Are you beyond excited for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens? Looking for something to tide you over until the release date? Well, this naturally means you’re a good candidate for creating your own homemade DIY lightsaber.
3 Ideas for Creating a Homemade Light Saber
Tips for DIY Lightsaber
While Halloween may be in the rearview mirror, who says you can’t enjoy a little Star Wars cosplay on your own time? Or, maybe you’re a collector who simply enjoys filling your home with one of a kind trinkets and mementos? Whatever the case may be, here are some unique ideas to help you create your own lightsaber out of standard household items.
Start With the Hilt
The key to creating an awesome DIY light saber is using the right item for your hilt. If you do some research, you’ll find that people have used just about everything. From PVC pipes and wood to plumbing extensions and sawed-off metal poles, the only limit is your creativity.
There’s a pretty fantastic guide for building a light saber hilt on Instructables.com that calls for a “pop-up basin drain” that can be purchased form Home Depot. The hilt looks great and is incredibly sturdy. This is somewhat surprising considering the total cost of the project is a mere $33.
Master the Details
Homemade lightsabers are a dime a dozen. The key to building one that your friends will envy is finding a way to differentiate yours. The more intricate you can get with the smaller elements, the more impressive your finished product will be.
One tip is to detail your hilt with cool vinyl decals – as in this guide. Vinyl decals are cheap and easy to apply, but make even the most basic of hilts appear intricate and customized. It’s definitely a budget-friendly addition that most people don’t think about when creating their own lightsabers.
Consider the Blade
While many people are content with just having a light saber hilt, others want a blade to go along with it. It should be noted that you could easily spend hundreds of dollars on a blade, if you so wished. However, there are also plenty of easy, budget friendly blades.
For temporary cosplay, one of the favorite methods is to simply attach a large LED glow stick to your hilt. The glow stick will obviously only last for a few hours, but this is often long enough for the intended use. The glow stick can then be removed until the next time it’s needed. If you want a more permanent addition, but still don’t want to spend a ton of money, a company by the name of Saber Forge sells blades for $30.
May the Force be With You
What do you think? Could you find a way to make your own light saber? As you can see, it really isn’t that difficult. With a few simple materials – most of which can be found around the house – you can bring your Star Wars fantasies to life. Feel free to choose bits and pieces from the tips mentioned above to create a light saber that’s unique. May the force be with you, Jedi!