom just seemed so much easier!

You will also need some strong cordage, preferably a natural-looking variety like hemp or jute.

Step 2: Disassemble Broom

The top end of the sweepy bristles on my broom were wrapped tightly with thin wire, held to the handle with a small nail. I pulled the nail out with a pair of needle nose pliers, and unwound the wire until the bristles started to come loose.

The bristles were sort of “sewn” together with some strong nylon-like twine, which I cut with a utility knife and unraveled from the bristles.

I set the handle aside from some later project, and stacked the bristles into a semi-uniform pile.

Step 3: Set Stick on Bristles

Set one end of the stick about half-way down on the bristles.

Step 4: Prepare for Wrapping With Twine

Pull out about 12 feet or so of twine, and tie a loop in one end. Leave the tail end of the loop about 3 inches or so, which will aid in tying off the twine later on. (I left mine too short, but still managed to make it work.)

Slip the loop end under the bundle of bristles and stick end, about halfway between the end of the stick and the top of the bristles, and feed the long end of the twine through the looped end.

Step 5: Wrap

Pull the long end of the twine tightly through the loop, and begin wrapping it round and round the bristles. For the first few wraps, make sure the bristles are distributed around the stick fairly evenly.

The short tail end of twine from the tied loop needs to be accessible when you are done wrapping, so be sure not to wrap over it completely.

Continue wrapping as tight as humanly possible!

If the bristles tend to tilt in the direction of your wrapping, just gently push them back so they align with the stick. Keep wrapping tightly until you get near the end of the twine.

When you get to the end, tie this long wrapped end of the line to the original short tail from the looped end.

Pro tip: Soak the knot with several drops of superglue, and it will never come undone!

Step 6: Fasten Bristle Bunch to the Stick

The bunch of bristles will still slide up and down the broom stick, unless we fasten them somehow.

I used two one-inch roofing nails, driven through the twine and into the stick on opposite sides to accomplish this. Roofing nails work great, as they have a nice wide head on them, but in a pinch you could use any other kind of nail that is about 2″ long. Simply drive it halfway, and then pound it over flat onto the twine.

If you are OCD, you can now wrap a few additional layers of twine to cover the nails, or just leave it as is.

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Going to a quidditch tournament tomorrow and I think this is gonna work swimmingly. Thanks for the instructions!

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Homemade brooms were made for both inside and outside use.

Farm life taught me that items could be made instead of being bought.

Store bought items were considered a luxury in some families.

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Brooms to be used outside to sweep the yard close to the house were called yard brooms.

Brooms used inside the house were called straw brooms if homemade and stick brooms if store bought with a wooden handle.

Yard Brooms

Gallberry bush branches were gathered to make yard brooms. A double handful was the desired amount to be cut usually in approximately 48″ lengths. The branches were run back and forth over a wire fence to remove the leaves. They were left in the sun to dry for 2 to 3 days. Next they were bundled tightly together and tied. This was repeated several times about 2″ apart to make sure the branches would not come apart.

Another method to secure the branches:

Sometimes the branches were first tied together and then the twine was tightly wound around the branches for 10 inches and tied again before cutting the twine.

House Brooms

When the house broom started to wear out, a trip to the fields was needed to collect broom sage to make a new broom. Broom sage is a long thick light brown colored type of straw.

Broom sage that was 36″ in length or longer was collected. A double handful was a good amount to make a broom. The fodder or weaker parts had to be removed by shaving with a sharp knife. Hold the broom sage at the cut end and shave down removing the fodder. Then, one person would hold the broom sage tightly bunched together. Another person would wrap a strong twine around the bundle several times, usually about 2 inches from the top end, and tie it as tightly as possible. If it was not tight enough then the individual pieces would fall out and it would fall apart when it was being used. Twine was tied around the bundle about 2 inches apart two or three more times to help stabilize the straw. The top was trimmed evenly across so no pieces stuck up higher than the others. The bottom was trimmed only enough to remove any weak or long pieces so they would not break off while sweeping.

Another method to secure the straw:

Sometimes the straw was first tied together and then the twine was tightly wound around the straw for 10 inches and tied again before cutting the twine.

I was never personally involved in the making of the homemade brooms, but got to use them often.

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Has anyone made their own broom to jump the broom? I want to make something pretty but also easy, I’m not a huge DIY person.

I would love to see pics and ideas of what people outside of pinterest (AKA easier thatn what is on Pinterest) are doing!

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How to make a straw broom

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Forgive me if I don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ve only heard of this tradition recently.

You can get a fairly cheap broom for $5 or so and spray paint it with glitter paint. I don’t think you can do too much for decoration since it’ll be on the ground anyway.

Another idea is to get some straw, a roundish stick (or buy one from the store or have one made, up to you), and some twine. You could hot glue the straw on and tie it at the base with the twine.

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I’ve seen what pp is mentioning and that could be cool. We are getting one from Amazon and wrapping the stick in ribbon and will probably add these gold pins to match my bouquet handle.

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I’d get a straw broom (like this one) and wrap the handle in ribbon. Maybe add some fake baby’s breath around the base?

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Wow I see a lot of people haven’t heard of this but I am also jumping the broom which represents sweeping out the past lives and starting this journey fresh. Also the broom I have is beautiful and very decorative because it only goes on the ground for a few minutes and then it will be hanging on our wall in our room as a reminder of the vows. Slaves were not allowed to marry so this is where jumping the broom comes in. You can buy the broom on amazon or at Michaels and decorate it. You are supposed to have the married women of your family and friends bless the broom. So it is a big deal if this is tradition and it is for my FH family and mine. These were my inspiration photos to have my mother make our broom. Good Luck.