How to make a Mary Poppins costume

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How to make a Mary Poppins costume
The Mary Poppins costume would not be complete without an umbrella. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Mary Poppins is a Walt Disney character who first appeared in theatres in 1964. She was basically a super-nanny who flew around with the aid of her umbrella for the Banks children, solving a variety of problems with her mystical powers. Creating a realistic Mary Poppins costume depends on the accessories such as the coat, the hat, fancy boots and, of course, the umbrella.

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Things you need

  • Straw hat
  • Black glossy spray paint
  • Large umbrella with curved handle
  • Polymer clay
  • Assorted acrylic paint
  • Ruffled high-collar, white button dress shirt
  • Long black skirt
  • Long petticoat
  • Antique high heel shoes
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Paint a straw hat black with spray paint. Allow it to dry for 24 hours outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

  2. 2

    Form a head of a parrot onto the curved handle of the umbrella by wrapping the polymer clay completely around it. Smooth the clay around the curved handle uniformly with your hands. Add approximately 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) of polymer clay to form a beak. Create a triangle shape by pinching your thumb, first finger and middle finger together at the same time gently. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Paint the head of your parrot green with acrylic paint and paint the beak and eyes with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Put on the ruffled high-collared dress shirt, along with the long black skirt, antique dress high heeled shoes and long petticoat.

  5. 5

    Attach the hat to your hair with hair clips. This will keep it from falling off when you are moving about. Grab the umbrella.

Tips and warnings

  • Search the vintage shops and second-hand thrift stores for the cheapest buy of all your accessories needed for this project. Vintage shops are ideal for finding antique dress shoes and long petticoats.
  • If you do not have black hair you can purchase a wig in the shape of a bun.

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