Ask an Engineer Despicable Me Minions Style Puppets

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Want more Powerpuff Engineers? How about Ask an Engineer Despicable Me Minions puppets?

A favorite webshow is Adafruit's Ask an Engineer hosted by Limor "Ladyada" Fried and Phil Torrone. And working behind the scenes is Johngineer.

So why not do a mashup of Despicable Me minions and the awesome gang at Ask an Engineer. In Adafruit black, of course.

Disclaimer: All characters appearing in this work are fabric. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is, well, purely intentional.

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Step 1: If Geppetto went dumpster diving...

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These puppets are made from scraps around the house.

You need some cardboard

fabric, fleecy for the body, something else for the overalls and hands/shoes

googly eyes or just paint your own

elastic band

a bit of fiberfill stuffing

glue and hot glue

sewing machine and/or serger for quick assembly and prototyping

fabric paint or other method to make the logo imprint on the overalls

CAUTION: No lasers here but there could have been.  Learn how to operate a sewing machine and serger safely.  Hot glue guns are hot, even the cooler low-temp ones, I know.  

Step 2: I do eyes, just eyes...

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Lay out your googly eyes.

Sketch out how big you want them.

Use that as a pattern to stiffen up with a couple of glued laminations of thin cardboard.

Build up a ring of cardboard around the eyes to form a set of goggles.

Papier mache or just glue paper over the exposed cardboard seams and laminations.

When dry, I used 3D fabric paint to add some details like rivets and the elastic band holder.

Paint with white acrylic or craft paint.  You may need two coats with one as the base primer.

When dry, paint  frame with metallic silver.  Drybrush with black paint if you want dark goggles.

Hot glue in the googly eyes.

This is so cool
tams702 years ago
I love it!
Now all you need is a mosfet and a zener
caitlinsdad (author)  Michael_Bell2 years ago
Let's see, I do have an LED and a resistor...
hunter9992 years ago
Haha! That's cool =D
So adorable... I cannot wait for my girls to see the movies, hoping they will want to have their own minions... No, wait, they already have parents, why would they need minions...

Thanks for sharing!
caitlinsdad (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
We're all minions.
Cool! Great job! Your projects are always cool! 'Cept for the recipes made out of rodents... I never quite understood those... :P
caitlinsdad (author)  nerfrocketeer2 years ago
Thanks, I never quite understood those recipes for K'nex... :P
Haha! Me neither! Melted plastic doesn't taste so good... :/