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DIY: Marshmallow shooter is a delicious combination of engineering and nostalgia

Feb. 2, 2017

Are you looking for a new use for marshmallows? Consider building a marshmallow shooter.

Do you have a pile of PVC pipe in your basement from an uncompleted home improvement project? Do you have an unused CO2 cartage gathering dust in your garage? Are you looking for a new use for marshmallows? Then you have the drive and materials necessary to construct your own marshmallow shooter.

According to William Gurstelle for Popular Science: "Made from PVC pipe and fittings, a bicycle tire inflator, and easily obtainable cartridges of compressed carbon dioxide, the mack-mack is cheap, easy to make, and can be assembled in minutes. You may have seen marshmallow guns that use lung-power to shoot single mini-marshmallows, but this high-velocity weapon is far more impressive.

After assembling the PVC pipe and fittings, just as I would for a standard marshmallow gun, I drilled and tapped a single hole in the plastic and attached the bicycle inflator. The inflator releases a burst of compressed gas that’s much more powerful than a puff of breath. I also gave the gun another modification: an ammo tube that can hold seven mini-marshmallows at once."

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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