If you have kids who are "Despicable Me" fans here is a fun and functional gift that is cheep and easy to make. It's guaranteed to make you grin when you see them wear it too!
Step 1: Materials
These are the materials you will need as well as notes concerning where to find them and approximate prices. A lot of the materials I already had on hand in my craft supplies so I guesstimated to the best of my memory. You'll notice that most come from the DOLLAR TREE or Walmart's Fabric section. If your Walmart doesn't have a fabric section you can find most of these things as any fabric/ craft store, but may be a little more spendy.
YOU WILL NEED:
*1 cylinder shaped heavy duty plastic container (Mine was 3 qrts size. I bought it at the local DOLLAR TREE. = $1.00) NOTE: you could also try using one of those holiday popcorn tins you have laying around.
*Yellow craft foam (Also from the DOLLAR TREE, but you will only use about $.25 worth)
*1/2 yard of yellow fleece, or other soft stretchy fabric. ( Walmart 2.50 a yard. = $1.25)
*1/2 yard blue felt, fleece or other none fraying material. I'm not sure what mine is I just liked the texture. (Walmart scrap bin. = $.50)
*Children's black glove/mitten combo set. (Walmart $1.25) NOTE: try raiding your old winter wear box, or using old baby socks too.
*1 yard of 3/8 in. black elastic (Walmart $1.98 for 3 yrds. = $.70 worth)
*24" of 1in. black elastic (Walmart $.98 for 2 yrds. = $.50 worth)
*2 large googley eyes (DOLLAR TREE for 2 pair = $. 50 worth)
*2 gray soda bottle caps = recycled for free
*Poly stuffing about the size of a grape fruit. (Walmart standard pillow $2.50 = $.10 worth) NOTE: I use pillows because it costs about 1/4th of the price of a bag of stuffing. Also you may know of a few willing "donors" from your kids stuffed animal box.
*Lentils, rice, wheat or whatever you would like to give a little weight to the hands and feet.
*A black piece of scrap yarn only about 24" worth (I'm not even going to try to estimate cost on that)
*scrap felt black, red, white or what ever you need customize the minions mouth
Hot glue, scissors, and drill
The total cost for supplies = about $7.00 Your child's expression christmas morning = PRICELESS.