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This is a cheap way to make a sword, light saber whatever. Kids love it!
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Step 1: Supplies

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1. 3' of 1/2 PVC pipe
2. 1 colored Pool noodle
3. 1' of 1/2 foam pipe insulator
4. Duct tape (not shown)
5. 10 minutes
6. Tape measure (optional)

Step 2: Foam Pipe Insulator

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First, you need to slide the foam pipe insulator up the PVC pipe about a 1' so that when you finish, it looks like pictures 2,3, or 4.

Step 3: Noodle

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Then, you need to slide the noodle down the PVC pipe so that it meets with the foam pipe insulator. See pictures below.

Step 4: Duct tape

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Finally,0 you will need to tightly duct tape the foam pipe insulator like in picture 1. Do the same thing with the noodle like picture 2. The finished product will look like picture 3.
animal03076 years ago
Beat my little cousin up with these things. He beat me back though so it was all fair.
jackm71276 years ago dad and i used play with these untll he gave me a black eye...
T-K6 years ago
It looks a little like a cricket bat.
foxtrot4697 T-K6 years ago
paint it blue with a gold handle and it looks like a struggle bat(from kingdom hearts II)
omg, i love that game. i finished it with lvl 99 ultima keyblade and the best armor for everyone, summon 7 and all forms 7 to. i am now trying to get my hands on kh1. aside from that, nice project im going to try and get the materials (twice, then i can battle with my brother)
lol, i beat 1 and 2 but my bro left to university with my old memory card. in KH 2 i beat it like 10 times but on the last part it messes up and i have to restart againt him again. im also planning on making a real keyblade.
you could make it a larp style weapon! then you still can hit ppl
i dont now why but hitting people with wood seems to bring pleasure to me and those watching
geek277 years ago
When you whack somebody with this, does it hurt?? I mean, like a FAST whack. Will it hurt?? Because I really want to make one of these, but if battling with my friends means pain, I'll pass.
whitish geek276 years ago
nahh not really, i guess it depends on your pain threshold
beating the hell out each other is fun, me and my friends love those metal rulers in shop, battle scars
ok im just saying but if is somthing that causes pain to my friends i wouldnt want t..aww who am i kidding if it hurts um do it!!!!!!
Unless you aim for the head you will be fine.
That happened to me, with a latex katana nonetheless... I actually bled. ~_~ I'm sticking to foam boffers.
Thanks! Maybe I'll try it!
You are very welcome.
the foam swords are great for birthday presents
gbosbiker7 years ago
add some LED lights to make it a real light saber
That would be cool!
Seconded- if the pipe has enough space, a mini torch (yeah ok flashlight if you insist) in the handle would make this a whole lot cooler.
napalm0087 years ago
hey duck tape this is useful for my little cousin he loves it by the way nice icon rock on Toby-mac!!!
Thanks for the comment.
geek277 years ago
How about we start a boffer foam weapons group?
That would be awsome I'll start one. How about the Boffer Group.
I just started on, if you want to join it's called The Boffer Group.
bruno130697 years ago
Made one of these at a con last year. I wrapped the whole noodle with Duct Tape and the handle with black electrical tape. It even has a nice balance to it!
foo232207 years ago
this could come in handy at little kid partys :-)
It truely does.
Shifrin7 years ago
This is not getting enough recognition, sadly. this is an awesome instructables
Thanks for the comment.
Patrik7 years ago
Looks good. Make sure the pool noodle sticks out be several inches beyond the PVC pipe. No matter how often you tell people not to stab each other with these, someone will invariably do so anyway... You'll probably want to cover the pommel as well.

By the way, these types of foam-covered weapons are typically called "boffer" weapons. There are various groups across the US who come together over the weekend to fight with these, and there's even a small cottage industry to make the weapons.

Here's a good link to learn more:

Lukrain's Guide to Boffers
westfw Patrik7 years ago
There was an <a rel="nofollow" href="">older instructable</a> on a similar topic...<br/>
WurdBendur7 years ago
If you do much serious fighting with this, the pool noodles will break down fairly quickly. For something that lasts longer, most people use blue camping pads, which you can wrap around or cut into strips and glue on. In any case, you should put a bit of foam on the tip just incase someone gets stabbed, and padding the pommel is never a bad idea.
I see what you mean.