I am building a full size R2D2 from scratch, when you are scratch building everything begins look like a potential part, well this lamp I just got from IKEA really reminded me of the little domed one so I got bored and with a little bit of tweaking I got him looking pretty good.
I happen to have access to a cutter, and while it makes it a bit easier it is not necessary to complete this project. You could just get the vinyl and cut it with scissors, or you could even just use regular labels that you painted blue. I would bet that even with sharpie you could get the point accross.
the great thing about R2 is that he has such a an iconic look that you really only have to capture a few bits and pieces to make him look right. The main eye, the stripes and the top sections.
I think from the pictures you can get an idea of panels I had made up. (I might be able to make these available)
Update: sorry folks for the disappearing act, I'm on baby watch and my wife is due any day now so I had to make a mad dash to complete some stuff for work.
I did manage to get these up on ETSY, figured that would be an easy way to make them available.
Let's see these R2 lamps everywhere :D
Step 1: Materials
You will also need stickers. I used sign vinyl. you should be able to pick up vinyl sheet stickers at any craft store. If you are not going to use colored vinyl, you could paint plain white stickers or use a sharpie and just draw them in.
an exacto blade is also helpful.
Here's a pic of the vinyl material I used (Like I said I had my stickers cut on a machine)
You can use these pics to get an idea of the shape of the panels, you can also find pics on the internet of R2, but like I said so long as you have the main parts pretty much everyone will know it's R2.