Tonawanda News — You need one noodle for every two lightsabers you plan to create. Get a sharp knife, bend the noodle sharply in half at the center and cut. I found that the things pretty much wound up popping apart with a mere touch of a decently sharp blade.
Once you have all your half-noodles ready, it’s time to decorate. You can do anything from extremely simple to ridiculously detailed. I think I wound up pretty much in the middle. (OK, maybe just a tad toward the latter ....)
Wind the end of each lightsaber length in duct tape to create a grip. (Maybe a quarter of the way up the noodle.) Add black details with black electrical tape or black duct tape.
As children arrived at the party, we turned them loose in a big room with their brightly colored Jedi (or Sith) weapons and a bunch of gray balloons, with the instructions that they should try to keep their “training droids” (the balloons) in the air. I don’t know that any of them heard us, but they did it all the same.
There was shrieking. Happy shrieking. And the lightsabers and balloons kept the kids (and some of the adults) thoroughly entertained for the entire first half of party. Mission accomplished.
It’s nice, too, that pool noodles are quite lightweight ... and hence, pretty safe. All our party Padawans had strict instructions that they were not to hit their fellow younglings with their weapons, but my boys have since had ample time to learn that you have to whack someone pretty hard with a pool noodle to leave a mark (although it’s not impossible).
They were a complete, unalloyed hit. Ten months later, the few we carted home from the party are still actively played with and only look a little battered about the edges. Not bad for a toy that wound up costing about a $1.50 each.
I have to say it: The Force is with this pin.• WHAT: Pool noodle lightsabers • DIFFICULTY: Easy • TIME: Depends on how many and how detailed they are. • RESULT: Pin it! Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. Find us on Pinterest.com by searching "Tonawanda News."