How to Make a Despicable Me Minion Costume

Homemade Minion Costume

I need to figure out how to make a Halloween Despicable Me minion costume for JDaniel. He decided this summer after seeing the first Despicable Me costume on a neighbor’s DVD that he wanted to be minion. I started looking online for costume ideas when he announced that this would be his costume to look for minion costume ideas. I found a couple of them and pinned them to my Halloween Ideas board.

Early this fall I started to look for the costume components. The overhalls were easy to find and were a great deal. I looked and looked for long sleeve yellow t-shirt or hooded sweatshirt. I couldn’t find one online or in any of our local stores. While I was on the hunt for them, I did come across a short sleeve t-shirt for $3 at Walmart. I decided that we would have to go with it. All of the hat examples I had seen on Pinterest were yellow knit hats. I couldn’t find one anywhere. I did find a yellow baseball cap at Academy Sports. It would just have to do.

The big costume element we needed to create as the minion hat. We had several of the items needed already at home. A couple were purchased at our local five and dime.

How to Make a Despicable Me Minion Costume

Minion Hat Materials

  • 1 yellow hat
  • 1 Pringles container
  • 1 styrofoam ball
  • 1 yard of 3 inch black ribbon
  • a black marker
  • an Exacto knife
  • a roll of foil wrap insulation tape
  • a needle
  • black thread
  • 3 black pipe cleaners

How did we make the hat?

  1. Cut one section off a Pringles container. The section needs to be 3 inches long.
  2. Cover the section with the foil insulation tape on the outside and cover the top edge of the section with tape.
  3. Push the styrofoam ball into the section. It may take a little push.
  4. Draw an eyeball on the styrofoam ball that is facing out.
  5. Cut slight curve on the bottom the section that will be facing the baseball hat to match the curve of the hat.
  6. Cut a horizontal slit on each side of the foil covered section to create a place to put the ribbon through.  My slits were about 2 1/2 inches long.
  7. Thread the ribbon through the slits. Try to make sure that there is the same amount of ribbon on both sides of the foil covered section.
  8. Using black thread and the needle sew tiny stitches through the ribbon and hat. Make sure you pull the ribbon tight before adding the next stitch. I sewed a couple tiny stitches in, knotted the thread and then cut it. Then I moved to another section off ribbon until I got to the back of the hat.
  9. When you get to the back of the hat tie a bow with the remaining ribbon.
  10. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and fold them in half.
  11. Put the folded sections of pipe cleaner through each of the air vents in the top of the hat. Twist the folded area and bend it to the left to create an anchor inside the hat. (The anchor will hold each of the pipe cleaners in place.) Spread the pipe cleaner hairs apart on the top of the hat for a more dramatic effect.
    How to Make a Despicable Me Minion Costume


I truly believed I was done with the costume when I took JDaniel outside to take the pictures for this post. JDaniel informed me as I took the pictures that I am missing the triangle on the overhalls. I will try to work on creating one before Halloween, but for now I have figured out how to make a Despicable Me minion costume that I think looks done.

The costume was missing one other thing. Do you see it in the picture? We were missing a banana. Minions love bananas! JDaniel rushed inside to get one for his costume.

What are you and/ or your children wearing for Halloween?


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  1. says

    this is SOOOOOO cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are so into this stuff lately. i actually just posted about a party i threw my daughter recently with all kinds of minion fun and party ideas :) haven’t been by in awhile, took a blog break, but fun to catch up and see what you are up to!! talk to ya later…hoLLy

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