If you've got any minion-lovers in the family, you're in the right place.
And if you're not quite sure who exactly these little yellow guys that your kids are so obsessed with are, allow us to introduce you. Minions are the adorable little fictional characters made famous from the much-loved Despicable Me films and the subsequent Minions Movie. They're well-loved for their unique language, humorous behaviours, and cute appearances.
Toilet Paper Roll Minions
Materials Needed: Several cardboard toilet paper rolls, yellow, blue, and white card paper, scissors, glue, and a black marker.
1. Cut the yellow card paper to size, then wrap and glue this down to cover the entire toilet paper roll.
2. Cut your blue card paper to about half the length of the roll, and then wrap and glue this down on top of the yellow - to create your minion's overalls.
3. From your white card paper, cut out either one or two round eyes - depending on which minion you're going to create. Glue these down.
4. Using your black marker, draw on a pair of goggles, pupils within the eyes, buttons on the overalls, and a few strands of hair - and your cardboard minion is complete!
Paper Plate Minions
Materials Needed: White paper plates, yellow and black paint, white and black card paper, scissors, and glue.
1. Paint each of your paper plates yellow, then allow to dry.
2. Using your white card paper, cut out two round eyes and glue these down.
3. Cut out a pair of goggles using your black card paper and glue this onto the plate, around the eyes.
4. Use the black paint to add a mouth, strands of spiky hair, and pupils in the eyes. Allow everything to dry, and your plate is done!
Materials Needed: PVA white glue, baking soda, yellow food colouring, contact lens solution, an empty glass jar, blue and black card paper, and a few googly eyes.
1. Follow our easy slime recipe to create your yellow slime.
2. Cut enough blue card paper to wrap around the width of the glass jar - about half of the length. Glue this down.
3. Cut a thin black strip of card paper and wrap and glue this around the top of the jar, to be your minion's goggles.
4.Stick on either one or two googly eyes to each jar.
5. Fill the jar with your bright yellow slime - and admire your squishy masterpiece!
Minion Party Gift Bags
Materials Needed: Yellow gift bags, black, white, and grey card paper, scissors, glue, and a black marker.
1. Cut out a strip of black card paper, the horizontal width of the bag, and glue this down across it.
2. Cut out a large grey circle, and glue this in the middle of the black strip.
3. Cut out a smaller white circle, and place this in the middle of the grey circle.
4. Use the black marker to create a pupil within the eye, and some strands of hair (optional).
5. Fill your cute minion party bags and enjoy!
These hats are one of our favourite birthday party ideas - the kids will love them!
Materials Needed: Kids yellow construction hats, black ribbon, grey card paper, large googly eyes, black pipe cleaner, liquid glue, and scissors.
1. Cut to size and glue down black ribbon around the width of the construction hats.
2. Cut out one or two round grey circles from the card paper to use for the goggles - glue these onto the black ribbon.
3. Place your googly eyes within the grey circles.
4. Cut little snippets of pipe cleaner, styling them however you'd like, and glue these down to the top of the hat. Allow to dry.
5. Pop on your hat and enjoy!
Materials Needed: Yellow t-shirts, cardboard, black, white, and grey fabric paint, and paintbrushes.
1. Place a piece of cardboard within each of the t-shirts to stop paint from soaking through.
2. Paint either one or two round white eyes onto your t-shirts, and allow to dry.
3. Use your grey paint to paint an outline around the eyes, this will be the frame of your goggles.
4. Use the black paint to draw a strap to the goggles, a mouth, pupils within the eye, and any hair you wish to add.
5. Allow everything to dry, and you're ready to rock your t-shirts!
Minion Bowling Pins
Materials Needed: 10 empty plastic bottles, yellow and blue paint, white card paper, scissors, glue, and a black marker.
1. Paint the top half of the bottles in yellow, and allow to dry.
2. Paint the bottom half of the bottles in blue, and allow to dry.
3. Using your white card paper, cut out round circles for eyes and glue these onto your bottles.
4.Use your black marker to draw a mouth, pupils within the eyes, and any strands of hair you or the kids wish to add.
5. Have all the fun in the world playing with your DIY minion crafts! (Note: This craft makes for a great game at a themed birthday party.)
Materials Needed: The yellow toy incasing from inside a Kinder Suprise/a yellow toy plastic egg that can be opened, five 1p coins, glue, blue card paper, googly eyes, and a black marker.
