Pom Pom Cannon

This project is simple, fun, and allows for end results that can vary wildly.  Feel free to add a “cup” onto the cannon to create a launch and catch game rather than a cannon. These are also great “prizes” for cardboard arcades. Watch for flying pom poms!

Build Time:

  • 10-15 minutes

Skills Needed:

  • Basic tape skills
  • Tying knots in balloons (adults may need to help)


  • Scissors


  • Pool noodle
  • Balloon
  • Duct tape
  • Cups are an optional add on

Step-by-step guide

Add the steps involved:

  1. Cut your pool noodle into a 4″ – 5″ length.
  2. Cut the top of the balloon in half.
  3. Stretch the balloon over one end of the pool noodle.
  4. Tape the balloon onto the end of the noodle to secure it in place.
  5. Tie a knot into the end of the balloon.
  6. Load pom poms into the pool noodle and you are ready to launch!

Going Further

Add a cup to the end to make a catch and launch game: