This is a prop I built for a Star Wars party. I didn't want to spend a lot, but I did want it to look cool.
I know that there are some incredibly talented folks who put years of effort into making awesome R2D2 and other droids, but I wanted something inexpensive and I only had a few months until the party. So rather than use sheet metal and fiberglass, I used mostly cardboard and wallboard joint compound. I also use a lot of stuff  that I had in my junk-box.

Yep - that was once a used refrigerator box!

Step 1: R2D2 frame and covering

I found some pictures on the web and once I found the overall dimensions of R2D2, I was able to calculate the size of each piece. R2D2 is about 43 inches tall and the body is about 18 inches in diameter (not counting the legs)
Google image search is great!

Here's a site that I found very useful: (especially the Autocad .DXF files)



I acquired a few refrigerator boxes at a local retailer and got to work.
I created a frame for the body, then wrapped the cardboard around the frame.
This is a bit tricky. You'll need to soften - but not drench - the cardboard by spraying it with water and letting the moisture soak through the layers. When it's sufficiently soft, you're ready to wrap it around the frame. Apply hot glue to the edges of the frame and attach the softened cardboard sheet to it. I recommend that you get some assistance with this step.
It has a few inconsistencies, but we'll compensate for that later.
what did you use for the pillars of the frame in step one? was it wood? (just checking)
The 'pillars' are wood one inch square if I remember correctly.
<p>how long are the pillars</p>
<p>hears an idea on the top under the dome of his head place a wireless projector where it comes out of R2-D2 eye and add a Bluetooth speaker for sound</p>
<p>This is awesome. Thank you for taking time to put this up. I've always wanted to make a 1.1 replica of R2 but thought it would cost hundreds. </p><p>And the 3rd leg was rarely actually used. That other guy was just looking to be a negative Nancy.</p>
<p>do you have the link to the body decals? i need those too</p>
<p>I didn't use decals - all the body art was painted - based on the detail from the Autocad (DXF) file that I got from the link that I mention in step #1. Please send me a private message when you finish your project (or even mostly finished) - I'd love to see photos!</p>
hey thanks alot!! i gave it up for a while but am at it again and its going great! ill post a instructable when im done to show. Thanks a million!!!!!!!
Lol I would love to make one but I don't have the time and patience
Great job, Look terrific!
I just found this. Looks great mine if I borrow it this Halloween?
Does anybody have a link to the body details
Awesome! Where did you get a pic of &quot;r2d2's body detail?!? If you could post a link to it that would be awesome! I'm building your r2 but adding more supports to make it an actual functioning r2d2 robot.
Great work! Considering that's cardboard, it's remarkably accurate. Bravo!
Thank you! i am on the last step (mache the head) but i have one more question: do you by any chance remember where you found the logos?
I found the dimensions on this page - with a lot of other helpful info too:<br> <br> <a rel="nofollow">http://files.astromechbuilder.com/attachments/?dir=/*2003_Archives/9-September_2003</a><br> <br> look for the .DXF (AutoCad files) that start with the prefix JAG200
how tall and wide are the legs? im building this right now and it works!
Sorry for the late reply - The legs are 31 inches tall and (side view) 8.75 wide at the top and 4.5 in the middle. From the front view, they are 3inches thick.
You said that r2 is 43 incches tall, Is that from its feet to the tip the dome or is it the size of the body? <br>
43 inches tall from bottom of the feet to the top of the dome.
Awesome! doing it right now! thanks for sharing!
I guess I am a famous quibbler in some circles - well, I study languages, and I always try to push people in the direction of correct use of words and phrases. So - if &quot;droid&quot; is short for &quot;android (robot)&quot;, meaning a humanlike robot, then C3PO is a droid and R2D2 is a robot. It is correct to say both are robots, but it is NOT correct to say both are &quot;droids&quot; - yeah, I know, they did that in the movies, but that doesn't make it correct. If 50 million Frenchmen all agree that the moon is made of green cheese, that does not make it so. For droid to enter the language as a synonym for robot is very unfortunate, and frankly, stupid, IMHO. Better if we all cooperate in trying to improve our language, rather than degrade it farther than has already been done. <br>Thank you for you attention, and sorry if I am being a drag.
Yup major drag. If 50 million don't care..well you know the rest.....
so fenris you wouldnt believe 50million french people but would you believe the person that created the moon....the same goes for a secret recipe, you wouldnt trust just anybody on the contents except the person that wrote it. So doesn't that make it reasonable to trust George Lucas when he claimed r2d2 and c3po both as droids but separate varieties? r2d2 is not the same as c3po correct, but that is because he is an astromech droid and not a protocol droid such as c3po.
R2-D2 is actually a model of Astro-mech
Dude - since &quot;droid&quot; in this case is being used in reference to someone's intellectual property, using another &quot;more correct, IYHO&quot; word would be wrong. The moon is green cheese analogy is stupid. If George Lucas says R2D2 is a droid, then we all must refer to him as a droid, to do otherwise would be demeaning his creative works.
you have way too much time on your hands !!!<br><br>does putting people down make you feel better ?<br><br>maybe you didn&rsquo;t realise you were putting that person down but you most certainly were <br>
There's more than one way to be &quot;humanlike&quot;. Just because something isn't in a humanoid form, doesn't mean that they can't be humanlike--and in this case, R2D2 clearly displayed emotions and reactions attributed to humans. So it isn't incorrect to refer to him (it, whatever) as a &quot;droid&quot; or android. Perhaps you should look at the subject matter more thoroughly and consider all the possible meanings of the words instead of just a single narrow-minded one, because in this situation you were being quite rude in addition to being wrong. Since you say you study languages, then you should know that common language is constantly changing and growing to accommodate new needs. Language isn't something that is set in stone, and a new developments and associations in meaning isn't wrong or a &quot;degradation&quot;, just because one person trying to act highbrow says it is.
Very nice man! <br> <br>This IS the droid we've been looking for.
wow you can't get better than this <br>
Well you can but you'd have to break into George Lucas' house.
I think his legs are shot long. But other than that,it's amazing!
dude this is awesome im so trying
Nicely done R2D2.
I want to make a smaller sized one of these, and I think maybe an extra salad bowl with a flat bottom, plus a styrofoam dome to even it out. That way you don't have to buy and carve a huge chunk of 'foam and you have a nice rounded top. <br>Then coat the whole thing with paper mache or the wall joint stuff and paint.
Great job! awesome.<br>try; http://astromech.net/
Don't mean to be a downer, but you forgot the third leg. You know, the one on the bottom of the actually unit.
the third leg is only used when R2 is moving, not when he is standing. You can see this clearly in Ep. 1 when they go out to fix the ship that was damaged when leaving Naboo.
That is very true, so I guess this doesn't move. Haven't read this Instructable in a while. Since. &quot;Nov 7, 2010. 12:34 PM&quot;
actually, the third leg is usually retracted when R2 is standing
no it doesn't the only time it is out is when he is standing, dude have u not seen the movies?
Really? Check again
dude but what about every r2- unit action figure they ever made wouldn't they have a retractable third wheel too<br><br>
it's been a long time since i've had an R2 figure, but they've all had a retractable third leg. <br><br>The 3rd leg astromechs have needs to retract in order to fit inside the slot in the back of a starfighter.
have u seen the runaway r2-d2 video in the special features it is a funny &quot;fake&quot; documentary about r2-d2, since u have this much passion for star wars u should watch it
Well then make it move. XD

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