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DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter

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So, where to start on how this came to be,hummm.  Well,  I guess first, I will tell you that 2 Christmas' ago I got my husband and big brother marshmallow shooter guns.  Wow, I thought, these will get lots of use.  Unfortunately, we found that even though they were fun, the marshmallows got sticky in the tube and clogged after shooting and loading a few times.  We even tried refrigerating the marshmallows but it only helped a little.  They have been sitting in the closet with minimal use ever since.  

Of course I have also seen the classic DIY cup marshmallow shooter on the web.  We had yet to try that and the other day seemed like a good time to make one.  However, when I started, I found that the cup was too big for my toddlers hands and that the balloon had to go over the smooth end of the cup leaving the cut side with rough edges exposed.  I was frustrated that this was just not working out for me and I wanted this to be for both my 2 yr and 4 yr to play with.  

So my mind went to work and a day later, while taking laundry out of the dryer and staring at a cut up pool noodle( yes I have pool noodles in the floor in the laundry room), I knew what I was going to do.

Now that I had the idea for a Pool Noodle Pom Pom/ Marshmallow  Shooter, I quickly left the laundry,lol.  I had work to do.  I gathered supplies and crossed my fingers that this would be the best shooter this mom had ever made.  I loved the pool noodle because it was a small size which was great for both my tots and preschoolers hands.  The edges were smooth and the texture would help them hold on to it.  It was also more durable for my rough and tough boys than a flimsy plastic cup.

DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter


What I used:

cut up pool noodle, duct tape, balloon, scissors, and pom poms(we have craftprojectideas pom poms).

What I did: 

see picture below
DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter


So are you wondering yet if it worked?  Of course, I wouldn't waste your time in a post if it didn't.  Yay! I wanted to shout and dance as my toddler pulled the balloon end back and out flew a pom pom across the room!!  I was just as excited about this as they were.  I should have made 3 instead of 2.  I may just make me one tonight.  I will say that the marshmallows in them did not shoot:(  It worked out better for me that only the pom poms worked.  Now this is great for in the house.  No worries about lost marshmallows flying behind furniture.  And no little kids sneaking and eating hand fulls of marshmallows either.  We are having lots of fun with these simple DIY pom pom shooters and hope you and your kids can too.

DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter

This pom pom shooter is great for the kids little hand muscles and great for gross motors skills as they run around chasing after the pom poms.

Another great thing about this pom pom shooter is that is could make a great gift or maybe a party favor.

DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter

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Superhero Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter by FSPDT

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25 comments:

  1. such a cool way to make one of these shooters!!!

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    1. thanks for stopping by! Who knew the pool noodle had a million uses,lol. Love seeing all the fun ideas people come up with for using them:)

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  2. This is genius, I love it!
    And btw, no judgement about the pool noodle pieces on the floor. Mine are currently in the second bathroom bath tub (which we rarely use) but I think a few of the noodle pieces somehow made it to the kitchen floor a few days ago and have not yet been returned to the group.

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    1. So glad I am not the only one with pool noodles everywhere! Thanks for stopping by:)

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  3. You are simply brilliant. This is one of the most creative homemade toys I've ever seen! Pinning and stumbling!

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    1. awe, Jackie! that means a lot coming from you. I adore your blog post and all your brilliant ideas. thanks for stopping by and so much for sharing:) XX

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  4. This looks great! I might even need to go and buy a pool noodle just to make it, LOL!

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    1. Lol, Who knows what else you may come up with to use the rest of the pool noodle with? Thanks for stopping by:)

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  5. OK, this has got to be the most amazing thing I've ever seen! We are doing this today!!

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  6. Visiting from Tuesday Tots. Love this, making this :)

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  7. I absolutely love these! They would be great for birthday parties, too!

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  8. nice idea...and my son loved it...pom poms are all over the place now....its clean up time........
    Thank you so much...

    http://karthikeyasmom.blogspot.com/

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  9. I LOVE this, safe and fun! It looks like you tied a knot in the neck of the balloon and cut the bottom off? Sorry to sound so dumb, I'm not as crafty as you! Then do you put all the pom poms in or one at a time? LOL I'm going to make one, then maybe I'll get the picture. Thank you for sharing! Pinned to my teaching board

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  10. haha my boys are 13 & 14 and we are still having a blast with them! Found your site thru pinterest. Amazing how things thought up for littles work for teens sometimes too. When I showed them to the boys they thought it was a great idea. Now we never know when someone is going to be hiding behind a door or in a corner waiting to pelt someone with a pom pom :D

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  11. I am wondering how long do you cut the noodle (inches)? Also, what size balloon do you use? Thank you.

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    1. hi, the pool noodle is a few inches and the large birthday balloons are the ones we used. Hope that helps:)

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    2. Would it be 5-6 inches? Longer or shorter? I'm just trying to figure out how many I need to buy. I'm making them for 4th grade end of school party for 20 kids. I'm sorry to be such a pain.

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    3. Hi Selena, Ours fit in the palm of my hand. I do not have one right here but maybe 4 inches? Hope that helps and you all have lots of fun:)

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  12. This is such a great idea! my daughter is expecting her 4th boy any day, so I am off to Utah with my three shooters for my darling grandsons!
    Thanks so much, can't wait to see more of your website!

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  13. hi Jaime,
    Love your fun foam shooters! My daughter is expecting her 4th boy any day, so I am off to Utah with my foam shooters for my darling grandson! Thanks for such a great website, can't wait to see what else you have!
    Lisa Stevens

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