Picture of DIY R2D2 Lamp from $10 IKEA lamp
This one came from shear distraction and procrastination, things that invaded my everyday life.

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

eliana_ae3 months ago

Do you happen to have the R2D2 vinyl layout available?

Density2 years ago
That is really cool and well made. Check out my R2-D2 Project.
T-K3 years ago
Made this last night, the lamp is another one from Ikea, probably more than 9 bucks lol.

Even heating the top thingies wouldn't make them stay flat, so it looks pretty ghetto at the moment.

Like the shiny?
nylanan (author)  T-K3 years ago
that looks awesome!!!

$9 one for the kiddos rooms and $59 one for my desk!

T-K T-K3 years ago
Its called Forsa, and at $59 bucks should've got your one!
Forsa Lamp $59.JPG
rc jedi5 years ago
Hey, I got one!
nylanan (author)  rc jedi3 years ago
Whoa...so much awesome in one pic!!

I have a full size r2 as well...well I have 100% of the parts and they are 50% assembled...lol.

I got a Spektrum DX7 to control him so I am always looking at other stuff to control with it..like that awesome plane!

I'm Muttley on astromech.net

ruthiesnaps3 years ago

This creation has inspired my dear friend and I and we've decided to have a contest on who can create the most geekiest star wars DIY lamp.

My friend created another version of this R2d2 Lamp using a Blue lamp instead of a silver. I decided to go for the iconic Darth Vader. Below are some pictures for your reference:

For more info, visit our albums:

R2d2 lamp:


Vader Lamp:


Geek Out!!! @_@
nylanan (author)  ruthiesnaps3 years ago
AWESOME! Love that VADER. You sparked me to get off my tail and submit another one I created.....for the Mario Fans out there

SlothSpace5 years ago
LOL. step 8 "I Love Lamp", Anchorman is awesome.
abehambino5 years ago
has anyone ever maybe think about a pen holder/cup that looks like R2's body to accompany the lamp? then it would look like R2's being built and the pens are the insides and a crane is putting on the head. just an idea. anyway, great instructable.
ShadowHawk5 years ago
I like!!  BTW - DO you happen to have the R2D2 vinyl layout available - maybe as an .eps file? (for those of us who DO have a vinyl cutter at the home/office?)

Thanks again for a neat looking lamp!
kcls ShadowHawk5 years ago
What kind of cutter do you have?
ShadowHawk kcls5 years ago
Several years back, I bought a Chinese knock-off - the Master Tiger 1000.  Not the quietest cutter in the world, but does a full 24" wide roll of vinyl, and is very accurate.

I've used it to make vinyl signage for retail shop windows, vinyl coroplast signs, custom cut names and numbers for heat transfer to tshirts & caps... etc...  I also use it to cut vinyl masking for doing glass etching...  The first job I used it for - paid for itself when I used it to cut vinyl to re-do the oputside lettering on a Dr's office that faced a western setting sun in the Dallas, Texas area.  The old vinyl had cracked badly, and was unsightly... After a window scraping, cleaning, and new vinyl application - I was happy, and so was the Dr.

I made one of these for my boy's 4th birthday and he loves it.  I cut the stickers by hand, and kept track of the sizes.  You'll have to do some trimming to get it just right, but this will at least get the scaling close. 

1 @ 5/16" x 21" (this length will vary depending where you place the pinstripe)
3 @ 1.5" x 3/4"
1 @  1.5" x 1/2"
2 @  1.5" x 1.5"
1 @ 2" x 1" w/ 3/4" circle cut out
1 @ 1/2" x 1"
1 @ 2.5" x 1.5" w/ 1" circle cut out.  this is the main "eye" piece, you'll need to cut the edges on a slant.
1 @ 1" x 1.5" w/ 2 squares cut out
1 @ 5/16" x 1.5"
1 @ 1.5" x 3.5"

You'll also need 2 circles about 3/4" or 1".  I forgot to measure these.

The top arc "pie" pieces were the toughest to figure.  See the pic for that.  I started with a piece 1.75" x 1", then used a 3" diameter plastic cup to trace the bottom curve and a ~2" diameter play-doh lid for the upper arc.  I eyeballed the angle on the sides.

Hope this is helpful.  I think I covered all the pieces.  If I missed something, feel free to post a correction.
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nylanan (author)  bloomautomatic5 years ago
SWEET!  I love seeing this!

The beauty of it is so long as you have a the few key elements...it's R2!

Yeah, figuring out the curves on the shapes PLUS taking into account the shape of the dome was real tricky.  my original prototype I just cut the decals right on the lamp.  I peeled them off to see what the flat shape should look like. 

the Eye and those top pie pieces were indeed the trickiest.

Again..I LOVE IT!! hope your kiddo had a great birthday.  sorry I couldn't get stickers to ya sooner.  

shc325 years ago
Any issues with the heat from the lamp & the stickers?  Would imagine there to be some warping.  That said, cool idea!
gvardaman shc325 years ago
 Plus, vinyl decals are used on cars every day ( I have some on my Mini Cooper now) and they sit in the sun and with a hot engine underneath and after years and years, there might be very small cracks...

Nice job Nylanan!
nylanan (author)  shc325 years ago
no, not all.  not sure if that's the lamp design or because I'm using a CFL, but it doesn't get hot at all, which is good because I use this right over my work when I'm soldering or whatever

I left it on, on accident, all night and not an issue at all.
WHEELER565 years ago
Where can i get the stickers.. I want to make them for my friends for Christmas need about 7 sets of stickers. Best idea i have seen in a longtime and so simple. Love it. chris@a1fargo.com can i get you to make them for me or order them somewhere?
hellpeace845 years ago
And now your Lamp is trying to hack your computer ;) Very nice job
ModMischief5 years ago
I hope you sent this to Ikea Hacker!
It's awesome!
matstermind5 years ago
do you have a pdf or other type drawing for the stickers?

robj981685 years ago
Cool! A droid for the desk!
nylanan (author)  robj981685 years ago
Look Sir..lamps

eblisster5 years ago
That's just awesome! 
lemonie5 years ago
That's very nice.

 I have the lamp in my lab ..

Cant find the knife so ill have to make a cnc sticker plotter to cut it !
ChrysN5 years ago
Nice, it does look like R2's head.