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My Favorite Halloween Favor

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It’s the charming, rustic things that make Halloween so much fun for me.

Take, for example, these favors from Martha Stewart Living:

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I spotted these witches brooms in her magazine a few years ago, and for some reason they just tickled my fancy.  Now they are my favoritest favor to stow tricks and treats!

Here’s how to make them:

Materials:

*Brown paper lunch sacks (2 per broom)

*Twine

*9-inch twigs

*Scissors

*Treats for filling

Step 1: Cut about 2 inches off the top of two paper lunch sacks.

Step 2: For a fuller-looking broom top, cut a zigzag pattern along the top of the bags.

Step 3: Taking one bag, pull the bottom down until it looks like this:

Step 4: Cut thin strips along the body of the bag, stopping just at the crease along the bottom:

Step 5: Open up the bag and spread out the fringe:

Step 6: Open up the second bag, place in the center of the fringed bag and fill with treats…

…and a stick.

Step 7: With one hand, gather up the ends.

Step 8: With the other hand, bring the fringe up one section at a time and secure the whole package with a 6 to 8-inch piece of twine.

Tie the twine tightly to assure that the stick doesn’t slide out.

Tip: It’s always best to have one of your pets inspect your work for final approval.

And tadaaaa!

I just love the effect of these simple yet festive witch brooms.

Hopefully our trick-or-treaters will enjoy them as much as I do….or else.

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