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The only thing I love more than Halloween is Star Wars. This time of year, you can usually catch me wandering around in some Jedi robes, disappointing people by doing my best Yoda voice, and pretending I have "the force" every time I walk through a pair of automatic doors. For me, Star Wars has only ever made its way into Halloween in the form of elaborate costumes or accessories. This year, I wanted to do something special and bring the two together in a way I hadn't done before.

I decided that I would:

  • Do something no one else has
  • Create something that every Star Wars fan would appreciate
  • Share it with others and teach them how to do it

One of my favorite new characters from the new Star Wars trilogy is BB-8. Ever since the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", this roly-poly cueball of a droid instantly became a fan-favorite with its surprisingly expressive head, and its charismatic nature resembling a cross between R2-D2 and WALL-E. Most importantly, he is the most spherical and orange character from the saga, almost like.... A PUMPKIN!

In this instructable, I will share my process for carving your very own BB-8 out of a pumpkin, as well as all the tips and tricks to get the best results in the least amount of time.

The journey will be rough. I made lots of mistakes, learned a few lessons, and literally BLED for this, but I would gladly do it all over again as I had a blast. I hope you do too!

Step 1: Some Quick Things Before We Start...

Before you start this project, you should be aware of 4 things:

Number 1: This was my first time carving a pumpkin*

I made many mistakes, re-did a lot of my work, made most of it up along the way, and did things in a way that some would describe as being "sequentially incoherent". Follow the instructions, but remain open to better ways of doing things.

Number 2: This was my first time writing an instructable

I tried my best to take as many notes and pictures of the process along the way but sometimes forgot to take photos of a step until I was already on to the next. Therefore, some photos in this guide will have continuity errors. I'm super sorry about this, but I will point these out as you come across them to avoid confusion.

Number 3: This took me a LONG time

Longer than I ever expected it to take. However, most of that was due to researching and Photoshopping pictures of BB-8, constantly experimenting with different tools and painting techniques, taking photos and notes for this Instructable, and re-doing a lot of my work due to poor planning. This won't take you nearly as long as it did for me, but that doesn't mean you will be able to bust this out in an afternoon. Be prepared to spend several hours on this.

Number 4: That being said...

Don't take too long to finish. Try not to spread this project out over too many days, as pumpkins do rot. I bought my pumpkin on a Sunday. By Wednesday, the bottom of the large pumpkin was... ahem... leaking. By Thursday, it was rotten and home for a family of gnats. I didn't finish until Friday :(

Ok, that should do it!

Enjoy!

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*I mean, I may have carved a pumpkin or two when I was a kid, but I certainly didn't put any real effort into it. The point is that I'm a novice.

Daldarondo1 year ago
Great job! Very detailed. Can’t wait to try it next year!
Msperm691 year ago
What an incredibly detailed and descriptive instruction. I will make mine tonight and follow yours to the letter! Yours came out great. I will most certainly share the photos when completed!
At a boy champ
Swansong1 year ago

That looks awesome! You did a great job with all the little details :)