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How to Make a Paper Plate Minion

In my house, nothing makes the kids more excited and happy than Minions. Of course, I don’t mean that my kids have their own little henchmen to boss around; I mean that they’re completely obsessed with the funny little yellow characters from the movies The Minions and Despicable Me! I always find that our “crafternoons” together go the best when we’re working with a theme that really gets the kids excited, so I’m always trying to come up with new ideas for cool crafts that involve things or characters they really like.

How to make a paper plate minion

That’s how I came up with this paper plate Minion idea! Paper plates are a classic childhood craft idea that I loved doing when I was little, so now I do them with my own kids all the time, and they’re still a huge hit all these years later. Here are all the simple steps I took to turn a paper plate into a Minion! You’ll also find a video version of this tutorial at the very end, just in case you’d prefer to follow that.

How to make a paper plate minion materials

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Paper plate
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard (black)
  • Paper (white and black)
  • Paint (whatever kind you like best)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pen
  • Calipers

How to make a paper plate minion view

Step 1:

Gather your materials and open that bright yellow paint first thing! Paint your whole paper plate a solid yellow. I had to do two coats of paint to get the colour as bright as a I wanted, letting the paint dry in between, because I was using gentle, non-toxic kids’ paint. I wanted to be sure that the white of the plater didn’t show through and mute the colour. After all, Minions are very bright!

How to make a paper plate minion paint

Step 2:

Cut a strip from your black sheet of paper! I used the full length of mine, but measured the strip to be about an inch and a half thick. I used a ruler to make sure the line I cut along was just as straight as the outer edge of the paper, so the two sides matched.

How to make a paper plate minion cutting

Step 3:

Use your calipers to create small circles on your black paper. I measured the tips of my calipers to be about half an inch apart. I drew two even, solid black circles on my black page.