As promised in my previous post, I'm putting up a step by step tutorial on making miwitch Flying Broom!!!
Basically its just a broom, nothing fancy.. But I name it MY broom because its.... the GANGNAM Jap style of broom that I like!! Lolx~
BROOM BROOM FLYYYYYYYYY~~~
By the way, my broom design was inspired by the manga I LOVE very much: Sugar Sugar Rune (Thats why i say Jap style :p)
Right, first you gota buy these materials:
1 Wooden Stick 4.4 feet or 135cm long - I got this for free at my workplace, not sure how much it sells in the market.. ^_^"
Several bundle of Bristles - I bought like 3 bundles, each bundle only cost me 80 cents! So, its like only $2.40!
You will need:
- Double side tape (all kinds of widths)
- Needle / Pin
- Fishing Line
- 1 Big O-Ring
- 1 Charm/ Crystal/ Pendant
- 1/5 inch (5mm) gold ribbon
- 3¾ inch Midori Promenade Henna ribbon
- And you need DRILLS too! I had these cos I often use them for school projects last time so I couldn't rem how much I got these for.. perhaps $10+? They are supposed to be attached to a drill machine but I got no machine so I just use hand to hold the end and twist it with force.
How to DIY? Step-by-step Tutorial
Using 4 or 4.5mm drill to bore through the end of the wooden stick. As this wood is lightweight, (I think its plywood) It takes less effort to twist the drill in with bare hands.
In my case, I'm lucky to already have the 2 holes at both ends of the stick so I need not do this. hehex~ =p~
Next, paste double-sided tapes on the wooden stick. It must not cover the holes.
Get ready to ribbon the stick up??! ^0^~
Get 3¾ inch Midori Promenade Henna ribbon , fold the ends inwards and tape it like this:
Peel off the white tape from the wooden stick (leaving the sticky tape on the stick) and start wrapping the ribbon around it:
Next, locate the hole that you had drilled, take a needle/ pin and poke it through. Wiggle the pin around to make a hole on the ribbon.
Ready to dressup your wooden stick??! Do like I do here:
Remember to fold the end of the ribbon inwards and tape it in so the frays doesnt show on the outside.
Now, make a BIG BOW. Like the way you usually do with any other ribbons. If you are unsure of the method in tying a nice bow, click HERE.
I made a bow with its centre tightened up, so I could place another ribbon over the center part like so:
See? With this extra step, the bow looks nicer! And don't underestimate the power of Double-sided tape! Heh heh. :D
Lastly, snip off the ribbon ends like this:
There you go, a perfect bow!!
Next up, decorating the broom stick!
Get a big O-Ring that is not made of hard metal, so that it is easier to work with. If you can use pliers or even fingers to bend the ring would be best. Put the O-Ring through the hole you had drilled. It might take some time to get it in because O-Ring is round, and the hole you drilled is straight.
After that, make a charm of your own using materials like: Ribbons, Crystals, Pendants, etc... I made my own charm using gold ribbon, acrylic tear drop crystal and a gothic cross charm.
Hook the ribbon into the O-Ring and TADAAAAHHH!!~ ♥
This step should show how I tie the bristles to the broom stick, however I forgotten to take pictures when I did that so I come up with a very simple illustration... ^_^"
I divide the the bristles into 5-6 bundles. I tied each bundle with the gold ribbon (which I used for the charm earlier). This will help the bristles stay together.
How I do it step-by-step:
- get my ribbon to go through the hole at the bottom end of the wooden stick
- tie dead knots to the wooden stick to secure the ribbon
- using the rest of the ribbon, I tie 1 bundle of bristles at a time to the wooden stick (I didn't cut off the ribbon so I can get unlimited supply of ribbon to tie more bristles to the stick)
- wrap aroundthe bundle of bristles with the ribbon and pull the ribbon so that it is tight around the bristles
- once 1st bundle is tight, go for the 2nd bundle
- repeat with the rest of the bristles.
- until all bristles are tied up to the stick, use the ribbon to go around the whole bundle of bristles
- cut the ribbon and make dead knots
- Lastly, snip off the bristles' ends to make it shorter as they are too long and the ends are usually too flimsy to be able to stand up by itself
Below shows a side view of the bristles where you can see the gold ribbon I used for tying up the bristles.
How to tie the bow onto the bristles? Use Fishing line!
Poke the fish line through the back of the bow and wrap around the bristles, then make dead knots. This will secure the bow in place! ^_^
You can flatten the bow or make it look poofy too!
Final Look of miwitch Flying Broom
At first trial, I put the bow at the top of the broom stick..... It kinda look like a magical staff than a broom... (<_<")
Then decided later to have it at the bristles. Lolx~
miwitch Flying Broom
I'm flying!!!! WEeeeeeeeeee~~~~~~
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Midori Promenade Henna ribbon
Next up: Halloween Costumes & Photoshoot
← Posted this in my Instagram too~ ^_^
Till then! Cheers! (●♡●)
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