One of our kids’ favorite toys growing up were their homemade marshmallow guns. They had wars all over our back yard, the woods, and indoors with these crazy things. These are great fun, more-or-less safe (I’d suggest sunglasses for eye protection from flying marshmallows), and an inexpensive do-it-yourself project. These are the same PVC toys that are sold online and in some stores for $8-$12.
Blogger TennZen from Tennessee recently posted some very good, detailed instructions for building these right here. (Be sure to also check out other posts on her blog for several additional “holidays on a budget” ideas. There are some good ones there!)
Next, here is a funny downloadable PDF from Instructables.com that also shows how these are built. Click here
These are fun projects for your kids to make, and great gifts too, as long as you are patient and adventurous enough to handle miniature marshmallows flying all around the house and yard. Enjoy!