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DIY Paper Snowball Launcher

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We saw Disney’s Frozen last night (we’ll review it for you tomorrow!) so the boys requested a snow themed project today. Since we are a couple of hours away from real snow we pulled out our trusty indoor “snow” and created this Paper Snowball Launcher.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

You’ll need 2 cardboard tubes (one that fits easily inside the other) think leftover shipping tubes or wrapping paper tubes, 2 rubber bands, scissors or something to poke a hole into the cardboard and pom poms or paper snowballs. A brad is optional.

Put the smaller tube inside the larger tube.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Poke 2 holes on either side of the smaller tube and insert/secure the rubberband. There should be one on each side.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Do the same to the larger tube and attach the same rubberband so they are now connected. We used a brad to keep the rubberband from coming through but you can attach however you like. Especially for the older kids I try to get them to figure out the best way to contruct things like this using materials they have on hand. (Like how to reinforce the cardboard to make sure you get plenty of use).

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

We cut the smaller tube since it was really long (you’ll likely want to be at least 1/2 the length of the bigger one but play with it and see what you like best) so we used the extra to help stuff the snowballs into the launcher.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Now you’re ready to launch.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Stuff the snowball into the open end of the launcher.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Using the extra piece to get it farther down if needed.

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Pull back the smaller tube

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

Let go completely to send the snowball flying

DIY Paper Snowball Launcher from All for the Boys

How far the snowball goes will depend on a lot of factors like your rubberbands, how far you pull the tube back, the snowball itself etc. so have fun perfecting it!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

1 Comment

  1. What a cool idea, and one my 10 yr old would love too. We made a smaller version using cups but my 10 yr old son didn't like it that much. This looks way cooler. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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