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How to make a Mary Poppins costume

Updated November 21, 2016

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

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

  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.

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll 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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