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Simple to Make "Despicable Me" Minion Goggles

Updated on August 25, 2015
Learn how to make these Minion goggles using two soda cans.
Learn how to make these Minion goggles using two soda cans.

How to Make "Despicable Me" Goggles for a Minion Costume

In Despicable Me, the Minions stole the show. Without them, there was no show, and it was the same in Despicable Me 2. When they finally got their own movie, it was clear that they were ready for the spotlight. So it's hard to resist dressing up like one for Halloween. And once you learn how to make them, you don't have to limit yourself to breaking them out for costume parties. You can use them to decorate almost any household object or even make little paper maché minions.

This tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions so that the goggles come out perfectly each time.

Photo Credits: All photos were taken myself. This is my intellectual content, and I would appreciate your respecting my work by not stealing it and taking credit for it.

Supplies for Making the Goggles

I have loved Despicable Me since the day the first movie came out. I decided I had to do something with the Minions for Halloween, so I set out to find easy-to-make goggles. The rest seemed rather easy.

In the end, I came up with my own simple way of making the goggles and eyes. These are full-proof instructions, so be prepared to look good!

You will need the following supplies:

  • 2 empty aluminum soda cans
  • 1 spool of 1-inch-wide black ribbon
  • 1 penny
  • Plaster or clay—I used plaster, but either one works
  • White paint
  • Brown paint
  • Black paint
  • 1 glue gun with 1 glue stick
  • 1 pencil
  • 2 two-inch brass hoops (silver is better)
  • Metal file—this is optional but recommended, especially if you're making goggles to wear for Halloween
  • Drill, awl, or nail (if you are planning to wear the goggles)

Halloween Costumes

The goggles can be used with any Halloween Costumes. Make sure you drill holes in the pupil so that you can see though them.

Step-by-Step Instructions

1: Cut the Bottoms off the Soda Cans

Cut the bottoms off of both of your soda cans.
Cut the bottoms off of both of your soda cans.

Look at the bottom of both soda cans. You will see that they're indented. Cut from where the unpainted part of the can begins—you will need a bit of the side and all of the bottom. The aluminum should be very easy to cut. The inner ring should measure exactly two inches.

Once it's cut out, you will need to go back with your scissors to make all of the edges even. Then use a metal file to dull the edges so that nobody gets cut using or handling them.

2: Fill the Concave Bottoms of the Cans With Plaster or Clay

File the edges of the cans down, the place them so that the bottoms are facing up. Next, you will fill the concave part of the can (where the numbers are printed in the picture above) with plaster or clay.
File the edges of the cans down, the place them so that the bottoms are facing up. Next, you will fill the concave part of the can (where the numbers are printed in the picture above) with plaster or clay.

Place them down so that the bottom of the cans are facing up. Then fill in the indentations with white clay or plaster. I used plaster, but you can use polymer clay also.

If you use plaster, wait until it has dried completely.

If you use clay, make sure you follow the instructions on the type you use. Each one is different, but you will likely need to bake it.

3: Draw the Iris

This is what the can should look like after you fill in the indentation with clay or plaster. Next, trace around a penny to dray the iris.
This is what the can should look like after you fill in the indentation with clay or plaster. Next, trace around a penny to dray the iris.

Once the clay or plaster is hardened, paint a coat of white over it. Wait for the paint to dry.

Next, take the penny and position it in the center of the plaster. Use a pencil to trace around it, then fill in your outline with brown paint to create the iris.

After that is dry, paint a black pupil and some white highlights.

Then, if you want to wear the goggles for a costume, you will want to use a drill, awl, or nail to poke a hole in the center of each pupil to see through.

4: Glue a Black Ribbon Across the back

Now connect the two goggle lenses by gluing them to a black ribbon.
Now connect the two goggle lenses by gluing them to a black ribbon.

A black ribbon will tie the goggles onto anything you wish to turn into a Minion.

To give you an idea of some of the ways you can use the goggles besides for a costume, the goggles I took pictures of above were used to decorate a tabletop marshmallow roaster for the kids during a party. I go into detail about how to create the marshmallow roaster after the next step.

5: Glue on Rims for the Goggles

To finish the goggles, glue the two-inch hoops to create the rims.
To finish the goggles, glue the two-inch hoops to create the rims.

To make the glasses look thicker, I glued a two-inch brass hoop to the can with a glue gun. You can also use silicone.

"Despicable Me" S'mores Maker

The paint can I decorated to create a s'mores-maker.
The paint can I decorated to create a s'mores-maker.

Earlier, I mentioned that I used these particular goggles to decorate a tabletop s'mores maker for the children. To do this, I took a clean empty paint can and painted it yellow and blue to resemble a Minion wearing overalls. I made sure that the paint I used was rated for use on BBQs. If you don't, the paint will dry and peel when heated.

