How to Make a BB-8 Pumpkin
by Victoria Fox
Halloween and Star Wars are two of my favorite things, so when this idea came to me, it was pure bliss.
I want to start off by saying that I really am proud of this one mainly because it wasn’t a total disaster and most of this was constructed at a friend of mine’s pumpkin decorating party. I’d also like to state that for this I used fake pumpkins, although I’m sure if you’re brave enough, executing this with real pumpkins could be entirely possible.
For this project, you’ll need:
- 2 fake white pumpkins, one being small and the other being at least somewhat larger (easily purchased at Target!)
- A small pumpkin saw (available in most pumpkin carving kits. I imagine a really durable knife would also work)
- A pencil
- 2 paper clips
- Orange, silver, and grey acrylic paints
- Assorted paintbrushes, all up to your preference
- A thick black Sharpie
Step 1: Constructing the body
First, I marked out BB-8’s circular markings on the larger pumpkin and placed some of the facial features on the smaller pumpkin using a pencil. I placed about 6 circular designs on the larger pumpkin spread out and at random. The designs don’t have to be perfect or super accurate because mine definitely are not. When it came to the silver markings within each circle, I improvised.
Then you need a way to attach BB-8’s cute lil pumpkin head! Taking the pumpkin saw, I cut around the stem of the larger pumpkin until it was possible to punch the stem out.
Now you have this:
Next you’ll take your two paper clips and bend them as pictured below, making them into sort of a feet shape:
Then, using all the strength you can muster, insert the paper clips into the bottom of the smaller pumpkin so that the “feet” you’ve created are facing outward.
Carefully place the bottom of the smaller pumpkin into the hole you cut in the top of the larger pumpkin. You may have to bend the paper clips a bit to fit them in properly, but once they are in they should catch along the inside of the larger pumpkin. This ensures that the top pumpkin will stay secure and will not roll off.
Step 2: Paint
Let me start by saying that this will probably be the most frustrating part of your journey, and I apologize for that. For whatever reason (and your pumpkins may be better than mine; I pray that they are.) my pumpkins did not take to paint very well. It took a lot of patience and quite a bit of layering, but totally worth it.
You’ll take the orange paint and fill in the outside of your circular patterns. I used the medium sized paint brush for this, but again it’s all up to your preference. There are no rules here! Then I took a combination of the silver and grey paints (the silver paint I used is too sheer on its own) and filled in the miscellaneous shapes I penciled in the middle of the circles with the smaller paint brush. I then painted in the circular band I drew at the top of the smaller pumpkin and filled it in with just the grey paint using the same brush.
Step 3: Detailing
It was at this point in my construction that I realized that, as with so many other things, a Sharpie was going to be the saving grace of this droid. Using the large black Sharpie, I traced the outline of the circular shapes and silver patterns on the bottom pumpkin and drew on the remainder of the facial (?) features of the top pumpkin. I took some creative liberties here and went for more of a doodle-like look for the pumpkin as a whole, but you can go for whatever look your heart desires.
Here are some close ups of the finished product:
I also included some shots of just the body, so you can get a feel for the spacing and placement of the circular shapes on the bottom pumpkin:
And there you have it! The perfect pumpkin to store your top secret maps in.
Til next time!