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  1. Monica
    May 26, 2011

    These are great…and I love the colors! I added to my “try this at home linky”…hope you don’t mind!

  2. Luv 2 Smile
    May 26, 2011

    Love this!!! My 2 1/2 year old wants to play with water guns in the house. I will def be making him a marshmallow gun instead!!

  3. LocalFunForKids
    May 26, 2011

    I had no idea they sold colored PVC. That is so cool! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday : )

  4. [email protected]
    May 27, 2011

    i have never seen this before! how cool!

  5. Laura
    May 28, 2011

    Oh these could keep my kids busy for HOURS! I bet we could even use pom poms in them if we did it indoors.

    Thanks so much for linking up to my Summer Fun party!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  6. Heather
    May 31, 2011

    I featured these on my blog yesterday. : )

  7. Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum
    June 1, 2011

    This is a great craft! I am sending this link to my brother. He’ll have enough of these to equip an army by nightfall! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Michelle
    June 2, 2011

    Great job!!

  9. SmileMonsters
    June 2, 2011

    You are featured today!


    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  10. Sallyseashell
    June 3, 2011


  11. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    June 3, 2011

    I love that you made them. I’ve thought about getting these before, but they were a little pricey. I bookmarked your page. I think I will follow in your footsteps. So fun!

  12. Lorie
    June 4, 2011

    We love marshmallow launchers, but they are 100 times cooler with the color!

  13. Liz
    June 9, 2011

    Thank you ! I have 4 sons and their friends are over here all the time! I have seen these in catalogues before and refused to pay such high prices for them. Especially when I need half a dozen right from the start. I will be making these this weekend, for sure.



  14. Anonymous
    June 11, 2011

    The idea is really cute, however PVC is a known carcinogen. PVC is unsafe for children’s toys. Maybe there is something else you can use instead?

  15. Kimberly from "bugaboo"
    June 12, 2011

    I love this! At my old job, my boss bought everyone one of those so we could relieve stress by having wars. :) I am going to make some myself now!

    I’d love for you to link this at my summer-long party!

    “Life’s a Picnic!” party!

  16. Anonymous
    June 13, 2011

    Would you post directions as to how long you cut the pieces. Thanks

  17. Leslie Lyons
    June 14, 2011

    I’m writing to request your permission to use your marshmallow shhoter graphic on my birthday party blog- http://www.birthdaypartygameslady.com/blog. The purpose of the graphic would be to grab attention to then lead people to your site to see how easy these are to make and what fun they’d be at a birthday party.

    My blog supports my party game package business by aggregating good birthday party ideas I find around the web for parents not interested in my games packages, that have kids of different ages than my games are for, parents not able to spend the $50 on one of my parties- whatever. In the ten years of been selling my parties on the web, I’ve learned that frazzled parents get SO focused on the upcoming party that they don’t think to look for ideas beyond googling ‘birthday party ideas’, and they miss a lot of great ideas that don’t pop up in that search- like your cool marshmallow shooters that would be a perfect activity for a young boys party. So- I want to pass this idea along to my readers, and nothing will get their attention so much as your photo.

    May I use your graphic to get people following the link to your page?

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Please email me thebplady at aol.com – you know how to turn this into a real email address, but hopefully the scam bots don’t.


    Leslie B. Lyons
    Birthday Party Games Lady, LLC

  18. Thread In Her Hair
    June 17, 2011

    These are so fun!!

  19. Anonymous
    June 20, 2011

    With the “t” connecter that leads to the handle, don’t the marshmallows fall down there or does that loop on right over the piece of pipe like a sleeve?

  20. Chanin
    June 21, 2011

    I love these! I also saw these at the Strawberry Festival (but in Ohio) and my girls wanted these! Now I can make my own! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Amanda
    August 6, 2011

    Ha! These are so fun, even my older kids would love these!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it’s a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you’d stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don’t post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

  22. hosta_lady
    September 26, 2011

    i think they are cute and look like a lot of fun… not sure the idea is good as far as kids popping t he marshmallows into their mouths after being blown out by other children

  23. Anonymous
    December 4, 2011

    PVC leaches, and although piping is safe to send water through in plumbing, those open ends where it was cut that your children are putting their mouths on can poison them.


    Try to find a sealed cover. A friend used to make didgeridoos out of PVC pipe and fitted a silicone cover for the part he put his mouth on.

  24. Heidi @ Mom’s Crafty Space
    December 5, 2011

    Thank you for your concern about the leaching PVC chemical. As with all activities, I leave this to your own discretion as the evidence is varied and provides differing opinions on the subject matter. Since my children only use these for a short while at a time, I am not concerned about their safety when using these products.

    From the same source that you sited above: “PVC is a controversial material, in part because of the generic term which is applied to many products, but each product may have a difference in the chemicals used during its production. For example, drinking water PVC pipes do not contain the controversial chemicals that household plastics contain.”

    In addition, here is some differing evidence supplied:


  25. Jamie
    December 5, 2011

    Love These!! Definitely going to make some for my kids. I love your blog. Having so much fun browsing through your past posts. I’m your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home


    P.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

  26. Val boult
    January 1, 2012

    I am shocked that people have the ball sax to seek out ideas for fun then actually criticize the idea with mundane comments! Seriously people your mother probably soaked your spotters in whiskey and I am gonna bet none of you are alcoholics! Get over yourself! If you want to take up a cause UNICEF is taking applicants!!! Notice I used my name too and didn’t hide behind anonymous!

