How To Build a Robot Out of a Box

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What child doesn't dream of having their very own robot friend to play with? Luckily, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to build a robot. You don't even need to be a mechanic. All you need to make a fun robot friend is a box. That's right; if you can use glue and scissors, you can build your very own robot. The following are instructions on how to build a robot out of a box.


  • box
  • scissors
  • glue
  • arms
  • base
  • markers, paints, or pencils

First, select the box you want to use to make your robot. You can make it any size you want it to be. You can make a large one or even one small enough to fit on a bookshelf or a computer desk. While you can purchase a box from a store, you may already have an empty box in your house. This will save you money and time. You can use a shipping box, cereal box, shoe box, or any type of box you want to make your robot. You could even use a candy box for a very tiny robot.

Next, your robot will need arms. For the arms, you can use anything you can find. Dryer ventilation tubes and other piping look very robotic. If you want arms that bend, you can use pipe cleaners. Slinkies make fun robot arms as well. Whatever you choose, attach them to the sides of the box for the arms. Use glue to hold them in place or cut two holes in the sides and insert them.

Next, select a base for your robot. A base will help your robot stand better. You could use a wooden board or Styrofoam. Glue the base to the bottom of your box. The base can also double as the feet. Let the base dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.

You're almost done. The final step is to personalize your box robot. You can use markers, paint, crayons, or pencils to draw a face and designs on your box. You could even glue on sewing buttons for eyes or to make buttons. Googly eyes are great if you want your robot's eyes to move. You can make a funny, scary, happy, or angry robot. The face you choose will determine the personality of your robot. A happy, smiling face means your robot is friendly, but an angry face could mean you made an evil robot that wants to take over the world. It is up to you. See how creative you can be and have fun searching for materials.

Once all the paint and glue are dry, your box robot is finished and ready to play with or display.


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