Custom Cardboard Lightsaber




About: Hello, My name is Matthias and I am 12 years old. I have coding and electronics (especially RC) as my hobbies and do not know how to do either very well... I like to take stuff apart then try to put back tog...

Hello there, my name is Matthias Horton and, in case you missed the title, this is an Instructable on how to make a cardboard lightsaber. Making one is very simple and can be customised as much as you want to make the deadliest piece of cardboard ever wielded by a Jedi (Sorry, you have to find out how to make a blade that can cut through basically anything, I haven't figured that one out yet). Now let's start building.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

Flat piece of corrugated cardboard.

Cardboard tube from toilet paper roll.


Hot glue gun.

And a brain that works okay.

Step 2: Making It

FYI, the pictures can explain the process far better than I can write about it.


Cut a slit up the middle of the cardboard tube.

Twist it up until it's smaller then glue it with the hot glue gun so it stays.

Keep it nearby.


Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 2" long and 6" wide, it doesn't have to be exact.

Remove a layer off the corrugated cardboard so it shows the wavy layer.

Cut it into pieces with two waves wide per piece.

Glue them around the tube with a bit of space in between each.


Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 5" long and 1/4" wide.

Glue the strip around the tube, one at the top and one above the grip.


Cut out a small square piece and keep it close.

Cut out a small circle and split it in half

Glue the square and the circle together with the wavy side of the circle pointing in.

Glue the button to the tube in between the two decorations.

Step 3: And You're Done

Congratulations, you have just completed a cardboard lightsaber hilt. Now you can modify and customise it as much as you want. For some add-on ideas you could try a cross guard or extending the hilt. This is an entry in the cardboard contest and I would appreciate it a lot if you voted this entry. Good luck and "May The Force Be With You"



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