Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Minion Coloring Book favors for Despicable Me party

DIY: Minion Coloring Book Favors
August 13, 2014

I'm currently planning and crafting for a Despicable Me themed birthday party a friend's soon-to-be 6 year-old daughter.  She favors the purple minions, but there is some difficulty finding much of them anywhere, so I'll be making some purple minions for her.

Here are the coloring books I made as favors.

DIY Despicable Me Minion coloring book

The coloring pages I just got online and printed on standard copy paper (Landscape with two images side by side on each page.)
The cover is a 8 1/2 x 11 golden yellow cardstock made by Recollections and sold in mult-packs.
I have a long-arm stapler which I used to bind the cover and pages together.

The black strip is basic black cardstock (Recollections 8 1/2 x 11 pack) cut into 3/4" wide strips. I cut strips 3/4"x 5 1/2".

I used a cheap tacky glue to attach the black strip and eye pieces.

The eyes are made from 3 circles cut on my Cricut Expression using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge Circle shape (page 72).
Silver - 2 3/4" Recollections shimmer cardstock sold individually in 12x12 sheets
White  - 2 1/4" Recollections cardstock sold in packs of 8 1/2 x 11" sheets
Brown - 1 1/4" Core'dinations cardstock Chocolate Lovers multi-pack.

The pupil of the eye and the smile was made by hand with a black Sharpie pen.

Because of the thickness, the interior pages stick out slightly from the cover so I trimmed approximately 1/8" from the open end of the books using a heavy-duty board shears which I happen to have at work. You could always trim these by hand or leave as is.  The photo above was taken prior to trimming the pages.


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