Saturday, August 10, 2013

That's A Matter Of A Minion...

Punch art is fun... i've been collecting a board of things on Pinterest to make using my punches. I've also been collecting lots of different punches to use for this.. much to my wallet's dismay! :)

Here is a little guy I have been thinking up for a while. I did use a few punches but some of the pieces are just cut with a trimmer. So this is my take on the little Despicable Me minions! Love them!

Here are the pieces and sizes that I used:
I used a 1" square and 1" circle punch and a 1/2" circle punch and a corner rounder, 1/2" round side.
The body is 1 1/2 x 3"
The pants are 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 square.
You will need a few 1/4" strips of black yellow and blue for his headband, arms, stirrups and some little strips that are about 5/9" for his pants. 
Next, I cut some gloves and boots using the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. The ones that I liked best were from the "Supergirl" shape, but there are tons to chose from on that cartridge. I cut them at 3/4". When I was browsing the cartridge, I noticed a lot of other "dress up" parts like hats and accessories... they might be fun for making dressed-up minions later!
I punched circles at 1" and 1/2" out of grey paper for his goggles and used some different sized googley eyes that I had on hand.

The first step is to round the corners of the yellow rectangle and then round the bottom corners of the blue square. Cut a few notches so that your pants are shaped like this:

Layer these together and add some blue strips for the stirrups. I just trimmed down the sides after I glued them on.

Next glue your arms and legs onto the back side of your minion.. he's starting to take shape, don't you think?

Here, I added the gloves boots and strap for his goggles. I trimmed down the sides again when I was done. Or, I suppose you could fold them around the back.

I used a fine tip black pen to add hair and a mouth and I added some little black button brads for his cute suspenders.

I googled a bunch of minion images to get ideas of how to doodle their hair and mouths. No two minion is the same, of course, so it doesn't really matter what you try! You could also try doodling some mouths and hair on a piece of scrap paper first if you want.

Minions come in all sizes, so it is okay to shave of a few sides or two to make them shorter, fatter or whatever you want. They come in one eyed, and two eyed varieties, so that is where the bigger circle punches and eyes come in. I've been working on a small army. :)

Soon I will take over the world!!! I gave this little guy a sign to hold. :)

Into the Operation Write Home box these little minions will all go... I hope that they brighten the day of lots of children when they receive them in the mail! Thanks for stopping by!

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Paula S. said...

These are so cute! They're gonna be snatched right up. No doubt about it.

Anonymous said...

OMG Nancy you have done it again!!! These are fantastic for kids birthday cards or even just to say 'hello' :D love ya


Linda said...

Way to Go!!!

Crystal said...

These are adorable, thanks for the tutorial! Any child would love getting a card with one of these happy guys!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this pattern! Minions have almost replaced my love for Pooh Bear which I would never dreamed would happen! I LOVE them. I will be making a ton of them to send to OWH boxes but with 18 grand/great grand children they will be getting them too!!! Barb in Wichita

Becca said...

OMG!!! This is so cute. My 25 yo daughter will LOVE it when I send her these cards. She want's a minion on her own.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

So cute! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'll make some for my Sunday school class and other kids in my life.