Need something to keep you busy this weekend? Look no further. The Weekend Workshop is our weekly column where we showcase a badass DIY project that you can complete with minimal skills and expertise. We’ve dug through all the online tutorials on the Web, and gone the extra mile to pinpoint projects that are equal parts easy, affordable, and fun. So put on your work pants, grab your tool belt, and head to the garage — it’s time to start building!
As soon as Disney’s new BB-8 droid first graced the screen in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the robotic cast member instantly became a favorite among fans. Figuring out how its head mysteriously moved separately from its continuously rolling body almost became more pressing than plot updates. Nostalgic memorabilia collectors felt BB-8 represented this generation’s version of R2D2. BB-8 was like that brand new smartphone everybody was chomping at the bit to get their hands on; fans didn’t just want one, they needed one.
- Heat gun
- Tape measure
- Box knife
- Contact cement
- Wood glue
- Spot putty
- Sandable primer
- 1/2-inch Plastazote foam (2 feet worth)
- 1/2-inch EVA foam (3 feet worth)
- Clear plastic ornament ball (1)
- PVC foamboard (1-foot worth)
- Black spray paint
- Large marble (1)
- Automotive masking tape
With the necessary tools and materials at the ready, it’s now time to start building your very own replica BB-8 droid. Just follow Sheppard’s comprehensive Instructables walkthrough, and before long you’ll be the proud owner of one of the most sought-after movie props in recent history. Happy building!
The full instructions on how to build the 1:1 replica BB-8 can be found here.