In America, we rarely think about making our own brooms. It just seems natural to buy one form a store. Nevertheless, making your own broom may give you a better appreciation for what people go through in the Philippines, where they make they own brooms all the time. The guide below does not explain exactly how a broom would be made in the Philippines, but it should give you a fun project to do in the states. Then you could just buy a walis ting ting if you wanted the real deal.
1. A sturdy, straight stick
3. Twine or wire
Step 1 – Prepare the Straw
You will need the straw to be fairly clean when you first put the broom together, so shake out any loose debris in the bunch. You may have to pick out leaves and sticks if they don't shake out automatically.
Step 2 – Bundle the Straw
Bundle sets of straw together to about the size of your fist. You need to do this several times to have enough bundles to make a broom out of. You don't have to do this, but it will make your broom neater in the end. Cut the ends so they line up if you want the best results from the actual broom. You can use either twine or wire to tie the groups together.
Step 3 – Group the Bundles
When you have a set of bundles to work with, you need to start attaching them to one another. Keep the bunches side by side when you do this, and wrap them together one at a time. If you make figure 8's with the twine as you group them, you will be able to keep them flat. You will also make the construction stronger by doing this.
Step 4 – Attach Straw to Stick
Sharpen the end of your stick so it can attach to the bundles. Then insert it into one of them and tie it to the bundles. You can then re-cut the ends of the straw to make one uniform look all the way around.
Rather than putting the groups in a line, you could tie them in a circle around your stick. This will not give you as wide of a broom, but it will give you a ticker broom bottom to use.