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April 28, 2013

PINSPIRED: Pool noodles lightsabers are easy treat for little Jedi

Tonawanda News — For me, this was “The Pin.”

It was the first project or recipe I actually wound up trying after pinning it on Pinterest, and it turned out to be a complete runaway hit: The Pin that convinced me, “You know, this whole phenomenon is really sort of cool.” 

So, I hope you’ll forgive me for recycling a project from last summer for this week’s Pinspired. I really think it deserves sharing.

With a Star-Wars-loving little boy who was about to turn 4 years old, I was pretty sure we’d wind up celebrating with a Jedi-themed party with all his preschool classmates. This was his first party that wasn’t solely family, and I knew I was going to have to step up the Mommy game. How to entertain them? What sort of favors? How could we have an awesome event without going absolutely nuts?

I turned to Pinterest.

There was no shortage of ideas there, from recipes for “Yoda Soda” to Death Star pinatas. Some of it was a little forced, some of it was cool, some of it was “How much time do they have?” But I quickly fastened onto one idea that just seemed perfect:

Pool noodle lightsabers.

You can laugh. My husband did. But we eventually tracked down enough pool noodles to provide our entire class of Padawans with weaponry and I set to work.

Note: Pool noodles were already difficult to come by in mid-June, apparently by the same logic that puts some summer clothing in stores by March but impossible to find by July. They come in quite an array of colors, lengths and thicknesses, but for our purposes, we went with relatively skinny noodles in classic Jedi/Sith colors. (Green, blue, red and a few in Mace Windu purple, Sam’s favorite.) I grabbed a few in pink too, with the suspicion that some of the female Padawans attending our party would be interested. (I was right.)

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