Elmer's Robotron

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by Craft Marketing Connections Design Team

Elmer's Robotron

Think outside the box when decorating a kid's playroom or bedroom. Your child will say "Thank you very much" or "Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto" for making this cool robot from board, paint and other craft supplies.

Make one, take a picture of it, then share on social media using #ACMooreInspired

Project Details

  • Level:kid + adult together
  • Time:a few hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Prep: On first sheet of foam board, draw 14" x 16" chest and 8" x 10" head. On second sheet draw four 4" x 30" legs; two 3" x 20" necks; and two 3" x 18" arms. Cut all foam board pieces. (Tip: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blade often.) Thoroughly sand outsides of plastic bowls and cups to rough surface so that paint will later adhere.
  • 2
    Lower Body: Saw-cut 3/16" wide opening across bottom of each overturned bowl. Slide one leg down into slit on overturned bowl, trimming sides as needed to allow end of leg to be even with rim of bowl. Turn leg/bowl upside down and run line of glue along joint on both sides to secure. To give project weight, hot glue two rocks on each side of joint in bowl. Glue straight edge of paint stick down into bowl until stick is level with bottom of leg. Align and glue a third leg perched on bowl, against leg, sandwiching paint stick in between. (Note: It's OK if on the back, this will extend beyond end of first leg.) Repeat this entire step to create a second leg.
  • 3
    Chest and Arms: Hot glue chest to legs, overlapping legs 7", leaving 3" between legs and 1-1/2" inside edge of chest on each side. On rim of one cup, saw-cut one 3/16" wide x 1-1/2" deep slit. Then make another slit directly across from first, on opposite side of cup. Before attaching cup to chest, make 3/16" wide x 2-1/2" slit directly in line with one of the cup slits, close to bottom of cup. (This will hold arm.) Slip cup onto shoulder (with third slits down) and run lines of hot glue along joints on insides of cups. To connect one arm, trim corners on one end, to fit into slit in one shoulder cup. Glue joints on front and back to secure. Attach clamps to ends of arms in finger formation. Glue each one to hold. Repeat this entire step to create the other arm.
  • 4
    Head and Neck: Glue head onto end of one neck, 1-1/2" down from end of neck. Hot glue neck to back of chest so that 3" of neck shows from front. For neck support on back, vertically hot glue paint stick onto neck. Glue second neck foam board onto first, sandwiching paint stick.
  • 5
    Finishing: Spray entire robot with three coats Silver. Let dry. Consider adding marbles for eyes, clothespins for fingers (spray paint them Silver first!) and a colander as a hat or maybe bottlecaps for buttons. To secure Robotron to wall, run wire through holes in back of colander and use it to attach to nail or screw in wall.

Project Details

  • Level:kid + adult together
  • Time:a few hours

Project Supplies

  • •Two Sheets of Elmer's 20" x 30" 3/16" Foam Board in White
  • •X-ACTO Craft Knife with Replacement Blades
  • •Several Cans of Rust-Oleum Textured Metallic Spray Paint Silver
  • •Embellishments Such as Colander, Bottle Caps, Clothespins and/or Marbles
  • •Ruler, Two 4" Wide x 6" Tall Plastic Cups, Two 7" Diameter Plastic Bowls, Sandpaper & Three Paint Sticks
  • •Craft Wire & Screw or Nail (optional - see step 7)