  27. Cathy
    January 11, 2012

    I’m wanting to make these but I’m not sure about the measurements. Did I miss that part of the post or did you just wing it??
    LOVE this idea and cannot wait to try it out!

  28. Tami
    January 18, 2012

    Just stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  29. Adrienne
    February 25, 2012

    OMG! We just had the same experience at an art festival. They were also selling for $7, and I was all “I’m sure I could find a tutorial on Pinterest.” Haha.
    And here it is! :)

  30. Jessica
    May 25, 2012

    AWESOME!! This is the DIY craft project of the day on One Good Craft! http://onegoodcraft.blogspot.com.

  31. Unknown
    June 12, 2012

    This is FOR SURE going on the No BUmmer Summer list!

  32. http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/
    June 17, 2012

    We have had many a good time with marshmallow shooters. Your hubby did great I love the bright colors.

  33. Heather@ Creative Family Moments
    July 2, 2012

    Very fun! On my summer to-do list now! I bet the dog wouldn’t mind cleaning up after us if we miss a few!

  34. Anonymous
    July 30, 2012

    thanks for sharing.

  35. Connie
    August 18, 2012

    Do you have measurements and directions? Want to make them for a family reunion

  36. Anonymous
    September 12, 2012

    My kids had one of these when they were younger. We discovered that if you leave the marshmallows out and let them harden overnight they work better in the shooters.

  37. Anonymous
    October 12, 2012
  38. Lacee
    September 24, 2013

    I AM IN LOVE with these, my little boy is going to die:) I think i’m two years behind though DANGIT ha do you have to cut any of this? Or can I just buy it all at Lowe’s? Will Lowe’s cut it for me?

    Thanks, Lacee

    • Heidi
      September 25, 2013

      Hi Lacee! You do have to cut the PVC because it initially comes in much longer lengths. It is simple to cut with a hand saw or special PVC snippers. You can buy all the pieces at Lowe’s, but I’m not sure if they are able to cut it there for you or not. I just tried to find one of ours to measure the lengths, but my husband rearranged the garage this past weekend, and I can’t seem to find them. I’ll check with him and get back to you with measurements!

  39. Rosemaryandthegoat
    November 4, 2013

    I have not had much luck lately using spray paints when I painted some monster sticks so I’m hesitant to mess up my pvc shooters. What type of paints did you use for the pvc pipes and did you have to sand them before painting. Just to be on the safe side, I’m going to paint the inside end with clear finger nail polish and may wrap some Washi tape around the mouth piece.

  40. Jessie
    November 15, 2013

    I am trying to make some marshmallow shooters for Christmas but I am having trouble with getting the marshmallow through it. I can eventually get it through but it takes a great deal of effort and my 9 yr old can not do it at all. What am I doing wrong? Does the brand of mini marshmallow matter? We can put a marshmallow in just the straight 1/2″ pipe and it shoots out just fine. But when we make the cool gun it gets stuck in the bends.

    • Heidi
      November 16, 2013

      Hi Jessie! It sounds like your marshmallows might be just a bit too big. We buy ours from the dollar store, and they are a bit smaller than the ones from the grocery store.

      • Jessie
        November 25, 2013

        We finally got it right. I had 1/2inch CPVC which is smaller than PVP by almost half! Once we had the right pipe it worked great! I have made 13 of them so far and can not wait to see the kids playing with them. Every niece, nephew, and cousin under 13 is getting one.

  41. Jackie
    December 11, 2013

    Does the spray paint scratch off the pvc?

    • Heidi
      December 11, 2013

      Hi Jackie,
      Our paint did eventually end up with some minor scratches in it, but nothing large (and my boys were really rough on their marshmallow shooters!).

  42. Serrena
    January 7, 2014

    Hi I want to make these for a birthday party and was wondering if you knew the measurements you used. thank you. cant wait to make these

  43. Diane Julian
    May 16, 2014

    Hi, my grandson and I make these to sell at craft show. We use duck tape to decorate them. There is a book I got from Lowe’s that make different kinds it is called: MAKE YOUR OWN…AWESOME…MARSHMALLOW LAUNCHER.Everything You Need to Build Your Own Blaster! by Joe Rhatigan

    You can make the mini, the deluxe, deluxe quick fire, the air mail, behind your back special, the pip squeak, the master, the commando, the long ranger, the huh, the lil firestorm, the trombone, the x-factor, the infiltrator, all riled up, The books says “Help! no matter what I do, my marshmallows gets stuck in my launcher. It says to “roll each marshmallow in flour first.” “The flour keeps the stick spots on the marshmallow from sticking inside the launcher.” “Tap the floured marshmallow before putting inside the launcher.” The book says this not me. The book says to use a hacksaw and miter box or a pipe cutter. They used a hacksaw because the pipe cutter sometimes warps the pipe openings. Sand the cuts. I always use couplers on mine for a couple of reasons: one is because if the child has been eating food you can take the coupler off and wash it out. second is because if there is any sharp edges from cutting it might cut the child’s lip and also he is not putting his mouth on paint. I ALWAYS USE COUPLERS FOR THE CHILD TO BLOW INTO. Yours looks like there are 4-3 inch pipes, 1-6 inch pipe, 2-elbows, 1-T-joint, and 1 cap. Don’t forget 1 coupler for the mouth piece.

  44. Tyrone
    June 12, 2014

    Thanks for this fantastic post, I’m glad I found this site on google.

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