I just couldn’t resist making Minions when I caught a glimpse of one on Pinterest by mollymoocrafts.com
Using toilet roll card cylinders, paper maché, newspaper, card, wool and acrylic paint, you too can make a Minion.
Firstly we rolled up half a sheet of newspaper into a ball, then placed that in the centre of the other half of the newsprint and smoothed the paper over the ball, then scrunching the paper tightly at the base of the ball to create a lollipop shape. The paper ball was inserted into the card toilet roll cylinder and pushed so that it poked through the end to create a dome shape, this was taped in position (this makes the body/head).
A layer of paper maché was added to the body/head. When this was dry, we gave it a quick undercoat of white paint to cover the newsprint. Once dry the body/head was painted yellow.
To make the arms we rolled up a sheet of newsprint tightly then rolled it in another sheet. Masking tape was wound around this to secure the paper. The ends were cut at an angle. Tape was added to the ends where the hands are painted. Some children wanted bent arms, and for this we inserted a short piece of wire into the rolled up newspaper, the arms were bent into shape at the elbow. The arms were painted yellow, with black tips for the hands. We used PVA glue to stick the arms onto the body.
For the goggle we used a piece of cardboard cut into a circle, with a hole cut out in the centre (we drew around the circumference of the googly eye to get the correct size). The black goggle strap can be painted on or a piece of black paper can be glued around the head.
Drawing the Minion’s expression and clothes are the really exciting bit, we drew these in pencil, then painted with acrylic paint.
Lastly, hair was glued into position and details, like stitiching on the dungarees, were added with a Sharpie pen.
We carried on this project by designing Minion homes, what a blast! The best bit was, the children took their Minion characters home and played with them, some children even went on to make more Minion friends.