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Dec 28, 2013, 06:41 PM
corinne lashley
ideas for the front pourch
I would like to keep a broom handy by the front door to sweep the walkway. I was trying to think of a cutesy, decorative, basket..?..bucket. ? ...broom storage/holder so the broom is readily accessible but looks more decorative, not just a broom on the front porch!

I'd rather not put some kind of rack/holder into the stucco, although there are three 2 x 2 posts I could hook something on. But I can't visualize that as looking very decorative or "cutesy"?

Any ideas?
Dec 28, 2013, 11:42 PM
GardenSprite
Back in the '80s broom covers sold at arts and crafts fairs might be considered either decorative or cutesy. Typically the broom itself was covered by a design either for an animal or cutesy angel or child. Yarn and soft sculpture were used to create a face or head.

I don't recall whether the decorations were zippered or created in such a way that they could be removed for cleaning, but if you sew, you could easily adapt a pattern to make the covering removable.

I guess it depends on what you would consider "cutesey" and whether the broom would be protected from the elements. If so, and depending on where you live, any fabric covering might quickly get moldy.

You might go to your local Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts store and check through the crafts sections of the Simplicity and McCall's pattern books for some ideas.

These are just coverings for the broom itself though. For a basket, you could check at Michael's or Jo-Ann's for large decorative baskets or containers. Even container pots for gardening might be an option.

If you garden and dry herbs or flowers, some could be added in the container pot to disguise the broom. Silk florals are also an option if you like those. You could also cut evergreen or boxwood sprigs, if you have them in your yard, and add them to the pot to simulate a container plant. Similarly, you could stick some potted plants into a container, setting them on bricks or something to elevate them so the foliage shows above the top of the container.

I guess the question of leaving the broom and decorations on the front porch would be whether you're concerned about them being stolen.

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Jan 01, 2014, 08:37 PM
corinne lashley
thanks....all great ideas.