Need an easy craft for your Star Wars fanatic? Life as MOM correspondent Janel explains how you can brand a lightsaber at habitation with basic craft materials.
A couple of years ago, my daughters had a playdate with some skilful friends who lived just around the corner. When I came to pick the girls up, I found my eldest locked in a lightsaber duel with her friends. Yeah, that’s not an uncommon occurrence necessarily, but she didn’t take her lightsaber with her that mean solar day and they didn’t have enough toy lightsabers to go effectually. Then, they had improvised — all on their own — past crafting lightsabers from adept ol’ structure newspaper and tape.
It. Was. Awesome.
I was and so impressed with our friend Josey’s ingenuity to create the lightsaber. Amend yet, a wayward swing with these homemade sabers didn’t hurt like the toy diverseness might.
Making your own lightsabers is actually pretty piece of cake and doesn’t crave any complicated craft materials —
simply some structure paper, scissors, tape, and a filling of some sort to aid make it sturdier. Past using such simple materials that yous might unremarkably have on hand, it’south easier to have a spur-of-the-moment crafting session. Perfect for when you need to wrangle some kids into an organized activity or need a rainy day craft to save your sanity.
More than detailed instructions are included below in the printable box. But in simple terms, make a tube out of construction paper in any color you cull. If you want to get authentic, I’m told that these colors match the characters:
- Green = Yoda, Luke
- Blue = Obi Wan, Anakin
- Purple = Mace Windu
- Ruddy = Darth Vader, Darth Sidious
And then add another tube of paper for the handle. I used black, just gray might exist more than accurate. My daughter assures me that some Jedi out there used wood so brown would work too.
So add any extras that yous like with scraps of paper, and commencement dueling.
May the forcefulness exist with you lot!
How to Make a Lightsaber from Construction Newspaper
- i 12″ x 18″ piece of construction paper in lightsaber color (if your construction paper is flimsy, effort doubling upwards with two sheets)
- one 12″ x 9″ slice of black construction newspaper
- scraps of construction paper for handle details such as the power button, etc
- tape – I used clear packing tape
- filling textile – tissues, shredded paper towel, toilet newspaper, etc.
- glue stick
- Roll the colored structure paper into a tube. Practise this slightly at an bending then that one end is wider than the other. You lot can take hold of the corner on the inside of the tube and pull that to adjust the tightness of the roll. Use tape to secure the edges. If you wish, you lot tin can wrap the tube in packing tape to brand information technology stronger.
- Trim a piece off the pinnacle of the tube so that the end is directly. Use this extra flake of paper and cutting a circumvolve that can comprehend the top of your tube. Save for afterwards.
- Stuff the colored tube with filling to make information technology a bit sturdier. I used balled up toilet paper squares. A pencil volition assistance you shove them downwards into the tube.
- Tape the black paper about ii – three inches from the bottom of the colored tube. Wrap this around and effectually into a tight tube and secure with tape along the entire edge to form the handle.
- Stuff the black tube with filling too.
- Yous’ll demand to shut both ends of the lightsaber so that the filling doesn’t autumn out. To do this, you tin can cutting a pocket-size circle of paper most the same size equally the hole. So, identify a larger square of record over your newspaper circle. Identify this over the hole at the finish of the lightsaber and so press the record down to secure. You can cut lines in the tape at various spots around the circle to make this easier to do.
- Terminate off the lightsaber by cutting out modest pieces of colored paper for buttons / detail and using the glue stick to add together them to the handle.
– Janel is a function-time homeschooling mom of two daughters and a one-time “law school wife” in California. Raised in a budget-conscious and DIY-minded family, she (occasionally) blogs nearly motherhood, crafts, and living on a budget at Life with Lucie and Ella. You can read all of Janel’s Life every bit MOM posts here.