DIY Halloween Costumes: Despicable Me 2

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Tomorrow is trick-or-treat!  Oh how I love trick-or-treat… always trying to convince my kids to pick the Reese’s when their an option, hehe.  As everyone knows the most important part of trick-or-treat is picking the best Halloween costume.  Now since I am a tad bit OCD I must have my kiddos in themed costumes – MUST.  It took a bit of convincing this year and lots of suggestions, but we finally settled on characters from Despicable Me 2.


The vast majority of these costumes were super simple and relatively inexpensive to put together.  The hardest part was all the running around I had to do locating all the different pieces I needed – most of the pieces came from Good Will and Salvation Army.  Let’s look at each costume separately to give you an idea of what you would need to make that costume for your own little one.  The most important thing to remember when making your own costumes to represent characters from movies is that you need to pick out certain pieces of their outfit that really stand out.


AGNES:  The main part of this costume was super simple.  I picked up a pair of bib overalls for a couple dollars at Good Will and lucked out finding the striped shirt there as well.  When looking for a striped shirt I suggest looking for yellow stripes because those stand out the most – if you can find the brown stripes to coordinate – awesome… but if not other colors like gray or white will work too.  The striped top Kaelyn is wearing is Garanimals.  The hair style is also a big component of this outfit.  I put Kaelyn’s hair in a very high pony tail then using a short dowel rod I inserted it in the center of her ponytail.  I then used a second ponytail at the top and made the ends stick straight up with some super powerful hair spray.  Don’t forget the red scrunchie!  To finish out the outfit sew big red buttons on the overalls and put on some white shoes with yellow socks.  Make sure to give your little one a unicorn to carry around (I zip tied it to her costume so we wouldn’t lose it along the way) – this was the most expensive part of Kaelyn’s costume at about $9, but she can play with it after Halloween is over. 
TOTAL COST:  Roughly $20.


KEVIN THE EVIL PURPLE MINION:  When the minions transform not only do they change from yellow to purple, but their overalls also change so be sure to search for some black or gray bibs.  I found Willow’s really cheap on eBay.  Her hoodie is a purple zip up from Jumping Beans.  I bought some thick purple yarn to make her crazy hair.  Simply wrap it around a piece of cardboard about 5” wide numerous times, cut it off, use another piece of string to tie them all together in the middle, then brush it out.  Sew that onto the hood and then repeat until you have enough crazy minion hair!  The symbol on the overalls was made using black and gray felt which I then pinned on so it wouldn’t damage the bibs.  The eye was made using the lid to a mason jar, felt, and stretchy black head band.  I finished off the outfit with black shoes that I found for $5 at Walmart.
TOTAL COST:  Roughly $30.


DAVE THE YELLOW MINION: This costume should have cost me the least amount, but after searching and searching for used bib overalls in size 5 for weeks and having no luck I finally just resorted to ordering new bibs from OshKosh.  I did find all sorts of bib overalls in size 4T and under at resale shops, Good Will, and Salvation Army – just a tip.  Again I made the symbol out of felt and pinned to the overalls so as not to damage them and Alleigh can then wear them to school once Halloween is over.  I found a plain yellow hoodie then used pipe cleaners to make the hair.  I simply cut two tiny slits near each other on the hood and inserted an end of the pipe cleaner through each hole.  Once through I twisted the pipe cleaner ends together then repeated all over the top of the hood.  The eyes were made of felt, mason jar lids, and a stretchy head band.  I then finished up the costume with black shoes and gloves.
TOTAL COST: Roughly $30 (for me)… could be as low as $15ish.

What I love most about these costumes are that they are safe for my kids to be wearing while out trick-or-treating.  There is nothing obstructing their vision, there is no paint on their faces, there are sneakers on their feet, and in the chilly Ohio weather their arms and legs are covered.  Plus they love wearing them since mama made each outfit special just for them.  Dustin and I put on some minion t-shirts as well to join the theme.


What are your kiddos being for Halloween this year?

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15 Responses to DIY Halloween Costumes: Despicable Me 2

  1. Aww, so cute! You did a great job with each of their costumes and love that mommy and daddy joined in with the matching tshirts too. 🙂

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  3. jess says:

    I LOVE LOVE these! They are so perfect!

  4. courtney says:

    My gosh – so creative they’re so cute!!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Great job! I’m not sure if I’m crafty enough to do this good of a job!

  6. Jennifer (robbins) A. says:

    I love these Halloween costumes! Your whole family looks so cute! We absolutely love the Despicable Me movies! I may have to try my hand at some of these ideas next Halloween! : )

  7. Cortney says:

    I love your kevin the purple minion costume. I am trying to make it for my 17 month old. I have everything ready to go and my yarn isn’t combing out correctly! I think mine might not be thick enough. Do you happen to remember where you got it or how thick it was. Feel free to email me!

    Thanks, Cortney

  8. Stella says:

    Hi there, I kinda have the same question as Courtney. Could you let me know which yarn it was?

  9. Sherry says:

    Please also let me know where you got the yarn and how to comb it out! And how exactly you made the hair stand up that way ! It looks great! My daughters turning 1 October 29th! And we are doing a minion themed birthday/Halloween party. 🙂

  10. Danielle Vanden Heuvel says:

    Dear Harper,

    I believe that I have the same question as everyone else, would you mind to tell me the brand of the purple yarn.

    Thank you so so much.


  11. Cassie says:

    Ditto. Same question about the purple yarn for the hair.

  12. Shannon says:

    Hi! I love the purple minion and seem to be having the same issues/questions as the others regarding the yarn hair. Which yarn did you use and how did you get yours to look so full and crazy? Thanks for any help! 🙂

  13. Debbie says:

    Ditto, about the same questions as above. If you could email me, that would be great. Thank you!

  14. Krissy says:

    Yes I would love to know how you did the purple minion hair. I bought yarn but I don’t think it was the right kind. Any help would be great!

  15. SA says:

    Too late for those who asked, but if you have thinner yarn you could just stiffen it with diluted pva glue and let it dry all wild in different directions before attaching it..would not be soft and fluffy but would stand out and look realistic…or even just a good dose of a strong hairspray.

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