We had so much fun with this Homemade R2D2 Costume. My son wore a white sweatshirt and sweatpants underneath. The body of the costume is a white Rubber Maid trash can. The lid is painted with a high shine silver spray paint and allowed to dry. Then the lid is taped so that the swinging door no longer swings.
On the inside of the lid I hot glued a foam circle for comfort. Before putting the can together arm holes need to be cut out of the side. After you cut the arm holes you can hot glue the can and lid together. The detail on the can and lid were done by looking at a R2D2 action figure. I used silver flashing tape and blue painters tape as well as colored electrical tape for the detail.
I used an exacto knife to cut the tape where necessary. R2D2's arms are upholstery foam covered in white fabric . Although you can't see them in the picture they have tape details on the side as well. The arms are attached to lid with a thick elastic band around where the trash can lid and body meet.
While this costume is great for indoor parties or contests it is not good for trick or treating because the child can't see side to side very well. It took about 6 hours to complete this project from start to finish.
This one's different because the arms are actually functional! $30 total including paint.
Container Store Trash can that I turned upside down. Cut the head-hole out of the bottom so the feet have more walking radius from the wider part of the can. I caulked shut the trash flap and Dremeled the visor hole. The rest was discovery.
Shoulder pads are Baby Back Rib trays cut in half and spray painted. The arm holes use craft foam core from Michaels .99-cents each. The arms are Juice Box boxes with blue duct tape stripes. The helmet is acrylic paint from Michaels (3 for $1.00). The body art is spray painted using a handmade stencil on wrapping paper and cut with an exacto knife.
The foot treads are packing foam pieces painted white and the hydraulic cables are webbed netting for IT cable management. I used glow sticks in them for night effect. The helmet lens is a mouthwash cup with the bottom cut out and covered with foil mounted on an LED light.
The best part of the Functional R2D2 Costume is that the lower part of the arms come off so that he can hold his candy bucket. Its very lightweight and surprisingly easy to walk in. My 7-year old could even climb stairs. 3-days work total 8-10 hours work.
This R2D2 Halloween Costume is 100% Homemade! It has lights and sounds too! The costume is made out of a garbage can, bowl mounted to a bike helmet and plastic downspouts for the legs. The battery operated speakers played a loop of downloaded r2d2 sounds on the ipod and the lights are all battery operated Dollar store lights! The details are craft foam cut into the proper shapes!