A few weeks back while we were at Gymboree shopping, I noticed all the Halloween stuff was out.
Whats next, Christmas in July?
At any rate, they did have some super cute stuff out (although I may be biased cause I love them) and one of them was this totally cutetastic witches broom made of tulle. Of course the only daughter I have in this house that could be a witch is FAR too tall for the tiny broom they had, so I set to work to make her one of her own!
(Mom Flashback to her first witch costume that STILL fits her)
How to make a Witches Broom made of Tulle
To do this craft yourself, you are going to need a few things.
- 3 assortments of tulle, 6 inch on spools (Hobby Lobby sells it for pretty cheap). I bought the sparkly kind in black, purple, and green.
- 1 dowel in the size you need for your child. They come in about 10 sizes
- 2 colors of 1 inch satin ribbon
- 1 spool of 3/8th satin ribbon in any match color
- hot glue
- (optional) misc decorator items for the end, sparkles, fake spiders, etc.
DIY Witches Broom Instructions
Step 1: First I wrapped my dowel with one satin ribbon. Its really easy to dab some hot glue on the top and then start wrapping. If you twirl the towel as you go, the ribbon should wrap up perfectly. I made sure I hot glued it every 4-5 turns so it would stay put well. Make sure you leave about 1/2 inch of space between the twirl, which is where your other ribbon will go. If you make it larger you will have a hard time covering your other ribbon. Once the first color is wrapped and secured on both ends, begin your second color.
STEP 2: Now you need to measure your tulle out for the end. I know that 100 people are going to ask me the EXACT length, but you will need to eye your own broom. The reason is because the length of the end will depend on the length of your dowel and your childs height. When I made my witches broom, I measured a few inches PAST the length of the dowel. All in all my measurements were approximately 3.5 feet of tulle that I then folded in half and tied at the top, leaving just a bit above in a loop. I created all my tulle pieces before moving on and needed approx 9 of them (3 of each color) to complete around my dowel.
Please note: In a REAL broom there would not be a dowel/handle running down in the middle of the “broom” part… I do not own a saw to trim my dowel, but if you do, you can trim your dowel to a better length prior to beginning your project.
See below example.
Step 3: Alternating colors, I hot clued at the ribbon area around the dowel. Once on the handle, I snipped the loops.
Step 4: By now your broom should be LOOKING like a broom! The rest is detailed work. First, I noticed that I could use some extra tulle around the end, so I parted my tulle and twisted a few individual pieces to “fluff up” the bottom by hot gluing them underneath. I also decided to take some of my left over ribbon and secure it around the middle of the broom and add on a cute bow. I also added some sparkling spiders and a witches hat to the handle.
In the end, the results were so cute! You can alternate sizes to make an adorable wall hanging decoration, front door greeter, or for a costume this Halloween. Our finished results:
Of course you will have to add your OWN black cat:
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