Do you have an extra 2×4 sittin’ around your garage? If you do, take a look at this super easy marshmallow catapult! It’s a blast to play with, and costs practically nothing to make. The piece of wood you use can be cut square or at an angle (see above). Best of all there is NO exact measuring required! This would be a fun family activity, Cub scout contest, or even a birthday party take- home if you whipped up a few before the party. It’s simple to do:
- Cut a piece of wood about twice as long as a clothes pin and sand it a bit.
- Glue two clothes pins together on top of each other facing the same direction, and then glue them to the wood block. The back of the clothes pin should be even with the end of the wood.
(Wood glue is best, but a quick drying epoxy that can be used on wood will also work).
- Using wood glue again, attach a tongue depressor to the clothes pins about an inch behind the clothes pin’s opening.
- Next, using a glue gun, glue a milk jug lid to the tongue depressor, to act as the bucket. Be sure to leave about 1/2 inch at the
end for easy flippin’.
- Decorate with stickers, markers or paint.
Now all you have to do is dig around your kitchen for some marshmallows. Soft marshmallows? Great. Stale? Better. Pom-poms? Sure. Cereal? Absolutely. Ideally, if you have a dog that can “bark-umme” up the remnants of battle…You, my friend, are good to go.
READY. AIM. FIRE!