This Halloween costume, inspired by the Minions in Despicable Me, is quick and easy to make. A plus? Many of the items can be found at second-hand stores – making this a budget-friendly project!
You Will Need...
- Long-Sleeve White T-Shirt
- White Ski Cap
- Thick Black Elastic
- Black Vinyl
- Black Pipe Cleaners
- Toilet Paper Roll
- Hot Glue
- Yellow Dye
Step by Step Instructions
The first thing I did was wash all of my fabrics: the overalls, t-shirt, hat. Then, following the instructions on the dye bottle, I dyed the t-shirt and hat. To achieve the yellow color I was looking for, I used Rit in Lemon Yellow, and soaked the fabrics for an hour.
While the shirt and hat were going through the washer and dryer, I worked on the other costume elements. To make the goggles, I cut two slices of a toilet paper roll (approximately 1/2? thick), wrapped them in aluminum foil, and hot glued them together.
Next, wrap the black elastic around your childs head to get an idea of what size youll need for the goggles. When youve figured out the correct measurements, hot glue the ends of the elastic to the toilet paper goggles you made in the last step.
*Hint: dont use the hat as a sizing guide it has a lot more stretch than the elastic so youll most likely end up with goggles that are too small for your childs head.
For the Minion hair, youll need to cut short pieces of pipe cleaner. I only used one pipe cleaner, and I didnt use exact measurements because I wanted the hairs to be a bit crazy and all-over-the-place. Using hot glue, attach the hairs to the top of the hat.
I used a few dabs of hot glue to keep the goggles in place on the hat. But, feel free to leave them loose so your little Minion can actually wear them if they want.
I had a very difficult time finding overalls that were big enough to fit my son. Most of the ones I found maxed out at 24 months (which is way too small for him now!). I ended up having to purchase a pair from Osh Kosh BGosh which is fine, and I did end up getting them on sale, but they still came out to just under $20. So Ill be darned if he cant wear them again because I painted a huge G logo on them!
My biggest goal, other than being able to re-use the overalls, was to cover up the Osh Kosh logo on the front. So, I drew a Gru logo on some matte black vinyl and cut it out. The vinyl doesnt completely cover up the label, but it does a pretty good job. And surprisingly the vinyl sticks really well to the denim!
Throw on some black shoes black gloves if you want and you have a super simple, and incredibly adorable Minion!