How to make yourself into a giant ‘Star Wars’ BB-8 using papier maché

BB8 Star Wars Force Awakens
BB-8 on the move. Disney/LucasFilm via YouTube

One of the few things we know about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie is BB-8 — so I turned myself into one for Halloween.

The droid, which director J.J. Abrams named for its figure-eight shape, can be seen rolling around in the film’s trailer. It’s also been turned into a massively popular toy.

Using a giant balloon, papier maché, paint, duct tape, and a lot of patience, I set out to create my own version of the adorable little droid.

Only my version isn’t little. It’s giant.

Keep reading to find out how to build your own BB-8 costume.

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title=”Here’s the halfway point. I made my BB-8 in two pieces so if would fit out my narrow apartment door. If you don’t have space constraints, you can skip this step.”
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title=”After thoroughly confusing an Uber driver with my giant papier maché creation, I got my BB-8 to the office and enlisted a few friends to help me with assembly.”
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