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Easy Googly-Eye Craft Idea

January 31st, 2013 by Cobwebs

The estimable xJane sent me a splendid idea for making an army of teeny googly-eyed minions, and she has kindly allowed me to share her technique. The only sticking point is that I can’t point you to an online source for the type of trim she mentions because I’m completely stumped as to what it’s formally called. I searched for half an hour for things like “fur fringe” and “fabric trim fur tufts” and the closest I got was fur braid which I’m not dead sure is the same stuff. So check your local craft/fabric stores and if you know of an online source let us know in the comments.

Take it away, xJane:

So you take one of these things, which is a trim that you can get at most fabric stores with little fur tufts connected to a ribbon by beads that they expect you to, I don’t know, put around your lamp or something?

Fur Trim

And add googly eyes to it!!

Googly Eyes

So now you have a bunch of these:

Single Minion

(he looks a little worried and he should be because I’m about to cut his umbilical cord)

Leaving me with a saucer of tiny friends (the best kind—also they don’t talk, which is a plus—but they’re great listeners).

Bowl of Minions

And then I place them strategically around my office. I can’t decide if these are theft protection for my teas or a slightly crazy companion for tea time.

Lurking Minion

Hello, cheap and easy way to create many tiny, silly friends. Hide them everywhere. Tuck them in coat pockets when nobody’s looking. Perch them on keyboards and let them gaze sternly at cubicle interlopers. Drop one in your kid’s lunchbox and leave them along with the tip at restaurants. Everybody needs a lurking minion or two, and this is a marvelous way to make people’s day a little more surreal. Brilliant.

(Incidentally, you could also leave them attached to their ribbon and use them as trim on lampshades or whatever. Then your lamp can read over your shoulder.)

Thanks, xJane!

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7 Responses

  1. xJane Says:

    My pleasure! I’m glad you enjoy them. I don’t know what the fur trim is called, either, and couldn’t find it online. But I know I’ve seen it in the upholstery trim sections of fabric stores. It’s a satin ribbon, about a quarter-inch thick, and then fur balls. (I spent a while looking for online sources, too, before giving up.)

  2. Finnle Mae Says:

    They look like soot sprites.

  3. WitchArachne Says:

    Yep. Definitely making me some of these

  4. Terri Says:

    As the co-creator of, I approve!! These are awesome and adorable!

  5. Janicemars Says:

    Ooooooh! Such wonderful eyedeas you’ve given me.

  6. pdq Says:

    BRILLIANT. I’d be tempted to get some taxidermy eyes and really freak people out. Or go the cheap route and do bloodshot ones in Fimo, bwahaha.

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