Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Halloween Witch's Broom

We made this Witch's Broom many years ago. It is a really easy project and we love how it adds to the "Halloween vibe" of our front porch .

In this picture, the straw area of the broom photographed darker than it is.
See additional pictures below.
Here's a brief how to -
  1. Find (or buy) an "old style" straw broom. Sand handle to remove clear varnish.
  2. We taped off the metal collar between handle and straw section of our broom. We thought this collar was interesting, so we decided to leave it unpainted.
  3. Spray paint the broom handle black. Wait for it to dry completely.
  4. Use painter's tape to mask off your broom's handle with whatever pattern you like; we went with a wide swirl pattern. Before spraying, make sure the front edges of your tape are sealed, to prevent paint leakage. Also, remember to cover the collar and straw sections of your broom, to protect from any orange over spray. Spray handle with orange paint. Remove tape and let dry completely.
  5. Once dry, mask off handle and collar of your broom to protect from over spray. Paint straw section of broom with black spray paint.
  6. While paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter on the straw portion until you feel it looks right. We used mainly gold glitter & complimented it with a light coating of silver and iridescent glitters. I highly recommend adding the iridescent glitter, since it gives the broom a "magical" glimmer in different lights and at different angles (note the purple shimmers in the picture below). Let dry completely.
  7. To finish, I added two plastic spiders to the handle with a small dab of tacky poster putty.

Here it is on our front porch!
Again, dark in the photograph.
This broom is really quite beautiful in person. The kids go crazy over it, being that it reminds them of "Harry Potter". This was not our intention when we made it, but it is nice to see that kids still beieve in "magic"!

Blessings, Tracy

I am linking this post to the DIY Show and Tell Halloween Surprise Party.

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  1. So cute! What a fab-u-lous idea!!! It's linked up to my Halloween linky!
    Thanks again!

  2. Super cute! Another great idea. I love it! Thanks so much for adding your creative and fun ideas to the Show & Tell! :)