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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Marshmallow Wars!

I've always wanted a marshmallow shooter. Who wouldn't!?!  But, $15 on Amazon--no way!  So, after seeing this idea, I got a little crazy.  I bought some 1/2-inch PVC pipe and connectors, then put my family to work.

I had my husband sawing, while the kids helped put the shooters together and colored.  We finished five guns for about $7 total!  Here are a few of our impressive creations.  

The war commenced.  Marshmallows were flying everywhere!  My three-year-old, Mase, started to figure it out, but his shooter kept jamming.  I suppose his spit method was not working so well.

Without a functioning gun, Mase quickly became an easy target and even got injured, taking a marshmallow near the eye.

Let me first say, I love to sympathize and give hugs when my children are hurt, but his "injury" was nothing.  I  don't want to raise a bunch of wimpy children.   "Oh, you're OK.  It's only a marshmallow."

After Mase was "injured" for a second time, I decided to stop aiming at the kids and went for my husband.  I conquered, pelting him with at least twenty direct hits.   But!  I moved in too close!  He started an all-out, close range, marshmallow assault!  "Ouch!  Hey!  That hurt!"

I suddenly had more sympathy for injured son, "Sorry Mase."

Evidently, I am the wimpy one, and a little mean too.

It was still a fun and memorable night.

And, no cleanup was required.  Mase and Dax took care of that for us.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goals of the Week:  Lots of hugs for Mase and marshmallow revenge for my husband.

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27 Comments:

At June 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

I love it! What a great idea!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM , Blogger JennyLynn said...

This looks like a great family night activity.

 
At June 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

Oh we are so getting our own guns... Then the challenge is on.... My husband is a marshmallow gun pro, so I think I'll stay on his team lol. Wanna battle some time ;) It would be soooooo fun!!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Looks like lots of fun. I wanna make one now:-)

 
At June 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Definitely something I want to try out once our kiddos are bigger!! Looks like you guys had a great time!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Diane said...

This is awesome. My family would love this!!!!! I think we will try it out ourselves.

 
At June 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM , Blogger Diane said...

oh, and what size PVC worked well?

 
At June 11, 2011 at 2:48 PM , Blogger RoryBore said...

My kids have these.....Grandma bought them at a yard sale where the hubby had made them himself because he also saw the more expensive version. They have the best marshmallow wars now....but they aren't as good with the clean up. I found one lost one the other by my back door --- covered in ants!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Sandra's Fiberworks said...

Hey, you better patent that invention! That's actually how I made my first weaving looms, out of pipes from the hardware store...

 
At June 11, 2011 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Alex said...

lol that's awesome!

Oh, and it doesn't matter how you react to "hurts" and "injuries" lol. I didn't do it very often when it was unnecessary and my son is a HUGE wimp.

 
At June 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Sarah at The Stroller Ballet said...

How incredible creative of you!! And it looks like everyone had an amazing (and delicious!!) time as well!!! Love!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Blogger NotSoSilentMommy said...

My hubby is going to Home Depot first thing in the morning!! This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!
I'm a new follower,, can't wait to read more!!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 7:25 PM , Anonymous Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

This is so super cool! It's a much nicer alternative to the potato guns I made with my dad in my youth... add a little aerosol hairspray and an igniter and you really have a dangerous weapon. These marshmallow guns are much, much better. how fun!

 
At June 11, 2011 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

We have some of those! The kids have had a great time with them. What they don't eat, the dog is happy to take care of for us.
Sandy

 
At June 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Mrs E said...

omg that is the coolest thing ever.
i so want one.
or four.

 
At June 12, 2011 at 4:44 AM , Blogger Rosann said...

I love this! My kids would thoroughly enjoy a "family night" like that. It's times like that which grown-ups look back on fondly from their childhood. You and your hubby just created an amazing childhood memory for your children. :)

So cool too! My hubby would never make his own shooter. Too much work. Now I have to check out what Amazon has.

Many blessings,
Rosann
http://www.christiansupermom.com/

 
At June 12, 2011 at 6:31 AM , Blogger Karen Greenberg said...

What a cool idea to make your own marshmallow shooters. You are so creative!

 
At June 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM , Anonymous Mo'Betta said...

What a cool mom you are :)

 
At June 12, 2011 at 3:42 PM , OpenID laci512 said...

My family did this a few years ago after my son can home with a marshmallow gun from a festival. It was so much fun. We occasionally get the guns out and have a war ourselves, that is if we can find any marshmallows. The kids love to munch on them.

 
At June 12, 2011 at 4:06 PM , Blogger Lourie said...

This is the second time I have seen the marshmallow shooters! hahaha. Last time it was for Scouts. No clean up required there either. ;)

 
At June 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

How fun! I've never seen these. My nieces would go crazy for them!

 
At June 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

I'm just wondering which gun was yours. I hope it was the big one.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 4:36 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

What fun! JDaniel would love one of these. We don't have a dog, but I think JDaniel would clear them up.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

Ok, I need Doc to make some of these - FABULOUS!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 7:40 AM , Blogger Some Suburban Mom said...

LOVE this idea! My boys got some bow and arrow thing that shoots marshmallows from Cub Scouts, but there is only one and it never ends well. If they all had their own....

I'm going to Home Depot today. Thanks for the great idea!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Donna said...

I'm impressed that you made your own! We bought some from Bed Bath & Beyond a few years ago and were really disappointed that they jammed easily and now they don't even work! But when they did work they were a lot of fun.

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:02 PM , Blogger Rachael said...

Lol. I hope everyone has fully recovered from their injuries! I believe marshmallows are the best medicine for a marshmallow inflicted injury. :)

 

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