Steve Carell’s new cartoon Despicable Me with the cute little yellow Twinkie-shaped minions is a huge hit. I predict that we will see lots of little yellow minions this Halloween. Want to make a Despicable Me minion Halloween costume? Here’s how.
Click here to see what a Despicable Me minion looks like. There are several options to create the yellow capsule shaped body of the Despicable Me minion. The first and easiest option is to make a cylinder from a large yellow poster board, draw on the minion face, goggles and blue overalls. Simply cut arm holes, slip the tube over the body and push arms through armholes. Wear jeans with black shoes and a long-sleeved yellow shirt to complete the minion Halloween costume. The head sticks out through the tube, but is not dressed as a minion.
Those who prefer a more accurate, complete Despicable Me minion Halloween costume, however, here are several ways to make a full body minion costume.
Make a tube from sheets of yellow poster board. Instead of drawing the complete minion body and head on the cardboard, draw only the blue overall straps and front. Cut holes for the arms. Wear a yellow sweater or long-sleeved yellow turtleneck shirt (available from most thrift stores). Attach blue ribbon, duct tape or fabric strips over shoulders to simulate the Despicable Me minions overall straps. Wear denim blue jeans and black shoes. To make the Despicable Me minion head and face, use a yellow ski mask or knit hat (available from most sporting goods stores or team sports apparent outlets). The ski mask will have pre-made eye holes. You will have to cut eye holes in the hat.
To make the Despicable Me minion goggles, use a pair of round eyeglass frame, safety goggles or swim goggle, paint the lenses white. You can also cut circles from white paper and place them in the frames. Be sure to leave small peek holes. Attach several pieces of brown or black yarn to the top of the hat, by poking the pieces through the mesh of the hat and tying them off. This becomes the Despicable Me minion’s trademark wisps of hair.
Another way to create a soft-body Despicable Me minion costume is with two yellow bath towels. Cut the corners off both ends of the bath towels to make the capsule shape. Sew the towels together, leaving a hole on each side for the arms and two holes for the legs. You can sew up the top part to make a complete body, or leave a hole for the head. If you leave a hole for the head, use the yellow ski mask idea described above for the head. You can also hot glue or pin the two yellow bath towels together. Use bright blue fabric paint to paint the blue overall on the towels. Stuff the towel with old panty hose, cotton batten or newspaper rolled in balls.
Now you have the perfect Despicable Me minion costume.