Introduction: Despicable Me Minion Valentines Day Box

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Cardboard, duct tape, recycled peanut butter lids=Minion!  We were trying to think of a Valentines Day box for a school party when we came up with the idea to combine the Instructables contest with the Valentine box!  This Instructables was a lot of fun to work on!  I hope you enjoy it!

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For this project, you are going to need a cardboard box, 2 lids of some sort (we used peanut butter lids), yellow duct tape, random paper (we used old envelopes from junk mail), black electrical tape, black pipe cleaners,  and blue painters tape.

Now, cut out the shape you want the mouth to be.  Then cover the entire box with the yellow duct tape.  Wrap the duct tape around the inside of the mouth.

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Now it is time to figure out where you want the eyes/goggles to be.  Put a strip of electrical tape around the box to be used as the goggle strap.

Then cut 2 white circles out of your white paper. Draw the iris and pupil inside each circle where you want it depending on the direction you want your minion to look.  Take those circles and use double stick tape or a glue stick to stick the circles to the inside of the peanut butter lids.  (I used a sharpie to color the outside of the peanut butter lids black).

Hot glue the lids to the box.

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Cut some teeth out of scrap paper. Hot glue them to the inside of the mouth.

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Use blue painters tape to make the overalls.

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Finally, cut some black pipe cleaners to the length you want for the hair.  I drilled tiny holes where I wanted each piece of hair to go, then hot glued them in to place.

Done!   :) 


P.S.  If you have never watched the movie "Dispicable Me", watch it!!!  It is the the most clever and entertaining movie we have ever watched!! 


kkrusling (author)2017-02-17

I made this with an oatmeal box, and I used medicine lids that I painted for the goggles, and pipe cleaners for the hair. Really fun project.

kkrusling (author)kkrusling2017-02-17

It won't let me upload the pic

NErDy NErDs (author)kkrusling2017-02-17

Very cool! I bet it turned out really cute! I like how you modified it and made it with supplies you had! I'm glad you had fun making it!

Lizcarver13 made it! (author)2016-01-15

I made the overalls from construction paper and used pipe cleaners for the hair. This was a great project idea!

NErDy NErDs (author)Lizcarver132017-02-17

Lizcarver13, I am so sorry! it looks like I never responded to your message. I think your Minion turned out great! I love the pipe cleaners for hair. Your Minion is adorable!! Thank you for sharing a picture! I am so sorry it took me so long to respond. I don't know how I missed it.

jflegler (author)2017-02-07

So cute! I am making this for my 8 yr. old son for his Valentine box! Great instructions!

NErDy NErDs (author)jflegler2017-02-17

jflegler, thank you! I'm sure it will be a hit! Who doesn't love Minions?! :)

lmermad made it! (author)2015-03-08

did it :D

NErDy NErDs (author)lmermad2015-03-25

That's awesome! Thanks for posting your Minion! It is always nice to see everyone's project! Your minion looks cool! :)

Ardumotive_com (author)2015-02-14

Hahaha thank you for this amazing guide!!!!!

Great job! I love the hair!!! :)

really good idea! ;)

PMuns made it! (author)2015-02-16

Awesome. Made 3 of these for some of my kids this year. They were a hit at school.

NErDy NErDs (author)PMuns2015-02-16

PMuns, those turned out really cute! I like how you made each one a little different. I am sure they were a big hit! :) Thanks for posting a picture!

PMuns (author)PMuns2015-02-16

I used white plastic lids from Styrofoam coffee cups for the goggles. I printed the eyes on thick paper and glued them to the lids. I wrote their names on their box with a 3D pen.

Renato Ximenes (author)2015-02-14

SpongeBob, are you?

It is a minion, but it also looks a bit like SpongeBob! I bet that would be a fun one to make, too! Great idea!

FollowT (author)2015-02-12

Thank you so much for the cute idea. My daughter and I are going to make one today.

NErDy NErDs (author)FollowT2015-02-16

You're welcome! I hope it helped! :)

Michael C (author)2015-02-12

Your Cousin Did It........ WHAAAAAAAAT!

Awesome instructable.

NErDy NErDs (author)Michael C2015-02-16

One of our favorite lines from the movie! :) Thanks for the compliment!

LissaM made it! (author)2015-02-09

He had a lot of fun making this. He added a few things, but the inspiration came from your Minion.

LissaM (author)LissaM2015-02-09

These are the Valentines he made. Thank you for sharing your Minion with others.

NErDy NErDs (author)LissaM2015-02-11


Your minion box and valentines are adorable! Did you use twinkies? Very clever!! That looks like a lot of work, but they are definitely going to be a hit!! I also liked that you guys added arms to your minion box, very cool! I didn't think of that. You guys did a wonderful job on your projects! Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you have a fun party!

LissaM (author)NErDy NErDs2015-02-12

Thank you. It wasn't my idea to add arms. He insisted that it should have arms. Yes, we used Twinkies. We called to make sure none of the kids had any type of allergy and asked it if would be OK. They said as long as they are not homemade and individually wrapped it would be fine. The arms are just paper towel tubes wrapped in duct tape, with a pair of child size gloves stuffed with tissue paper and piper cleaners to make the fingers stay in place.

CatburgS made it! (author)2015-02-11

great project

NErDy NErDs (author)CatburgS2015-02-11

Great job, CatburgS! That turned out really cute! :)

ASHEKATT (author)2015-02-11


NErDy NErDs (author)ASHEKATT2015-02-11

thanks :)

CatburgS (author)2015-02-09

the despicable me 2 movie is also the best!

NErDy NErDs (author)CatburgS2015-02-11

They are very entertaining movies! :)

CatburgS made it! (author)2015-02-11

great project

Katie.Paradysz made it! (author)2015-02-06

Our Minion, ready for next weeks VDay Party! Thank you! :D

Your minion turned out GREAT! I bet you had a lot of fun making it, too! I hope your son (adorable, btw) has a great time at his Valentine party. I know his Minion box will be a big hit with his classmates! Thank you for sharing your picture! Happy Valentines Day! :)

P.S...I have a cute idea for you if you have to take a snack to share with the class...We filled a big container with a lot of individual bananas. Then we put a picture of a minion and the word BA-NA-NAAA on a sign and hung it on the container of bananas. (I hope that makes sense.) If I find a picture, I will post it.

Katie.Paradysz (author)2015-02-06

My son and I are making a box today for his preschool V-Day party next week. I found a version of this on google images but it looked like they used way more difficult materials! Yellow duct tape...genius! I was debating paint, spray paint, or wrapping paper, lol. This looks so much easier and it's so adorable! I'll post a picture when our's is completed. Thank you! :D :D :D <3 ***

So cute! We featured this Minion in our 10 Valentine's Day Mailboxes Crafts.

Thank you! I am glad you liked it! We had a lot of fun making it. :)

taivalmaa (author)2014-07-06

Hmmm now I know why all my valentines boxes weren't creative

jewel has her own way (author)2013-07-26

That's so cool

Thank you! :)

craft-n-genius (author)2013-08-31

Watch Despicable Me 2!!! It is better than the first.

I finally saw it! It was cute! I think I like the first one better, but it's a close call. They are both very clever, and entertaining movies!

shimmery1899 (author)2013-10-19


NErDy NErDs (author)shimmery18992013-10-24

Thank you! :)

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