So my 4 year old said to me one day in September- "Daddy, I wanna be WALL-E for for Halloween". Not sure quite how to respond-- not wishing to fork out over a hundred dollars to the mouse empire for a canned costume, and set a good creative example I pondered how to make WALL-E. Drawing on some prior costume experiences made of entirely packing material, I took him on his first Dumpster Diving outing out behind my work (yes, I do work for the mouse, btw). We found a banker box, a section of high density foam rubber, an Apple Cinema Display box, and a MacBook Pro box, all with respective packing materials. Over the course of three weeks, we measured, cut, sliced, painted and choked on fumes to construct our beloved WALL-E. Most of it was constructed with his help, with the exception of the power tools :) -- I hope you enjoy our little creation!
Step 1: Wall E Creation
1 Banker Box (free)
1 MacBook Pro Box, with packing materials (free)
1 Cinema Display Box (free)
1 Pair of Restoration Hardware Goggles (reclaimed from an old project, retail 20 bucks)
1 bottle of paint each ( yellow, black, silver ) $10 or so
1 pad of photo-luminescent foam $1.99
1 pair of old sweats (found in back of the dresser drawer)
1 roll of packing tape (acquired from closet)
Step one- I cut out a hole for Ben's head and arms. With paper, I made a template for his eyes and attached to the goggles.... this was so cute I almost just called it a day!
Step 2: Base paint
we painted the entire box black... why I don't know, I wasn't thinking clearly. In hindsight, I should have painted it white.
Needless to say, we had FUN painting it needlessly black. Notice how we used the cinema display box as a "work bench"
Step 3: Prep and Paint the body frame
Next we used some additional foam to form the loading flap, and bumpers. A yellow base coat gave us a canvas. The Detail paint was layered on, beginning with the brown rust layers and the silver control panel area.