Mary Poppins Umbrella




Introduction: Mary Poppins Umbrella

I needed a prop for a Mary Poppins themed photo shoot that I was working on. So where does one find a custom, parrot headed umbrella? The craft store of course

Step 1: Super Sculpey

I'm a huge fan of Super Sculpey. I use it in many of my creative projects. It's easy, durable and forgiving.

So my first steps where to flesh out a head. Start with a general head shape, ad the larger features then decide how detailed you need to be.

Step 2: Bake It, Prime It.

I baked it low and slow until hard then gave the whole thing a white wash with some dollar store craft paint. I then screwed a plate to the bottom to make it easier to manipulate. Once dry, I spray painted it white so that I'd have a nice blank slate to start with.

Step 3: The Details

I used the same crappy dollar store paint to finish up the painting. I'd recommend using better brushes and paints if your prop will be seen close up.
Snap the hook of a dollar store umbrella, drill an appropriate sized hole. Crazy glue in place and you're ready for a jolly holiday. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions on this project. Let me know what you think.



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would this stand up to being in the mary poppins musical? I'm trying to decide if it's better to do the foil/paper mache thing or try your sculpey idea?

I am curious how durable this was after you completed it. How well do you think this would stand up to daily use?

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Hi Tbrook1. I wouldn't recommend this one for daily use. It was meant to be a prop only. That's not to say that you couldn't develop a mold using your sculpture to make a more durable version. I may do that in a follow up project.

You make it look so easy. I might try this on a smaller scale. I would love to master this type of craft. thanks for the inspiration and do have a splendorous day!


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Splendorous day had, thank you. If you do attempt this please attach a photo in the comments, I'd love to see the results.

Wow, it's so well done, I love it! I wish I was as good as you at modelling clay...I wouldn't even know where to start from :D

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Thanks lindarose92. I always start with a ball. It's always a matter of adding and subtracting from there.

I'll see what I can do Seamster, perhaps I could build a finger trigger into the umbrella shaft to pull at the bottom of the beak. I'll consider it for my next attempt. Thanks for the feedback