How to make a simple minion costume

In the animated film, Despicable Me, minions are yellow-bodied lemming-type characters who work tirelessly to serve their evil master, Gru. Each minion has one or two eyes, wears safety goggles as well as a jean overalls. Liven up your next costume party or Halloween outing by dressing up in this simple homemade minion costume---evil leader not included.

Draw two identical circles, about 12 by 12 cm (5 by 5 inches), on a white foam board to make the minion's eyes. Cut the pieces out.

Colour the bottom of the circles black with permanent marker to make pupils. Punch holes in the black region, so that you can see through them.

Glue the foam board eyes to the glasses frames and align the pieces so you can see through the holes. The eyes will overlap over the glasses.

Roll strips of foil to make a safety goggle border for the eyes. Attach foil rolls to foam board with glue.

Rub yellow face paint or make-up on your face. Use a sponge to spread evenly.

Put on yellow sweat pants and sweat shirt. Wear baggy overalls over trousers. Comb and style hair or wig into spikes using hair gel. Put on glasses and rubber gloves.

Things You'll Need

  • White Foam board
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Glasses frames
  • Hole punch
  • Foil
  • Glue gun
  • Yellow face paint
  • Sponge
  • Yellow sport trousers
  • Yellow sweatshirt
  • Jean overalls
  • Yellow rubber gloves
  • Hair gel
  • Short black wig
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About the Author

Debbie Williams studied design at the Kansas City Art Institute and has operated a graphic design and printing business for the last 17 years. She has been involved in various crafts including sewing, quilting, costuming, woodworking and various DIY all her life.