Star Wars robot R2-D2 is a fun costume to make for Halloween. It is a costume that can be made from a wide variety of materials, many that you may already have around the house, and can be as simple or as complicated as you are prepared to make it. Look at photos of R2-D2 to help you copy authentic details. Make the costume an appropriate size for the person who will be wearing it and be prepared to spend some time making it.
The head is a vital part of the costume whichever construction type you choose for the body. You can make a dome-shaped helmet with a mixing bowl covered in aluminium foil, or you can make one from papier-mache. Make sure it sits on your head firmly. If it is too big, tape some foam rubber on the inside. Make sure you get the markings as true to the original as you can. Use acrylic paints in white, black, blue and silver plus a big red lens at the front.
Laundry basket or rubbish bin body
You can get a good cylindrical body shape by using a plastic or metal rubbish bin or a round laundry basket with a suitable diameter. Carefully cut the bottom out and make holes to put your arms through or have straps that go over your shoulders. Ensure you can get in and out of it without getting claustrophobic. If you use a white container you will need only blue, black and silver paints. Otherwise you will have to paint the body white first.
Cardboard or poster board body
You can make a really good R2-D2 costume body using a cardboard box that has been flattened out then rolled into a cyclinder and held in place with cable ties. Paint it while it is flat, after you have worked out the size. This is the cheapest option and if you are imaginative it can make a fantastic costume. Go upmarket by using poster board instead of a cardboard box.
Buy tee-shirts with R2-D2 markings on them, or dress in white leggings and an oversized white tee-shirt that you have put your own markings on using fabric paint in black, blue and silver. This is a good option for children who may get uncomfortable moving around in a more restrictive costume. If you are planning an R2-D2 costume why not get a friend to dress as C3PO.