Thursday, October 3, 2013

Minion Pumpkin Tutorial

Since becoming a mom 13 years ago, I have painted pumpkins
for the kiddies.  Last year, I painted three little minions as I
had absolutely fallen in love with the little characters and I knew
the kiddies would love them (you can read about it here).

Little did I know that a year (and movie sequel) later, these little
guys would become so popular.  I have received a number of emails
asking questions on how to paint them, how to make the eyes, etc.
and rather than answer each email individually, I decided to go
ahead and do a tutorial for those interested. Here we go....

Pumpkin (real or fake)
Canning jar lids
Long screw
Wooden skewer
Hot glue
Yellow outdoor paint or spray paint
Blue outdoor paint or spray paint
White paint, black and brown paint or Sharpie
Black pipe cleaners. 

1. Paint top half pumpkin with yellow paint as shown and allow to dry
2. Paint bottom of pumpkin with blue paint and allow to dry.
3. Once dry, repeat step 1 and 2 (adding a second coat)
4. Take a canning jar lid and pierce a hole in the centre as shown
5. Invert the lid so the white part is showing and insert screw through the centre
6. Apply hot glue all around silver ring and hot glue lid to it; set aside
7. With a wooden skewer, pierce a hole where you would like the centre of the canning lid to be located; in this case, the eye will be in the centre of the face 
8. Gently push screw and lid into hole
9. Paint the black straps of the goggles at either side. 
10. With paint or Sharpies, colour in the details of the eyes; the screw will be camouflaged by the black paint
11. For the hair, use the skewer to pierce holes at the top of the head and insert the pipe cleaners
12. Add additional details, such as the mouth, overalls etc. 

These are some of the photos from last year. 
TIP:  When painting a pumpkin, it is advisable to have the pumpkin sit indoors until it reaches room temperature. I have found that when I bring a pumpkin in from outside the pumpkin will start to sweat from condensation making it hard for the paint to adhere. 
Almost everyone who came knocking at our door last year commented
on these little guys and many asked if it was ok to take photos...:) 

Here is a fun iPhone photo I shared on Instagram
last year after Halloween (on garbage day).
 I love the expression of the guy at the front - very suitable.

 So there you go!  I hope you give it a go and
enjoy making these awesome little guys!

Thank you so much for stopping by.
I hope to see again tonight for The Inspiration Gallery. 

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  1. What a great idea Lucy! My son is especially obsessed with the little minions (he calls them "onions" because he can't pronounce it correctly lol) He would love a bunch of these little guys on his porch!

  2. Eeeee! I am beyond impressed. Thanks for sharing this great idea.


  3. O_O Totally love these!
    Won't be able to make them this year but I do dig them!

  4. Sad thing here is that it's my husband who is in love with these little guys, he even knows their names. I just hope he will let them go after Halloween. Thanks for posting the tutorial!

  5. Adorable. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Thank you so much!! Definitely going to be making these this weekend :) Our daughter is having a Minion party next month so I hope they last! Thanks again for sharing!

  7. I wasnt sure what to paint my punkins` this yr hehe! Thank you thank you! These are great and super easy.. im going to do only two and throw in a female :0-) i cant wait!

  8. I just made a minion pumpkin it came out cute using your idea :)

  9. My eyes kept falling off. Finally I figured out what worked best to keep them on. Drum roll please......BUBBLE GUM!!! No kidding. Haven't had an eye go down yet!

  10. Thank you so much, I had to click on at least 4 links to try & find this, I needed to know how!

  11. Love these AND Jude my 3 year old super approves!!

  12. I just made these! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  13. This is a great idea, love the minions
    a little confused on painting the bottom blue, it looks like the pumpkin was painted all yellow and then painted the overalls on last.

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  15. I can't get the inside of the jar lid to stay stuck to the rim. I've used hot glue and regular glue. Errr! Other than that, I'm LOVING my minion!!! So adorable. :)

  16. this is the first time i visit your site but i will be one of your permanent visitors because you provide good topics and ideas, my blog at Curtain designs

  17. Everything made sense but how to attach the eyes..Can't I just hot glue them to the pumpkin?


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