DIY Light Sabers

 We want to have fun with our kids!  However, when summer hits, so do the expenses.  Kids activities are pricy, but entertainment doesn’t need to be expensive.  During these Dollar Store Days of Summer, I’m sharing ten activities that use only supplies found at the Dollar Store.   They are quick.  They are easy.  And most require little adult guidance and help.  Just sit back and watch your kids play.  Or.. jump in and join the fun!
Kids love pretend fight.  The chase, the adventure, the slight naughtiness of being “allowed” to hit someone without inflicting any pain. You know… it’s pretty fun as an adult too.  That’s why these light sabers are the BEST thing that I have ever made for my kids.
Truly, I made them a year ago and they are still played with everyday in our house.  And why not?  How fun is this?


“Let me finish him off!”  Baby for the win.


From the Dollar Store:

  • Pool Noodles
  • Duct tape (Silver and black if possible, if not, anything goes!)

On hand:

  • Knife

How to Start

Just like Indoor Hopscotch, this is a craft best to create on your own as an adult and then give to your kids.

Start by folding your pool noodle in half and use your knife to cut.


Rip about 8-9 inch strips of silver tape.  On the cut side of the pool noodle criss-cross the silver tape.


 Use about 3-4 strips of silver tape to wrap the bottom portion of the pool noodle.


 Prep for the next step of the project by ripping the 8-9 inch black duct tape into three sections. You will need 5 thin strips for each light saber.


 Wrap two black strips along the top, two criss cross on the bottom, and an inch strip for the button.


 When you’re done, stand back and watch the controlled chaos begin.
Girl fighting brother with light saber,
Llama definitely has the advantage over her little brother.   She often picks up her light saber and knocks his to the floor in one precise swoop.  He holds his own though.
These light sabers have provided hours upon hours of fun.  They are first toy that Llama’s friends reach for whenever she has a playdate over at our house.  I can also say, after using them for a year, nobody has been hurt by them nor has anything been broken.
Seriously, BEST craft I have ever made for my kids. Ranks as high as how to make a lava lamp.
Don’t leave yet! Find many more ideas for Dollar Store fun!

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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