So after I made a Joy lantern for Phoebie, I had to make something for Breyen. Breyen doesn’t particularly have a favourite character, but I have been observing how he likes to take the minion toys out, so I decided to make him a Minion lantern.
This decision worked out because I can use the same batch of felt from Daiso that I used to make the Joy lantern.
Breyen doesn’t exactly favou any minion, so I chose one with one eye. That way, I had lesser to deal with and it would be easier to make. Haha… I found a picture that was simple and printed a few copies of it.
I cut out the outline of the minion from the paper, traced it twice on a piece of yellow felt and cut the shapes out. Every item I need for the minion itself comes in sets of twos and in mirror image because the lantern will have two sides.
Next, I cut the minion’s jumper suit from one of the printed images, trace it on blue felt, once upright and once in mirror image. I then cut the blue felt along the traced lines.
This is the goggle.
Based on the picture I selected from online, the minion has a brown eye. As I don’t have any brown felt, I decided to improvise with some brown paper.
The last part of the eye is the black part, which I simply cut two small circles out of the black felt.
Notice something about the mouth of the minion? Well, like the brown part of the eye, I don’t have the right colours of felt for the mouth, so I improvise by cutting the mouth from the printed copies and glue the paper mouth onto the felt. It turns out to be a great idea, because I realized that if I didn’t make the mouth well, the minion will not look like a minion.
And the minion felt lantern for my 17 months old son is done!
With the felt lantern, I don’t have to worry about my toddler breaking his lantern, although, I probably have to supervise him and make sure he doesn’t yank the wire out.
If your child likes minions, maybe you can consider trying to make a lantern too! 🙂