1. Glue your coins on top of each other, and then glue these down to the inside bottom of the egg. Allow these to dry.
2.Use your black marker to draw a goggles strap around the top of the egg.
3. Glue on either one or two googly eyes.
4. Cut out some blue card paper, wrap this around the bottom portion of the egg and glue down.
5. Draw on any extra details, and your adorable wobbly minion is ready to play with!
Materials Needed: Yellow, blue, and grey card paper, googly eyes, a black marker, scissors, and glue.
1. Cut out a strip of yellow card with a rounded head - this will be the base of your bookmark.
2. Make two slits on the yellow card to create arms.
3. Cut out and glue on some blue overalls.
4. Cut a thin strip of grey card paper for the strap of the goggles, and glue this onto your bookmark.
5. Glue on your googly eyes.
6. Use your black marker to add finishing touches; buttons, a mouth, and hair and you're ready to start reading!
Minion Lollipop Sticks
Materials Needed: Wooden lollipop sticks, yellow and blue paint, a black marker, and googly eyes.
1. Paint the entire lollipop stick yellow, and allow to dry.
2. Paint on some blue overalls, and let these dry.
3. Use your black marker to draw on some goggles, and glue down the googly eyes on top.
4. Add some finishing touches with your black marker - buttons on the overalls, and strands of hair - and you're done!
Minion Piggy Bank
Materials Needed: An empty plastic jar, yellow and blue card paper, googly eyes, a black marker, scissors and glue.
1. Remove the lid from your jar.
2. Cut out and wrap the yellow card around the entire plastic jar, glue this down.
3. Cut out another circle of yellow card and glue this to the top of the jar, so the 'lid' is covered too.
4. Cut out some blue card to wrap around the bottom half of the jar - your minion's overalls.
5. Use your black marker to draw on goggle straps around the jar, then glue down your googly eyes on top. You can also draw on a mouth and a few strands of hair.
6. Cut a slit into the yellow card on top of the jar so that you can place coins inside, and your fun little minion craft is complete.
Minion Pen Holder
Materials Needed: An empty mini pringle can, yellow, white, and blue card paper, scissors, glue, and a black marker.
1. Cut the yellow card to size and wrap it around the entire can. Glue this down.
2. Cut out a large strip of blue card paper to wrap around the bottom half of the can, and glue this down.
3. Cut out a circle of white card paper (your minion's eye) and glue this down.
4. Use your black marker to draw a strap around the can for your minion's goggles, pupils in the eyes, and any other details.
5. Fill with pens and pencils, and enjoy your cute craft.
Materials Needed: Several medium-sized flat rocks, white, yellow, blue, and black paint, and paintbrushes.
1. Paint the entire rock yellow, and allow this to dry.
2. Use your blue paint to design a pair of overalls for your minion.
3. Paint a black strap around the 'head' of the rock to be your minion's goggle strap.
4. Finally, paint one or two white eyes onto the strap - with a dot of black for the pupil - allow these to dry, and your rocks are complete!
Minion Finger Puppets
Materials Needed: Yellow, blue, and black felt, a paper and pencil, googly eyes, glue, and a needle and thread.
1. On your paper, sketch and cut out a long rounded shape for your puppets - you can use this as a template.
2. Place this template on top of your yellow felt, and cut out two pieces.
3. Sew these together around the edges back to back, leaving the bottom empty so that you can place your finger inside.
4. Cut out some blue felt, and sew this onto the front of your puppet - this will be your minion's overalls.
5. Cut out a thin black strip of felt and sew this onto your puppet for the goggles strap.
6) Glue down either one or two googly eyes onto the black strap - and your puppet is complete!
Materials Needed: Yellow card paper, black ribbon, googly eyes, black pipe cleaner, a black marker, glue, a stapler and scissors.
1. Measure the lengths of the kids' wrists and cut the yellow card paper just a bit longer, so that they'll be able to slip the bracelets on and off.
2. Cut your black ribbon to the same length, and glue this down across the top half of the bracelet to create the goggle strap.
3. Glue down your googly eyes.
4. Cut snippets of the pipe cleaner and glue these to the top of the bracelet.
5. While the glue is drying, use your marker to add any extra details - such as a mouth.
6) Staple the bracelet into a circle, and you're ready to rock them!
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