Jun 14, 2009

Home made recycled WALL-E

Yeah, you knew it. Deep down you knew this pile of recycling was going to be another robot didn't you! The kids still adore robots of all types and WALL-E is the king of robots in thier hearts, because he's not only a hero and an all round lovely guy, but he's been to outer space "for real".
I had a yellow dollar store square plastic bucket with handles that was used for the main part of his body and everything else was hot glued on and painted with either yellow or grey paint. Here's a few pics of him being put together and the kids painting bits...

His eyes were two yoghurt pots with two halfs of a tape dispenser glued on top.
The front of his body was made from half of the plastic container that held Safeway susan cookies. PSA: Never buy safeway susan cookies if you have long term plans to fit in the trousers you own. It's impossible to eat less than, oh I don't know, twelve pounds of them in one sitting.
Wall-e's hands were made from some random odd shaped bits of cardboard packaging and arms were a couple of large craft popsicle sticks and cardboard tubes.

The black thing on his front was the blank tray from a laptop's dvd slot.
His neck joint was the pouring spout from a fabric softener bottle.
His caterpillar tracks were made from some corrugated cardboard from random boxes and round things like empty tape rolls and empty single serving pots of apple sauce and a couple of bottle lids.I cut a square hole in the susan cookie lid, so that I could make his front open up like in the movie and the kids can keep stuff/hide stuff in his body. I'd love to find the time to sew them a little felt boot with a fake plant in it, just like in the movie.
Lastly the buttons and wall-e logo and solar power meter on his front were just drawn onto old styrofoam take away tray material with markers and cut out and glued on.
He's a cutie, and the great thing with this was that because Wall-e is a battered old robot, you don't have to be too careful about how you slap him together. The messier he is, the more like the real Wall-e he will look ;). I have no idea what to do now if they ask for EVE to go with him. I fear that she's a bit too slick to pull off with random junk from the recycling bin. Maybe papier mache?
I heartily recommend saving any bits and bobs of recycling that you think are interesting shapes. I have a stash out in the garage that it's really useful to delve into for projects like this. The kids get a kick out of helping to make toys out of junk and I'm really hoping that as they get older I can let them have more creative free reign with the glue gun. Maybe they will make me a hot tub out of recycling one day!

45 comments:

togetherforgood said...

this. is. incredible. Wizardry is right. Color me impressed!

You are extremely talented. :)

Valerie said...

That is the best "Out of Junk" robot I've ever seen! Ya'll did fantastic, and my little boy is sooooo jealous!

Blessings,

Valerie
www.TheCraftyClassroom.com

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

THAT'S AWESOME!! I am going to promote this to kingdom come and try to get you LOTS of press for this!!

I love your blog!

Heather

LiEr said...

Absolutely delightful and clever and supreme! I am ashamed to say I haven't yet watched Wall-E, but then the last movie I watched must have been about 2 years ago. But we are big enough Pixar fans to know what it's about and what he looks like. You and the girls did such a fabulous job with him - he's so, so cute. I wish we had a stash of fun potential robot-parts. The husband throws them out with the trash or recycling each week. First he refuses to let me build the ginormous rocket. Then this. Methinks he's anticraft.

Nicole said...

What fun!

Rachel B said...

Oh, he turned out so well!!!

Whimsical Creations said...

That turned out cool!

librarianism said...

This is a good looking wall-e. Very impressive!!

Cindy said...

I Love It. I wish I could be so creative. My son just turned 3 and we had a Wall E birthday for him. He loves him so much and the movie has an awesome message.

Karin said...

Oh my! This is so beyond fabulous, I don't even know what to call it! So inspirational!!! What a superb transformation!!!

(Must show Husband so he will perhaps grow fonder of my own pile o' rubbish that I can't throw out.)

Carrie said...

This is so amazing and maybe the best use of recycled bits and bobs ever! I'd love to share this on Ohdeedoh.com and introduce our readers to your wonderful blog. I can't figure out how to email you, but if you're game you can contact me at carrie@apartmentherapy.com

Thanks!
Carrie

kyla said...

Oh my gosh! The cutest thing ever!! You are sooo talented I never could have come up with that! Now I'm gonna have to try! Thank you this should keep my little ones busy for a little while!

TCN said...

I love it! My kids are totally into Wall-E too, the movie can easily play on repeat 3 times daily without boredom ensuing :)

This is one of the most creative uses of junk I have ever seen and I've added it to StumbleUpon :)

Danna said...

Just amazing! Looks just like him.

Thiago Khoury said...

