If you recall, back when Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out in 2015 I shared a blog post about a DIY BB-8 that I made after falling in love with the droid.
Well there is a new Star Wars movie coming out this week and to celebrate I wanted to share a DIY BB9-E, a droid from the new movie.
Like my BB-8, BB9-E is made from odds and ends around the house including a sock. Below are some basic instructions on how I made it.
Gray felt. (I love the peel and stick kind.)
Red paint or nail polish.
Small bag of rice
Small rubber bands. (I use the clear hair elastics)
The first thing we did was to make the top. First cut two circles out of the thick cardboard with one slightly smaller than the other. Note: We suggest a thick cardboard both so that it is sturdy and so that when we insert the comb it stays straight and firm.
My husband came up with a great way to make the antenna with a comb. We cut the comb and then removed some teeth. We then poked holes in the cardboard and pushed the comb through. This made it so that the antenna would not come out easily. This is hard to explain to check the photos for details.
So next you are going to want to make your felt circles. I took my larger cardboard circle and traced it four times on my felt. Again, I prefer the peel and stick version because I can draw my outline onto it easily which is super helpful. We freehanded the four circles so feel free to look at BB9-E and decide for yourself what you would like him to look like.
Our next step is to start assembling our droid. I started by cutting the leg off the sock and then taking the smaller circle with the comb parts and inserting it into the sock. The goal will be to have the antenna stick through the sock. It may take some playing with to get it to lay just right as the sock toe is in that area.
Once your top is in fill the sock with some stuffing and then add the second circle. Feel free to play with how much stuffing you want as it is all personal preference.
Once you are stuffed and circled take a rubber band and place it around the sock separating the top section from the rest. Depending on size you may want to wrap the band twice.
Now stuff the rest of your sock as much as needed to give your droid a nice round shape. After he is filled take a small bag of rice and put in into the sock. This will act as a weight to keep the droid standing.
Once you are happy with the stuffing and rice take another hair elastic and tie off the sock. Feel free to cut excess off. Play with the rice to get the droid to stand nicely.
Next stick or glue (we love this glue) your felt onto your droid. Cut a few extras for the top. We stuck the brad through the felt and then the sock for the “eye.” We added a dot of red nail polish for the color.