It’s another all-star day on Crafts ‘n Coffee! Last week, it was Monster Mike from Monsters University, and joining us today are the busy little Minions from Despicable Me 2. Once again, designer Kathleen George has outdone herself making these
adorable evil little henchmen. These little guys don’t look capable of evil, do they? If you’d like to build your own evil empire populated with crafty little Minions, here’s how.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
- Crayola Model Magic: Yellow, black, green
- Wiggle eyes: 15mm and 18mm
- Chenille stems in black (thin)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; rolling pin; wood skewer; optional: Exacto® knife
*Note: Children should never use a serrated knife or Exacto knife. Have children use the plastic knife under close supervision of an adult.
To make a Minion:
1. To make the body, cut a small slice from the four sides of the ball; do not cut off the top or bottom of the ball. Slice off the pointed ridges from each corner. Firmly roll your “tube” shape on your work surface to smooth it out. The body should look like a capsule when you’re done.
2. Roll a large ball of yellow clay into a very thin, flat rectangle. Wrap the clay around the body, keeping it as smooth as possible. Trim away excess clay with nail scissors, and continue to smooth with fingers and the rolling pin.
3. Place the wiggle eye(s) on the face and gently push down to create an impression. Remove the wiggle eye – you’ll glue it on later.
4. Note: You’ll make all of the yellow features and arms first, and then move on to the black clay. That way, you won’t transfer the black clay to the yellow clay, your hands, or the tools.
- Nose: Roll a small tube from yellow clay and pinch a point in one end. Firmly press the nose onto the face, positioning it under the eyes. Add two nostrils with the tip of a wooden skewer.
- Ears: Press two tiny balls of clay into half balls, and press to the sides of the face. Make a depression in the ear with the wooden skewer.
- Arms: Roll two short tubes for arms, and pinch one end on each arm to create a flat hand. Use nail scissors to make snips for fingers, and gently shape the hand. Put aside — you’ll add the arms later.
5. Switch to the black clay, being careful to keep the colors separate.
- Pants: Roll a small ball of black clay into a thin, flat circle. Using scissors, cut out a 2-1/2” diameter circle. Press the clay circle onto the bottom of the body, and then gently position and press down the edges of the circle so that the “waistband” is evenly placed all around. Trim off excess clay, and use your fingers and rolling pin to smooth out the clay.
- Mouth: Roll a tiny tube of black clay, and carefully press to face.
- Cap (optional): Roll flat a small ball of black clay. Place on top of head and smooth out, snipping away excess clay. Repeat, cutting second circle in half to create a bill for the cap. Press bill into place.
- Feet: Roll flat a small ball of clay. Using scissors, cut out long, rounded feet. Place the feet on a scrap piece of paper, and set the body on the feet. Press to attach. (Placing the Minion on the paper makes it easier to move it around without distorting the feet.)
- Hair: Roll tiny lengths of clay and attach to head.
- Belt, pockets, buttons, etc.: Cut accessories from thin, flat pieces of clay, and press onto body.
6. Finish the assembly:
- Eyes: Glue wiggle eyes in place.
- Arms: Glue to the sides of Minion.
7. Gently set aside to dry thoroughly. This may take overnight, and/or set up a fan to speed the process.
8. Goggles: Shape the goggles from chenille stems. Wrap the stem around a pencil to make the circle. Add 3/8” to the side (or temple). Place the goggles on the Minion and wrap the glasses back around the ears and push the extra 3/8” into the head, behind the ears.
Did you know the Minions will star in their own movie, which premiers in December 2014? Should be fun!
If you saw Despicable Me 2, could you tell what language(s) the Minions speak?