A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away…. a young boy felt the force was strong within him and went on a quest to find his lightsaber.
My son loves Star Wars and he decided he really wanted to be Yoda with his very own lightsaber.
Initially, I looked at some online and in the shops, but they all seemed quite expensive considering what they were made of, so I decided to just make a lightsaber.
I went into my recycling box, my craft box and my kitchen cupboard and cobbled together some supplies.
Supplies to make your own lightsaber…
- A wrapping paper cardboard tube
- Two toilet roll tubes (kitchen roll tube will do)
- Black material (piece of black card will do)
- Green tissue paper (of course you can use red or blue too)
- PVA Glue
- Sticky tape
Step 1 (not necessary for kitchen roll tubes) – Take the two toilet roll tubes and attach them together at the ends using sticky tape. This will be the handle of your lightsaber.
Step 2 – Wrap tin foil around the two toilet roll tubes and tuck it in the ends, gluing it down along the long edge. Put a rolled up piece of tin foil in one end of the tube to close it off.
Step 3 – Cut your black fabric or card to roughly 4 inches shorter than your handle and glue it around the tin foil handle in the middle leaving tin foil showing at each side.
Step 4 – Wrap the tissue paper around the wrapping paper tube making sure to also cover the end and secure it with either sticky tape or glue. This will be your lightsaber blade.
I use long sheets of tissue paper so there are less joins visible and to get more coverage in one go.
Also, you don’t need to cover the handle end, as it will be hidden.
Step 5 – Slide the handle onto the uncovered end of the wrapping paper tube and secure with sticky tape. You can also put glue on the inside of the handle, then slide the wrapping paper tube on, whichever finish you feel most-happy with is fine.
And hey presto! You have a new lightsaber for your young padawan.
Here is my son with his, wearing the Yoda costume I made him for last Halloween.