Friday, July 6, 2012

Lightsaber Bubble Wands


I put together a fun Star Wars themed birthday party for my son while I was on my "blogging break." I can't say that I made many projects for my son's party that were completely original -- there are a ton of blog posts out there on Star Wars parties! But as far as I know, this idea is mine: I turned bubble wands into lightsabers for party favors.

I used inexpensive bubble wands I found at Michaels (originally $1.99 each, marked down to $0.99), but I did find other wands at Target (around $2), and smaller versions at Dollar Tree. I've also seen them at Oriental Trading, but I don't know how they compare. I liked the shape of the ones from Michaels the best, so I snatched them up when I had the chance!


My son was insistent that I pick up only "lightsaber colors," and from his experience, this meant blue, purple, red, and green. I think that Yoda actually had an orange one at one point, but I didn't get any of that color. I also didn't have red as a choice, but I figured pink was close enough.


Then I taped around the base of the sabers by the handles and used about three coats of plastic spray paint to paint the handles black. I used glasses inside of a box to prop the bubble wands up for drying between coats.



Next I used some silver tape I had left over from a wedding project to add some silver accents around the lightsaber handles.



That was it! Later, I tied on some "thank you" tags and the lightsabers were ready for kids to take as they left the party.


I don't recommend giving these out during the party unless you plan on getting bubble solution everywhere -- the bubble wands don't seem strong enough to stay sealed during battles. But I will say that the wands I picked up make fantastic bubbles! My daughter has a difficult time blowing bubbles, but these are a breeze! And they were definitely a hit with the kids. Everyone was excited to bring a lightsaber home!

I'll try to post more Star Wars party ideas soon! Happy party planning!


7 comments:

  1. You did an excellent job! I was able to find these wands from Michael's, but mine look shorter. I wish I can see how much oz/ml is written on the packaging in one your pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Pia! I'm not sure what the oz/ml were, I guess I should have checked before I threw away the packaging! I just dug up one of the ones we had left over from the party though and they measure about 14 3/4 inches long.

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  2. I made an amazin lightsaber with the bubble wands but i used led flashlight i have a video on youtube but is in sapnish because i don't espeak english .the kids love it!!.... A todos les encanto la idea . El cumpleano fue todo un exito!!...the party was a succes!!

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  3. Go to youtube an look for jongobaby you will love it!! I tried to put the link here but can't

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  4. How did you make the thank you tags? I have the font but can't figure out the rounded lines!

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    1. I admit the method I used probably wasn't the easiest method around. I created them in a word document by creating a rectangle with rounded corners and then used the font in two text boxes over the rectangle. Then I whited out the line behind the text boxes by creating white boxes over those sections of the rectangles... yeah... it was a pain! I'll try to put a copy of it above if you want to skip all of that!

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  5. Thanks for the idea. I made these today and they came out great. I couldn't find the Fusion for Plastic Spray Paint and I was on kind of a time crunch to go to another store so I bought the chalkboard spray paint and that worked just as well.

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