We are a family of Star War fanatics. Ever since I purchased the complete Storm Trooper Armor for my husband, we have tried to incorporate the entire family in a Star Wars theme for the local Halloween Parade. Last year I was Leia, my oldest son was Luke and my youngest son (4 months) was Yoda, seemingly air bound in a baby Bjorn carrier. All these costumes were modified versions of store purchases.

This year, however, we had a challenge. My youngest son was too old to be carried and too young to walk in the parade, so we needed to create a mode of Star Wars transport. We knew it had to be Artoo (R2D2) so we started collecting old boxes and raiding other people’s recycling trash to see what goodies we could find.
Once we got the initial angle of the body and the cut out at the front for the eyes, the rest was easy.

Our Homemade R2D2 Stroller Costume was made using cardboard, a few odd bits of packing plastic, a hot glue gun, white paint, aluminum heating tape and blue masking tape.

My husband and I had so much fun making it. The stroller only took a couple of late nights to complete and I have documented the entire process, if you are interested.

We joined the Park Slope Parade in Brooklyn to the delight of the crowd; my son, now 17 months, just sat inside waving to the screaming, adoring fans. Later, we carefully dismantled Artoo from the stroller and reconstructed him as a play tent in the boys’ room. He is the newest member of our family. We hope you love him as much as we do!

Star Wars Costume