DIY Pool Noodle Lightsaber

A pool noodle lightsaber is an inexpensive and injury free way for them to act out a Star Wars duel. The kids enjoy watching Star Wars, but they prefer to experience it.

They love exploring Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios! We grabbed a pricey souvenir lightsaber from Tatooine Traders at Hollywood Studios in November (don’t judge, we’ll never grow up) and our son made a custom saber at Savi’s Workshop. While these were impressive and worth the costs to us, it’s not something made for playing.

Put those unwanted pool noodles to good use and re-purpose them as a pool noodle lightsaber!

The only DIY I attempt and share is simple and inexpensive. I don’t have a magical craft room and I certainly can’t use major power tools. My husband and our son gladly volunteered their lightsaber making skills for this project and it was a perfect activity for our whole family to get involved in before, during, and after the DIY!

Materials needed:

Pool Noodles

Silver duct tape

Black electrical tape

Total cost: Approximately $5 for 4 lightsabers

Using a large pair of scissors, I cut 2 pool noodles (green and red) in the middle, giving us 4 lightsabers and making us feel a little like General Grievous when we hold them all. There was no technique to applying the duct tape and electrical tape, just random designs. We didn’t over-complicate our designs because honestly, we were too excited to start playing with them to decorate and stylize them.

The Force is really strong with my children (as in they are VERY energetic) but the pool noodles are soft and not likely to damage any objects or injure anyone. There are no cool lightsaber sounds with these pool noodles, but that didn’t stop us from making our own sound effects and even humming the theme song.

Should you ever find yourself in our neighborhood, this is just the sort of family activity you’ll find us doing in our yard.

Still on our DIY to-do-list is snagging more pool noodles and making a Darth Maul lightsaber and even a Kylo Ren lightsaber with a hilt.

Our family has enjoyed acting out our favorite lightsaber scenes from the movies and our battles can great really intense at all ages!

Are you a Jedi or have you joined the Dark Side?


  1. September 8, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    These are cool and a lot less I juries then the plastic ones that end up breaking anyway. Great Job

  2. September 10, 2015 / 8:39 am

    Ok, so that is pretty much the cutest idea ever. My boys are both so into Star Wars, so they would LOVE this.

    • Jenny
      September 10, 2015 / 9:00 am

      They really are super fun to play with. By the way, love your blog (and the Red Sox)!

  3. September 10, 2015 / 9:10 am

    Not quite sure where I fit in as yet Dark side or Jedi but love your ideas thanks for sharing.

  4. September 10, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    Thats so cool. I love the creativity. I need to start do more DIY at home. Fun for kids

  5. September 10, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    These are really cute and I know a ton of kids that would love them! Hey, I want one, too!

  6. September 10, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Oh these are awesome. They’ll definitely be played with a lot in the next few years of Star Wars releases.

  7. September 10, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    This is so creative and i am sure children would really love to play with.

  8. September 11, 2015 / 2:45 am

    Great DIY project. For sure my kids will love this too!

  9. September 11, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Now that pretty nifty. I love this idea. Very creative indeed!

  10. September 11, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    This is so cool! My nephews would love to have these lightsabers. I will make this for them.

  11. September 11, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    How creative are these! I love the colors that you picked too. I’m huge Star Wars fan and I am in love with these. Lol.

  12. September 11, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Oh wow! These are super cute. My little one would love these!

  13. September 11, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Oh my GOSH that is freaking amazing!!!!! I love that. I definitely have to keep this in mind for my nieces! ♥

  14. September 11, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    This is so awesome. I think my husband will be more excited about this than my daughter. He is a huge fan.

  15. September 11, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    ha my son saw it and he wants to make one now too out of his noodle. I think it’s a fun idea.

  16. September 11, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    That is so cool and creative. These are really cute idea My son would surely love this.

  17. September 19, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    So fun and easy! Love it! Thanks for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  18. Lauren
    April 20, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    Very cool

  19. April 23, 2020 / 11:20 am

    Awesome! My kids would love this! 🙂

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