Homemade Marshmallow Shooters are such a fun activity to get your kids outside. Kids of all ages will have a blast not only making their very own marshmallow shooter, but playing with it too… and maybe snacking on some of the marshmallows along the way. This marshmallow shooter is so much fun to make and play with, it makes the perfect family activity!

DIY Marshmallow Shooters- red open container with a stretchy tie held by child- kids activities blog
Let’s make marshmallow shooters!

DIY Marshmallow Shooter

The weather is getting nice again and so what better way to get outside and play than with marshmallow shooters! This is a budget-friendly craft that younger kids and older kids alike will have a blast making and even more fun playing with. Even the adults can have fun with his marshmallow shooter!

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Related: We also have a ton of cool nerf gun ideas too!

Supplies Needed To Make Your Own Marshmallow Shooter

They are very easy to make with some basic supplies. Here is all that you need to make two shooters:

supplies for marshmallow shooter on blue background- plastic cups, scissors, balloons, and mini marshmallows- kids activities blog
You need balloons, scissors, plastic cups, and marshmallows.
  • Plastic cup – I used a Glad disposable food storage cup. The tops had cracked but I couldn’t bear to throw away the little cups because I just knew a fun project like this would come alonmini mg. I like these cups because they are sturdy. I’ve also used regular disposable drinking cups for this and that is fine but they aren’t as sturdy.
  • Balloon
  • Marshmallows (mini works best)
  • Scissors

Related: Easy & Fun Marshmallow Snowman Edible Craft for Kids

Video: Make Your Own Marshmallow Shooter

How To Make A Marshmallow Shooter

Step 1

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Carefully cut the bottom off your cup.

This step is for adults only.

Cut off the bottom of your cup. This was the hardest part of the whole project because I had to stab the bottom of the cup with my scissors to get a hole started so I could make the cut.

Step 2

Step 2- Marshmallow Shooter- Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the balloon tie knot as you usually would- kids activities blog
cut 1/2 inch off the top of the balloon and then tie a knot as you usually would.

Cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the balloon. Tie a knot as you usually would.

Step 3

Slide the open end of the balloon over the open end of the cup.

Step 4

Put some marshmallows in the opening.

Step 5

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Pull back the balloon by the knot and release.

Pull back the balloon by the knot and release.

Step 6

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Watch the marshmallows go flying.

Watch the marshmallows go flying!

Our Experience With THese Fun DIY Marshmallow Shooters

Both of my kids had so much fun with this. It was easy to load and easy to launch. My son experimented with different size marshmallows and different numbers of marshmallows. He says that the jumbo marshmallows are too heavy to travel very far.   The mini marshmallows travel the farthest. While it is fun to load up the cup with lots of mini marshmallows, they won’t travel very far.

He says that 2 mini marshmallows at a time is his favorite way to shoot it.

boy with marshmallow shooter

You can adjust the height and distance that the marshmallows travel by where you aim the cup and how far back you pull the balloon. Here is the farthest that my son was able to shoot a marshmallow. Impressive!

Marshmallow shooter- how far the marshmallows went with son, daughter trying to eat marshmallows from bag- kids activities blog
It’s okay to steal some marshmallows to snack on, haha!

We also tried shooting little craft pom poms instead of marshmallows. They are lighter and seemed to travel a little farther.

But marshmallows are just fun and much tastier than pom poms!

DIY Bubble Shooter

DIY Bubble Shooter

Get outside and play with this super cute and fun marshmallow shooter! This marshmallow shooter is so easy to make.

Materials

  • Plastic cups
  • Balloons
  • Marshmallows
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut the bottom off your cup.
  2. Cut 1/2 inch off the top of the balloon and knot the bottom of the balloon like you usually would.
  3. Slide the open end of the balloon over the open end of the cup.
  4. Put some marshmallows in the opening.
  5. Pull back the balloon by the knot and release.
  6. Watch the marshmallows fly.

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How did your marshmallow shooter turn out?



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4 Comments

  1. GREAT Physics application! For a fun comparison experiment, try cotton balls ( or pom poms, as you did) two ways:
    1. Regular cotton balls/pom poms. Record distance.
    2. Wrap them tightly with a 2 small pieces of masking tape to “scrunch ’em down”…and launch again! Record distance.

    What did you observe? Awesome post, thank you!!

  2. I am a homeschooling mom who has been stuck in the muck – totally unsure of what to do. I LOVE your page! Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration!