Here is a collection of other
craft hobbies that I have done.
R2-D2 Kid's Room Decoration / Toy
My oldest son wanted me to make him an R2-D2
robot. While this is a little outside my budget and would take a long time
(there are websites
dedicated to this; you can order blue prints, parts, etc.), I didn't want to
So we purchased the following materials:
- (1) small dome trashcan ($7)
- (2) PVC toilet pedestal mounts ($6)
- (2) PVC 3" to 2" reducers ($4)
- (2) PVC 2" "T" joints ($4)
- (2) PVC 2" rounded caps ($3)
- (1) can of quick drying silver spray paint
- (1) roll of 2" wide masking tape ($1)
- (1) bundle of 1/4" flexible water pipe
- (1) nightlight ($2)
Total bill $32. I didn't need to buy any
PVC pipe or PVC cement since I already had some from a plumbing job I had done.
The first thing was to get the dome to look
right. So we cut a hole in the front and mounted a faucet ball and socket
joint that my dad had as the front "holo-eye". Then I cut two
slots in the back of the dome for the nightlight to plug into for the rear
"holo-eye". Then we cut two holes in the trashcan for the
shoulder joint to go through and put a piece of PVC pipe through the hole.
To construct the legs, I cemented in the
3"-2" reducers into the pedestal mounts, then put cut the PVC pipe for
the main part of the legs and cemented that in. Then the "T" was
cemented to the leg pipe. A small piece of PVC was then cut and put in the
top of the "T" and the cap was cemented to that. Then I drilled
4 1/4" holes in the pedestal mounts and put the 1/4" water pipe in
forming two half loops in the feet. After completing both legs, they were
both glued to the shoulder pipe. I made the shoulder pipe a little shorter
than the width of the body so that the interference at the shoulders would keep
R2's body in position if it were tilted.
At this point, I drew the patterns of the
various markings on the body using a pencil and ruler, and then traced the lines
with a Sharpie permanent marker. When that was completed, R2 looked like
the top picture.
After that, I finished coloring in the body
markings with a blue Sharpie marker for the "utility arms" and the
"vents". Finally, I removed the "holo-eyes", and using
masking tape, I covered the dome where I wanted the blue rectangles and painted
the dome with silver paint. Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape and
put the "holo-eyes" back on. At this point, he is done, as shown
in the last two pictures.
An extension cord can be run up through the
leg into the body and plug in the night-light which has a daylight sensor, so R2
can serve as a night light as well.