Such an amazing job!

I have a blog about Disney stuff (micepost.wordpress.com) written in portuguese and every sunday I post something funny on it. I would love to put one of these pictures linking to your blog, would you let me? Please let me know as soon as possible!

Thanks!

thiagokhoury@ymail.com

MaryAnne said...

This is pure genius!

Heidi said...

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen! I had to share it, so I linked to this page on my blog. This is truly incredible! :)

Inna D. said...

That's fantastic! I wonder how long it takes.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WOW, this is AMAZING! I'm totally blown away! I'll be linking.

roberta said...

WOW! You're blog is is the best for children! I want to tryu all your idea!
Ciao,
Roberta

Mother Goose and Gear said...

This is so 100% awesome and wall-e is one of my favorite movies. I cant wait to try to make this guy just to make my inner child happy. thanks for sharing. i'm going to post a link on my blog to this. i love it so much!

Richard, Kirsten, Mae and Ben said...

Your Wall-e is just incredible! It is one of the most amazing things we've ever seen! Well done! And I think he would be proud to have been made of recyclables!

Kitten Muffin said...

Wow! I'm stunned at the amazing response this post has had. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments that have been left here.

If anyone else does have a go at making a WALL-E then please do come back and let us know. I'd love to see!

Suzume said...

You're amazingly amazing!

adrianj said...

This is great! I remember when I was younger I loved to make stuff like this and my mum encouraged it and now
I'm doing an industrial design degree. I have to say the way you made this is incredible! Looks just like the 'proper' wall-e.

Brilliant parenting :)

Ashley said...

Unbelievable.....he looks better than the one we bought!!

Jillian said...

This is so incredible, my son is ape over Wall-E and I dare not show him this because he will be begging me for it and well I just don't know that I am that talented. I did make him a Wall-E out of Legos once it was a hit. Thanks for sharing your awesomeness.

Brie said...

Are you kidding me?! This is amazing! What a wonderful job you all did!

Amy said...

I just found your site through One Pretty Thing a short while ago and have so enjoyed looking back through all of your creative projects! You're amazing... will you be my friend? You rock!
This Wall E is especially AWESOME! I can't stop thinking about it! I've already started setting aside my recyclables in order to try it with my girls. They loved the movie and will be over the moon if we can pull this project off.
I'll be sure to link to our finished project if it looks even half as good as yours. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Nice to have "met you" and looking forward to seeing what else you've got up your super creative sleeves.

Zip n Tizzy said...

This is truly amazing.
Great job a) putting together a really authentic Wall-e, and b) reinforcing the message in the movie!
I'm very impressed!

Ellie said...

That's amazing!

Cindy said...

Your Wall e looks awsome!!! My 12 year old son was even impressed and in my opinion that is pretty hard to do. We are going to use more of our recycleables to come up with fun projects, and your blog is so inspirational.

Many blessings,

Cindy

Em Newman said...

Your kids are lucky to have such a great mom! It's parents like you who give me hope for the future.

-Em

Gobbers said...

WOW, thanks for showing me your build at the Exploratorium today! I'd love it if you could please post some of your pics on our site @ reachsites.com/diypixar

K33kat Beatz!! said...

very awesome! ty for such a fun idea^^

Anonymous said...

want to do this for a robot project but I'm some what confused. Could someone help!!!!!!!!!!

RAKESH.... said...

wow its amazing for the kid. your work inspired my kids to create new ideas and utilize time in some creative work inpite of wasting it for watching TV and Playing Computer & Mobile Games during summer holydays. Thanks & keep it up .

bowgust said...

Wow, very creative :D

Anonymous said...

what is the orange thing on his back made out of?????

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD how good is ur robot it is the best thing i hav ever seen i wish i could make that.

Anonymous said...

Your blog inspire me to make this robot for each of my two children. I would like send to you the pictures so you can see their faces when they so it.
THANK YOU!!

Daimeyoh Creed said...

i follow the instructions properly and so i did it! im amazed to myself that i can do it without any help. thank you for posting this. :)

Benjamin Arditi said...

Hi, you saved my life. My 7 year old had to build a robot as a school assignment and I had no clue of how to proceed. We adapted your design to the materials we had. It came out great and my boy is beaming. Thank you!

yuffyest said...

Another amazing piece of kidcraftwomanship! I've just discovered our blog and am so impressed. I ask what kind of paint you use, as I've always found it difficult to get paint to 'stick' to clear plastic.
Thanks.

Carol Marie Whitfield said...

I love that movie!
So cute, great job!

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