Hey there! I am so happy with these things! I saw a tutorial for making toilet paper gift boxes http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/01/toilet-paper-roll-gift-box-craft.html
I folded one end like in the tutorial and thought to reverse the fold on the other end to see what it looked like. Lots of things came to mind like a rocket or a fox, but I realized the shape was perfect for a minion! The bottoms open to use like gift boxes, but you can also open them to make them stand up. It took forever to make so many, and if I did it again I'd use a computer and printer to make the eyes and mouths. I drew the faces by hand, but it was a lot of fun seeing all the pieces come together.
This was an easy way to make sure they were all about even
Once they are dry paint a small rectangle on the front and back for the bib of the overalls and paint another thin blue line all the way around for the strap.
After they dry again start folding them. Fold the middle in for the legs and for the heads fold the top corners in. Glue the head seams closed, but leave the legs unglued so you can fill them with goodies or make them stand up. I used alligator clips to secure the tops while they dried.
For the hair I just cut out a few thin strips of construction paper. When you glue the tops closed just add a few strips of black on the seam and close. Fold the hair down and place the clip over the hair. Don't use too much glue or it will seep out and glue the hair down to the face.
You can see a little pile of eyes on the table, I colored the irises on regular typing paper with a colored pencil and some markers. I used white paint for the eye sparkle. The mouths I drew with a black pen and colored pencil. I cut out silver circles and glued the eye on to the center. I made a random number of eyes and just paired them or left singles if the irises didn't match any others.
Almost done.... I cut out long strips of black construction paper to make the band for the goggles and cut each one to length.
Add a circle with a G in the middle, (or use the recipient's first initial)
Hope you enjoyed these!