Friday, October 23, 2015

How To Make A Miniature Broom



Here's a simple broom tutorial I came up with the other night after watching how to make real life sized brooms on youtube. It's a pretty cool process which of course I completely modified for the materials I had on hand.

First of all I used tin foil to make the handle but you can use a stick or a dowel or polymer clay. I like the tin foil because I could make it as crooked as I wanted, which of course clay can be made crooked too. And 2nd you can make this as long or as short or as thick or as thin as
you want. Size is up to you.

For those who want to try the tin foil handle you will need:
  • Tin foil
  • masking tape
  • glue and water
  • paper towel
  • stain or paint. I used instant coffee to stain my handle. If you use instant coffee then you will also need a spray sealer or the coffee stain will eventually rub off. I used a matte, clear acrylic sealer. I bought mine at Walmart in the craft section
    and you need something for the broom part. I used rustic twine for mine. I tried straw but I have the wrong kind I think and it kept breaking instead of bending. The twine works great!

    *For those using a stick, a dowel or a clay handle skip steps 1 to 4.

    1) roll and twist a piece of tin foil into the shape you want then wrap it in masking tape
    2) tear off a small strip of paper towel, just enough to cover the handle, dip it in a bowl of glue and water mix and wrap it around the handle. Rub it on to make sure the entire piece of paper towel is clinging to the handle. If your fingers stick to it just dip your fingers in the glue then work the paper. Then lay the handle on a cookie sheet, but lean it on the edge so that just the ends are on the pan and the majority of the handle is off the pan. I don't have a photo of this step, sorry! But bake it at about 275 degrees for about 20 minutes until it is completely dry.
    3) paint the handle or stain it with instant coffee as I did. I mixed a little bit of water with the coffee, more water will make it lighter, less water makes it's darker. Play around with it until you get the color you want. Brush the stain on with a paint brush then put it back in the oven to dry at 275 for about 10 to 15 minutes, again leaning it on the pan as pictured below. I usually put on a couple coats of coffee stain, drying between coats. When the handle is cool then spay it with the matte sealer. Let dry for about 5 to 10 minutes before touching again.

    4) Make the broom. You can use whatever you'd like to use, I used rustic twine. I made a pile of strands about 3 inches long, again this length will vary to what you're making but make the strands way too long to start off with. The twine was a bit too thick so I unraveled each strand by holding each end and twisting it in the opposite direction of it's natural wrap. Each strand broke up into 3 thinner stands.

    5) lay a long strand down, this one you will use to tie off the first bundle. Then lay a small bundle of strands down on top as pictured, lay the handle down then another bundle over top. Tie it off.


    6) now fold the strands from the top of the broom down over the part you tied off. Check it all around and make sure there's no parts of the handle showing through. If there is, just add more then tie it off again as you did in step 5. Once you're satisfied with it, wrap a long strand of twine or a thin wire around as pictured below, wrap quite a few times, tie it off then hid the tie strands inside the broom or tuck it under the wrap itself.

    7) trim the broom to desired length and you're done!


    I hope you found this helpful. If you make one please post pictures on my facebook page, I'd love to see! And I now have instagram for this blog, follow me here 

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again real soon!
    Sharon Ojala

    4 comments:

    1. Excellent!
      As always, thank you for your tutorials and great ideas!

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    2. Really w done. I have to make these.Thank''s for sharing it.

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    3. gracias por la información,lo pongo en práctica

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