This homemade R2D2 Halloween costume started off with a rubbermaid trash can.
The exterior details are foam, carved to different shapes and sizes. The legs have a PVC base with foam exterior. The feet are supported with the PVC and have caster-base electrical conduit boxes over them. The LED lights on the lid are from a bike tail light. The dome was painted a white base coat then blue, masked with tape then sprayed silver. To attach the foam, I used double-sided 3m tape and added duct tape to the back of the foam for more strength.
There was an MP3 player with speakers and an R2D2 sound clip but, unfortunately, that did not survive.
The total cost was about $35 and total time about four hours, including time allowed for the paint to dry. I used liquid nail to permanently attach the lid to the trash can. We were happy with the result and it held together, even after 2 costume parades and a rainy trick or treat night.
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Our son is pretty much obsessed with R2D2. So he had to be R2D2 for Halloween. We set about creating a Homemade R2D2 Astromech Droid Costume.
The base was a laundry tube with the bottom cut out of it, with a sheet, sewed into a tube, and then sewed on to the laundry tube to give us a surface to paint. Then a weird colander-like thing was purchased from the local Chinese trading company, and it all started to come together. The legs are made from polystyrene insulating foam cut to shape. The key here was that they had to be spray painted with an HVLP spraygun, since aerosols would eat the foam. Zip ties to hold it all together, free hand pin striping, some electronic lights and we had a versatile costume that pretty much destroyed any other costume we came across. Around 40 hours of work and $100 materials.
This R2D2 costume was a very simple, inexpensive costume to make, but it got really great reactions from everyone. We purchased a garbage can with a dome lid from Home Depot for the base of R2D2. We spray painted the lid silver, removed the flip opening (where trash would be thrown through), then screwed it to the base of the garbage can.
Next, we cut out the bottom of the can, then created arm holes on the sides for my son's arms. To finish, we embellished it with knobs, markers, and paper cut-outs to resemble R2D2. We used dense foam to create R2D2's legs, covered them with paper, and hot glued them to the body. To allow him to see out of his costume, we put screen in the facial opening.
My little guy loved R2D2 but there were no costumes to buy and we really love to make our own. He and I used tape, a garbage can and a cat pan (he's going to get me back for that when he is a teen) and created a costume on a car dolly! He can walk, spin, and trick or treat feet up or down, we even had a bag inside for his treats, which he happily ate along the way. It was a lot of fun and we don't want to give the car dolly back to daddy!