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:
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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 • 4 497

  • Divyanshu Mishra

    You are the rocketman

  • Manish Yadav
    Manish Yadav 4 days ago

    Tere baap ne bol tha ki itna easy luvd

  • Blaine Runnells
    Blaine Runnells 9 days ago

    can you use normal tin foil or something else for the rear fins

  • Tomislav Poljak
    Tomislav Poljak 11 days ago

    It work

  • Dubbing boys 3 dubbers

    Can we use black ones

  • manuel molina
    manuel molina 15 days ago

    That's so cool. 👍☺️

  • Hou nd
    Hou nd 16 days ago

    Mine don't work

  • Daniel Valadez
    Daniel Valadez 18 days ago


  • Young Phoenix
    Young Phoenix 19 days ago

    NASA and SpaceX spending billions of dollars when they could just run to Walmart and go crazy and make hundreds of rockets.

  • Ian Battye
    Ian Battye 24 days ago

    But they add a micro explosive to the tip of t

  • The Art Box
    The Art Box 29 days ago

    Do we have to make a new one for launching it again and again or a single piece of the rocket would work

  • BigGuns10
    BigGuns10 29 days ago

    Great project but if you find they don't work just make sure your sides are all sealed off completely if not put a little aluminum foil tape around it then it should work

  • nickster2133
    nickster2133 Month ago

    they really work its amazing

  • nanaboy
    nanaboy Month ago

    v2 early prototype

  • Fun4Bros Gaming
    Fun4Bros Gaming Month ago +1

    friend: can i borrow your matches please?
    Me: "ok." (opens matchbox) "SYKE!!!!"

  • a.n.gopalakrishnan nair

    can you make a sillicone box

  • Sam Rupert
    Sam Rupert Month ago

    This has never worked for me

  • Joel lewis
    Joel lewis Month ago

    i like

  • TheDeathDragon
    TheDeathDragon Month ago +1

    I tried it and it work thx I had fun doing it!

  • Ashhad Khan
    Ashhad Khan Month ago

    this is fake i try it but they did not work

  • The Running Picture Project

    So, the match head explodes - from the candle - inside the foil?

  • Cameron Skilllings
    Cameron Skilllings 2 months ago


  • Xander Ashby 101
    Xander Ashby 101 2 months ago

    I followed all of your instructions and mine only shot 2 feet

  • Elite Gamer
    Elite Gamer 2 months ago

    This is what North Korea has right now

  • Flo
    Flo 2 months ago

    Someone should tell north Korea about this.

  • ismael dabalos
    ismael dabalos 2 months ago

    i already share this video on my facebook.. ^_^

  • Telangana Vines
    Telangana Vines 2 months ago

    You layar you said it is free but it is $5

  • Joshua Dowden
    Joshua Dowden 2 months ago

    you should sell your inventions

  • The kightkeeper 1
    The kightkeeper 1 2 months ago

    where do i get the template? I clicked the link but it took me to a ad search website?!

  • 김창현
    김창현 2 months ago

    where is that sheet?

  • That one german
    That one german 2 months ago

    Will purple matches work too

  • Aditi Sulke
    Aditi Sulke 2 months ago

    loved it as always !

  • Bazza Cable
    Bazza Cable 2 months ago

    nice i love it

  • FireThePhoenix
    FireThePhoenix 2 months ago

    video: all you need is a bamboo squre, tinfoil and a match head
    me: ok let's go to the store
    video: now use metalic tape for this
    me: back to the store...

  • Shweta Apte
    Shweta Apte 2 months ago +1

    Who are the fools who didnt like the video

  • TheClown FromYouTube
    TheClown FromYouTube 2 months ago

    Kim Jong Un: O waow, 40ft, that go far! I get Donal' Trump naow!

  • MattyRides
    MattyRides 3 months ago +1

    temptations got to me...... IM GUILTY ........I SHOT MY BROTHER WITH THE BUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amy Wiggans
    Amy Wiggans 3 months ago

    how can i get the templat

  • TheRealPenutButterBrayden

    Kim Jong Un: now how do I make them go boom? And add nuclear warheads? And make the travel several thousands oif miles to the US mainland? Just wondering

  • Abdiaziz Hirsi
    Abdiaziz Hirsi 3 months ago


    THE BEAST 3 months ago


  • amaansnooker147 iqbal
    amaansnooker147 iqbal 3 months ago +1

    where did you get the tape from

  • Candice
    Candice 3 months ago

    What happened to the video from yesterday ? "The King of Random uploaded: QC#17 - Alcohol Fireball" 👑🔀

  • Maco Paco
    Maco Paco 3 months ago +1

    who came here from grants new vid

  • Alpha Gamer
    Alpha Gamer 3 months ago

    aezakmi ' fullclip

  • Kyle Arzaga
    Kyle Arzaga 3 months ago

    Yo I tried this at home....worked AMAZING!!!!!

  • How To?
    How To? 3 months ago

    doesn't work

  • Dr Gusimyth
    Dr Gusimyth 3 months ago

    mine failed miserably

  • aden Roastingstick
    aden Roastingstick 3 months ago

    I love your videos

    ENZILICIOUS 3 months ago

    this is where North korea gets their ideas

  • Eduardo Barragan
    Eduardo Barragan 3 months ago +1

    BEST VIDEO Like if u agree👍

  • Aaron Everett
    Aaron Everett 3 months ago

    You come up with some of the coolest ideas!

