Imgur user CaptCash is a genius! As you can see by the photos – he was able to make his very own BB8-O-Lantern, and swears you can too! We have his step-by-step instructions after the break!
Step 1: Obtain Pumpkins – “You need to get two pumpkins. The larger one needs to be as round as possible. The smaller one needs to be slightly oblong.”
Step 2: Cut and Clean said pumpkins – “The same thing you always do for any jack-o-lantern, cut a hole on the top scoop out the seeds. For the smaller pumpkin, cut off the top 1/3. You can discard both the the stem sections.”
Step 3: Spray paint those little orange devils – “I used a flat white spray paint. Make sure you do it in a well ventilated area. As you carve the pumpkins you will get some paint chipping, but you can take care of that later with some touch-up acrylic and this is faster than trying to paint the whole thing with a brush.”
Step 4: Cut out camera holes – “Now that you’ve got your pumpkins painted, use an x-acto knife to cut the two camera holes in BB-8’s head.”
Step 5: Making the wheels – “Using string, pencil, and a pin, create six large circles. One on the front and back of the of the pumpkin, four diagonally on the sides. These will become the orange wheel designs. Next, draw six smaller circles inside those. These will become the X shapes inside the ‘wheels’. Use a softer pencil, the mechanical pencil I used caused the paint to chip quite a bit.”
Step 6: Digging out BB8 – “Using a clay shaping tool, which can be found at any art store for cheap (mine was $4) dig out the outer wheels you’ve marked off. Make sure you leave the inner circle intact. Then cut four cross-wise squares out of the inner circle and dig those out too.”
Step 7: Just keep digging, and digging, and digging – “As you dig make sure not to go too deep. The goal isn’t to cut through the pumpkin just make it thin enough for the candle light to show through. (You can see a lot of the paint chipping, but we can touch that up later)”
Step 8: Touch-up time! – “Touch up any paint chipping with a flat white acrylic paint. For the antenna I used two disposable chop sticks, made black with a sharpie.”
Step 9: Finishing Touches – “Cut lines to join each of the wheel sections. Each wheel should only have four lines. Try to line up your lines with the squares you cut out of the inner wheels. I used a drill to punch holes on either side of each of the lines for the rivets. Finally, I ran a black sharpie around the edges of any thing I cut out (also did some detailing on BB-8’s face).”
Step 10: Finished! Now light him up!
Source/quotes: CaptCash Imgur.