How to Make a Quidditch Broomstick
The day is finally here! My kids are into Harry Potter, and I couldn’t be more excited!!! Growing up, my sister and I used to fight over who got to read the books first as they were released. We just loved immersing ourselves into the magical world of wizardry, and the epic storylines that this incredible author produced for our imaginations. Harry Potter and his muggle loving friends found their way into the literary world’s heart, becoming an overnight sensation and lifelong classic.
When my eldest daughter expressed an interest in reading the Sorcerer’s Stone a couple of years back, I approached it cautiously, wanting to make sure she was reading appropriate material for her age level. Naturally, she couldn’t put the book down (our wands share a phoenix feather…obv.). She has since read most of the books in the Series, including skipping ahead to read the latest Cursed Child. So when she recently told me she not only wanted to be Hermione Granger for Halloween (her favorite book heroine), but she ALSO wanted to have a September Harry Potter themed birthday party, I was thrilled! Halloween has come early in our house, and I couldn’t be happier.
First order of business, she wanted a ‘flying broomstick’ for one of her birthday presents. Naturally, I had to oblige. After all, what could make a handmade Harry Potter Halloween costume theme better than a quidditch broom?
Hi there! Jess from The Sewing Rabbit, and today I am going to show you how to make this fun, Wizard broomstick DIY.
Skill level: Crafting Beginner
Time Needed: 15 – 30 minutes
● 3 ft. long 1” wide stick (can use these 3’ long birch sticks)
● Bundle of twigs (can use Tilob bundles)
● Needle nose pliers
● Brown floral tape
● Brown floral wire
● Paper wrapped floral stem wire
● 2 cheap metal bangle bracelets
STEP BY STEP PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather the bundle of twigs in your hand, so that the tops of the sticks are around the same height. Lay the twigs on the ground, and place the end of your 3’ stick on top of the twig bundle.
2. Place one brown floral wire underneath the bundle of twigs, approximately 2” down from the top edge of them.
3. With your hand, grab the bundle of twigs wrapping them around the base of the stick.
4. Carefully wrap the wire around the twigs, pulling the wire tight as you wrap. Take 2 or 3 more pieces of brown wire, and wrap around in the same location. With each wire, pull tighter, until the twigs are not falling out of the bundle anymore.
5. Wrap the brown wire with brown floral tape, 3 or 4 times around until all wire is hidden.
6. Wrap a small amount of raffia around the brown floral tape and wire, and knot to secure.
7. Take 1 of your cheap metal bracelets, and either cut open with heavy duty scissors, heavy duty wire cutters, or by simply bending the metal back and forth until the bracelet snaps. Repeat on the opposite side, until you have 2 circle halves. Do this for both bracelets.
8. Wrap the half circles around the raffia on the broom, using needle nose pliers to pinch it nice and tight, securing it in place. You can use glue like E6000 to help secure in place if desired.
9. Slip each half of the other broken bracelet underneath the raffia, using the pliers to help secure tightly in place. You are creating ‘footholds’ for your quidditch broom. You can use either E6000 to help secure in place, or wrap the paper wire stem around the top of the foot petals tightly to secure.
And you are finished!
To better help understand how easily the broom goes together, I have created a fun 2-minute video to watch…
Want to complete your handmade wizard Halloween costume? See below for how you can make your own Harry potter robe, and follow along as we make Hermione, Luna Lovegood, floating candles, and more! Visit sewingrabbit.com as we celebrate all things, Harry Potter, this month!