How to Make a Cardboard R2D2

Updated February 21, 2017

The quirky little robot R2-D2, with his rounded dome head and body that glides along the ground is an icon of the Star Wars movies. Recognisable to avid fans and many casual viewers alike, adding a cardboard R2-D2 as a room or party decoration is sure to grab attention. Save some money by creating your own cardboard cutout of the robot instead of purchasing an overpriced pre-made one. You can make them in a range of sizes depending on your desired use.

Print out a picture of R2-D2. For very large cutouts, visit a copy shop to do the printing for you.

Attach the R2-D2 picture to a piece of corrugated cardboard. Cover the cardboard with a layer of spray adhesive, which is quick drying and won't damage the picture. Press the picture into place. Use a clean, dry glue roller to smooth out the surface, removing any air bubbles.

Place the cardboard onto a cutting mat and use a utility knife to carefully cut around the outline of R2-D2. Move the knife in an arc to cut around its domed head and swipe in straight lines to cut around its body.

Create a stand if you want R2-D2 to stand on its own. Cut a thick, tall piece of cardboard that extends from its head to the ground. Attach the cardboard strip with glue, on the back of R2-D2's head. Bend the strip backwards until it touches the ground. Allow the glue to dry before propping up.


If you are comfortable with painting, you can draw the outline of R2-D2 onto the cardboard and paint in the details instead of using a picture. You'll need silver paint for the head, white for the body, and blue for the details. Use high-gloss paint to mimic the shininess of the robot.

Things You'll Need

  • Printed picture of R2-D2
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue roller
  • Cutting mat
  • Utility knife
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Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.