At-Home Robot

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

What you need to make your own at-home robot.

What you need to make your own at-home robot.

The DIY mavens at The Craft Factory share their blueprint for making an at-home robot, batteries very much NOT included.

Who hasn’t dreamt of having their very own robot at home? Think Rosie, the robot-maid hybrid in The Jetsons, or R2-D2 of Star Wars fame, there to help make the bed, play catch outside, and pretend to be superheroes together. While we can’t promise this robot will make all your dreams come true, follow these simple steps to make your own robot from objects you already have around your home.


Cardboard boxes of varying sizes, or coffee cans, detergent bottles etc.
Glue gun and glue sticks
Duct tape, silver or brightly colored

Hands On DIY Robot with Craft Factory. Metro Parent magazine Portland Oregon. November 2014

The adorable finished product

Additional items for decoration: paint, foil, bubble wrap, pieces of electronics, disposable baking pans, kitchen utensils, tin cans, puzzle pieces etc.

  1. Determine the body of your robot. Fit the boxes together in the shape that you like best. Pro tip: Use other large items as part of your robot body instead of, or in addition to, the boxes. Coffee cans, laundry detergent bottles, and plastic plant containers can be bodies or robot heads; paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and tin cans can be used as arms and legs; or get creative with other household items no longer in use.
  2. Cover your boxes or household items used for the body in duct tape to make a uniform body color, or use other materials such as tin foil, paint, bubble wrap and fabric.
  3. Glue all your robot body parts together with the glue gun.
  4. Use household items to decorate your robot.

The Craft Factory is a drop-in craft studio and birthday party event space located in the heart of Multnomah Village in SW Portland, Oregon. They also host private parties, school workshops, and provide arts education. Visit them online at or call them at 503-577-4310 to book a party.

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