DIY Mr Roboto

G2 found a box and wanted to make a robot head. So we did…


Here’s how we did it…



  1. Tape down all the flaps of the opening of the box so they don’t get in the way. You can also cut them off.
  2. Cut a rectangular slot for the eyes on one end of the box.
  3. Cover the ox with felt, sticking it down with double-sided tape.
  4. Our metallic pipe cleaners were too short so we joined two together to form each antenna. Poke two small holes into the top of the box and insert the ends of the pipe cleaner. Tape down the ends with a couple of layers of duct tape so the sharp edges are lying flat against the box and won’t stab your child’s head when he puts the box on. Cover the other end of the pipe cleaners (the end floating around in the air) with a pompom so they don’t scratch anyone while your child is walking around with his robot head.
  5. Line the inside of the box with felt, sticking it down with double-sided tape or glue.
  6. Tape over the edges of the felt with metallic tape (duct tape or thick metallic sticky tape) so you don’t have any scruffy edges.
  7. Decorate the sides of the box any way you want with more felt, glitter glue and metallic tape.

G1 decided that our robot was going to be environmentally friendly so we made “solar panels” for the top of its head with black felt and gold glitter glue. It also has an infra-red scanner over the eyes.


I’m not really sure what the other features are but I’m sure we’ll figure it out in time…


Wonder if there will be a dress-up day in school where we can use our robot head? In the meantime, the boys will have a bit of fun pretending to be robots.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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