Minion Bookmarks

ornament measures 4" x 3"

Minion Bookmarks, ID Tags, zipper pulls, and more.

 

If you love the Minion characters this is the project "Para tu"... which in Minionese (as well as Spanish) means "for you".  Surprise your young Minion fans by sending them back to school with these adorable characters working as back pack zipper pulls, ID tags, bookmarks and more. Make them the appropriate size for your Item and add handwritten names, etc. on them with a permanent marker.  After baking in your kitchen oven for only 30 minutes, they cool to a flexible substance that won't crack or shatter if dropped. Thick or thin, they're so easy and fun to make. Go to Google images to find different Minion characters to guide you in creating the facial attributes for your project.

Directions

step 1 - Condition the Sunshine yellow clay.  The amount you will need will be determined by the size item you are creating.  For my bookmark I used one ounce. Because it was a bookmark, I rolled my clay thinner than I would for other projects -on the # 3 setting of my Sculpey machine.  All the overlapping pieces were rolled paper thin to minimize the thickness of the bookmark.

 

step 2 - Lay the yellow clay piece on plastic wrap.  Also place plastic wrap over the clay. Cut the top into a curve with a craft knife or clay cutting tool.  For an accurate curve shape, first create it on card stock then cut it out and trace it on the clay.  Lay a ruler on the vertical sides for straight edges, following the ruler line with a craft clay cutting blade or craft knife.

step 2 - Lay the yellow clay piece on plastic wrap.  Also place plastic wrap over the clay. Cut the top into a curve with a craft knife or clay cutting tool.  For an accurate curve shape, first create it on card stock then cut it out and trace it on the clay.  Lay a ruler on the vertical sides for straight edges, following the ruler line with a craft clay cutting blade or craft knife.

step 3 - Remove the top layer of plastic wrap.  Roll bits of black clay into thin strands.  Cut them into half inch lengths and add them to the top of the curve.  Press on them slightly to adhere them and create the spiky hairline.

step 3 - Remove the top layer of plastic wrap.  Roll bits of black clay into thin strands.  Cut them into half inch lengths and add them to the top of the curve.  Press on them slightly to adhere them and create the spiky hairline.

step 4 - You'll need two different size objects to cut the glasses and the eyes.  I used round cookie cutters but depending on the size you need, you can use things like the plastic casing of a ball point pen, metal tubing found in hardware stores, or even a plain wedding band!  You'll need two sizes for the glasses, one for the inner circle and one for the outer shape.    

step 4 - You'll need two different size objects to cut the glasses and the eyes.  I used round cookie cutters but depending on the size you need, you can use things like the plastic casing of a ball point pen, metal tubing found in hardware stores, or even a plain wedding band!  You'll need two sizes for the glasses, one for the inner circle and one for the outer shape.  

 

step 5 - Condition and roll out silver clay. Place plastic wrap over the clay and press your "cutter" for the outer circle down on the clay creating two circles.  Use the smaller "cutter" to cut out the center of the silver circles. 

step 5 - Condition and roll out silver clay. Place plastic wrap over the clay and press your "cutter" for the outer circle down on the clay creating two circles.  Use the smaller "cutter" to cut out the center of the silver circles. 

step 6 - Condition and roll out white clay to cut out and match the size of the large silver circles. Lay the large silver circles which will be the frames for the glasses, over the white circles, which will be the eyes.

step 6 - Condition and roll out white clay to cut out and match the size of the large silver circles. Lay the large silver circles which will be the frames for the glasses, over the white circles, which will be the eyes.

step 7 - Roll out small bits of brown clay to form the eyes.  You can do this with your fingers.  Also roll the tiniest bit of black to use as pupil.  Press the brown and black pieces onto the whites of the eyes.  

step 7 - Roll out small bits of brown clay to form the eyes.  You can do this with your fingers.  Also roll the tiniest bit of black to use as pupil.  Press the brown and black pieces onto the whites of the eyes.

 

step 8 - Place the glasses side by side over the yellow piece so they meet in the center of the face.

step 8 - Place the glasses side by side over the yellow piece so they meet in the center of the face.

step 9 - Flatten two pieces of black clay and shape them into thin rectangles to serve as the eyeglass straps.  Press them into place.

step 9 - Flatten two pieces of black clay and shape them into thin rectangles to serve as the eyeglass straps.  Press them into place.

step 10 - Use an Etch n Pearl tool to draw the mouth into the clay.

step 10 - Use an Etch n Pearl tool to draw the mouth into the clay.

step 11 - Condition and roll the denim clay. The piece should be wide enough and long enough to cover the bottom half of the minion.

 

step 12 - Use a square cutter to cut out the bib shape on the left and right of the clay.

step 12 - Use a square cutter to cut out the bib shape on the left and right of the clay.

step 13 -  Press the denim clay onto the yellow clay. Cut out straps for the overalls. Roll two small rounds of black clay to use as buttons for the overalls.  Position the straps and buttons.  

step 13 -  Press the denim clay onto the yellow clay. Cut out straps for the overalls. Roll two small rounds of black clay to use as buttons for the overalls.  Position the straps and buttons.

 

step 14 - Place four dots on the buttons with an Etch n Pearl tool. 

step 14 - Place four dots on the buttons with an Etch n Pearl tool. 

Step 15 - Place the project in a 275 degree oven on a foil lined baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.  Allow the minion to cool completely.

step 16 - Pierce a hole in the top of the clay piece before baking if you plan to add a chain, link, or connect it in some way to something else.  I connected a chain to the hole and created a small banana to dangle on the chain for my bookmark.  Use a black permanent marker to create the logo on the overalls and a brown marker to add definition to the mouth.

step 16 - Pierce a hole in the top of the clay piece before baking if you plan to add a chain, link, or connect it in some way to something else.  I connected a chain to the hole and created a small banana to dangle on the chain for my bookmark.  Use a black permanent marker to create the logo on the overalls and a brown marker to add definition to the mouth.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Premo clay colors:  Sunshine yellow, Denim, Black, White, Raw Sienna, Silver
  • Etch n’ Pearl Tool
  • Round & square cutters

Miscellaneous

  • plastic wrap
  • foil
  • permanent markers
  • chain
  • jump rings

 

 

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