How To Make a Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

  • Published on Dec 11, 2014
  • How to make rockets that shoot over 40 feet, with aluminum foil and a match.
    Some quick links to a few of the materials I used:
    [✓] Safety Matches:
    [✓] Aluminum Foil:
    [✓] Tea Light Candles:
    [✓] Bamboo Skewers:
    Because of the popularity of this project, I've put together a detailed 28 page PDF ( with step-by-step instructions, Fun Facts, Helpful Hints, and loaded with pictures. I'm selling them to help compensate for my time. You can get the Project PDF here if you're interested:
    Free template:
    Endcard Links:
    Paper Plate Speaker:
    Fire Piston:
    Smoke Flares:
    Water Pump:
    See What Else I’m Up To:
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    Although these rockets are only fueled by one match head, they do get hot enough to burn fingers, and leave scorch marks in carpets. This project should not be attempted without adult supervision, and if done indoors, safety precautions should be in place to mitigate any fire hazards. Misuse, or careless use, may result in property damage. Use of this video content is at your own risk.
    Music By: Scott & Brendo (“Fire” - Instrumental)
    Project Inspired By:
    A video by Marek Hayward I saw over a year ago. ( If you check out the link, please share the love and let Marek know that Grant Thompson sent you. :) Thank you!
    Project History & More Info:
    After seeing the video by Marek Hayward (which had 10,000 views at the time, and is now over 1,000,000!) I dropped everything I was doing to try this experiment.
    Unfortunately I couldn’t get much success with it. The rockets only seemed to work about half the time, and the needle they were launching from would get coated in carbon and tar residues after only a couple of launches, which seriously affected the performance.
    In addition, the rockets weren’t balanced, so once they fired, they wouldn’t shoot very straight.
    It’s taken me over a year of prototyping and testing, and playing with different ideas to get the result you see in this video. I developed the idea into a full-on matchbox rocket launching kit, which I’m super proud of, and excited to share in the project video.
    These rockets shoot consistently between 20-40 feet, and one of the biggest factors to whether the rockets work or fail, depends on how tight the crimp is on the rockets nose. Any rocket that has failed on me has almost always been because the crimp wasn’t done right, or wasn’t tight enough.
    The rockets will propel the furthest if they're launched from a stable base that has little to no give. If there is any give on the launchpad, that will absorb some of the energy and the rocket won’t go as far.
    Multiple tests in my house confirmed that if the rockets land on the carpet, they need to be moved within 1-2 seconds, or they will begin to melt into the fabric. The aluminum casings are heated in a flame until they reach the auto-ignition temperature of the match head, so you can expect them to be very hot, and may want to be wearing gloves when you recover the spent rocket casings as well :)
    This is an awesome and exciting project whether you're a kid or and adult. It’s impressive to fire a rocket with one match head and see such power, and the smoke trail it leaves in it’s wake is extremely satisfying as well.
    I’m giving away the template I made for free, all I ask in return is that you please share this video :) You can get it here:

Comments • 4 492

  • 3z ozz
    3z ozz 22 hours ago

    This was the cause of the problem

  • judah schwartz
    judah schwartz 2 days ago

    Finally a build that has stuff I already have!

  • Dion Pauwels
    Dion Pauwels 3 days ago


  • Tiare Tagaloa
    Tiare Tagaloa 4 days ago

    Can you plz make a bow,net,and a party popper in one?

  • Lemons
    Lemons 5 days ago


  • Tony Games
    Tony Games 6 days ago

    LIKE. If you're here in 2019

  • Bill Bates
    Bill Bates 7 days ago

    we used to cut the tips off soft matches from a match book, put them in a used up bb gun cO2 cartridge, put a fuse in it, drop it in a pipe and that thing would dissappear into the sky at supersonic speed. That was fun.

  • George B. Wolffsohn
    George B. Wolffsohn 9 days ago

    Waaaay too much work for immediate gratification.

  • logno melchor ambas
    logno melchor ambas 11 days ago

    Youre are rocket scientist ,in world war 2 they came out us heroes ,

  • amit chakrabarty
    amit chakrabarty 14 days ago


  • Hi Hi
    Hi Hi 15 days ago

    U mean the leading weapon of a raid

  • Jasenka Mada
    Jasenka Mada 19 days ago

    Do the small wings help it to fly ? Because they are kinda hard to make

  • S.s Singh
    S.s Singh 20 days ago

    Congratulations for 10m subscribers

  • Jiya Das
    Jiya Das 23 days ago

    I made 10times but it goes 1cm mad donkey

  • Harry Kuheim
    Harry Kuheim 23 days ago

    Kids used to learn to make these after School ...Now it's "Science" and "Educational"....

