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DIY Marshmallow Launchers for 4th of July Fun

Marshmallow launchers are so fun and these upcycled July 4th shooters are so easy to make, you can have the whole family enjoying your Independence Day party. 

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Marshmallow Launchers

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love holiday get-togethers for so many reasons. Family, friends, decorating, and the look on the kids’ faces when they run around – it’s all my favorite. 

One of the best ways to get kids moving and having fun is by making a simple game they’ll love. These awesome marshmallow launchers will do that and more – they kids will play with them for hours! Let’s get started with this easy July 4th craft idea.

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Tips to Make these Marshmallow Shooters

  • Make sure to keep the rubber bands tight. The marshmallows won’t go anywhere if the rubber bands are holding the balloons on well.
  • You can shoot large marshmallows but my kids love the smaller ones. They also don’t get stuck like the larger ones do, especially if the kids squeeze the tube. 
  • Even the youngest kids can join in on this safe 4th of July game – just be sure to remind them we don’t shoot them at each other. 

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How Do I Make these Marshmallow Launchers?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a 4th of July shooters playlist on YouTube, here is our marshmallow launchers video tutorial.

Yield: As many launchers as you want!

Marshmallow Launchers

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Ok, let me start by saying that if you've never played with marshmallow launchers, you are deprived. Seriously, marshmallow shooters are so fun--and these upcycled July 4th shooters are so easy to make, you can have the whole family armed and shooting for the barbecue!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Paper Tubes (any will do)
  • Red and white striped scrapbook paper
  • Blue balloon
  • Rubber band
  • Mini-mmarshmallows


  • Scissors
  • Glue (or double-sided tape)


  1. Cut a piece of striped scrapbook paper to fit the paper roll. Glue it into place. 
  2. Tie a knot in the bottom of an uninflated balloon. Cut the top (round part) off the balloon.
  3. Wrap the open end of the balloon around the bottom of the toilet paper roll and secure with a rubber band.
  4. To use, place a marshmallow in the shooter and pull the knotted end back. Let go of the balloon to shoot the marshmallow out.

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