Do you ever dream of laying on the couch and being able to shoot your loved ones in the face with marshmallows with minimal effort? Maybe your kids are bored during quarantine and you want to teach them to fetch? Or maybe you want to take your smore’s making to the next level. Whatever category you call into, free time lends well to building fun things out of wood. This is a re-edit, new and improved for your viewing pleasure of how I made a Marshmallow shooter, a Marshmallow crossbow if you will, out of wood!
Long time contributor to WWMM Carmen Salamone designed this crossbow quite some time ago and I’ve been wanting to make it ever since. Once I finally built mine, I wonder why it took me so long!
It fires mini marshmallows. And I mean fires them! We measured about 50 feet on average. The power is in the firing mechanism which uses Thera-Band…a type of super strong latex that stores and releases an enormous amount of energy.
Check locally: sporting goods retailers might carry it. Here’s where you can buy Thera-Band online. You might also experiment with latex hose that you can find at hardware stores.
Here are plans for making your own. I’ve included a simple cutting template and a number of close-up photos to help you. The actual shape can be modified pretty much however you like. If you don’t have a bandsaw, you can cut the pieces using a hand-held jigsaw or even a handsaw.
The only tricky part is attaching the stretchy Thera-Bands and rigging up the bow. Put the crossbow in a vise and just take your time tying it together.