Guest Post! Robot Tutorial with Sarah from Tots and Bottoms
Today’s guest is Sarah from Tots and Bottoms. I found Sarah’s blog through Pinterest when I was searching for costumes and I came across her hilarious and awesome baby wig. Huck was a baby of very little hair, and I wish I had been so clever as to think to make him a wig. Today she is walking us through the adorable robot costume that she made for her son. Here’s Sarah!
Robots make a great costume because you can make it inexpensively with things
found around your house and you there are a million different ways to embellish
I started with a shipping box for the body. I turned the box on its side and made
the top opening of the box the back of the robot. Then I cut one of the short sides
off to make room for his legs.
To make a hole for the head I cut a slit and then a square out of the other short
side and two circles on the sides for arm holes and voila – a body! To put the
body on we fold down the two slits and he slides in.
For the head I asked the local liquor store for wine shipping box and made the
head out of that. I cut a square for his face, which ends up being our robot’s
mouth. I am hoping that you don’t need a lot of peripheral vision to go trick or
The next step in robotifying our boxes was to spray them shiny silver. Lowe’s had
this metal colored spray paint for about $4. It only took one can but depending on
how big you are making your robot and how thick you want your paint, you may
For the arms I picked up some dryer vent tubing, which was the most expensive
part of this costume, running about $9. One tube provided enough to make two
arms and some legs for my son. They are attached to the arms from the inside
using hot glue. I wasn’t sure that would hold up but after repeatedly taking it on
an off we haven’t lost and arm yet. I also added some duct tape to the edges
because when you cut the tubing you have a wire sticking out.
I wasn’t sure how the tubing would work for legs and the whole having to use
the potty issue so I also created some shiny pants using this tutorial. http://
www.simplymodernmom.com/2011/01/simple-pajama-pants-tutorial/ These were
the first pair of pants I have made and they came out great although I could hear
Tim Gunn in the back of my head saying, “I am just not sure about the fit of those
pants!” Over the bottom of the pants we added more of the dryer vent tubing and
it seems to stay up on its own with out safety pins. We slide the bottom of the
tubing over the top off his rain boots . I went back and forth on making square
shoes too but decided that he is already at a disadvantage with not being able to
see, why make it hard to walk too!
Now for the fun part – embellishing. I scored some free bike safety lights from my
cop friend and used those as eyes. They strobe and make perfect eyes. My son
really wanted green sequins on his robot so we used that to hide our cut edges
around the mouth and arms. For the thingamajigs on the side of his head I cut
down some plastic cups and attached those with hot glue. On top of his head is
a flashing strobe light that we got at Joann Fabrics.
For the front instrument panel I entered instrument gauges into Google images
and he picked out these.
I also added an on/off button to the back of his head for my own amusement! I
outlined all the gauges in puff paint (yes they still sell that) to help them stand out
from the gray body.
I wanted the costume to be easy to take on and off to go to the bathroom so I
closed up the back with some Velcro.
My son loves it and I had a blast making this costume.
Box for body
Box for head
Knife to cut boxes
Hot glue gun
Reflectors or lights for eyes
One yard of sequins
Material to make pants or maybe just use black sweat pants.
Instrument gauge print outs
Some other ideas for materials:
Milk jug for a head
Funnel for head piece
Door that opens and shows gears or place candy
Glow sticks to make “working” instruments
Wasn’t that fun? I love little robots! Be sure to check out Tots and Bottoms for more fun ideas from Sarah. Last year she made a great mummy costume for her son. You can also find her on Facebook and Etsy.