DIY BB8 from Star Wars The Force Awakens Costume
This costume is serving two purposes. this is thecostume she is wearing for her her birthday party and also doubling as her Halloween costume.
I did a lot of research on this. I don’t like the cheap looking costumes you get in the costume aisle. I also wanted to look cute. I’m a girl too, I know how important it is to look cute and like a huge round ball. No girl wants to be a big round ball. I went to Pinterest and Google.
BB8’s head: I found a tutorial on making a BB-8 head. I bought all the supplies and then found this gem at Goodwill. If you cannot find this second hand, here was plan: buy a bike helmet, paint it white then paint on the details. For the lens on the from I was going to take one of those plastic ornament (Hobby Lobby has these), and paint the inside black so the outside looked like a shiny black lens and the glue it onto the helmet.
For the outfit, I found a cute idea and copied it, with my own details. I bought remnants at Joanns fabric store for the orange and grey and used felt for the red and green. One tip I have to make it look better was to outline with a this sharpie before cutting it out, making sure I cut on the outside of the outline. I wanted to the outline to show in the costume. Because I was low on time, I hot glued everything down.
Her skirt I found at Goodwill in the costume section. I used an 8″ (or 45) record for the outer circle dimension and an upside down bath and body works candle as the outline for inner circle (that would get cut out). I used a red pen to make the outlines then a sharpie to make the lines black and thicker.
For the shirt, I found a white long sleeve shirt at Savers and glued the rectangle pieces on.
Her Shoes: I made with wash sized duct tape I found at Hobby Lobby. I drew the details freehand using a thin sharpie and used buttons for the lens.
Here is outfit laid out.
And here is outfit on. Sorry for the restroom shot. We were at a school event. I went there straight from work and changed her in the girls bathroom.
Good luck and may the force be with you!
Her sister went as Rey. See the DIY on Rey’s costume.
Please feel free to ask me questions. If you have your own ideas, please share them in the comments below.