For Halloween this year, my 7-year-old son Lucas wanted to be a yellow minion. However, he wasn’t satisfied with any of the costumes that we found online or at the Halloween Spirit store. I showed him some DIY yellow beanie + denim overall costumes that seemed very do-able, but he was not impressed. So…. we took a rather large cardboard shipping box and started sketching.
These are the materials that we used:
- Large cardboard box (needs to be as wide as shoulders)
- 1.5 yards of dark blue felt
- 1.5 yards of yellow felt
- Small sheets of black and white felt
- 6-8 black pipe cleaners
- Tacky glue or spray
- Yellow and silver duct tape
We used a bowl to cut out a cardboard ring for the goggle and covered it with silver duct tape. The size of the opening is about as big as Lucas’ face so he can see after putting his costume on!
After tracing and cutting out two twinkie-shaped pieces of cardboard, we built some duct tape straps that can be placed over his shoulders. Then, we connected the front and back pieces with yellow felt and duct tape. For the front of the minion, we cut out a big smile and overalls, complete with a pocket and buttons.
For the signature minion hair, we cut each black pipe cleaner in half, and bent them into U shapes. Then we cut little slits on the top of the costume and poked the pipe cleaners through. We secured them to the top with more duct tape, of course!
Here is a picture of the completed front and back. I also bought Lucas some $1 black gloves and a long sleeve yellow tee. Lucas the Minion and Doc McStuffin Ella can’t wait to go trick-o-treating!