All three of my girls love to help me sweep in the kitchen. My two year old twins can’t actually sweep of course but that doesn’t stop them from taking hold of my broom and yelling “Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!” Sounds helpful, but it’s more of a safety hazard as they smack each other in the face with the long end of the broom. I’ve bought a plastic toy broom in the past but it didn’t last very long before the handle cracked. I decided that I could probably turn this into a pretty simple DIY project and make my girls a broom they could share that looked a lot like mine, using green yarn and other items I already had around the house. Best of all, my daughter was super excited about my silly idea. Not only did she love the finished product, but she loved being a part of the process as well.
First, I went down to my basement and got out the old drying rack I had broken apart for another project. I used the 28 inch long white piece that was used to hang the clothes on as the handle of the broom, and I used the bare wood side piece for the bottom of the broom. I cut it to be about 9.5 inches and then added about 16 additional drill holes along the entire piece so that I could attach bunches of yarn all the way across to look like the bristles of the broom.
Next, I got out some green yarn and began wrapping the yarn around my hand. After wrapping it around my had about 35 times, I cut a small piece of yarn, pushed it under the string in my palm, and tied a knot around the yarn. I carefully took the yarn off my hand and pushed one of the loose string ends from my knot through the holes in the wood base. Next, I got out my scissors and cut through one end of the yarn circle. I repeated this step over and over until I secure one bunch of “bristles” to each hole along the base of the broom.
Once I finished tying bundles of bristles all the way across, I took my scissors and trimmed off any extra yarn along the bottom that was too long or out of place. Then I got out my hot pink duct tape and taped along the top side to cover over the wood piece and knots of yarn. Then I poked a little hole through the duct tape just above the center hole. Next, I got out the white handle and used liquid nails to glue around the end before pushing it through the center hole. Because this was previously a clothing rack, which I tore apart, this piece already fit perfectly through the hole. I waited over night for the glue to set before finishing and letting my daughter actually use it.
Last but not least, I added some pink duct tape to the top of the handle to hide the bare wood tip and make it look a little bit more like my own broom handle. Then I gave the broom to my daughter to test out while sweeping the kitchen floor and singing the lyrics to her favorite song, “I’m sweeping up my baby bumble bee. Won’t my mommy be so proud of me. I’m sweeping up my baby bumble bee.” And yes, in case you’re wondering, this mommy is so proud of all three of her sweet little helpers!