Mary Poppins-Inspired Toy Bins

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Mary Poppins and London fabric bins

When I was a little girl, Mary Poppins was one of my favorite movies. I watched it over and over again. The scene where Mary sings "A Spoonful of Sugar" and she tidies up the children's bedroom with a few snaps of her fingers absolutely amazed me! The special effects blew me away. I remember snapping and snapping my fingers just like Michael Banks, desperately trying to get my toys to pick themselves up. Sometimes I still do it when I walk into my boys' bedroom! 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this enduring classic, Disney is releasing a special Blu-ray™ and Digital HD combo edition of Mary Poppins on December 10. In the meantime, you can practice your magical room tidying skills with this fun craft. Add Mary's silhouette floating over the London skyline onto fabric toy bins. Then snap your fingers and see what happens! (By the way, if you get it to work, please let me know the secret!)

Download Mary Poppins-Inspired Toy Bins Template

What you'll need

  • PDF printouts of Mary Poppins and the London skyline
  • Craft knife or precision craft scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam pouncer brush
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Glue stick
Helpful Tip:

You may want to use a thicker cardstock instead of paper to make a studier stencil. You could also transfer the design onto clear contact paper (shelf liner), if you want to make a sticky stencil.

How to make it

  1. cut out silhouettes

    Print out the PDFs of Mary Poppins and the London skyline. You may need to resize them to fit your toy bins. Use a craft knife or precision craft scissors to cut out the silhouette stencils.

  2. mask off fabric bins

    Lay the cut out templates onto your fabric toy bin. The London skyline with both PDFs taped together may be too long. That's okay! Just make sure you get the clock tower on there and let the extra skyline hang over the edge. Use painter's tape or masking tape to secure the paper to the fabric bins.

  3. use glue stick for small parts

    For small pieces that can't be taped down (the teardrop shaped piece between the boots and the piece under Mary's arm that is holding her carpet bag), use a glue stick and dab a few spots on the back of the paper. Lightly stick the pieces down. You may want to dab a bit of glue in a few other spots (I found that the crook of her elbow holding the umbrella was also a little bit tricky).

  4. pounce on acrylic paint

    Use a foam pouncer brush and apply the acrylic paint. To ensure a clean edge, make sure you pounce straight up and down. Do not brush on the paint.

  5. Mary Poppins and London skyline toy bins

    When the paint is dry, remove the stencils and tape. Then snap your fingers and the kids' bedroom will tidy itself! (A girl can dream, can't she?!)


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