Monday, December 9, 2013

Craft Time: Mary Poppins-Inspired Toy Bins

Mary Poppins-inspired Toy Bin Craft 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 silhouettesPrint 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 binsLay 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 partsFor 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 paintUse 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 binsWhen 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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