Let there be minions! Those little yellow creatures kids just love and currently co starring in the popular Despicable M3 movie. I could not help but to notice the cute minion wrapper on each ice cream cone from our box of sugar cones. Somewhere between Christmas in July and the start of school I decided it was time to make the minion ice cream cones into a Minion Christmas ornament. Our Christmas Tree is full of homemade Christmas ornaments and with a few minon loving kids in the mix I thought this would be kid pleasing addition.
Check your craft stash and head to the Dollar Store for this easy DIY to turn your minion ice cream cone into a cute Minions Christmas ornament. If you have a Christmas tree which incorporates homemade Christmas ornaments this will be a cute addition! This is a project you can make with your minion friendly children or a minion themed Christmas party, but a few steps are adult only for safety.
Taaadaa! Bello! Bank Yu! Let the minion crafts begin!
How To Make Christmas Minions Ornament
Minion Ice Cream Cones by Keebler or decorate waffle sugar cone
Black pipe cleaners
Yellow acrylic paint
Foam paintbrush (love these for crafts!)
Disposable gloves optional
Ribbon from craft stash
DIRECTIONS Minions Christmas Ornament
Glove up with your disposable gloves. The gloves are optional, but painting a round object can be messy! So much easier to clean up by using disposable gloves.
Insert a toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. This is to use as a handle to paint the ball with bright yellow acrylic paint. Plan ahead as to how you will let the ball dry; I used a styrofoam cup to set the freshly painted ball on to dry.
Paint the Styrofoam balls with yellow acrylic paint. I love using the foam paint brushes for craft and DIY projects. The brushes are reusable by simply washing out the acrylic paint.
Let the painted styrofoam balls dry.
Paint Tip: Do not use spray paint! It had been awhile since I had painted a styrofoam ball and happen to have a can of yellow spray paint in the craft stash. You can see the results! Walk away from the spray paint for this craft.
While the paint is drying (and the paint dries quick usually within 10-15 minutes) download and print the googly eye printable for your eye glasses template. I included a few sizes of eyeglasses to match with your size of googly eyes. The template is easy to make as well with your preferred image software.
Patience is needed to cut the eyeglasses from the template and probably not suitable for the younger kids; great make ahead material for the adults. The minions mouth is made with cutting the desired shape from copy paper (I used the unneeded end of the minions eyeglasses.)
Match your size googly eye to the template googles and glue.
Prep the tree hanger and minion hair. Cut the black pipe cleaners into little pieces to make the hair.
Cut the round top off a paperclip leaving enough straight edge to insert into the styrofoam ball. Simply add glue to each edge of the paperclip and insert into the styrofoam ball to make your christmas tree hanger. Let dry.
Once the paint is dry attach the ice cream cone with minion wrapper to the styrofoam ball. I use Weldbond a clear drying non toxic glue (I use Weldbond for all crafts), but feel free to use your preferred glue.
Line the inside of the ice cream cone edge with glue. I also put glue on the actual edge of the ice cream cone. This is the benefit of clear drying glue as this step can be messy, but you don’t have to be perfect. Let the ice cream cone dry. I was conservative and actually let the ice cream cone dry overnight as this was going to be a 2 day craft, but in reality the cone will dry definitely within an hour.
After the cone is firmly adhered to the ball it is time to add your googly minions eyeglasses. Glue the template to and around the ball.
Add the minions mouth.
Add the minions hair. Position the hair in front of the paperclip Christmas hanger.
Add your ribbon to the hanger. Voila!
This is a Christmas craft which can be done assembly line style with your children or a group of children. Make sure to prep the adult only materials ahead of time of course. The kids love to paint the styrofoam balls and add the eyeglasses and minions hair. As a Dollar Store shopper I headed to the Dollar Store first after checking my craft stash to see what was already on hand.
Materials I Found At Dollar Store
Dollar Store shopper alert! I found the following materials at my Dollar Store: styrofoam balls, googly eyes, acrylic paint and foam paint brushes. The only item that needed to be purchased online or at a bricks and mortar store was the Minion Ice Cream Cones. One box of ice cream cones contains 12 cones and is very reasonably priced found in the ice cream cone section of your favorite store.
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