Homemade Halloween – Witch’s Broom

Just wanted to share the final element of Snaggle’s halloween costume, the witch’s broomstick.  This is a cute little accessory that I made out of those ubiquitous toilet paper rolls.  It’s funny, though, as it got closer to Halloween night, I wasn’t sure that I would have enough rolls, so I started taking some home from work.  Then I didn’t want to carry them in my work bag which is ALWAYS stuffed in case they got crushed,so I just carried them home on the train. I can only imagine how strange I looked to fellow Metro riders.

supplies for witch's broomstickHere are the supplies I used:

– toilet paper rolls (can’t remember how many, maybe 8)

– colored duct tape (Snaggle chose purple to coordinate with her tunic and tights)

– scotch tape

– manila folders

-scissors

– glue gun and glue sticks

I started by using the scotch tape to hold the toilet paper rolls together.  I kept taping until I had the length that I wanted.  In retrospect, it would have been better to use paper towel rolls because  I would have needed fewer, but it worked out just as well with the toilet paper rolls.  Then I wrapped the tube I created with the purple duct tape.  I figured this had the benefit of fortifying the cardboard and adding a little decoration.

I didn’t wrap the last toilet paper roll completely; I left a little bit of cardboard exposed at the end of the last roll so that I could attach the manila folders. I prepped the manilla folders by cutting them into sections a few inches wide and 10-12 inches long.  The sizes varied a bit as you can see in the second picture below.  I cut the longer end into strips but left about 5 or so inches uncut. Here’s what a section looked like after I cut the strips.

Next, I used my glue gun to hot glue the manila folders onto the tube.

I didn’t take a photo of the next step, but I basically folded the manilla folders over, and then used a thin piece of the duct tape to secure it around.  I figured this made it look more like a traditional broomstick.  Here’s the final result (picture taken after Snaggle took the broom out on a rainy day, so the “bristles” got a little warped.)

Hope someone finds this helpful.  It was fun to make, and Snaggle liked her little accessory.  And making it out of toilet paper rolls was not only green, but was also injury free.  No one got hurt as they were playing around with it!

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