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Toilet Roll Craft- Make a Minion

It’s all about Despicable Me 2 at the moment, they’re such a huge drive behind the movie release and if the first awesomely brilliant movie is anything to go by this second visit to the world of Gru and the Minions will be even better. I can’t wait for it’s release on the 28th.

So during the build up to the 28th what better was to spend your time than to Make A Minion from everyday household bits and pieces. All you need is toilet roll cores, newspaper, cardboard, glue, wool, a black sharpie and some paint…. oh and googly eyes :)



Toilet Roll Crafts for Kids – How to Make A Minion

First, stuff the toilet roll core with some newspaper, this will give your character more solidity and weight. Then make a ball from newspaper and insert this half way in on one side, so that a semi-circle peeks over the top of the toilet roll

Next secure the newspaper in position with some tape, I used paper tape but masking or cellotape will work just as well.


Now add one layer of papier mache to the side and domed end to give your Minion a protective skin to hold everything together and the perfect single texture surface to paint on.



And onto decorating we go…

1 Paint the entire surface in yellow
2 Stick one googly eye on the front and cut circles of cardboard to fit around the eye


2 With a black sharpie draw the band of the goggles around the head from each side of the eye piece

3 Get whatever coloured wool you have and glue onto the head, in whatever style you wish (I used fast drying Copydex)



4 Now paint on the base colour for the clothes – dungarees, dresses, tshirt and shorts – sky’s the limit. The black sharpie marker is perfect for adding the details to the clothes, and I jused a Q-tip dipped in coloured paint for the designs on the girl minion’s dress

5 For the arms I used a small piece of rolled up newspaper, painted yellow and black, cut at an angel with a scissors, attached to the body with a glue gun. Copydex would also work for the arms – you will just have to hold them in place a little longer while the glue dries!!


and there you have it – easy to make cute toilet roll minions
…. for hours of imaginative and fun play :)


39 Responses to “Toilet Roll Craft- Make a Minion”

  1. These are awesome! I literally saw a commercial for Despicable Me 2 as I was clicking on this post! My kids would enjoy making these for sure! Thanks for linking up with Pin It! Tuesday! Hope to see you there again next week!

  2. Helen says:

    You are so clever! Love them x

  3. hilke says:

    these made me smile!

  4. Edwina says:

    Thanks for sharing such a fun project!

  5. Carolina says:

    I am in the process of making this. Kids are having a great time. We used tempera paint and it’s taking a lot of coats. What paint should I use?

  6. imakehens says:

    I use little tester pots of household paint or acrylic paint for more solid colour finish Carolina.

  7. hahaha these are so cuuute!! What a fun idea. Come link up to my party and share this post with us.

  8. imakehens says:

    Oh so cool, thanks Style Sisters – I’m all linked up :)

  9. Your Minions are ADORABLE!!! So clever!

  10. imakehens says:

    awwww thanks Erin, so so nice of you to say so *hugs*

  11. Rachel says:

    Molly, my goodness… these are BEYOND adorable!!!!! Absolutely LOVE them!!! I think I want to make the entire colony! haha. Thanks so much for sharing at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars. I am featuring your post this week!!! How could I refuse this one?!!!! LOVE!!!!

  12. imakehens says:

    That’s my girl :) thank you buddy xx

  13. I featured these minions over on my blog tonight, hope you stop over and check it out. They are soooo cute!! Great job!

  14. michelle says:

    Love these! Going to make with my grade 3 class next week! despicable me 2 has only just been on circuit in our city so children very excited about this project! Thank you for sharing!

  15. imakehens says:

    AWESOME Michelle, my name sake. Please come share their gorgeous minion creations with MollyMoo on – I can’t wait to see them xx

  16. Elvem Denise says:

    Amei eu irei fazer os minions com meus alunos eles iram adorar.

  17. Hollie says:

    Love! Love! Love! My kids have minions on the brain right now, and they squealed when they saw your minion pics. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. imakehens says:

    tee hee *squealing* is good and thank you so much Hollie for leaving such a lovely comment. I love love love getting feedback. Come back and share their minions on my FB page please :)

  19. diane nolan says:

    my 4 and 5 year old loved making these, we made enough to play minion skittles, they played together for ages without fighting…. in my house this is rare!

  20. imakehens says:

    oh so fantastic to hear that, love it and would love to see a photo of their minion skittles :) please share to

  21. David says:

    This is great…I’m going to surprise my girlfriend’s daughter and her friend with a day of this. What did you use around the girl minion’s eye?

  22. cucicucicoo says:

    What an awesome idea! This movie just came out today in Italy, and to prepare we made Minions out of upcycled plastic surprise eggs. I found this tutorial through a website that also published my Minions, and I know that my daughter will NEED to make these asap! Thanks for sharing! :) Lisa

  23. imakehens says:

    so great to hear from you Lisa, everyone needs some toilet roll minions in their lives :)
    I hope your daughter has fun making. Michelle xx

  24. Dennis Gillespie says:

    Going to make with kids so they could give as Christmas ornaments.

  25. Michelle says:

    what a cute idea Dennis xx

  26. Dawn says:

    So awesome and creative! What did you use for the girl minion’s goggle — it is different than the boy’s cardboard eye goggle. thanks!

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  30. Colette says:

    Loved making these with 4 yr old Alice today. We used pipe cleaners for arms. Kept us busy all day & baby helped scrunch & tear paper!

  31. Lisa says:

    These are so cool!
    The minions are the best thing about those movies – they need their own spin-off.
    I especially love the pink wool hair, very cute!

  32. Emily says:

    Oh my gosh these were so simple and I absolutely love them thanks

  33. Recyclart says:

    Very cool project ! We share it on our website :
    Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  34. May says:

    My preschoolers just did this craft today! They absolutely loved their minions!!! Thanks!!

  35. bella says:

    amazing Despicable Me -Minions i love it!

  36. Margaret says:

    Great idea love it! Definitely an idea where you can sit down with the kids and have fun creating them together – nothing too hard. However im not sure mine will come out to the same standard! Worth a try though!

  37. Cazi says:

    Brilliant we are going to make these today, we are all minions obsessed in our house so will be great fun, nice day today so can paint outside yeah !!


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