Make some pool noodle lightsabers! This project is very easy to do, and your little Jedis will be so happy.

These pool noodle lightsabers are perfect for lightsaber duels because they are lightweight and won’t hurt anyone. Depending on your space, they can be a good option for indoor play!

Make these for fun at home, or as birthday party favors. Also fun to make and give as gifts!

How to make pool noodle lightsabers

Supplies Needed:

  • Pool Noodles – one per lightsaber
  • Duct tape – gray, black, and red
  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes – this sounds silly, but if you wipe the blades of your scissors with baby wipes, they cut right through the duct tape!
  • Serrated knife

First, cut your pool noodle to the desired length. We made ours about 3 feet long.

Use a serrated knife to cut your pool noodles. It works really well!

Then decorate the lightsaber hilt with duct tape. It works well to start by covering the end with tape. Wrap two strips over the end. It doesn’t matter if the ends are neat because you’re going to cover that up anyway.

Then wrap strips of tape around the pool noodle.

Once the hilt is covered with gray duct tape, you can add details like buttons and lines with black and red duct tape.

If you’re having trouble cutting the sticky duct tape, try wiping your scissor blades with a baby wipe – it really works!

And that’s all there is to it! Time for a lightsaber duel!

Have fun making lightsabers!

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  1. Danielle Jul 12, 2012

    Love this simple idea! I will be making this with my son soon!

  2. Shelly Jul 13, 2012


  3. Princess of the Nerds Aug 15, 2013

    Lol! This website is for boys... I think my (girl) cousins would have to disagree that this craft is JUST for boys ;)

    1. Princess of the Nerds Aug 15, 2013

      They love Star Wars...

    2. Sarah Aug 16, 2013

      It doesn't say anywhere that this craft is just for boys! The website is called "Frugal Fun for Boys" because I have four boys and no girls. I am writing from a "boy-mom" perspective. But that doesn't mean that girls won't enjoy many of the activities!

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    1. Brent Jun 4, 2016

      I'm a cubmaster, and cub scouts are technically all boys, but my 10 year old daughter and 6 year old daughter absolutely love "boy" crafts. And, they are the perfect ages to test out new ideas on before I use them on the cub scouts. Especially at this age, there is very little that boys enjoy that girls dont love just as much.

      Your entire blog is awesome, by the way.

  5. Cindy H Jul 12, 2014

    What a great idea. My husband just made 4 of these for our two sons and their friends. We are going to make 2 more in red. Thank you for sharing these. Our sons LOVE them. Oh and my husband. ;)

    1. Richard Jun 2, 2016

      How do you make them? Length etc...have been asked to make 30 for grandson's birthday party

  6. Audra Rogers Aug 5, 2014

    These are SO great and easy to make multiples of! Fabulous idea!

  7. Adam Nagy Dec 5, 2014

    Thank you for sharing such a great idea. My 7 y/o and 5 y/o will be making these this summer.

  8. Fermin Losco May 23, 2018

    Some really quality blog posts on this site, saved to fav.

  9. Kay McFall Jul 27, 2020

    This sight is fabulous. We've tryed many of the crafts and had a blast doing it. I e shared some of the gun things with other parents and given.them the sight to read up on more

  10. laura Jul 6, 2021

    you are so great to share these fabulous ideas! thank you...super ideas for grandma camp and possibly family reunion fun:))))

  11. Kitamu May 10, 2023

    We made 4 for our May the 4th /birthday craft. We also bought the glowstick necklaces and slid those in, stuffed or taped to opening , and had nighttime Saber duels. I might by 2 per Saber nextime so the glow extends the whole way up. This as a last minute quick and successful project. THANKS. You saved the day.


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