Saturday, January 26, 2013

DIY Lightsaber Hilt Tutorial

As promised, I have a very geeky Star Wars tutorial! I will be dressing up as Asajj Ventress for Sci Fi Expo and decided to make the hilt because the Force FX version was way expensive and mostly sold out everywhere I looked. This is a cheap, easy, and quick way to make Asajj Ventress' lightsaber. It could also be used to make Count Dooku's.

Pixie always has to be in the middle of what's going on. She claimed the trash bag as hers and rolled around on it the whole time I was crafting, lol.

Items needed: 
Duct Tape
Electrical Tape
Glue Gun
Red Beads
 PVC pipe
(My friend Andrew suggested PVC pipe and using a heat gun to bend it slightly to make the curve. Since I wasn't sure I could bend one with my blow dryer I decided to just put these pieces together using my glue gun)

Once I glued the pieces together I wrapped the whole thing in duct tape.

Then I used the electrical tape to add the black lines and red beads for the On/Off switch.

I looked into adding a blade to it but was unsure if it could hold up a wooden dowel. And I couldn't find any long enough styrofoam. So I'm probably going to attach velcro to the back of the hilts and onto my costume so I can just wear them on my belt.

This project cost me about $25, all purchased from Lowe's, and only took about 30-45 minutes to make! I realize it's not perfect but sometimes handmade items are more fun :)

So what do you think? Don't you wish lightsabers were real?!
If you had to be a Sith or a Jedi which would you pick?


  1. But.... what about your hair! :(

    1. No worries!! I will just slick my hair back and have a hooded cloak on to cover it! How funny is it that I picked a bald character when doing hair is my favorite part!!!

      I may or may not have just ordered an awesome wig for an Arwen costume tho ;)

  2. Those turned out really good and I loved your whole costume! I am a Jedi though.

  3. Are you kidding me? That is so freaking talented. I love the red jewels you put on as well. :) Pixie is just so gosh darn cute.


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