I saw these witches' brooms from Pottery Barn the other day and loved them!! I figured they would be pretty simple to duplicate and they ARE! I decided to forego the lights on the ends though. They make the perfect addition to porch for fall/Halloween!
The supplies you will need ... 2 large branches (with character!), a bundle of small sticks, jute rope, and a hot glue gun. I bought both the birch branches and bundle of sticks which I cut shorter from Hobby Lobby but you could easily gather them from outside to use in this project.
S T E P O N E | put a line of glue on either side of a large branch about 3 inches from the bottom.
S T E P T W O | firmly press two sticks over the glue holding them there until the glue dries. (Tip :: use the thicker sticks against the branch first and save the really thin ones for the outside layer!)
S T E P T H R E E | continue gluing thicker sticks around the base of the branch until your first layer is filled in completely. (Tip :: line the glue against the previous stick you added as you fill it in like in the pictures below)
Once the branch is filled in, you are ready for the next layer, this time using thinner sticks!
S T E P F O U R | gather two or three thin sticks and bunch them together in your hands.
S T E P F I V E | glue the bunch of thin sticks partially sideways across the base layer of thick sticks. This will create a more full look at the end. Don't worry about any hot glue showing when dried because we will cover it up in the next step. :)
S T E P F I V E | when you have attached all of your thin sticks and the broom is as full as you want it, place a line of glue just below the ends of the sticks near the branch. Glue the ed of your jute rope across the sticks.
S T E P S I X | continue wrapping the jute rope around the sticks, keeping it tightly wrapped and close together about three inches.
S T E P S E V E N | after about three inches of rope, place a drop of glue underneath the existing jute rope and slide the end underneath to be glued down. AND you're DONE! Find a cute new spot to put it on your porch! :)