diy marshmallow shooters and marshmallows
A couple of weeks ago we came across a booth selling marshmallow guns at the Strawberry Festival. The boys were instantly smitten, but at $7 each Mitch said no way – if there’s a way to make it ourselves for less, we’re all over it! One quick trip to Home Depot and $7 later, and we had enough supplies to make marshmallow shooters to supply the entire neighborhood!

fun kids craft for summer, homemade marshmallow shooters
I foresee a marshmallow battle in the making!

marshmallow shooter made from pipes
The construction is simple and straightforward. No directions here, but you can get the jist of it by looking at the picture. It’s all made from 1/2″ PVC pipe and connecters, with a quick blast of spray paint to pretty it up (and make sure everyone can keep track of which gun is theirs!)!

kids loading marshmallow shooters outside for fun summer kids activity
They’re just as simple to use too! Just load a mini marshmallow into the mouthpiece…

boys blowing out marshmallows from their shooters
…and give it a quick puff of air! Easy peasy! (Don’t you just love how they color coordinated their guns to their swim trunks LOL!)

hilarious kids game, marshmallow shooters being played
Let the battle begin! (For the record, Mitch can get some serious power behind his marshmallows!)

kid enjoying outdoor playtime with homemade marshmallow guns
It’s tough to shoot your marshmallows when you can’t stop laughing!

child aiming marshmallow shooter at camera
SO. Much. Fun!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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:

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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!