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This homemade costume for kids entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Henry, the 'Minion' costume creator:
My son wanted to be his favorite minion Kevin. I searched the internet to see how people had exercised their creative abilities. I've seen everything from garbage cans, camping foam, and laundry baskets. I mean people thought of everything. Then they shared how they did it which I am thankful for because it helped me determine how to start.
1. I bought a garbage can from Home Depot and cut out the hole for the mouth and the arms.
2. I took a piece of 1/8" plywood and mounted 4 RC Servo to it to make animatronic eyes.
3. I purchased servos from Pololu as well as a servo controller.
4. I took Downy Balls and cut the blue lid off so that I could allow push rods to connect to them that came from the servo drives. (Yes I used the Downy blue balls)
5. I then covered the blue ball with a white spray-painted cupcake lid that you can find at the dollar store.
6. I painted the eyeballs with black and gold magic markers for a good effect.
7. I added batteries and an On/Off switch.
8. I glued the lid to the plywood and the garbage can.
9. My son and I wrapped the can in a mattress pad for a nice cushion.
10. We rounded out the cushion to make it fit the form of a minion and had all of it hot glued.
11. We wrapped the body in yellow felt and put a bead of glue down the back to button it up.
12. We added pipe cleaners for the hair.
13. The goggles were made of 4"dia. PVC and covered by lexan.
Lastly I put 3 small speakers in the cushion of the minion and connected it to a small voice recorder that plays minion sounds.
I also added a momentary switches in his right glove so that whenever he pushes one button in his fingertip it will play a sound.
This was truly a process but I loved my sons face when he was able to help and then wear this costume. I hope they everyone enjoys it.
Good luck on your costumes!!!