  • xCheater
    xCheater 26 days ago

    They are reusable

  • Deranged Chicken
    Deranged Chicken 26 days ago

    How many match heads will i need to launch a rocket up to the ISS?

    ANILA M M 26 days ago

    Why don't you make a gaint matchbox rocket

  • She’s Latina
    She’s Latina 26 days ago

    Elon musk wants to know your location

  • Aarin Lindemann
    Aarin Lindemann 28 days ago

    mine went 4 inches

  • Holly13 Satre89
    Holly13 Satre89 28 days ago +2

    I would like to make these, but do not know what 'aluminum' is. I looked on the periodic take and can only find 'aluminium'. Will this other metal still work, or will it only work with misspelled and mispronounced metals? :)
    Holly : )

  • Dylan Severance
    Dylan Severance 28 days ago

    Oh yeah yeah


    cool.....i can spend quality time with my 12 year old son and make some...he will love it... thanks😎

  • minecraft miner
    minecraft miner Month ago

    That is cool

    JT. MAKER Month ago

    wow amazing

  • Aminoo Aminoo
    Aminoo Aminoo Month ago

    مرحبا كيفك

  • Purnendu Dutta
    Purnendu Dutta Month ago

    Don't works

  • Adam Mzaour
    Adam Mzaour Month ago


  • Hazel Giles
    Hazel Giles Month ago

    I tried it and it was great

  • DiTo Gamer
    DiTo Gamer Month ago +1

    the link is not in discription

  • Jisha Manoj
    Jisha Manoj Month ago

    This is potty rocket

  • PerunaMies
    PerunaMies Month ago

    Nice, this work!

  • kein mcgill
    kein mcgill Month ago

    Imagine one of those soda cap containers full of match heads going off

  • whooty420
    whooty420 Month ago

    Or cut off all the match heads, and pack them in an open nitrous oxide canister, and use a lit cigarette for a wick........ BOOM

  • Massiv3robot
    Massiv3robot Month ago

    Kim Jong Un’s favourite project as a kid...

  • Aden Pham
    Aden Pham Month ago

    2019 any body[

  • Apostolos Krystallis


  • Dalton H
    Dalton H Month ago


  • Adelfa De Dios
    Adelfa De Dios Month ago


  • Adelfa De Dios
    Adelfa De Dios Month ago


  • Capitão Explosão
    Capitão Explosão Month ago +2

    *Kim Jong-Un wants to know your location*

  • radua group
    radua group Month ago


  • LazyCrazyCat2
    LazyCrazyCat2 Month ago

    it doesn't work for me.

  • Jeremy Payne
    Jeremy Payne Month ago

    We just shot one 50 feet!!!

  • melkerart
    melkerart Month ago

    "Hey, don't do this near the houses or the street, go into the woods and the dry brush instead where there's nobody you can hurt." 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀

  • Mouhanit _
    Mouhanit _ Month ago

    i make rocket of pen point

  • Loic Delhom
    Loic Delhom Month ago

    This is really cool

  • Bobby Priest
    Bobby Priest Month ago

    Pause it at 5:36 omg😂

  • Daisy is a gryphon
    Daisy is a gryphon Month ago

    Homemade SAMs.

  • Vexy Gaming
    Vexy Gaming Month ago

    Kaytusha starter pack

  • Extreme 9000 Gaming

    I miss Grant

  • Mark MacRae
    Mark MacRae Month ago

    Dude this is gonna be awesome!!!

  • Sammy 1 thumb ,
    Sammy 1 thumb , Month ago

    So what if you put 2 or three in there. You think to much where it would just pop or would it give 20 more feet or so.

  • Derick Pigon
    Derick Pigon Month ago

    Ok mom wiil still say dont play fire!

  • Patrick Harvey
    Patrick Harvey 2 months ago

    And now to weaponize it

  • baymeo split
    baymeo split 2 months ago

    “Avoid the temptation to point them at people.” It’s like you’re reading my mind.

  • Cory D.
    Cory D. 2 months ago

    yea we did these things as kids...amazed we didnt burn the school down

  • Jake 04
    Jake 04 2 months ago

    But why

  • Fast Internet
    Fast Internet 2 months ago

    Please show to mr beast....... Boooom

  • Carlos Arce
    Carlos Arce 2 months ago

    This is to much work, I'd rather go to Chinatown and by a pack of bottle rockets.

