Step by step: Create a rustic broom

Step by step: Create a rustic broom

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They were used on the farm to sweep yards, barnyards, stables, stables. Most often, brooms were made from birch twigs, broom, holly or heather. This rustic broom is more like a witch's broom than a sorghum broom (also called a straw broom). Unlike the latter, it requires little know-how, it is very easy and quick to perform. On the other hand, its realization is also a good opportunity to go out and stretch your legs, to take a breath of fresh air during a Sunday walk.
Difficulty: easy Cost : no Tools required : - A pruning shears - Sprigs of broom - A branch for the handle - String and a knife Optional tools - A hammer - Nails

Step 1: Collect the broom twigs

You have surely already located some places where broom grow in your area. They are recognizable during their flowering by the large yellow tufts they form in the landscape. Out of season, they remain very green. If they can be confused from afar with gorse, their contact will remove all ambiguity as to their nature. Broom grows in wild hedges, in forest clearings, moors and in mountainous areas, almost everywhere where the soil is poor, but especially where man does not clear. This is why you will be more likely to find them in less civilized areas.

Step 2: Prune the branches

Take sparingly a few twigs on vigorous subjects. Young plants that do not survive should not be cut. Twenty branches will be enough to make a good big broom. Trim the strands, keeping only the straightest.

Step 3: Attach the string to the handle

This step is optional, but greatly facilitates the task. Plant a nail at the end of the handle - a straight branch - to attach the string.
Tie a knot with one end of the string around the nail. Thus, the string will not "slip" when you are going to pull it to tighten the strands.

Step 4: Assemble the branches

One tip is to wrap the string around a piece of wood that you will block with your feet. You will be able to stretch the string and tighten the sprigs of broom around the handle, one by one, by turning and pulling towards you, releasing the pressure on the feet to unroll the string at each turn.

Step 5: Braid

The upper part is fixed, it is necessary to crush the branches a little to give a slightly flat shape to the whole if you wish. You can jump on the bundle of twigs to flatten the weight of your body.
Then, to give a little more support to the broom, trap a few bundles of strands by alternating the passage of the twine above and below, then arrived at the end, make the reverse path so that the places without twine are also found braided. You can hang a small flat piece of wood at the end of the string to facilitate its passage through the strands.

Step 6: Equalize

Your broom is ready, but a small cut to even out the brush is not superfluous, just to give it a new broom look.