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

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.

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.

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We got ours here.

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.

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Next combine two parts flour and three parts water to make your papier maché.

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For more info on papier maché check out this site.

Mmmm.

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Dip strips of newspaper into your papier maché. Make sure to wipe off any excess so the strip isn't too drippy.

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Apply the strip to the balloon.

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Repeat about a zillion more times.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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One the papier maché is dry, it's time to paint. I covered the balloon in a coat of white.

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The hat too.

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Next up, orange detailing.

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And silver.

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I used a black sharpie to add smaller details and lines.

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Don't think I forgot about my hat.

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Then it was time to pop the balloon.

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This was a little nerve wracking, as the papier maché crumpled a bit as the balloon deflated.

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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.

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And here's the bottom. I used duct tape to patch up a few weak spots.

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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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On Wednesdays we wear plaid.

We used some more duct tape to combine the two pieces.

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Here's what the two pieces look like together.

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Now that it wasn't hanging upside-down, I added the last orange and silver details.

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Here's the finished product.

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I ran into a little bit of trouble getting out of the office door.

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But eventually, I managed to squeeze my BB-8 self through. If this doesn't win the office Halloween costume contest, I don't know what will.

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