It all started with a picture book that told the stories of the original three Star Wars movies. What started as curiosity and flipping through those pages has turned into a Star Wars obsession for my kids. If you have your own Star Wars fan at home, this simple lightsaber craft is perfect for Jedi knights of all ages!
You can easily find pool noodles at the dollar store, and most people have duct tape and electrical tape at home, making this Star Wars craft not only easy, but super inexpensive as well.
- Pool Noodles
- Silver or Grey Duct Tape
- Black Electrical Tape
- Serrated Kitchen Knife (I used my bread knife.)
- Colored Duct Tape (optional)
How to Make Your Pool Noodle Lightsaber:
First, use a serrated knife to cut your pool noodle in half. (This step should be done by an adult.) You can also choose to use an entire pool noodle for a super long, extra wiggly lightsaber that is fun to use outside.
Next, cover the bottom hole of the noodle with duct tape. One piece will not cover it completely. Overlapping two pieces that are approximately 5 inches long does a nice job.
Once the bottom is covered it is time to create your lightsaber’s hilt. Tear off 10 inch long sections of duct tape for your child to wrap around the bottom portion of the lightsaber. The first piece should overlap the duct tape pieces covering the hole at the bottom. You will need 3-4 pieces of duct tape to make your hilt, depending on how big you want it to be and how much your child overlaps each piece.
Finally, it’s time to personalize the hilt with electrical tape. For a younger child you may want to just cut various lengths of tape for them to use. Older children can wrap the electrical tape around the hilt and cut it to the length they want on their own. If you have other colors of duct tape, they can use it for details like buttons.
If your kids are anything like mine a lightsaber duel will happen immediately. Unlike those plastic lightsabers they sell at the stores, pool noodle lightsabers don’t hurt if you get caught in a battle. They can even be used inside. And, if one breaks, you can easily make a new one.
I love it when a good book inspires an interest in something new. I have a feeling this Star Wars obsession will be around for a while. It’s been fun sharing the books and movies I grew up with and bringing them to life for my own kids with this simple pool noodle lightsaber craft. (In fact, I couldn’t resist making a couple extra so the whole family can get in on the action!)
Want your lightsaber to really glow? Check out this lightsaber craft at Kids Activities Blog.