How to Make a Traditional Besom, or Witch Broom

Check out this DIY witch’s broom, republished from The Cottage Witch’s Guide to Magic by Suzanne Lemmon.

One of my absolute favorite things to create is a floral besom or witch’s broom. To create these besoms, I combine different dried flowers, herbs, crystals, and charms. It’s easy to make a besom of your own. Finding the perfect stick for your handle is one of the best parts of the experience. Take a walk through the woods or the park, or just a stroll around your backyard, and look for a stick that calls to you.

This project doesn’t take much in the way of materials or special skills. If you can make a bouquet of flowers, you can make a witch’s broom—one that is personal to you and your own magic intentions.

What You Will Need:

  • 1–2 bunches of dried or faux filler, such as baby’s breath, caspia, broom bloom, or sweet Annie
  • 5–8 stems of dried or faux flowers or dried herbs
  • Sharp scissors
  • 1 found or foraged stick suitable for a broom handle (1–1½ inches [2.5–4 cm] in diameter, at least 15 inches [38 cm] long)
  • 2 ft (61 cm) waxed linen or cording
  • 5 ft (2m) strong twine
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 2 large-sized glue gun sticks
  • Preserved moss
  • Accents, such as crystals, flowers, pinecones, bells, charms or ribbon (see note)

How to Make A Witch Broom:

Step 1: Make a large bouquet with your filler and flowers, mixing and layering as you would a bouquet. Assemble it so that most of the florals will be visible from the front and sides.

Step 2: Hold the bouquet at the bottom with one hand and trim the excess stems with scissors, leaving the stems about 3 inches (8 cm) long.

Step 3: With your bouquet on your workspace, carefully separate the stems to make an opening for the handle.

Step 4: Place 4 inches (10 cm) of the stick (the broom handle) inside the stems of your bouquet.

Step 5: Tie the bouquet to the handle, tightly wrapping the waxed linen around the stems several times. This is your first tie to keep the bouquet and handle together. You will tie it a second time with twine.

Step 6: Carefully turn and adjust your handle so it will lie flat for hanging. Check to see if your bouquet is lined up on your handle as you would like it. If it lies flat on your workspace, it will hang nicely on your wall.

Step 7: Using your twine, tie a knot in the same place you tied the first knot with the waxed linen. The knot should be in the back, with an 8-inch (20-cm) tail hanging down.

Step 8: Wrap the twine tightly around the stems while holding the tail in place. Be sure to wrap as tightly as possible to keep your bouquet and handle in place.

Step 9: Once you have wrapped the stems, leave about ½ inch (13 mm) of stems unwrapped. Tie a tight knot with the remaining tail of the twine. Add your magical accents to your broom: Glue on extra flowers. Tie on a charm or bells, or wrap sections of the handle with ribbon. Use materials that correspond with your intentions.

Step 10: Create a base for the crystal by hot gluing a small amount of preserved moss to the bouquet right below the handle. Hot glue or tie your crystal to the broom.

Step 11: Make a hanger for your broom. Cut 12 inches (30 cm) of twine and wrap it tightly around the top of the handle, tying a knot in the back. Bring the ends together and knot them, creating a 1- to 2-inch (2.5- to 5-cm) loop in the center to make a hanger. Trim the excess twine.

Make It Meaningful

I make besoms from foraged sticks decorated with ribbons, twine, dried fruit, pinecones and flowers. Use any natural element with personal significance for you. Every flower, herb and component has its own special correspondence. Combining them with the symbolism of the witch’s besom leads to a magical piece of art that is personal, intentional, creative and meaningful.

Credit:

Reprinted with permission from The Cottage Witch’s Guide to Magic by Suzanne Lemmon. Page Street Publishing Co. 2024.

Photo credit: Brandon Ulp and Suzanne Lemmon.

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