Next, I filled the can with coal, which I lit and covered with a piece of tin foil so that I could make s'mores with my niece and nephew. When the coals went, out I added the head so it looks cute in the yard until I need it again.

The finished s'mores maker, complete with bowling-ball head.
The finished s'mores maker, complete with bowling-ball head.

The head was made from a bowling ball I painted the same yellow as the body. It fits perfectly on top of the paint can we make smores in. The hair is made from pieces of 14-gauge aluminum wire painted black and hot glued to the head.

It's a win-win situation because the kids love both the s'mores and the way the maker is decorated, and the s'mores maker still looks decorative when it's not in use. And, of course, everyone asks me about it.

Are You Planning to Make These Goggles?

I would love to hear your comments about this article.

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      Frank 2 years ago

      Such a wonderful eeerpixnce to be at hand during the crucial stages of the development of our kids. We are the most significant people in their life and it is such a major impact on them when we do make ourselves available for them. I have one son as well and we just communicate on Skype since he is in Pinas and we are in Australia. Anyway job well done.

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      Quotes4Smile 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing nice tutorial for making these little nice freaks.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning LOTD, RockinPicks!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very cute idea! Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD. I'm so happy for you!

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      Elyn MacInnis 3 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Very very clever! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day lens! These guys are so cute.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! What a fun project! And so enjoy the dual purposing--to use it for smores too! Very fun!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool craft! Congrats on Lens of the Day honors today!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The finished product looked great! Well done and Congrats on the LOTD!

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      leeiyal 3 years ago

      Cool.you explained it so well.would like to work on it with my daughter I bet she would love it.

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      Adam Turner 3 years ago

      Very cute, thanks.

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      kindlepreneur 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      Cool... I loved this movie!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      How creative! The minions are also popular in my country. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      How creative! The minions are also popular in my country. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Lovely :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This was a great lens that put a smile on my face.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      I love your great ideas! Wish I had as much creativity.

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      grrbtn 4 years ago

      Loving how easy you made the minions, great lens , well done

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the minions! Great ideas!

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      mySuccess8 4 years ago

      Wow, great ideas, many will love this!

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      TheEnglishHouse 4 years ago

      Love it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We love the Minions!

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      heidizeta13 4 years ago

      Despicable me is really cute..

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      supersiva 4 years ago

      Despicable Me is really a fun ride to watch and it will be really nice to use those goggles along with your halloween costumes.

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing and great idea to reuse materials. The minions are really funny and the little girls are adorable.

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      Roxannetp 4 years ago

      halloween just got better!!!

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      RayCantu 4 years ago

      Great idea! Sounds like the life of the party!

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      Quokka 4 years ago

      Awesome lens! I do love those minions.

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      This is so cute! Love it!

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 4 years ago

      That's cool, I love that move

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 4 years ago

      That's cool, I love that move

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These movies are great and you have done well in your creation! I am loving the photos you have taken too.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      These are so adorable! How fun for you and your niece and nephew! You might enjoy some minion cupcakes,too! https://hubpages.com/food/minion-cupcakes I'm adding yours to my lens it's so cute! Well done!

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      I loved the Despicable Me movies and these Minions are so creative. I never would have thought to use a bowling ball.

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      JHarbourn 4 years ago

      These are super cute!!!

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      JHarbourn 4 years ago

      These are super cute!!!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I enjoyed visiting here, youâve certainly created a delightful lens. Nice work, thank you for sharing it.

      Congratulations on making the front page and for getting the Purple Star for this fun lens!

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      Never heard of these characters before but they look really cute and you have some good ideas for craft making with the kids.

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      AntonioM23 4 years ago

      Great lens,this is great idea!

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      funny look and great work.nice lens.

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      HughSmulders LM 4 years ago

      What a fun! I want to try! A great way to make the time go faster.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is such a cool idea!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This is is so fun. Congrats on the front page honors. Pinned.

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      Great idea! Love artwork that encourages recycling. Am bookmarking your lens so I can come back to it when I need it.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Those are so clever - added to my craft board on Pinterest

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      phamdiep 4 years ago

      it's look funny

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Super cute! The minions are my favorite :)

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Great idea for recycling fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cool

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      That is one cool smores maker! My kids like this movie so much I started calling them minions:) They love it, lol.

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      What a creative idea to build this Despicable Me Goggles with easily available materials. These are really funny and cute piece of artwork.

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      What a creative idea to build this Despicable Me Goggles with easily available materials. These are really funny and cute piece of artwork.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Totally adorable!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      very cute!

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Another great way of recycling. Hand-made, eco-friendly gift. What else can be more appreciated.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Another great way of recycling. Hand-made, eco-friendly gift. What else can be more appreciated.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Very creative lens!