Easy DIY ‘lightsaber’ or sword

Here’s a really simple, yet fun project to do for the kids, the DIY lightsaber! This one is so simple, the kids can do it themselves (with a little supervision on the cutting, of course).

Watch the video here for a 2 minute summary, or check out below for details.

What you need:

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  • 1 pool noodle (image shows only 1/2 of a pool noodle)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape (optional)

Step 1: Cut the noodle

Either measuring or ‘eyeballing’, cut the full length pool noodle in half – you’ll be left with what is shown in the above section. Don’t worry too much about making a clean cut, the cut portion of the noodle will be covered in tape anyways.

Step 2: Wrap the noodle with tape

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Begin by wrapping the noodle with duct tape on one end and then wrap the rest of the end to create a hilt (fancy word for sword handle). The covered hilt portion should be just a little longer than the width of your hand.

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Now, make another one to defend yourself, and that’s it! But you could…..

Step 3: Embellish

You can dress up your lightsaber hilt to be a bit more realistic by adding any number of doodads, doodles or duct tape colors. Depending on what level of detail your child requires to achieve full immersion in a lightsaber duel.

I simply add a few strips of electrical tape to cover the duct tape seams an add a little touch of character to the blade.

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Tips

This project is pretty straight forward, but after making a number of these, there are some other things I’ve learned:

  1. Boys ages 0-5 tend to eat these if left unattended
  2. Foil tape looks awesome but rips quickly
  3. Pool noodles with a circular cross-section are stiffer than the star shaped
  4. A full-length noodle can be wrapped in the middle to create a double-bladed saber (think Darth Maul:-) )
  5. It hurts to get hit in the eye – perhaps suggest no head shots!
  6. I can “force throw” pillows

Happy dueling! If you make these, I’d love to hear your comments on how much fun you had and any improvement you made on this basic design.

-instructodad

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