Today’s little project that I am sharing is a primitive whisk broom that was born from a random trip to Michael’s craft store.
I found these in the 90% off Christmas stuff. The thing that drew me to them was the AWESOME cinnamon smell, just like the pine cones they have out at Christmas. YUMMMM They were cheap, 49 cents a piece, so I took five of them thinking I would just chop them off and put them in my crocks to enjoy the nice smell.
Which I did with two of them.
I used 2 more to make a little whisk broom. Won’t you join me? (giggle)
First you need to cut them down a tad, I cut them off just below the first wicker tie with garden snips.
Then I squeezed them together at the top end and wrapped floral wire very tightly around several times. Once it was fairly secure with floral wire, I wrapped jute around and around making a loop on the back for hanging, then used a dab of hot glue to secure the end.
( HA! look at my grody glue gun!)
Now we are going to make a primitive label for our whisk.
You can type up something or you can use the one I made here:
Then using a mat/ruler/rotary cutter , trim the muslin to the same size as the freezer paper= 8 1/2 x 11
As this is the same size as a sheet of paper it should run through your printer fine, it worked for me and this was my first time trying it. So I have no great advice for you if it doesn’t work. LOL
Print off your label.
Peal off the freezer paper and trim around your label. (You can save the freezer paper to use again!)
I cut a little slit with the scissors and ripped my fabric so that I would have nice frayed edges, but you can trim yours with a rotary cutter if you prefer.
I then did the same ripping method to cut a piece of homespun big enough to wrap around my broom with about a 1 inch overlap in the back.
Attach your label in the middle of the homespun with BIG primitive stitches. I used a nice old looking wool floss.
Wrap it around your broom and make BIG primitive x stitches.
Starting in the back, make a running stitch all along the top at around 1/4 inch down. When you get back to where you started you can pull both ends tight and tie off. This gives you the tapered edge you need.
Man it smells so good!