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DIY with SPL: Fandom for Families (IconiCon Edition)

Posted on March 20, 2019 at 1:10 PM by Angela Sumner

Start sharing your passions with your children! They will be interested, because you are excited. Whether it is Star Wars, Star Trek, or Doctor Who there are shows, books, toys, apps, and more for all ages, so your fandom can become your family’s fandom!

IconiCon Logo

Iconicon is the largest event of the year at Suffolk Public Library. 2019 marks the fourth year for IconiCon which is  a fun-filled day for fans of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comic, Anime, and other fandoms. Each year we include cosplay, contests, vendors, and themed activities for all ages!

For families attending IconiCon in 2019, there will be a chance to make fandom crafts and complete the Superhero Training Academy Course. We'll also have scheduled themed storytimes and a Mario Kart-style course using our Spheros for elementary aged students.
IconiCon 2018 Fandom Crafts

If you can’t make it to IconiCon on March 30, 2019 or you want to create one now to start the family fandom, below are the instructions on how to make your very own lightsaber! This craft is fun, easy to make, a neat prop, and the best part is, it’s made from regular household supplies.

Craft a Lightsaber
DIY Lightsabers Finished


  • Paper towel roll or toilet paper tube
  • Aluminum foil
  • 2 pieces of construction paper (pictures were made with one 12x18 piece for the “light” and a regular black piece for “buttons”)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional:  Permanent Marker
          DIY Lightsaber Supplies
    Once the supplies are gathered, tear off a piece of aluminum foil and wrap the tube in the foil. Fold the ends inside the roll.

    DIY Lightsaber Roll and Foil DIY Lightsaber Roll in Foil

    Take the 12x18 pieces of construction paper and roll it hotdog style (lengthwise). Roll it tight enough so it can fit inside the tube. Tape it closed along the length. A regular sized construction paper works too, the “light” just won’t be as long.

    DIY Lightsaber Formed Light

    Place the color light inside the roll and secure it in place with tape.

    DIY Lightsaber Hilt and Paper

    Decorate your hilt by taping buttons, blade emitter, and other favorite components. You can use a permanent marker to decorate further.

    DIY Lightsabers Finished           

    Have fun being a Jedi (or a Sith)!

    Looking back, my family was fairly nerdy. There was always fun to be had pretending we were Jedi, a part of the Enterprise crew, or traveling through space and time in a police box. If you were raised by nerds and/or raising nerds, you might like to listen to this song by The Blibbering Humdingers, Raised by Nerds. Enjoy!

    Written by Deborah R. Ward, Elementary Services Senior Librarian


Anonymous User
June 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM
This looks like it was so much fun. Who doesn't love playing dress-up? Even more so as a superhero or villain. I am looking forward to this next year. Definitely count me in.
Anonymous User
August 2, 2020 at 12:21 PM
Do they have it this year?
Angela Sumner
August 3, 2020 at 2:23 PM
Our spring 2020 IconiCon has been scheduled to take place this month in virtual form. All of the info can be found here:

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