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How to make a coconut broom with a stick handle

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The coconut broom is one of the very important items in the homes of IKiribati. A home without a broom means people clean around their houses by picking rubbish with their hands or they have a dirty surrounding. The broom we will be dealing with in this blog is one that has a stick handle. Making a broom of this kind is as easy as writing 1, 2 and 3 :-)

Things Needed:

i. veins (middle fiber) of coconut leaflets

ii. string (about 10 meters long) that has been rolled

iii. stick (1 ½ - 2 meters long or depends on how long the handle to be)

iv. knife

10 Simple Steps:

1. Cut two green coconut leaves. Mature leaves preferably as they have stronger and thicker leaf veins. You may use dry coconut leaves instead.

2. Remove all the veins from those two leaves. Don’t take the smaller ones as they’re soft and aren’t strong enough.

3. Remove all the green leaves from the veins thoroughly with the help of the knife (sharp edges of shells could be used instead of knife)

4. Before you begin tying the veins onto the stick (handle), divide the veins in groups - 10-20 in each group. This will make your work easier and faster.

5. Tie one end of your rolled string tightly and very close to the end of the stick.

6. Put the first group of veins all around the end of the stick and tie the string around them.

7. Take another lot (group) of veins, lay it down on the stick and then roll your string 2-4 times tightly around it so veins are held securely onto the stick.

8. Repeat step 7 until you have tied all the veins onto the stick. It’s important to rotate the stick a little every time before putting each group so veins stretch out quite evenly around the stick.

9. Now that you have tied all the veins, keep tying the string around until you have covered the hairy end parts of the veins.

10. Cut off the remaining hairy end of the veins to make it look clean and neat.

Congratulations! You have solely made your first coconut broom and it’s ready to use. Ask your child to try it outside sweeping around your house. She looks wonderful with her new broom, doesn’t she? Hey, and the economical part, you have saved your $3.00 as local brooms usually cost that much.

Uses of this broom:

1. Sweeping rubbish in the street, around your garden and house.

2. Effective in removing and clearing dirt and dust off the floor and walls as well as cobwebs at the ceiling.

3. Could also be used creatively for household decorations.

4. Earn cash by selling them.

Related article: How to make a coconut hand broom

Categories: Culture & Custom

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