Today I’m going to share our super easy DIY custom mop and broom holder with you. It is a quick project that’s simple enough for a beginner, and budget friendly too! It is even quicker if you own a Silhouette, Cricut, or another cutting machine.
If you are tired of searching for your broom and mop or don’t have a convenient place to store them, then this tutorial is for you. No matter what skill level you have, I believe you can make this too.
This project took me all of 30 minutes start to finish. In fact, it went so quickly I forgot to take pictures (oops). So let me break it down for you in the following tutorial.
DIY Mop and Broom Holder Supplies
This list will appear to be quite extensive but I’m breaking it down as much as possible for all the beginners out there who would like to try a DIY project. Some of the items on the list will have alternatives which I will explain a bit later in the tutorial.
- piece of wood 22″x4″
- palm sander or sanding block
- Minwax stain in Ebony
- paint stick for mixing your stain
- rag for stain
- gloves (I prefer nitrile)
- drill bit to predrill
- 2 small single coat hooks
- 4 1/4″ screws
- 4 1 1/4 inch screws (I used drywall screws)
- drill bits Robertson or Philips
- cutting machine (alternative option 1)
- oracal 651(alternative option 1)
- acrylic paint (alternative option 2 &3)
- 4 drywall plugs for 1 1/4″ screws if going into drywall
Step 1. Prepping your wood
First, you are going to cut your wood to 22″x4″. If you do not have a saw at home most lumber yards will cut your wood to size for a small fee. Ask for good one side 4-inch cut to 22″ if available.
Next, you are going to sand your wood. A palm sander makes this quick and easy.
If you were able to get good both side finished wood then you will probably only need to use fine-grit sandpaper (220 is what I used).
You will need lower grit sandpaper to use first if you were unable to get good side wood to work with (100 grit or so).
If you don’t have a palm sander then a sanding block and a bit of elbow grease will work perfectly.
The last step for your prep is to wipe off any excess dust or debris that may prevent a smooth finish.
Step 2. Staining your Diy Mop/ Broom Holder
When I work with any stain I wear gloves before I even open the can otherwise I get it everywhere. A stain is a lot harder than any paint to get off.
I like to use nitrile gloves because they are more durable and withstand a longer period of time. You can find them in most automotive sections or follow my link above in the supplies list to order some.
Open up your stain and using your paint stick give it a really good stir. Make sure to break up all the sediment on the bottom of the can.
When you’re using stain for a long period of time be sure to frequently so that it does not settle.
Now you are going to take a rag, I often use old t-shirts for rags because they work great and well most importantly they are free haha. You just need a small piece, let’s say a 6″x6″ piece.
Dap it into your stain and then wipe it on your prepped wood. Do not use too much stain, rub it in well and wipe off any excess and rub into a blank piece of your wood.
Repeat these steps until your wood has good coverage all the while ensuring it is not excessively applied.
Your drying period with this method is very quick as a result and within minutes it will be dry to the touch.
Step 3. Applying the quote to the mop & broom holder
Alternative Option 1
This option is for those of you who have a cutting machine and some permanent vinyl on hand.
In your program software create your quote. I used “Bless this Mess” and permanent vinyl (oracal 651) in Matte white because I didn’t want a sheen and I prefer the look of flat paint and vinyl.
Then you will cut your vinyl out using your Matte adhesive vinyl cut settings.
I cut my decal to fit above the hooks and centred for my sign.
Weed your vinyl and apply it to your stained wood using transfer tape. Make sure it is centered and that you get all the bubbles out otherwise, if you are anything like me, it will drive you crazy.
I chose vinyl because sometimes I like to change things up and I could easily remove the vinyl if I felt the urge to change my quote.
Alternative Option 2.
You could alternatively make a stencil and paint it as seen in my Grocery Sign tutorial.
Alternative option 3.
You could also hand paint the sign which would look gorgeous too!
Step 4. Attaching the hooks to the DIY mop/ broom holder
Remove your hooks from the packaging and check to ensure the screws will not be too long otherwise they will go through your wood. My hooks came with #1 Robertson 1/4″ screws.
For my DIY Mop & Broom Holder, I needed my hooks to be approximately 10 inches apart because of my Swiffer mop head and broom head so that they would not push at each other.
If you are using the same measurements I have been, then place your hooks approximately 5 inches from the end of your wood and flush with the bottom edge.
My hooks allow for one bottom and one upper screw on an angle from each other so I just used the screws to make a little indent in the wood so I knew exactly where to drill.
Because the holes will be close to the edge and my wood is thin I predrilled my holes using the indents as a guide.
Switch to your corresponding drill bit. I prefer Robertson screws as they do not strip as easily however if your screws that came in your packaging are the right length use whatever bit you need. Then place your hooks and drill into place.
Step 5. Hanging your DIY Mop/ Broom Holder
When I originally hung my DIY Mop/ Broom Holder it was on a drywalled wall. Therefore I used drywall plugs to prevent my hanger from tearing away from the wall.
Now it hangs on the back of our pantry door so no need for drywall plugs. This is the reason I used drywall screws which coincidentally camouflaged well with the ebony stain I used.
I predrilled my holes and I countersank them using a countersink bit; if you do not have one, it is no big deal. This helps the head of the screw sink into your wood a bit, therefore, the head is under the wood’s surface rather than flush with the wood.
Lastly, I used a level to ensure it was straight and screwed it into place.
Step 6. Utilizing your DIY Mop/ Broom Holder
You are now all set to start using your new mop & broom holder. Not to mention you can finally hang your most frequently used cleaning broom and mop up with this piece of fine decor. Stand back, admire and give yourself a pat on your back!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Mop/ Broom Holder tutorial! If you are new to the world of DIY and this was not quite broken down enough please feel free to contact me via email or drop a comment below and I will do my best to help answer any of your questions.
If you liked this quick and easy DIY tutorial, be sure to check out our Picture frame lantern tutorial too!