For all the wannabe witches this Halloween, here’s an interesting alternative to plastic store-brought brooms. Traditionally, bamboo brooms are used by Japanese gardeners as gentle, quiet tools to keep a yard clean of debris and leaves. For many, it’s much more preferable to using a leaf blower.
This broom, however, will resemble the hearth brooms that most of us are familiar with so bamboo-handled broom is a more accurate term. For it, you might choose to use broomcorn which is used to make the broom bristles. Broomcorns are actually annual plants that have a large tassel on the top. These tassels are measured and cut according to type of broom being created. Straw is also an option for this project.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your bamboo broom:
- Broomcorn or straw, 2-3 pounds
- Twine or string
- Bamboo Handle, 18 inches
Here’s how to make your bamboo broom:
- If using broomcorn, soak with the cut ends submerged in hot water for 15 minutes.
- Sharpen the tip of the bamboo handle with a knife and drill a hole about an 1/8-inch wide just above the sharpened point.
- Gather the straw or broomcorn into bundles about 1 – 1 ½ inch thick. Wrap each bundle tightly and trim the ends into a straight edge.
- Tie the bundles together, side by side. Keep the bundles as flat as possible. (Hint: Wrap the twine or string diagonally from opposite sides to keep the bundles closer together.)
- Push the sharpened tip of the bamboo handle about six inches deep into the center of the bundles.
- Tie the bundles to the handle securely through the drilled hole.
- Use the scissors to trim the ends of the bundles giving the broom a straight edge.
Grab your witches’ hat and enjoy! For more fun DIY projects, visit Green Earth News Bamboo Crafts section.