This is my son, Erik, as one of Gru's Minions. We always make our own costumes, but when he said he wanted to be a Minion, I was stumped. I often go to the local thrift store for inspiration when creating costumes -- this year was no exception. I was stumped, however. Then, one day while browsing the racks, I came upon a collapsible laundry hamper. "Aha!" I thought, "The body!"
So began the construction on the homemade Gru's Minion costume, which includes the frame of an external frame backpack, a bamboo hat (the top), pipe cleaners, a modified pair of Gap overalls, a watch glass (scientific experiments), and a lot of hard work. I try to make each costume special by adding some unexpected feature.
This costume includes a blinking eye that he can close by pulling a cord. He was extremely proud of this costume and got a standing ovation from his classmates when he wore it to school for the Halloween parade. Thank you for considering our Halloween costume submission!
My kids are obsessed with the movie Despicable Me! I did not like the commercial costume at all so I went to work and made my own Homemade Minions Costume.
I started with overalls and drew the "Gru" logo on them. Next, I took a yellow hoodie and hot glued black pipecleaners to the hoods for their "hair". For those that aren't familiar with the movie, Minions don't all have the same hair styles so I had my boys each choose which hair-do they wanted. I found their "goggles" at the dollar store and removed the nose, mustache, and eyebrows, then hot glued black Velcro to the sides so they would stay on their heads. The look was finished by using yellow make-up, black gloves and black shoes. The base of the hoodie was taped together.
They were the hit of their school Spooktacular event!