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.
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.
Step one, inflate the largest balloon you can find. It needs to be big enough to fit a person inside, so we're talking really big.
Draw circles on both the top and bottom. These will be holes for your head and feet, so you won't cover these sections in papier maché.
Dip strips of newspaper into your papier maché. Make sure to wipe off any excess so the strip isn't too drippy.
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.
I used an upside down mixing bowl as the form for my BB-8 hat. Here's the bowl covered in papier maché. Don't worry about ruining your dishes, the papier maché wipes off easily with hot water.
Applying the papier maché to the bottom half was a bit trickier. My roommates helped me string the balloon from out ceiling using dental floss, which worked surprisingly well.
Here's the finished product with one layer of papier maché. I let it dry overnight and then repeated the whole process again the next day.
Luckily, the papier maché was pretty strong. If I did this again, I'd definitely do a third layer of newspaper just for added strength. Here's the top piece of the BB-8.
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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