I came up with this “boffer” style lightsaber for my kids shortly after they caught the Star Wars bug. It’s safe, fun, and easy to make out of a pool noodle and some duct tape. In my quest for the safest, cheapest DIY lightsaber, I found pool noodles to be a popular route, but I never found any that were slender and sleek like a lightsaber should be. This was my solution. I’ve made about a dozen of them now, and I’m very confident in this design’s adaptability to create your child’s (or your) ideal lightsaber.
I’ve made ones based on the lightsabers of specific characters such as Anakin, Yoda, Ahsoka Tano, Aayla Secura, Mace Windu, and of course the famous dual lightsaber of Darth Maul. My oldest ones have lasted 6 months so far and have stood up well to daily use.
One pool noodle will yield two lightsabers, so you’ll be ready for a duel right away! Also, it’s easy to change the length if you wanted to make an adult sized lightsaber, just cut the noodle 6 or 8 inches longer. (Perhaps someone can use that extra length for an Episode VII style saber? Someone? Anyone? Please leave a comment if you do!) Thanks for reading, and “May the force be with you!”