Love in a (BB-8 Water) Bottle! (DIY)

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

They say spring is for new romances, and indeed, in April of this year we all fell in love!  BB-8 is one of the cutest movie character to come along in years.  And of course we all really, really, really wanted one of our own!   Since the lab at M4P is equipped to make any full size robot, as long as it can be built with duct tape…  a full-size, working BB-8 was out of the question.  However, these M4P exclusive mini-versions were well within our abilities. 

We used an AquaBall as the body.  Ironically AquaBall has a contract to use all kinds of Disney characters on their shrink wrapped bottles…. bot not BB-8s –  which we here at M4P think would be the perfect cross-marketing opportunity, if there ever was one.  So to all AquaBall marketing people out there, you know how to contact me if you want to use my idea 🙂

Before we get started on the DIY part I want to note that we had all kinds of other fun projects going at the time we made these.  Jedi Master Heidi was making Ewoks, a votive, and an R2-D2 sign, and I was making Wampa Cookies.  So don’t get confused by the seemingly unrelated objects in the backgrounds of the photos!

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

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How To:

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

  • Remove plastic wrap around bottles.
  • Cut foam ball in half with the saw.
  • Carve a bottle cap-sized hole in the middle of the inside of the foam ball. Depending how large the hole in your foam is, you might need to glue the cap in place.
  • Paint the entire cap and the bottle with a white base coat. (Let dry, and repeat 2+ times as needed)

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

  • Using circle template, draw the designs in pencil.

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

  • Paint the orange, grey (mix black and white) and black details. Let dry.

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

  • Add pencil marks on top of paint, if needed, to simulate those de-bossed edges.
  • Mix orange, black and lots of water.  Dry brush some “battle fatigue”, so your BB-8 looks a bit dirty and dingy.

Star Wars Food: DIY Aquaball BB-8 Water Bottle. /// Check out our blog for lots of Star Wars Party food recipes and downloadable labels! Great for a Birthday Party or a May the Fourth be with you Party. /// #starwars #starwarsparty #maythefourthbewithyou #starwarsbirthday #starwarsfood #bb8 #aquaball maythefourthbewithyoupartyblog.com

Tips:

  • I did not use paint that is safe for food.  I have been told it can be ordered online, but I could not find in local craft stores.  Recently, I did a check online, and there are lots of paints called “non-toxic” but I found nothing that was considered food safe.  For our party, the water was in the bottles for just a few hours, so I wasn’t really worried about toxins seeping in.  However, if you plan on using your bottle regularly,  then definitely look for the the food safe paint!
  • There are many more images available of the BB-8 now, than there were when we made these in April.  It seems like the detailing is silver, not grey.  So feel free to customize your design!

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