How to Make a Johnny 5 Robot

Written by patrice lesco
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Johnny 5 is the lovable robot character from the motion pictures, "Short Circuit" and "Short Circuit 2". Originally built for military intelligence, Johnny 5 miraculously develops human emotions and begins to think for himself. Johnny 5 is a character that kids love because even though he is made of metal, he has a tender soul. While reproducing an actual working replica of Johnny 5 would require a great deal of technological know-how, you and your kids can build a non-working Johnny 5 out of a few inexpensive supplies in a day or two with the use of your creativity.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large boxes
  • Packing tape
  • Silver spray paint
  • Black marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Rectangular boxes
  • Glue
  • Wrapping paper rolls
  • Utility knife
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Silver duct tape
  • Paper Towel rolls
  • Felt
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Close the flaps on two large boxes of equal size and tape the flaps down. Close the smaller flaps first, then the large flaps on top of them. Use packing tape for a secure seal on the flaps.

  2. 2

    Paint the two large boxes silver with spray paint and allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Draw tire treads from the front end of the box, over the top to the bottom of the back end of the box using a black marker. Use a ruler to get the tire treads even.

  4. 4

    Put the two large boxes on the floor about one foot apart.

  1. 1

    Stand a tall, rectangular box that is about 2 ½ feet wide up on the inside edges of the two larger boxes so that the rectangular box looks like the torso of your robot.

  2. 2

    Attach the rectangular box to the two larger boxes with white glue and allow the glue to completely dry.

  3. 3

    Spray paint the rectangular box with silver spray paint and allow the paint to dry.

  1. 1

    Tape two wrapping paper rolls together so that they are double the length.

  2. 2

    Lay the extended wrapping roll on top of the rectangular box and centre it on the box so that it extends out evenly from both sides of the top of the box.

  3. 3

    Tape the wrapping paper roll to the rectangular box top securely.

  4. 4

    Paint the wrapping paper roll with silver spray paint and allow the paint to dry.

  1. 1

    Measure two inches from each end of the shoulder wrapping paper roll and mark your measurements with a marker.

  2. 2

    Outline the end of a wrapping paper roll on that mark, drawing the circular opening. Do the same thing on the other side of the shoulder section.

  3. 3

    Cut out the circle outlines with a utility knife. This should be done by an adult.

  4. 4

    Spread white glue on the ends of two wrapping paper rolls and insert the ends that are glued into the circular arm sockets that you have cut out. Allow the glue to completely dry.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the arms with silver spray paint and allow the paint to dry.

  1. 1

    Draw out robot hands on a sheet of cardboard with a pencil. The fingers in your drawing should be long so that they can be bent to demonstrate joints in the hands. The hands must be connected to a long wrist that is no wider that the opening of the wrapping paper rolls at the end of your arms.

  2. 2

    Cut the hands out of the cardboard with scissors.

  3. 3

    Bend the fingers on the hands three or four times in an accordion pattern, then spray paint them silver. Allow them to dry.

  4. 4

    Insert the wrists connected to the hands into the ends of the arms and tape the hands in place with silver duct tape. Once the hands are secure, cover the opening of the ends of the wrapping paper rolls, or arms, with duct tape as well.

  1. 1

    Attach two paper towel rolls to the top of the rectangular box, behind the shoulder section, so that the paper towel rolls stand up. Attach them to the top of the box, evenly spaced, with white glue and allow the glue to completely dry. This is your neck.

  2. 2

    Fold the flaps over on a small rectangular box so that the small flaps lay down together and the larger flaps lay down on top of those. Tape the flaps shut with packing tape.

  3. 3

    Center the rectangular box on top of the two paper towel rolls.

  4. 4

    Glue the rectangular box to the top of the paper towel rolls.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the head and neck silver and allow to dry.

  1. 1

    Cut two, two inch lengths of a paper towel roll and spray paint them silver.

  2. 2

    Glue them to the head for the eye sockets.

  3. 3

    Draw two small one inch circles on a piece of black felt and cut them out. Glue them to the centre portion of the eye sockets for eyeballs.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add pipes to the robot body with spray painted paper towel rolls, draw on circuitry, joints and other body parts with markers or add colour with acrylic paint.

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