Finding simple crafts for kids for the holidays is such a fun way to celebrate with the family! And when it comes to summer fun, you can’t forget about the 4th of July! DIY marshmallow shooters are a fun craft and game all rolled into one. After you put your marshmallow shooters together, your kids will have a blast shooting each other with those sweet treats.
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My favorite part about this simple project is that you only need three supplies to make it! That means it’s a great option for your summer parties to keep the kids entertained until the fireworks start!
Looking for more 4th of July ideas? Check out these 4th of July party ideas to create a fun party for your little guests this summer.
DIY Marshmallow Shooters
This simple craft is a great activity for kids of any age. The toilet paper roll marshmallow shooter itself is easy to put together. And shooting the marshmallows is simple, too!
The best part about this project is that you probably already have everything you need at home right now. To create your own marshmallow shooter craft at home, you’ll need:
- Empty toilet paper rolls: You’ll need one empty toilet paper roll for each shooter, so it’s a good idea to start saving up your rolls well ahead of the party! You can also cut paper towel rolls into thirds to use for the base of your marshmallow shooters.
- Red and white striped paper: To give your toilet paper rolls a more patriotic look, use red and white striped paper to decorate your shooters. But if you’re not planning to use these for the 4th of July, any patterned paper would work for this project.
- Blue balloons: To shoot the marshmallows out of the toilet paper rolls, you’ll need latex balloons. Add to the patriotic look by using blue balloons.
- Rubber bands: Hold the balloon in place with a rubber band. Try using red or blue rubber bands to match the color combo on the rest of your shooter.
- Glue: Using glue is optional, but it is helpful in keeping your marshmallow shooter together.
Gather up your supplies and keep reading to see how to make your own marshmallow shooters to use at your 4th of July party.
How to Make a Marshmallow Shooter
Start by cutting the paper to fit around the toilet paper rolls. Glue the paper into place around the outside of the toilet paper roll. I suggest using hot glue for this. It makes the seam more secure, allow it to hold up to play after you’re finished making this fun 4th of July craft.
Put your toilet paper rolls aside and grab a couple of blue balloons. Start by tying a knot in the end of the balloon — but don’t inflate it! Instead, cut the top (rounded end) off the balloon, leaving around an inch and a half of balloon for you to work with.
Finish making your DIY marshmallow shooters by wrapping the open end of the balloon around one end of the toilet paper tube. Secure the balloon in place with a rubber band. This step is important because the kids will be pulling on the balloon as they shoot their marshmallows. The rubber band ensures the balloon won’t fall off as the kids play.
After your kids are finished making their DIY marshmallow shooters, it’s time to play! To shoot a marshmallow, simply place it inside the tube and allow it to all into the balloon. Then, pull back the knot on the end of the balloon and aim at your target. Let the knot go to shoot the balloon out.
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Red and white striped paper
- Blue balloon
- Rubber band
- Marshmallows for shooting
- Cut the paper to fit around the toilet paper roll and glue it in place.
- Tie a knot in the end of the balloon and cut off the round top.
- Place the open end of the balloon over one end of the toilet paper roll. Secure it with a rubber band.
- Place a marsmallow in the roll and pull the knotted end of the balloon back. Let go to shoot the marshmallow.
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!