Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a Mary Poppins in our life? Someone who makes the kids enjoy doing their chores and sing Super-Cala-Fragilistic-Expialidocious while whipping up a delicious dinner. Ahh the life.
Originally released in 1964, “Mary Poppins” represented the pinnacle of Walt Disney’s filmmaking and storytelling career, and the film went on to receive a supercalifragilistic 13 Oscar® nominations. It won Academy Awards® for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Original Musical Score, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
Based on the classic characters and stories of P. L. Travers, Disney’s screen version of “Mary Poppins,” follows the fantastic adventures of a magical English nanny who arrives at the Banks household in answer to a letter from Jane and Michael. Poppins is the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way.
Mary, and her chimneysweep friend, Bert, turn things upside down as they teach the children how to laugh and have fun, and in the process show the parents about the things that matter most in life. She takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, teaching the children along the way “anything can happen if you let it.” From the rooftops of London to a jolly holiday in the English countryside (complete with penguin waiters), “Mary Poppins” is sure to delight audience of all ages and all generations.
FUN FACT: Did you know that Mary Poppins, the Broadway musical, is not an exact replication of the Disney movie we all know and love? It is based more heavily on the stories of P.L. Travers, than the classic 1964 Disney film of the same name. The score consists of a combination of the film’s Academy Award-winning music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and new songs by Olivier Award winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
While we can’t all be Mary Poppins in real life (wouldn’t that be grand?!?), we could totally dress up like her – and most of the items can be found in your closet! If not, don’t fret – we’ve included links so you can grab any items you may not already own to make your perfect DIY Mary Poppins costume :)
Over the course of the film, Mary Poppins (never just Mary) wears quite a few jackets from peacoats to victorian jackets in black or navy – gray works too! So using any of these pieces will work for your DIY Mary Poppins costume look. We love that this is fashionable enough that you could wear it even when you’re not pretending to be Mary Poppins.
A key part of the costume is Mary Poppins red bow tie but it doesn’t have to be a tie specifically, tied ribbon or a DIY bow will work just as well.
A vintage white victorian ruffle button up blouse should work just nicely for your DIY Mary Poppins costume.
Knee length to ankle length black skirts are required. *TIP* If you go with a knee-length skirt make sure to pair it with black tights.
Can’t forget the vintage oxford booties!
Or these black victorian boots.
One of the most crucial pieces to the DIY Mary Poppins costume is the infamous hat. These can be created easily by spray painting a straw sunhat black and applying flowers via a hot glue gun. Or you can buy the above from a talented artist on Etsy or this alternative on Amazon.
Don’t forget the finishing touches to your DIY Mary Poppins costume with white gloves, the iconic large black parrot umbrella (or a less expensive alternative is this duck head handle umbrella) and a handy carpet bag.