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Simple to Make "Despicable Me" Minion Goggles
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)
The goggles can be used with any Halloween Costumes. Make sure you drill holes in the pupil so that you can see though them.
1: Cut the Bottoms off the 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
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
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
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 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
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 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?
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