You lucky ducks get a little tutorial from me today. Mackathanial has been really embracing Star Wars this month. We have watched the original trilogy with him, and then Grandma and Grandpa showed up at our family reunion with pool-noodle lightsabers for everyone (Adults completely included. We have two red and one blue). He is super excited for Phineas and Ferb Star Wars, his two favorite things combined!
The inspiration for the tutorial came when Nathan gave Mackathanial a few quarters as a special treat. Mackathanial is 3, so you can guess where I found the quarters not even a hour later. Yep. In his mouth. *gag*
Mackathanial has a wallet, but not a bank. I looked through my kitchen to see what sort of containers I might have that might make a good bank. I found an empty roll from some vinyl and knew it would make an absolutely perfect bank. I set to work immediately.
Here is what you will need to make your own lightsaber bank:
For the next part you need to mark where your handle will be. I made my handle 3 inches long and it worked perfectly. Of course after completing this light saber I realized it would have been smarter to use a full paper for the “blade” section and then use a separate sheet for the handle. But either way, 3 inches is just about perfect.
Pick your blade color. Mackathanial loves blue so we went with that. I let him help me color, so there are two different colors of blue in the blade, as well as some pink colored pencil. Haha.
Don’t forget to decorate your handle! I did a few simple lines 1/2 an inch apart and then added a red circle for the on button.
Since we will be covering the ends of the bank with tape, you are going to need circles of paper to protect your coins from getting stuck to the tape. Just trace around the cardboard tube.
Stick your circles on the ends of the tube and tape over them. There’s nothing special about this part, just make sure you get good coverage.
After you’ve taped your tubes shut, you need to create a slot for your coins. I used a small blade, but you could probably use scissors for this part as well.
Paint the back of your paper with mod podge, and roll it onto your tube.
As you can see, my paper was a little short. I used my leftover scraps and pieced them together to cover the remainder of the tube. You guys can benefit from my mistake and make your handle on a separate sheet to avoid this.
Be sure to mod podge over the top of your paper as well.