Luke's Lightsaber (Return of the Jedi) - How to DIY

About: I love movies, movie props, and have way too much time on my hands!

Luke Skywalker is a legendary Jedi in the Star Wars universe. His story is at the core of the original trilogy. Part of what makes him cool is his self constructed green lightsaber seen in Return of the Jedi.

With my guide through video I will show you how to make Luke's Jedi lightsaber on a budget.

Step 1: Watch the Video!

Watch my video guiding you through the process to making your very own Jedi weapon!

It's short, easy to understand, entertaining and could help greatly!

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Step 2: Getting Started/What You'll Need

Getting started with Luke's lightsaber means you'll need this list of materials. It's actually pretty simple.


1-1/4 PVC pipe

1 inch PVC pipe

PVC cap

1 1/3 wooden circles

1 1/2 wooden circles

Wooden squares


Wooden dowel


Chrome/silver spray paint

Acrylic paint - black, copper/gold

Hot glue

Dremel/rotary tool

This list is fairly simple, and above all cheap and affordable!

Step 3: Building the Base

A portion of Luke's lightsaber is a solid piece with a uniquely shaped end piece. This is fairly simple to construct.

Use reference photos in case, and cut the PVC pipes to the correct size, glue the wooden squares in between the ridges of the PVC cap, and spray paint it.

Simple, and easy.

Step 4: The Midsection

Luke's lightsaber is unique in that the middle section is all ridged. I accomplished this using two types of wooden circles that were painted silver and black accordingly and glued in a pattern of:






Then fitted inside the main PVC pipe. Watch the video for more details on this step.

Step 5: Finishing It Off

The top part of Luke's lightsaber is also quite unique. It's thin compared to the rest of the saber, and built on top of something else all of which thin as well.

Youll need to cut the dowel into two short pieces. One painted black, and one painted gold.

The rest is made up from washers, and a wooden cylinder piece.

Watch the video for more, but here are photos of these details!

Step 6: I Am a Jedi, Like My Father Before Me

Once all the pieces are put together, painted and finalized you have your Jedi Luke lightsaber!

Step 7: Conclusion

This prop like my others is much easier to follow with the guide through video. This is a very visual process and explanation through text will not do justice.

I'm happy with the result, and If you decide to make your own Luke lightsaber and have any questions leave a comment on YouTube or on Instructables. I'll be happy to answer!

And if you decide to make your own, post some photos here or send some photos to: and I'll feature it in my next DIY video!

The Force will be with you. Always.



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    like, what pieces could you change to make it more sturdy


    2 years ago

    because the wooden pieces broke easily.


    2 years ago

    I was wondering where you could buy all the pieces, and how to make it more sturdy.


    2 years ago

    Yeah he wants luke skywalkers lightsaber from episode 6 thats his favourite one.

    Yeah my details are Phone:02040270261 Postcode:5011 Address: Naenae lowerhutt Wellington and if my phone dosn't work just email me.

    My son's name is Luke funny right.He is 4 years old and turns five on September the 24th.

    How much do you want ?


    2 years ago

    hey dude um my sons birthday is coming up and he loves star wars so i was wandering if i could by your lightsaber my son is turning 5 and he would love a lightsaber

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Hey man. That'd be awesome. What kind does he want? I can make one again and much simpler and sturdy so it doesn't break. Give me details and we can go ahead.