Only a week five days until Easter-holidays, can you believe it? This spring has been so quick, March/April until today disappeared just like that. Tomorrow is the Palm Sunday, and traditionally children make pretty Easter-branches and go around to meet&greet their family, relatives and friends to wish them all the best for the year to come. The little visitors are always rewarded with some little surprises, chocolate eggs, little toys, maybe coins. My nephew has made his visit every year (this is the 6th), his visit a few years back can be seen here. Tomorrow will be the first time when they come as pair, my nephew and my little niece (6months), but I think it still is my nephew's show this year. He loves all kind of treasury hunts, and I am planning a little egg-adventure for him for tomorrow.

My nephew loves the movies Despicable Me 1&2, and especially the little yellow Minions. If you are not familiar with them, this could be a good start or this, they really are the cutest. And the movies are great too, we have watched both many times. Many. I couldn't find any Minions-themed eggs or decoration here, so I had to (once again) improvise. So just a quick glimpse to internet (many minions there) and I was good to go!

I am sure you all are familiar with toilet roll-crafts? You either have made some yourself or have received a family-heirloom-to-be from your children/grandchildren, I presume? These are quite popular in kindergarten (we used to have a huge basket next to front door, and parents brought rolls weekly for us to use, and all were used by the end of the season, talk about cheap and innovative crafts), and really a great way to create happy decoration with anything at home, no shopping needed.

I was absolutely sure I had both yellow and blue paper at home, but when I started my minion-making I couldn't find either. Typical. But a creative crafter gets over a little obstacle like this in a second, out comes regular printing paper, old watercolors and only a slightly over-sized brush. Yellow&blue here I come!

After a quick dry it was time to start creating these little yellow-blue guys. I had no pattern, and this is no way a real tutorial to how-to, you just need to choose materials you like and go for it!

After dressing up, creating the face and adding the hands I just squeezed the little guys into sort of oval shape, cut a little pieces off the down corners, bent the pieces inside the tube and used a tiny metallic brad to keep the pieces (the bottom) together. This way the tube gets a flap bottom...

... and they can sit prettily too! Please ignore my black fingertips, they just were full of glue mixed with some eyes-black.

These can be filled with some candy or eggs or anything you wish! And even these are not *ahem* highly original (there are many similar and other wonderful ideas in pinterest and elsewhere), I am sure a little boy tomorrow will be thrilled. I know I will.

With these happy guys I wish you a wonderful weekend and sunny and bright last days before Easter Holidays! I also invite you to have a look at my Etsy-shop where I have Easter sale (-20% with code SPRING14) that lasts until next Thursday, and then I will close the shop for the holidays.

Sweet Saturday!



moonstruckcreations said...

What a great idea, the children will love this!

Have a lovely day.


Mia said...

Thank you, Helen,

These were fun to make!

I wish you the most wonderful weekend too!


greenrabbitdesigns said...

That sounds like a lovely tradition Mia and yes I think it will still probably your nephew's show this year but watch out little man your sister is coming!!
I love your Minions and your nephew will be thrilled, I mean I would be delighted with the chocolate never mind having a Minion too but you know me ! ;)
Have a wonderful day tomorrow and enjoy these lovely Easter days!
V xxx

Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

Thank you! It really seems that next year there will be TWO egg-hunters, the smaller ones tries really hard to get moving on her own ;) and wants to be part of anything bro does already!

I wish you have started treating yourself with some Easter chocolates already, that way it will not be too big of shock next weekend (that's my theory at least!)!

Happy weekend!


Jane said...

Oh Mia what a wonderful auntie you are...how special are these Minions..your nephew will probably love these even more than the chocolate if that's possible. They are great. Start thinking up some princess themes for next year when his sis will be taking part. Happy nearly Easter my dear xx

Jessie's Needle said...

Thank you for such a great idea, I've passed it on to my daughter and granddaughter. They both love the minions too.

Have a fun Easter.

S xx

Mia said...

Hello Jane,

He loved them! I made a map (yellow paper) from our house, ripped it in three pieces and marked some x's there plus wrote many (many!) glues where to go next! He run all over the house with his uncle for half an hour - such fun!

Wishing you a lovely Palm Sunday dear friend!


Mia said...

Lovely to hear that these ideas might be used in Jessie's Needles Easter - your daughter%granddaughter will love making these or something else cute with toilet rolls, fun&quick and easy!

Have a lovely Easter-time!


Unknown said...

Hello Mia, How super fun for L. I also thought of my cousin, Kirsten. She has some grandchildren and I know they LOVE those movies. I will pass this idea on to her.
It is a bit rainy, great to do some crafts today.
Happy Palm Sunday to you and yours.....


mamasmercantile said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm thinking this would be great for my 2 grandsons visiting next week.

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Mia, What a lovely Sunday you have planned. My granddaughters 8 and almost 6 love Despicable Me also. What cool Minions you made, they would love them!!!! Chocolate being the bonus : ) You are the best aunt and sooooo clever and talented. Enjoy all the fun. xoRobin
Have a great Pre Easter week ; )

Megumi said...

Very clever and cute. I love those movies too.
You really are a creator! Your nephew and niece are very lucky.

Mia said...

Hello Anne,

L loved the little guys, and they are now close by his "big minion Kevin" (a plushie I made him last year), and all happy as they now have friends!

Wishing you the loveliest Easter-time soon!


Mia said...

Hello mamasmercantile,

I am so happy yo see you visiting me here, and lovely that my little Easter-makes were liked!

Have a lovely holidays soon!


Mia said...

Hello Robin,

These were a big hit :) and it was such a lovely day! I wish you the most wonderful Easter-time with your loved ones soon!

Sunshine from here!


Mia said...

Hello Megumi,

Those movies were such fun, for the mall and us little bigger too! I wish you a happy Easter-time soon, may it be sunny and joyful!

Many greetings from here!


Anonymous said...

Oh, this really made me smile :o) what a great idea for the kids... Must say you have a real eye for detail... beautifully made!
Jay thesewingwren

Mia said...

Hello Jay,

Thank you so much for your comment, made me smile this Tuesday-morning when we're just getting back from lovely holidays! These were a big hit, my nephew loves his little minions!

Have a lovely new week!


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