How to make R2-D2 from cardboard

May the fourth is approaching and we thought this was the ideal opportunity to provide our newest member of personnel a challenge. Our sales and marketing co-ordinator Rhian enjoys being crafty and this month she’s taken on the challenge of developing a cardboard R2-D2! This is her action by step guide on how to do it, take it away Rhian.

You will require:

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To start with I got a load of scrap cardboard, mine are in sheets but you can quickly cut up some cardboard boxes and recycle these into what will be a work of art (we hope!)

TIP: Research R2-D2, collect lots of pictures.

The first thing was to make the body– This is most likely the most convenient bit!

I cut out a rectangular piece of cardboard utilizing a Stanley knife. When cutting the cardboard I found it simple when I discussed the lines gently initially, just to scar the board and after that repeat until it was cut.

Board cut– get rolling! Roll the board with your fingers to make as many grooves as you can so you get a better circular shape. Tape up completions to make your cylinder (you might tape a circle down the middle for extra stability).

Now you require to get your believing cap on, it’s time for the legs. Be sure to consult your images! I picked a shape, some measurements and crossed my fingers!

TIP: I did whatever in pencil first, then went over the lines I wanted to cut along in pen.

If you have a compass useful you can use this to make the circular top. Otherwise you can go free hand or trace around a bowl.

The terrific thing is, as soon as you’ve done one leg, you can trace around this to eliminate another 3! I cut out all the legs utilizing a ruler and a Stanley knife. You might use a scissors.

Being a Star Wars amateur, I totally forgot about R2-D2’s 3rd leg, so don’t forget that!

I used all my scraps and cut them into rectangle-shaped shapes. I utilized these to make the legs thicker so that my R2-D2 would stand. Utilizing some PVA glue I stacked 3 layers of cardboard thoroughly in between two legs. See photos below.

Now the messy part starts– PAPER-MACHE!:-RRB- I mixed some PVA glue and water in a dish and stirred it in with a paint brush. I used paper mache to the legs utilizing white paper, which made sure that the sides were covered well first, to bridge the gap.

Don’t clean your paper-mache– We’re refrained from doing with that yet!

So we have the body, the legs, now we need a head.

I’m an eager baker and so I have a huge baking meal. If you do not have something like this you might utilize a balloon, a plant pot, a globe … anything round.

I turned my mixing bowl up-side-down and covered it in stick film. Using news paper cuttings I got to work piling on the paper mache. As soon as you have actually put a couple of layers on, leave it to dry in a warm location– I left mine by the radiator over night.

Include more layers up until durable. I padded out the top of my bowl with lots and lots to get a dome shape. When you believe you have enough layers and it’s dry, thoroughly take the paper-mache off the bowl.

When whatever is dry, return to your white paper and cover the body and head with a white layer … go bananas!!

Now it’s time to decorate … this is make or break time (afraid face).

You might embellish your R2D2 however you want, using some paper and colours would do the task! I chose to use spray paints.

TIP: Hang around looking at photos prior to cutting!

If you’ve been neat with your paper mache you’ll be able to embellish quickly. I hadn’t, so I needed to stick a sheet of paper on the top to offer it a cleaner surface.

I cut out the proper shapes and spray painted them blue and silver. As soon as dried I glued them all together … Voila!

They look pretty neat, eh?

Now you need to choose how to stick these legs to the body. I utilized a