Monday, May 4, 2020

R2D2 trash can

Because the trash can with the rounded lid reminds me of R2D2.
Because my daughter happens to love Star Wars and all things geeky.
Because my eco-obsessions mean I need fewer trash cans around my own home anyway.
Because stay-at-home orders give me extra time away from committee work and more time among my button collection.

Because of all this, I present to you a homemade R2D2 trash can.

  • a bathroom trash-can with a lid evocative of a well-beloved Star Wars droid
  • blue painter's tape
  • duct tape
  • a few buttons from my vast button collection
  • a bottle cap
  • a white plastic ring that probably had something to do with curtains at one point
  • bits of rope
  • tiny reflective stickers (from my lightweights stash)
  • glue gun
  • scissors
I assemble my ingredients after a minor excess of time spent scouring the internet for good R2D2 images.

I was relieved to see there is a bit of variation, because that means that my inevitable mistakes are less critical.

I thought I might tape off sections and spray paint blue squares (etc) on to the can, but then I realize that blue tape -- while not really quite the right shade of blue -- is close enough for any daughter of Miser Mom.  So I used tape instead of paint.

Honestly, the hardest part was the stickers on top of the droid, because geometry.  Tape is flat; the lid is curved.   I ended up making lots of snips at the top of each trapezoid up there, and then layering the resulting flaps one on top of each other, so that the tape would lie flat (or rather, round) against the lid.

For texture to make R2D2's belly look a little bit like grating, I put small strips of rope under the duct tape.

I'm just really, really happy that this turned out so well!    And of course, I have to conclude with the standard geekster's greeting:  May the fourth be with you.


  1. I love it! This is the kind of project I would have fun with and my perfectionist partner would then wince at every time he spotted another imperfection that I had embraced as part of the creative process. :D

    1. Ah. "Imperfection" is my middle name: Miser Imperfection Mom, that's me! But I have a lot of fun anyway.