  • nikitaso
    nikitaso 2 months ago

    is it banned in NJ?

  • Seadog.
    Seadog. 2 months ago


  • Андрей
    Андрей 2 months ago

    В детсве делал, лет в 12, добавляли туда ещё перманганат калия и соли, правда зачем соль была не знаю)

  • Evan grabher
    Evan grabher 2 months ago

    Who else saw the e30 @5:05

  • noemi ghosh
    noemi ghosh 2 months ago

    Hamas will soon going use this method. Seems moshad has already started to collecting your details.

  • Black Bird
    Black Bird 2 months ago

    Make some for me for free

  • Oliver Ochmann
    Oliver Ochmann 2 months ago

    WARNING North Korea Missile Programm

  • The Unambiguous
    The Unambiguous 2 months ago +1

    Too much effort, I’ll just buy real rockets

  • Jeff Avella
    Jeff Avella 2 months ago

    I'd forgotten about these! Thanks for this blast from the past.

  • davidforde1973
    davidforde1973 2 months ago

    I really need to get out more

    LUBNA SHAMEER 2 months ago

    How to get the template

  • Mahaveer U
    Mahaveer U 2 months ago


  • Charlie Odom
    Charlie Odom 2 months ago

    This is fantastic!!!

  • Dan Rebeiz
    Dan Rebeiz 2 months ago

    Meanwhile your neighbor goes to the store, purchases bottle rockets and returns home before you’re done cutting the match heads

  • jsveiga
    jsveiga 2 months ago

    That's how I got a permanent "dead pixel" on my left eye when I was a kid (ok, I had "upgraded" to a few match heads instead of one, as any kid will do). A burning spec flew into my eye and burned a spot on the cornea.

  • Aric Balmos
    Aric Balmos 2 months ago

    Black majik

  • andre M
    andre M 2 months ago

    I think pointing at ppl and property is exactly how this will be used lol

  • RJ
    RJ 2 months ago

    Hello, fire brigade? So I was watching TVclip...

  • jim morgan
    jim morgan 2 months ago

    Cool. Lets all blind eachother.

  • Born Awsumb
    Born Awsumb 2 months ago

    Amazing on many levels!

  • Juan F
    Juan F 2 months ago

    Great project daughter loves it we have a “blast” all the time!!!!

  • Crazy Dogs
    Crazy Dogs 2 months ago

    That tricks only about 50 years old

  • Sugar free Gaming
    Sugar free Gaming 2 months ago +1

    You need a girlfriend

  • steven Wilson
    steven Wilson 2 months ago

    What if everything is scaled up by one hundred? Now we’re talking!

  • zip logix291
    zip logix291 2 months ago


  • charif zetati
    charif zetati 2 months ago


  • xordux
    xordux 2 months ago

    Since crackers are banned. I will use them in coming Diwali 🎇🎆🌠

  • YNWA96
    YNWA96 2 months ago

    Brill, set your office on fire and get 15 years for arson. Or a jobs worth police officer hit you with everything he can once your jobs worth boss calls them.

  • Muhammad Anis Khan
    Muhammad Anis Khan 2 months ago

    Awesome rocket

  • Muhammad Anis Khan
    Muhammad Anis Khan 2 months ago

    It's work

  • Michael Collins
    Michael Collins 2 months ago

    Chinese space program

  • Pinche Hulk
    Pinche Hulk 2 months ago

    I use to make this ones when I was a kid 🧒

  • Michael C.
    Michael C. 2 months ago

    I love it, thank you

  • David Durston
    David Durston 2 months ago

    'Box of matches and aluminum foil.'
    + paper towel
    + foil tape
    + bbq lighter
    + candle
    + cardboard cereal box
    + scizzors

  • David Holdsworth
    David Holdsworth 2 months ago

    More sophisticated than NASA ;)

  • Jason Heilman
    Jason Heilman 2 months ago

    That’s a lot of work

  • bucki58
    bucki58 2 months ago

    I did this at an outdoor party and got beat up and kicked out.

  • Rufino Jacinto
    Rufino Jacinto 2 months ago

    Can you please put uranium and plutonium in your rocket but make it larger

  • Alexandertheaverage
    Alexandertheaverage 2 months ago

    You sir are obviously a virgin

  • Buckarooskiczek Productions

    “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”