BB-8 Symmetry Painting for Kids (or Grownups)

This Star Wars: The Force Awakens painting is so quick and easy, you might end up with a BB-8¬†art gallery in mere minutes! Plus, it’s so fun that you don’t have to leave the painting just to the kids: Grab a paintbrush and make one yourself.

What You Need

  • Paper
  • Black paint
  • Orange paint
  • Gray or silver paint
  • Paintbrushes

Get Started!

Fold the paper in half lengthwise.

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

If you’re a stickler for accuracy, here’s a photo for reference as you get started.

Next, use the black paint to draw a small half-circle for BB-8’s head, and a larger half-circle for his body. Keep the paint thick—but remember that if it’s too thick it’s likely to make a big blob.

Make a small dot of black paint in the center of the page for BB-8’s camera eye.

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

Next, use the orange paint to make small lines on BB-8’s head and circles on his body.

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

Finally, use the silver paint for a small line above BB-8’s eye and the silver markings inside the orange circles.

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

Fold the paper in half again and press firmly on the paint.

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

Open the paper, and your BB-8 is complete!

Photo: Kelly Knox
Photo: Kelly Knox

It might take more than a few test runs to get the circles well-shaped and prevent any blobs from being too large. And you’ll have to paint quickly before the paint dries too much to press to the other page.

But remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Making mistakes not only makes the painting interesting¬†but gives your kids a chance to get hands-on with symmetry.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA, where she contributes to local parenting magazines. She also writes for StarWars.com, Geek & Sundry, Forever Young Adult, and more. You can find crafts and art projects for geeky families at her blog The St{art} Button.