Introduction: Zero Budget Broom From Coconut Tree Leaves

A broom made from coconut tree leaves on a zero-budget...

All parts of the coconut tree are useful in some way or other to humans. The yellowing coconut tree leaves can be used to make baskets, woven into mats to form roof thatching, used as mulching for plants and also for making brooms.

You need leaflets from three to four fronds from a coconut tree. It will take less than two hours to make a broom from the leaflets.

Step 1: Tools Required

You need a machete or any such tool to trim the leaflets from the fronds, and a knife to separate the broom sticks from the leaflets. A garden shear will also come in handy to trim the end of the broom, otherwise you can also use the machete for this.

Step 2: Collect Coconut Tree Fronds

If you have a coconut tree in your backyard, you can collect the fronds from the tree. The bottom-most branches which are turning a little yellow may be trimmed from the tree. To make a broom of suitable size, leaflets from about three fronds are required

Step 3: Trim and Collect Leaflets

Using a machete, trim the leaflets from the fronds. Collect these leaflets and store in a place where it will be comfortable to work

Step 4: Make Broom Sticks

  • Take a leaflet and insert the knife between the mid-rib and the greens
  • Shear with the knife along the mid-rib to separate the greens
  • The remaining greens can be pulled down with hands
  • There may be a thin layer of greens attached to the mid-rib. Using the knife remove these strands also from the sticks.

The last photograph shows few of the broom sticks separated from the leaflets

Step 5: Tie Sticks Together

Now we got enough sticks to make a broom.

  • Take all sticks together and level the bottom of the broom against a hard surface
  • Tie the broom with a piece of coir rope and trim extra rope

Step 6: Trim Ends and Finish

Once the bottom of the broom is leveled and tied together, you can trim the sweeping end to make it uniform.

  • Hold the sweeping end tightly with your hand
  • Using a garden shear, trim away the unwanted portion of broom. You can also place this end over a piece of wood and trim using a machete

Now your Broom made with coconut tree leaves is ready.

Step 7: Uses for the Remains

The remaining material after removing the broom sticks are biodegradable. In rural areas, people use them as fuel for cooking and heating water. You can use them to make vermi-compost combining with cow dung. These material also serve as mulch provided around plants and trees to keep the soil moist

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TUSHARKHANVILKAR made it! (author)2016-03-14

its not that easy to tie it all toghether. you have not shown your tieing method.

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2016-03-15

The easiest job is tie it all together and it will take less than a minute. Hold the sticks together at the bottom, tap the bottom on a firm surface to level the sticks, and tie together holding the sticks in one hand. Try it, it is very easy.

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stuckindmud made it! (author)2015-06-18

Good stuff, we call these Cocoyea brooms in Trinidad

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-06-18

Nice to know that these type of natural resources are used in most of the places

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jonimae made it! (author)2015-03-22

We use this broom stick in the Philippines and we call it Walis Tingting.

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-03-23

Walis Tingting... good to know that

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Ganesh Selvaraj made it! (author)2015-02-22

The way you use nature to build things really astonishes me :D

Congratulations. You deserved it more than anyone :)

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-22

thank you Ganesh Selvaraj...

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Vikalpah made it! (author)2015-02-20

Awesome Sir :)Congrats :)

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-20

thank you very much Sahana...

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WahyudiP made it! (author)2015-02-17

In Indonesia, Thats call as "Sapu Lidi",

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-18

Thanks for the information...

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Mr AbAk made it! (author)2015-02-16

We have made it to sweep our room
And Thanks Antoniraj for sharing...

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-16

thank you Mr AbAk...

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BeachsideHank made it! (author)2015-02-16

Thanks for this glimpse into harmonious living with nature, everything about it is the right thing to do.

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-16

thank you BeachsideHank... people in rural areas mostly follow the ways of living with nature. they recycle things and find uses for anything which is considered as waste

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NathanSellers made it! (author)2015-02-16

I made one of these when I lived in Samoa because all the locals had them. They are very effective. Thanks for sharing.

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antoniraj made it! (author)antoniraj2015-02-16

thank you sellers.nathan...

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