Minion Valentine Box
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I have made a crazy minion Valentine box, but this minion is CRAZY IN LOVE! See the dreaminess in his eye? I HAVE GIRLS, SO THEY WANTED IT GIRLIE, YOU CAN CHOOSE WHATEVER COLORS SUIT YOU!
This is a great idea for your child to hold his or her valentines from classmates! Open the mouth and POW–MINION FILLED WITH VALENTINES.
You could also use this just as a display or decoration.
My last minion tutorial almost killed me. The detail was enough for a three year old to follow my directions. So I’m gonna take it back a few notches and just trust that you crafty people are much smarter than I am when I follow online instructions.
Most of these materials can be found at Dollar Tree!! Hooray for cheap crafting that doesn’t look cheap!
I am posting this so soon before Valentine’s day because I’ve found that Dollar Tree Valentine supplies go FAST.
Now, here are the details!
- Dollar Store giant jug of Soda, (dumped down the drain when you get home, cause, YUCK!)
- Modge Podge glue
- Tissue Paper in whatever color you like, Two colors, one for the “Body,” and another for the “Goggles”
- Foam sheets–found in dollar store craft isle (glitter or plain)
- Pipe cleaners
- Feathers (if you want the crazy minion, otherwise, you might want to leave them out)
- VERY SHARP, SHORT scissors
- Tacky glue, and hot glue gun
- Decorative stones, or marbles (to weigh down the craft while you’re working)
- White felt or white cardstock
Empty and COMPLETELY dry your soda bottle. I mean COMPLETELY. –stuff a towel in it if you must!
Stab a hole around the perimeter of the bottle opening. You will cut this piece out. Insert your ultra-sharp scissors into the punctured hole and simply cut a circle around the bottle opening. Throw away the top. You will have a nice, wide hole in the top of the head that you will need for later.
Now, look at the bottle and decide where you want the mouth opening to be. Draw it on with a marker. STAB the bottle with a VERY sharp point, then dig some strong scissors (such as kitchen scissors) into the hole. Cut just a little bit, then switch to your sharp, short scissors to complete the cut–these scissors are more precise in cutting the tricky plastic of the soda bottle.
If you accidentally puncture the wrong part of the bottle, don’t worry. You will be applying modge podge and glue which will easily cover any mistakes. Also, if you dent the bottle while working, don’t worry. The mouth opening will allow you to push the dent back out.
After you have cut your mouth, slowly bend it away from the soda bottle so it makes a flap for the opening.
This next step is important!! BEFORE YOU APPLY YOUR MODGE PODGE, PLACE WEIGHTS OF SOME KIND INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE DRY SODA BOTTLE, MARBLES, STONES, OR HEAVY COINS WILL DO. THIS IS TO KEEP THE UNSTEADY BOTTLE SECURE WHILE YOU WORK. I USED BATERIES, CAUSE THAT’S WHAT I HAD ON HAND.
If you like, you could glue the weights in the bottom and leave them there. A few weights in the grooves of the bottom will help keep the container secure where it sits when the whole project is finished.
Before you start gluing, cut your tissue paper into strips. Now you are ready to cover the bottle with tissue paper and modge podge. FIRST paint a thin layer of modge podge on the bottle, THEN carefully lay the tissue paper on top. Apply a layer of modge podge ON TOP of the tissue paper, being extra gentle so the paper doesn’t tear underneath.
IF YOU WANT A BALD MINION, PUT TISSUE PAPER AND MODGE PODGE OVER THE TOP OPENING.
Continue working in this manner, covering all the sides, and tucking some tissue into the top and inside the mouth. I did three layers of tissues paper, with modge podge between each layer and on top of the last layer.
Allow to DRY COMPLETELY!
Get ready for your minion to come alive!!
If you are doing an evil or crazy minion, follow these steps, ideas for other designs will come a little later in the post.
The only feathers available at dollar-tree where I live were red and pink, so if you’re going with another color scheme, you may have to take a trip to Michael’s, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby.
Cut the pipe cleaners in half, and use a STAPLER to stick the feathers to the pipe cleaner. ZERO gluey mess, and it works!! Just make sure the pipe cleaner and feather string are lined up in the middle of your stapler.
Bend your pipe cleaner feathers into an L shape. The bottom of this L shape is where you will apply the hot glue, then place in the top of the minion’s head. Continue to add pipe cleaner feathers inside the head until you are satisfied with the shape of the hair. I hot-glued a few pieces outside the hole as well.
If you are not making a crazy minion, try these for the head:
1. Yarn, the girl minion with orange hair would be adorable with yarn. Or the three-haired bald minion
2. Just a few pipe cleaners. These would be great for just a few hairs sticking up.
3. Confetti/scatter shred things I don’t know what they’re called, but they look like tinsel for a Christmas tree, you buy them at the dollar store in the party section–these would be great hairs!
Make the Eye or Eyes
First decide what kind of minion you would like. Do you want a crazy minion? A one-eyed minion, two-eyes? When you decide, use your pencil to decide where the eye/eyes would look best in relation to the top and the mouth.
If you’re doing a two-eyed minion, I suggest using toilet-paper rolls as your “Lens.” They are durable, equally-sized, and easy to decorate.
I made my single eye by wrapping cardstock around a large measuring cup, then taped it closed. I traced that same measuring cup for the actual white eye ball inside. I snipped the back of the tube, and folded down the snips to make a base for glue. Take a look at this craft if you need better instruction for this method.
The goggle details were a pain in the butt. I’m not going to lie. I used another type of tissue paper, cut it into tiny strips, folded the strips, shaping each one, applied modge podge until it looked sort-of circular. I wouldn’t recommend this method. If I were to make this again, I would take some craft foam sheets, and using the SAME kitchen measuring cup, cut out a circle that would fit around the eye and serve as the rim of the classes, then simply wrap the outside with more foam.
Set your eye or eyes aside to dry
BEFORE YOU GLUE the eye/eyes, test out the positioning by asking someone look at it from afar to help with final placement. Now glue gun your eye/eyes to the minion head!
Make your goggles band
Fold a strip of tissue paper in different color than the Minion’s skin. We used pink again, because my girls kept shouting, “PINK, PINK!”(Pinkalicious, anyone?).
Fold your tissue paper like this and glue around the Minion head in line with where you will place your eye/eyes. Allow to dry
I strengthened the tissue paper band with modge podge between each layer and over the top.
Let it all dry.
Final Touches and Teeth
I used foam to add these details to the minion goggles.
Use white felt for the teeth, it’s softer and bendable. I used cardstock cause I couldn’t find my felt.
A word about the eyelid and pupil. This will be the emotion of your minion–mine is melting in love, so I gave him a half-closed eyelid with tissue paper and a nice, circular pupil. This little detail will tell the story of your Valentine Minion.
Now open the mouth, stuff it with surprises, and ENJOY!