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My five year old wanted to be Darth Vader for Halloween and we came up with this simple lightsaber design that was easy enough for him to assemble with only limited help from his dad. Here's a three minute video explaining the build.

Step 1: Materials

  1. a rigid PVC or polycarbonate tube with a one inch diameter. Translucent tubes scatter light better than clear tubes, but the main thing you need is a one inch diameter tube. Here's one source for the tube.
  2. a mini flashlight with a one inch diameter. Get a Mini Cree LED Flashlight. There are five reasons these specific flashlights are great for this project.
    1. they are 1 inch in diameter, so they match the diameter of the tube
    2. they have a switch on the back which means you can wrap the light in a holder and still turn it off and on
    3. they don’t cost very much. You can buy them for a few dollars on Amazon.
    4. they have an adjustable focus, which makes it easier to light the whole length of the tube
    5. they are super bright, which makes for a bright lightsaber
  3. tiddlywinks for the saber color. 3/4 inch tiddlywinks fit perfectly in the flashlight. You can get enough for 250 sabers here.
  4. a motorcycle grip. Many motorcycle grips are shiny and cool looking and make good lightsaber handles. Get motorcycle grips for 1 inch motorcycle handle bars, like a Harley. We found some reasonably priced ones on Ebay.

Other supplies you will need are: wide tape (we used 2 inch wide masking tape), scissors, liquid soap, and water. That's it!

Step 2: Color Your Saber With a Tiddlywink

If you want colored light you can unscrew the top of the flashlight and put a colored disk in. Tiddlywinks fit perfectly-- red for Darth Vader, green for Yoda, etc.

Step 3: Tape the Flashlight to the Tube

Next, take some thick tape and wrap it around the flashlight and the tube to connect them together. Wrap them tightly!

Step 4: Remove the End-cap Off Your Motorcycle Grip

Motorcycle grips are shiny and cool looking and make good lightsaber handles. Get motorcycle grips for 1 inch motorcycle handle bars, like a Harley. If you’re not a grown-up, you’ll need help removing the grip end cap. We cut our grip with scissors.

Step 5: Slide the Motorcycle Grip Over the Light and Tube

Put some water and liquid dish soap inside the grip and rub it around. This makes it easy to slide on over the flashlight and tube.

Step 6: Your Lightsaber Is Finished

That’s it! With a tube, a flashlight, tiddlywinks, and a motorcycle grip you can make your own lightsaber!

Is the tip of the lightsaber open as well? If so, do you have ideas on closing it?
<p>Try a plastic cap from any arts &amp; crafts store, or use a rubber foot cap designed for chair legs; also available wherever arts &amp; crafts are sold, or in the furniture section of any major box store.</p>
<p>Good question! You can try aluminum foil. You can improve the finish with a tip like this: <a href="http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/White-shouldered-1-thin-walled-blade-tip-with-reflective-disc-P629.aspx" rel="nofollow">http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/White-shouldered...</a> </p><p>This will also improve the brightness of the saber. </p>
<p>When putting hand grips on bike bars I usually spray on hairspray first (instead of dish soap), as it acts as a lubricant to slide the grip on, and then helps to stick it in place without being too permanent</p>
<p>So...this is actually niftier than some of the &quot;pro&quot; mods I've seen...</p><p>Holy cow, way to go...</p>
<p>I know right, its better than some of the toy store ones!</p>
<p>cool idea, it was a really easy to under stand and is a better made lightsaber than some that I've seen at a toy store or by some one thrice your age! Good job.</p>
<p>cool! :)</p>
<p>this was awesome, ill definetly use this :D</p>
<p>wow this is good its simple easy and cool</p>
<p>wow that is good for starters</p>
<p>oh and great summer holiday project! i will go and get the supplies ASAP! </p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>oh and great summer holiday project! i will go and get the supplies ASAP! </p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>where can you get the tube from if you don't already have one?</p>
This looks awesome! Definitely gonna try! Thanks!
How durable is the tubing? I'm thinking of making it for my 7 year old nephew and I know he'll start swinging it around
<p>amazing :) i watch it on youtube</p>
<p>This is an awesome idea for a cheap lightsaber and looks very simple and bright for a few dollars. Nice.</p>
<p>This is fantastic! Just ordered everything for two -- one for me and one for my son! :)</p>
<p>cool</p>
OMG so cool I want to make one now
<p>I got the flashlights, colored discs, and motorcycle handles on Amazon, and the polycarbonate tubes from thecustomsabershop. Fun, quick project, but I missed Halloween! Great instructable!</p>
Awesome work! I love the motorcycle grips you chose!
<p>Cool!!!</p>
<p>This is a cool and simple project. Thanks for the cute video with your son. My son was really wanting to make one after seeing it. Good instructable.</p>
<p>It's amazing how well all of the parts fit together. Great work!</p>
<p>Love the idea of the tiddlywink to add the color!</p>
<p>Now the sith should be worried! =D</p>
<p>Excellent! For me the very best part was the hidden instructable on how to empower a young child.</p>
<p>Are you sure it's OK to let a kid make this dangerous weapon? I've seen people chopped in half and completely vapourised in the movies. (Seriously good Instructable!)</p>
<p>Now my girl can have her own pink light saber!</p>
<p>Best Dad a young Jedi can have???</p><p>Nailed it...</p>
I have seen some interesting light sabre builds before. NOW I have seen the best. It is so configurable, the motorbike handle pads are GENIUS, plain and simple. Thank you for sharing this idea !!!
<p>Simple, but very effective! Not just for kids, I'd say ;)</p>
<p>This is so clever and so absolutely ingenious! :D Brilliant, easy and super great idea with a great result. :)</p>
<p>I make full build sabers for a hobby using TCSS MHS with sound light flash etc. But I really love this project. It would be a great idea for parties or a con event for kids. Thank you for sharing this. I think you should also place this on TCSS forms for other major saber hobbists to enjoy.</p>
<p>Excellent...</p>
<p>Using the motorcycle grip is pure genius!</p><p>I am amazed how well it turned out.</p><p>I'm &quot;stealing&quot; this idea</p>
<p>Very well done on all fronts!</p>
<p><em>Nice</em></p>
wow!<br>nice idea!!<br>
<p>This is so so so awesome! :D</p>
<p>What a good and clever work! I'll try to make it!</p>
<p>First off... thank you for the resources! Secondly... This is great well done sir!</p>
Great project with the Padawon.. May the force be with you..
This is adorable! I'll definitely be making this soon. Thanks for sharing! ~Sky Productions
<p>Easy and so much fun! Great idea</p>
Parenting done right!!!
Nice!
<p>simple and nice ! well done !</p>

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