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Despicable Me Minion Costume

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Despicable Me Minion Costume

My little minion!

Costume type:  Costumes for Kids
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for kids entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Toby, the 'Despicable Me Minion' costume creator:

Luke is 3 and absolutely loves the minions from Despicable Me! We made the costume by using a round-top garbage can and cutting out the bottom, an area for the mouth (where my son would see from), and arm holes on the sides. We covered the entire can in foam from a camping mat and then covered that in felt. I used elastic for the goggle straps, a plastic plant base for the eye, cut teeth out of paper towels, printed the Gru logo and attached it to the overalls. The mouth is covered in mesh in order to see. I attached suspender straps to the inside of the costume for support.

Step By Step Instructions:

  1. Using a jigsaw, cut out the bottom circle of the trash can so it is completely open. Cut circular holes on either side of the can for the arms. Cut a rectangle hole in the front of the can for the "mouth" (part your child looks through).
  2. Line the entire exterior of the can with the camping pad. The foam pad for thevdome shaped lid had to be pieced together to fit perfectly. I used a glue gun to attach the pad to the can. This is the pad we used. I think I bought two but had a lot extra.
  3. Using a box cutter, cut the foam out to expose the (arm/mouth) holes you made with the jigsaw.
  4. Line the entire can (top and bottom separate pieces) with the yellow fleece. Pull the fleece as tight as you can to eliminate bumps, seams, ripples, etc. I tucked the extra fabric up under the inside of the can and used hot glue and duct tape to secure the fleece. The inside did not look pretty... But it didn't need to!
  5. Cut the fleece out that covers the arm holes and mouth. Tuck the ends in and secure with duct tape/hot glue.
  6. Secure suspenders inside the can using a staple gun. Use thick suspenders so the wide straps set easily on your child's shoulders and support the costume.
  7. Place the overalls (i used maternity overalls in size medium) over the can. Cut extra fabric off that extends below the can and tuck extra fabric up under the costume, securing with duct tape. Your child will wear jeans and a yellow sweatshirt or long sleeved shirt.
  8. Print a Gru logo and attach to overalls.
  9. Make minion eye using a plastic plant base and some different colors of construction paper. Wrap wide elastic straps around costume wear lid meets the base so you can cover the seam. use hot glue to attach eye and secure the ends of elastic together with hot glue.
  10. Cover the "mouth" with black mesh (I used a section of fabric from a collapsible laundry hamper) and make teeth out of paper towel that you cut to resemble minion teeth.

Rating: 4.4 of 5. Votes: 76

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#1 comment by Tokyo Slim October 30, 2012

Very creative and despicably cute!

#2 comment by BT July 4, 2013

great job, i enjoy watching and hearing the minions... they are so adorable.

#3 comment by Lauren July 25, 2013

So cute

#4 comment by alyssa August 5, 2013

where did you find the round top trashcan?

#5 comment by Toby August 6, 2013

Thanks! I found the trash can at Home Depot.

#6 comment by Michelle August 8, 2013

That's great! Are you willing to sell it forward?

#7 comment by Kim August 16, 2013

can you explain how you attach the suspenders inside the can? and can you give specifics on the trashcan you ordered? Thanks - it looks great!
-Stressing out Mom who can't spend $300 on a minion costume for Halloween!

#8 comment by Kristen August 23, 2013

SOOOOO cute!!!

#9 comment by Toby August 23, 2013

Sorry, not willing to sell! I don't know specifics of trash can, just make sure you get one that is minion shaped with a round top. We attached the suspenders by cutting off the clip ends and just used a bunch of hot glue to adhere them to the garbage can. Hope this helped! Feel free to email me if you'd like me to send you photos of the inside of the costume. Good luck :)

#10 comment by Kim August 24, 2013

Great- can you give me your email ? Or email me photos at Theo_rules[at]yahoo.com

#11 comment by Megan August 25, 2013

This is awesome! Wonderful job!! Do you have information on how to make it seamless (or appear seamless). Also what size are the overalls?? Inside pictures would help. Can't thank you enough for sharing!!!

#12 comment by Mary August 30, 2013

SO clever! Just love it!

#13 comment by Christina August 31, 2013

I am in love with this costume! Good job!!!! I would love to make it for my son, would please send me pictures. I would greatly appreciated it!

#14 comment by Toby August 31, 2013

Please email me if you want pictures. Tobyjaco(at)gmail

I will look up the overall size for you but I'm not sure right now, definitely an adult size though. We made the costume seamless by a lot of pulling and stretching! There's a spot in the back where the fleece gathers a bit so I just doubled up on the black elastic used to wrap around for the eye and it covered the seam perfectly.

#15 comment by Kim September 5, 2013

sent you an email :-)

#16 comment by denise September 7, 2013

could you please send me pictures of the inside and also the size of overalls. my son would really like this for Halloween this year thank you

#17 comment by Toby September 7, 2013

I'd be happy to send pictures, please email me at the address I listed a couple comments back :)

The overals were size medium maternity that I found at goodwill and they fit perfectly over the trash can.


#18 comment by Lorenza Figueroa September 7, 2013

Can you send me pictures of the inside thanks. Great job!

#19 comment by Stephanie September 7, 2013

Adorable!! My son wants THIS costume! I showed him the store bought minion costumes, but they are not fitting this five year olds taste! I'd love more pics too, as I think I have a project on my hands! Thanks so much!!

#20 comment by Kim September 22, 2013

step one- we bought a trashcan. What did you use to cut the holes and the bottom of the can?

#21 comment by janice September 25, 2013

Love it! Now to search for the trash can, overalls, etc.!

#22 comment by helen September 28, 2013

any pics of the steps you could send would be great. grandkids wanting to be minions this halloween. thanks

#23 comment by Mindy October 1, 2013

Do you have or Can u send me the steps on how to make costume? My son is wanting to be a minion.

#24 comment by christine October 4, 2013

Beautiful , My little girl want to be a minion also. I bough the trash can and would love more info on how to do it.
thank you so much.

#25 comment by Tara October 8, 2013

Is there any way you could do a step by step? This is amazing!

#26 comment by Toby October 8, 2013

Using a jigsaw, cut out the bottom circle of the trash can so it is completely open. Cut circular holes on either side of the can for the arms. Cut a rectangle hole in the front of the can for the "mouth" (part your child looks through)...

(See the updated description above)

#27 comment by M. Brown October 13, 2013

Can you tell me how you cut your felt? Did you cut two slits in it, to make it seamless?

#28 comment by Kim October 17, 2013

Is the foam camping pad necessary

#29 comment by Toby October 21, 2013

We used fleece, not felt. I covered the top and bottom of the can separately. The back was hand sewn at the seam and I just tucked the fabric on the top of the can underneath the rim and secured it to the inside with hot glue.

The camping pad was necessary to create the seamless look.

#30 comment by Kim M October 25, 2013

How long did it take you to make the costume- start to finish?

#31 comment by Toby October 25, 2013

I can't remember exactly, but if I had to guess I'd say it took about 24-36 hours.

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