Have a little Star Wars fan? Me too. I don't know if it is the battle between good and evil, the fantastic characters or the light saber battles that draws them in. I do know, however, that my son's favorite part of Star Wars lays in the long duals between the good and bad guys - and any reason to battle with a friend is always at the top of his fun list. However, those plastic Jedi light sabers that you can find at the big box toy store are not eco-friendly and quite honestly it hurts when you are hit with one. So my husband and I designed a fun and safe version of the light saber for our little padawan's birthday party by repurposing items that we already had in our garage. Read on to learn how to make light sabers for your Star Wars loving kids. (PS: Dads like them too!)
What you will need:
- pool noodle
- scrap piece of plastic pipe
- duct or electrical tape
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Most likely you already have all of the supplies that you will need in your garage. If not, you can find pipe scraps at your local resource store.
Step 2: Measure It
Choose a piece of pipe that is long enough for your child’s hand to wrap around with enough length left over to insert around 6″ into the pool noodle.
Step 3: Assemble It
Insert around 6″ of the piping into the pool noodle – if you find it difficult to merge the two pieces, soaping up the end of the pipe will make it easier.
Step 4: Make a Handle
Using duct or electrical tape wrap the bottom of the pipe completely. We used a combination of both.
Step 5: Cut It Down to Size
Once the light saber is assembled, you can cut off some of the length of the pool noodle to fit the proportion of your child.
Step 6: Dual!
Watch your little padawans battle it out as they dual with pool noodles turned light sabers.