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How to make a your own Quidditch broom out of yard waste.

July 20, 2009

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A while back a storm blew through and left behind a plethora of fallen branches and twigs. As I set about to tidy up the yard, I noticed some particularly fine specimens, and since I hate to see good twigs go to waste, I decided to make something out of them: A Quidditch broom.

I started with a straight-ish 5′ long branch, roughly the circumference of a broom handle. Now, you might think a broom-head made of straw would be the way to go, but I’ve noticed that straw brooms handle a little sluggishly. (Think lumbering SUV.) Instead, I opted to make my broom-head out of smaller twigs as they provide for more responsive handling. (Think Japanese import with a tight suspension.)

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I trimmed the twigs to about 16″, grouped them in bunches of 3 and then wired them together.

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Next, I reinforced the bundles with some hot glue.

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Then I grouped the smaller bundles around my ‘broom handle’ and wrapped them tightly with twine. I knotted the twine and shot some hot glue down the top for additional support.

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Okay, so it’s not exactly a Nimbus 2009, but it should get me to my next coven meeting and back, no problem.

Via Curbly.

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  1. Your Hostess permalink*
    March 29, 2010 10:26 am

    Glenn–Oh, twigs! I’ve actually been known to ‘borrow’ them from other people’s yards. ;)

  2. March 28, 2010 1:52 pm

    I saw your article on diymaven.com and I think you did a nice job making the “Quiddicth” broom. It would be a nice project for kids too while clenaing up the yard.

    I know what you are saying when you don’t want to waste a good twig. My husband and I used to heat our house with 2 woodstoves, as we had no central heat for 20 years and I was always on the lookout for good twigs that fell in the yeard, BOTH winter and summer.
    They made nice kindling wood, and were a blessing.

    Keep up the good work.

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