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Cardboard Tube Minion Crafts

By: Amanda Formaro for AllFreeKidsCrafts

Watch something ordinary turn into a bunch of adorable little minions. Cardboard Tube Minion Crafts transform toilet tubes into the cutest toilet paper roll crafts ever witnessed. Despicable Me minions are kid favorites, so make your dreams come true by bringing the little guys into your house. Recycled craft ideas help you save money and the environment, and this one will even help save that smile on your face. As long as these minions are around, you'll be full of glee. The best part about this brilliant, little kids' craft is that a pattern is provided, so even the littlest minion fans can join in the fun. Practice your tracing and cutting to bring the minions to life.

Materials:

Instructions:

1.) Cut a sheet of yellow construction paper in half lengthwise. You can get two minions from each half. Apply glue stick to the yellow paper and wrap it around the cardboard tube. Trim the excess (about half the sheet) and repeat this process for the next two minions.



2.) Cut a sheet of blue construction paper in half lengthwise. Take one of the halves and cut it in half in the opposite direction. Now, from one of those halves, cut in half again, lengthwise. The strips you need measure 2" x 6".



3.) Use the pattern to cut the coveralls out of your blue strip.





4.) Glue the coveralls to the yellow tube, lining it up along the bottom of the tube.



5.) If you like, you can add the details such as the buttons on the coveralls using a black marker, and the front pocket with the letter "G" onto the front. For smaller kids, you may want to skip this part.

6.) Cut a thin strip of black paper, about 1/4" wide for the goggles. Glue the strip around the head area of the tube, about 3/4" from the top of the tube.

7.) Cut the goggle pieces from the black and white paper.

* for a minion with one eye, use the larger circles, for two eyes use the smaller set of circles.

8.) Glue the white circle to the black circle and draw a pupil in the eye using a brown marker. You can add a dot of black to the brown. Glue the eye to the head of the minion overlapping the goggle strap. If you like, you can make the eyes appear to be squinting by adding yellow marker to the white as shown by the minion on the left.

9.) Use gray or brown markers to add mouths.

10.) If you would like to add hair, cut from black paper and glue to the inside of the tube at the front.
 

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