Super inexpensive Lightsaber Toy DIY

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For the past month there has been one toy that has gotten far more playing time than any other toy (perhaps more than all the other toys combined).  If you have little boys you’re definitely going to want to tune in for this super easy DIY.

With the coming of Summer, stores have begun stocking swim noodles.  I saw them for sale at our local HEB (grocery store) this week for just $2. The swim noodle will be cut in half to make 2 lightsabers. $1 for a light saber!  You can’t get any better than that.  And, here is a little mom fact: You can unleash the kids with these in the house because they are soft.  I don’t have to worry about my kids getting too rough with these, nor do I have to worry about them breaking things (not that we have much to break; our house is fairly kid friendly).

Light Saber construction is extremely easy.  You’ll need:

  • A swim noodle (makes 2 light sabers)
  • Duct Tape or Masking tape
  • Colored sharpie or other permanent marker
  • (optional) Small LED Flashlight like this one


  1. Cut the swim noodle in half.
  2. Wrap the bottom with masking or duct tape.  Duct tape will give it a nice metallic look.  We, unfortunately ran out of duct tape after just 1 lightsaber.  We found, though that masking tape works just as well and is easier to color.
  3. Color tape/light saber handle with a sharpie or other permanent marker. You can get fancy and add little buttons or other things with marker.

Occasionally, for added effect my son will put one of our small LED flashlights in the handle end of the lightsaber giving it a very Star Wars-esque glowing effect.


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  1. I Definitely pinned this article and WILL be making these soon. maybe a cheap Easter gift for the boys!! LOVE it. Thank you so much for sharing.
  2. What a clever idea for a toy. The boys can hit each other with it all day, I wouldn't have to worry about serious injuries :)
  3. I love this and I am going to try and make these with my grandson. I would have never thought of using a swim noodle in this creative way.
  4. Natasha Black says
    awesome idea
  5. Awesome idea!!
  6. Looks cool!
  7. Sandy VanHoey says
    Never would have thought of this...great idea! The things we can find on bloggers site...gotta love it! Thanks!
  8. Love this idea! Definitely going to make some. With some major Star Wars geeks in our family I know these will be a hit. Thanks!
    • We made these, what, over a year ago now and my boys are still using them. We even made some as party favors for my son's 5th birthday (Star Wars theme). Stores should be stocking the swim noodles soon. Have fun making them!