    ALI WALE 3 months ago


  • Rishab Kakkar
    Rishab Kakkar 3 months ago

    Cool rocket

  • Robert Sun
    Robert Sun 3 months ago

    My IPod is as laggy as F

  • ConnectionsBus
    ConnectionsBus 4 months ago

    Thanks for putting this together. Using idea for National Space week in our 10 youth clubs. Have just spent the morning cutting out 123 foil pieces, still need more and have got foil tape pieces to do yet!

  • IDoesPokemon
    IDoesPokemon 4 months ago

    Doesn't work in England for some reason I used pink end matches not red or green so might of been that sort of disappointed u don't show other country support

  • Elijah McCormick
    Elijah McCormick 4 months ago

    one of those containers made of bottle caps was a geocach

  • Kai I love cupcakes
    Kai I love cupcakes 4 months ago

    North Korea need this

  • Kenny Be
    Kenny Be 4 months ago

    Im makeing this in my science class with Mr Travis :)

  • KD Outdoors
    KD Outdoors 4 months ago

    Matchbox 20

  • Shame we live in the 21st century

    One of the few projects where I am actually bothered doing it

  • abhijeeth videm
    abhijeeth videm 4 months ago

    it's rubbish!not working😈

  • matthew roberts
    matthew roberts 4 months ago

    I like it bro

  • Your friendly neighbourhood Nazi

    I'd set up teams and duke it out

  • Finest Finesser
    Finest Finesser 4 months ago

    show up and start shooting within seconds...i like ya videos pal...probably not the best thing to say

  • mafia gaming
    mafia gaming 4 months ago

    nice video mujhe aasi video bahut achi lgti h

  • sabin kumar baiju
    sabin kumar baiju 4 months ago

    Could you make something for teacher's day?

  • Cameron Hook
    Cameron Hook 4 months ago

    I miss videos like this

  • Shame we live in the 21st century

    One of the few videos where I am actually able to do the project

  • Gelo
    Gelo 5 months ago

    Hey,can you do a randomizer rocket launch kit and The randomizer itself? How much you want to me to pay you to send it to Rio de Janeiro Av ruy Barbosa 600 on Brazil with some sugar motors?

  • SilverBluFox
    SilverBluFox 5 months ago

    After watching this, I felt like making 2 small cities and they would have a war using aluminum foil rockets

  • Tiberius Ravenwolf
    Tiberius Ravenwolf 5 months ago +1

    "Avoid the temptation to point them at people."

  • Johnrhommer Aunario
    Johnrhommer Aunario 5 months ago

    I really like this im thinking about blasting my neighbors door

  • Andreas Casillas
    Andreas Casillas 5 months ago

    I have those exact pliers

  • Smart Child
    Smart Child 5 months ago

    Use a pliers to remove the matchheads(this will make a dust), so you can fit more rocket fuel in, and make it more powerful.

  • Miles & Theo
    Miles & Theo 5 months ago

    Who saw that add vert in Indian

  • Michael McNamara
    Michael McNamara 5 months ago +1

    please make nuclear matchbox rocket video!

  • make by Ansh jaiswal
    make by Ansh jaiswal 5 months ago

    this is vary amazing

  • Law Freejay
    Law Freejay 5 months ago

    North Korea Launches Nuclear Armed ICBM (2017, Colorized)

  • Ikovader
    Ikovader 5 months ago

    Is there a way to make them shoot about like, 1 foot? or 2? I like using explosives to make army men blow eachother up.

  • Red_Bull _Gamming
    Red_Bull _Gamming 5 months ago


  • ManiacMiner//MMM
    ManiacMiner//MMM 5 months ago

    This is why your king of random

  • Molu Suman
    Molu Suman 5 months ago


  • nagol strems
    nagol strems 5 months ago


  • Camilo Ochoa
    Camilo Ochoa 5 months ago

    I won't. one

  • Hassan Falak
    Hassan Falak 6 months ago

    peace out

  • Dromedary Lagendary
    Dromedary Lagendary 6 months ago +1

    You should do a video about multiple match heads.

  • 3d Philocaphy
    3d Philocaphy 6 months ago

    Grant you never cease to amaze me

  • Kulvir Bansel
    Kulvir Bansel 6 months ago

    Hi my name is kulwant

  • J M
    J M 6 months ago

    do u have to use fins

  • ABadUnfunny9/11Joke
    ABadUnfunny9/11Joke 6 months ago

    "A weapon to surpass Metal Gear..."

  • kriegmeister1
    kriegmeister1 6 months ago

    I used to do this about 45 years ago and there was no internet either.

  • Süper Oyuncu BARTCRAFT

    nice video!👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • John Russo
    John Russo 6 months ago


  • Alex Cobarrubias
    Alex Cobarrubias 6 months ago

    Cool is your vidoe

  • CnC Gamings 1.11.2!
    CnC Gamings 1.11.2! 6 months ago

    I'm going to post a vid about these so subscribe

  • Jo-Ann Aragon
    Jo-Ann Aragon 6 months ago

    melt nife

  • Daiquan Jackson
    Daiquan Jackson 6 months ago

    What all had of you put a phone in dry ice and liquid nitrogen