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!
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!