Many children wish for a R2D2 costume. Why is that? Because many of them become mesmerized by the Star Wars epic two-part trilogy for which one of the most beloved characters is a short, loyal and always important helper: an R2 unit named R2D2.
Indeed, the character of R2D2 figures prominently in the original 1977 Stars Wars and in every subsequent edition of the Star Wars story.
Making R2D2 costumes, be it for Halloween or for show and tell is a fairly simple project that doesn’t require seamstress skills, as other types of costumes often do.
The R2D2 costume was a very simple, inexpensive costume to make, but it got really great reactions from everyone. Take measurements of the child that will be wearing the R2D2 costume you will be making.
Your aim is to create a body that is cylindrical in shape with a domed head and boxed feet. Use a photograph (or several photos from different angles) or realistic drawing of R2D2 to guide you as you create your Halloween costume.
Purchase the materials you will need to make your R2D2 costume. While there are a couple of different approaches that you could take to create an R2D2 costume, the most straightforward and easiest to complete is one that is made out of craft supplies including boxes, poster board, shoe boxes, for the feet and magic markers to color in the design.
You can find the materials you will need in craft stores or craft sections of department’s stores. Many department stores also sell cardboard boxes, usually in their school supply department.
Cut your cardboard boxes, based on your measurements, and tape them together to form the body of R2 D2. One approach for the arms, which R2D2 didn’t have but your child does, is to simply allow them to stick out of the Halloween costume. Alternately, you can create holes or slits that allow for your child to keep his arms within the box when he wants and outside the box when he is, for example, collecting Halloween candy.
Glue poster boards on the box, paint or color the box itself, or use a white sheet and use black fabric paint or a black magic maker to add necessary details.
As you have seen it is quite easy to make to your child the Halloween costume he wish for, the R2D2 costume, which will certainly make him adorable.