How to Make a Lightsaber

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Need an easy craft for your Star Wars fanatic? Life as MOM contributor Janel explains how you can make a lightsaber at home with basic craft materials.

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A couple of years ago, my daughters had a playdate with some good friends who lived just around the corner. When I came to pick the girls up, I found my eldest locked in a lightsaber duel with her friends. Yeah, that’s not an uncommon occurrence necessarily, but she didn’t have her lightsaber with her that day and they didn’t have enough toy lightsabers to go around. So, they had improvised — all on their own — by crafting lightsabers from good ol’ construction paper and tape.

It. Was. Awesome.

I was so impressed with our friend Josey’s ingenuity to create the lightsaber. Better yet, a wayward swing with these homemade sabers didn’t hurt like the toy variety might.

Making your own lightsabers is actually pretty easy and doesn’t require any complicated craft materials — just some construction paper, scissors, tape, and a filling of some sort to help make it sturdier. By using such simple materials that you might normally have on hand, it’s easier to have a spur-of-the-moment crafting session. Perfect for when you need to wrangle some kids into an organized activity or need a rainy day craft to save your sanity.

More detailed instructions are included below in the printable box. But in simple terms, make a tube out of construction paper in whatever color you choose. If you want to get accurate, I’m told that these colors match the characters:

  • Green = Yoda, Luke
  • Blue = Obi Wan, Anakin
  • Purple = Mace Windu
  • Red = Darth Vader, Darth Sidious

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Then add another tube of paper for the handle. I used black, but gray might be more authentic. My daughter assures me that some Jedi out there used wood so brown would work too.

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Then add any extras that you like with scraps of paper, and start dueling.

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May the force be with you!

A girl in a pink shirt looking at the camera.– Janel is a part-time homeschooling mom of two daughters and a former “law school wife” in California. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she (occasionally) blogs about motherhood, crafts, and living on a budget at Life with Lucie and Ella. You can read all of Janel’s Life as MOM posts here.

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  1. They look great! Although with my three boys they probably won’t last very long. Last summer we made lightsabers out of pool noodles and electrical tape, both from the dollar store. They were a huge hit. My husband and I even got a little competitive about who could make the coolest designs with the electrical tape :).

    1. Yes, they definitely won’t last forever since they are made of paper. My daughter (who is rather forceful in her dueling) likes to wrap packing tape around them to make them sturdier.