Chimney Sweeper Prop (Like in Mary Poppins)

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UURGH It's done it again, where when I go into edit something it deletes the text on the intro page... oh well nevermind

Here is a short sweet and simple I'ble to showe you how I made my own Prop Chimney sweep brush for this years Gang show

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~* I'm entering this into the Epilog Challenge as I would LOVE a laser cutter, it would make, making props ALOT easier*~

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Step 1: Ingredients

Okay, so not much this time:
  • Two cardboard circles
  • Cardboard rectangle
  • Scissors/ Knife
  • Pen
  • Art straws or BBQ sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Paint
  • Broom handle

Step 2: Brush Head

So, as I said, this is an easy one, all you need to do is start glueing down your art straws to the cardboard circles to form the brush

I did this in two parts, so that it made the bristles look thicker.

Don't glue the two completed brush heads together yet

Step 3: Paint

Now paint the bush heads and your broom pole a nice sooty black... I also added abit of brown and silver to the bristles to make them look more realistic

Step 4: Glue the Brushes Together....

Now is the time to glue your two cardboard circles together, I made sure that when I glued them together, you couldn't see the ends of the art straws... It became if you will... a bristle... cardboard circle... sammich ;)

Step 5: Attach Head to Pole

Using a small rectangular piece of cardboard you now need to attach the bristles to the pole...

I did this by bending a piece of card arround the broom handle to get the right width, and glueing the seams together

When that is dry, attach the cardboard tube to the underside of your bristle/ brush head

Remember to paint the cardboard tube to the same colour as that of your pole

You will probably want to glue the tube to the pole, so go for it... mine is left un-glued so that I can transport the prop without damaging it

Step 6: Fin

And that's that really... there isn't much to it so give it a go...

I promise I'll take a better picture in the next few days, I'm just busy with the final bits of props that need making



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6 Discussions

sue jw

8 months ago

I would like to know what size circles & rectangle abouthow many straws were used thank you


6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you again for getting back to be so quickly.
I plan on using their straight canes (already black) and just attach the top piece (straw piece) to the end using electrical tape or hockey tape (since we live in Northern Canada). Actually I'll use the same method as I would when taping a hockey stick. That way the canes can be reused again at a later date.
I'll look for a black matt spray paint and do it outside. It ought to look good on the white snow.
20 to make over the Easter Weekend. Should be fun.
Thank you again and Happy Easter.

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6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for posting this! I have been asked to make Chimney Sweep Brooms for our dance recital properly titled “Mary Poppins”. The prop you crafted is perfect for the request. The fact that they are made of plastic straws makes it perfect for the girls. Because they are dancing very close to each other, they won’t hurt each other if they come into contact with the plastic straws.
May I trouble you and ask what did you use to paint them with – as in what kind of paint? (e.g., spray, brushed on, etc.).
Thank you again!

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Hullo me again, looking back over the ible, i think i used spray paint on all of the peice... it's up to you really :)


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

hiya, they are paper craft straws not plastic... i would use brush on paint (waterbased kids paint works well) but i would use a matt black spray paint for the handle as as the girls dance their hands will become warm and perspirate... kids paint will become a liquid again so i would advise spray paint for the handle and kids black paint for the head