Our desires for marshmallow shooters came around 5+ years ago when we thought it would be a fun family past time of Big J and his 4 brothers. I believe we did buy one at Christmas ~$15 for one of the brothers, but 5 would have been above our poor young adult budget.
We were at Maker Faire last month (I know, I owe a run down on it, but I'm seriously in lock-down mode due to the end of the Refresh Grant) and found 2 shooters for sale for $20.
Big J took a picture of the box and decided to get material to make our own.
Per shooter (~$5 total)
~2.5-3 ft 1/2 inch PVC pipes
2 - 90 degree slip fit (not threaded)
2 - T slip fits (not threaded)
2 - slip fit caps (not threaded)
It would be helpful if you had a PVC pipe cutter (which we had from a previous project). They are ~$10 (so not super cost effective if you only make 1, but better if you make a family of them).
These are the measurements from our shooter (based on small person (J and Mommy's) hands) - it's very customizable:
3 - 5" (two handles, 1 mouth piece)
2 - 2" (connectors between the handles)
1 - 3" (neck between the mouth piece and the barrel)
1 - 7.5" (barrel of the shooter)
We didn't glue the pieces, which made it super easy to take apart and retrieve lost marshmallows.
Here's what our family of shooters look like:
Minus one for this reason:
Here's how you use the marshmallow shooter:
Insert the marshmallow into the gun
Give a firm, quick blow
Repeat, over and over again. Hopefully, you don't have this disaster:
If you do, feel free to still use them (or reuse already shot marshmallows). Just make sure you and your kid(s) know not to eat those ones. We had a no eating marshmallows rule once we started reusing.
If your marshmallow gets stuck
Take apart the gun and fix it.
We picked the wrong person to pick a fight with. He had his own marshmallow shooter (~$15 store bought). Luckily J took it hostage. Good job J.
He didn't know how to use it, so he got assistance.
This activity has been a big highlight to our summer.
Don't shoot me, I'm just innocently taking pictures!
Hope you have fun with your shooters.
*Sorry for the premature post - I wasn't ready with pictures and hit publish instead of save. Blogger doesn't have that 30 second undo option like Gmail.