Marshmallow Shooters from Make It Do

    Posted by  ·  June 8, 2010

    The ever resourceful and sweet Calli from Make It Do shares everything you need to know to make a marshmallow shooter. What a blast!

    Calli writes…

    How to Make a Marshmallow Shooter

    Are you wondering how to keep the kids entertained this summer?

    Well, you don’t need to look further than your sprinkler supply box for some super summer fun.

    Split, splat, splodge…

    It’s marshmallow shooters to the rescue!

    Marshmallow shooters are a riot for the entire family. They are great backyard fun and perfect for any outdoor summer party. Have a distance shooting contest, we’ve seen them go 20 feet or more. Or a see who can hit a target with the most accuracy. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to eat a few.

    Making Marshmallow Shooters couldn’t be easier. In fact, once an adult cuts the sprinkler pipe, the kids can assemble the shooters themselves. My kids love to play with the pieces, creating new configurations.

    Here’s what you need to make these easy marshmallow shooters:

    With a PVC pipe cutter or a hacksaw, cut 1/2″ wide PVC pipe as follows:

    • 2 x 2″ length of pipe
    • 2 x 3″ length of pipe
    • 1 x 4″ length of pipe

    You will also need 1/2″ wide connectors as follows (make sure to buy smooth not threaded connectors):

    • 2 x elbow joints
    • 1 x “T” joint
    • 1 x end cap
    • 1 x straight connector

    You will also need sand paper.

    And mini marshmallows of course.

    To fit your shooter together working from left to right:

    1. Carefully sand the end of one of your 2″ lengths of pipe. Make it nice and smooth as this will be your mouth piece.
    2. Connect the other end of your 2″ length of pipe into an elbow joint.
    3. Connect the other 2″ section of pipe to other side.
    4. Next comes the other elbow.
    5. Then connect a 3″ section.
    6. Connect the “T”.
    7. At the bottom of the “T” connect the next 3″ section and then the end cap. That will be your handle.
    8. Connect the 4″ section of pipe to the “T”.
    9. Connect the straight section to the end of the Shooter.

    You’re done. You shooter should look like this:

    To play, simply place a mini marshmallow into the mouth end of the Shooter. Yes, I said mouth end. The marshmallow will travel all the way through the pipe and shoot out the other end.

    Then aim.

    And blow.

    And shoot to your heart’s content.

    You might want to watch for a sale on mini marshmallows….

    If you’re lucky, there’s no clean up necessary.

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    A word to the wise: Please supervise your children with this activity. No shooting at people or animals! Don’t worry, there still plenty of fun to aim for!

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    1. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      These look FUN!!! I have a few kids that would love to play with these. Okay, they would rather just eat the marshmallows, but the shooters would be enjoyed as well. Thanks!
    2. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      This is AWESOME!
    3. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      We made these for last Christmas, 14 adults, and yes, there was aiming at people! The neighbors must have had a great time watching us play, scream, run, scream, laugh, scream, and generally have the best time ever! Seriously, these are well worth the five minutes it takes to make them!

      The only caution I offer is to try not to laugh as you are aiming or you suck in a mallow or two, which causes others watching you to mock and then laugh at you...chain reaction of adults laughing and hocking marshmallows and trying to not to end up in the neighbor's hedge like a drunken sailor. Enormous fun!

      (Our little people were still too small to use the marshmallow shooters, so they got foam swords to defend themselves, or generally poke us as we tried to dodge flying puffs of doom. Seriously, MAKE THESE TODAY!)
    4. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      Additional Info: Resist the urge to glue the pieces together. You'll want them to easily come apart later for cleaning. : )

      Oh, and we (spray) painted ours. Desert camo for the guys, Hello Kitty camo for the gals, cuz ya we're cool like that.
    5. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      This is awesome! I so need to have my husband make these for the kids and one for me, how fun!
    6. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      We did these at my son's birthday one year. We had a scavenger hunt and along they way they picked up pieces and assembled them at the end for a war. So much fun!!
    7. Claire
      Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      We bought three 10' pieces of PVC pipe one year to make these for all the neighbor boys...but we had so much fun taking the pieces apart and making new things that they never made it to the neighbors! That was over 2 years ago--my kids (and husband--and any male friend that happens over) still LOVE to make creations with the pieces!

      I also didn't want the mess (or sugar high) of marshmallows, so I bought little pom-poms from the craft store and they work great!
    8. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      What fun! I bet my teenagers would like those too!
      Thanks so much for guest posting over on It's A Blog Party today!
      http://itsablogparty.com

      ~Liz
    9. Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      Seriously? No shooting at people? What fun is that? (With eye protection on, of course.)
    10. Nicole M.
      Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
      Made these today! Took them outside to play with and the neighbor kids loved them too! Super easy to make, especially since I picked up a pair of PVC pipe cutters...done in minutes!
    11. Diane H.
      Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      I'll have my 10 year old grandson this summer, so this should
      be a fun project for us. Thanks so much for the idea!
    12. Julie
      Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
      Thanks, we are having a *blast*!!
    13. Lee
      Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
      Is there any risk of sucking the marshmallow (or in one case mentioned, a pompom) back into the child's throat and choking?
    14. Laura
      Friday, August 13th, 2010
      I thought PVC pipes are toxic -- that's why they're not used for clean water systems. I love that you've made this creative and cute way to keep the little ones entertained -- but putting PVC pipes into their mouths seems like a bad idea. Sorry -- love everything else I have seen!