Homemade Lightsabers!


Written by: Alice 

 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

No really just yesterday, in our front yard, but some days do seem longer than others…  The bus arrives and I walk out, happy to be greeting our son in sunshine (finally!).  He bounds off the bus, backpack falling off his shoulders and coat flying behind him as if it’s trying to keep up.  He is glowing, which I attribute to this glorious day, and then he says, “Mom, I know exactly who I want to be for Character Day…tomorrow!!!!!”  I realize his face is illuminated not by sunshine, but imagination.  I begin to sweat a little.

He is my planner, my creator, my “everything to the last detail” child…I only pray I can live up to the plan he has devised.  “What character do you want to be?” I cautiously ask.  “Luke Skywalker!” he exclaims with a grin stretching ear-to-ear. I feel his excitement permeate the air…and all I can think is Why does it have to be something we don’t have a costume for?  “I can’t wait to be Luke Skywalker and bring my LIGHTSABER to school!!!!”  We don’t own a lightsaber….I am quickly trying to remember all the books we’ve read to convince him he wants to be another character…Laura Ingalls Wilder – don’t think he’ll go for that…Winnie the Pooh – definitely not…Avengers – too involved….Luke Skywalker it is!

We put school stuff away and head to his room to pick out the outfit.

White button down and t-shirt – check & check

Tan pants – check

Brown shoes – check

Belt – check

Lightsaber – ??????

“I have to have a lightsaber…a BLUE lightsaber! Luke has a blue lightsaber!” he proclaimed, a little on the whiny side.  I promised I’d think of something and we set about our night, which means he asked me about every 10 minutes if I’d thought of how to make a lightsaber.  I mulled over the idea of forbidding it because his school wouldn’t want him to bring in a distraction.  Then it dawned on me…I have been hoarding glow sticks (and sidewalk chalk and bubbles) for that “special time” when we would need 100 glow sticks!

I came up with a simple, yet effect method to create a homemade lightsaber.  I was even labeled a “Cool” mom for this one…and I marked it on the calendar…literally!  All you need are four items and 5 minutes.  Enjoy your lightsaber…and May the Force be with you!

 

Items needed:

1 roll clear packing tape

1 toilet paper roll (or another flexible yet sturdy cardboard material)

1 piece aluminum foil

15-20 of desired color glow sticks (I used a handful of small ones but you can use a large one)

 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Cut vertically

1.Cut toilet paper roll in half (vertically)

 

2. Cover toilet paper roll with aluminum foil, shiny side out.  This is your handle.

2. Cover toilet paper roll with aluminum foil, shiny side out. This is your handle.

 

 

3. Crack and shake the glow sticks–this was by far the most fun part…

 

Gather glow sticks into a bunch and tape around the top and bottom so they form one solid “beam.”  You may also tape the actual top and bottom to ensure the glow sticks in the middle do not fall out.

4.Gather glow sticks into a bunch and tape around the top and bottom so they form one solid “beam.” You may also tape the actual top and bottom to ensure the glow sticks in the middle do not fall out.

 

5.Place first edge of “handle” on the bottom of the glow sticks. 6. Tape the inside of the toilet paper roll onto the glow sticks. 7.Tightly wrap the toilet paper roll around to form the handle.

5.Place first edge of “handle” on the bottom of the glow sticks.
6. Tape the inside of the toilet paper roll onto the glow sticks.
7.Tightly wrap the toilet paper roll around to form the handle.

 

8.Tape top of handle to secure to the glow sticks.  You are now ready for battle!

8.Tape top of handle to secure to the glow sticks. You are now ready for battle!

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