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 • 4 224

  • Kaiden Catekista
    Kaiden Catekista 2 hours ago

    Are you able to hold them from your hand

  • HidStar
    HidStar 2 days ago

    *North Korea left the chat*

  • RenaissanceRecorders Water of Life

    Great design on the fins.

  • Sanjana Mantri
    Sanjana Mantri 5 days ago

    Faltu viedeo mat dala kr tati

  • Hoshimaru57
    Hoshimaru57 5 days ago

    Any way to make multi stage matchbox rockets?

  • Chubby Cricket
    Chubby Cricket 6 days ago

    This is two times better than North koreas " nuke" :]

  • BBeluga Whale
    BBeluga Whale 7 days ago

    Rip grants old videos

  • AngOFflaM3Z
    AngOFflaM3Z 8 days ago

    This is it chief

  • Christopher Du Preez

    I like them because they are dangerous

  • RED Engineer
    RED Engineer 8 days ago

    I might only have one match
    But I can make an explosion

  • Pro Gamer
    Pro Gamer 9 days ago

    Will it be more powerful if we put two match heads

    AUSTIN ALLEN 9 days ago

    Make a new play button but use your logo instead

    AUSTIN ALLEN 9 days ago

    Tear apart a tv

  • My_Favourite _Bunny225

    I made them there so cool

  • Anela11 11
    Anela11 11 9 days ago

    you should make a bigger one with colored smoke

  • Brad Morrison
    Brad Morrison 10 days ago

    Very cool.

  • Chudasama Meetrajshih
    Chudasama Meetrajshih 11 days ago

    Ha 6ka ha

  • Kiệt Van
    Kiệt Van 13 days ago

    Có nhiêu đó làm dài dòng như cái con cặt vậy? Đúng là tụi mày màu mè quá

    KARRI SRIDEVI 14 days ago

    Only we can use green matches?
    Please tell me fast because I have project

  • Isaac Clarke
    Isaac Clarke 14 days ago

    I won't be surprised if you the guided missile from fortnite tbh

  • rosegoku black
    rosegoku black 15 days ago


  • Karlnikolas Alcala
    Karlnikolas Alcala 15 days ago

    What will Kim Jong Un say to this?

  • Paul Castillo
    Paul Castillo 15 days ago +2

    So what if he used *5* Match heads?

  • Jerry Blaisse
    Jerry Blaisse 16 days ago

    Can’t you just use the whole match instead of attaching it to the skewer?

    MY TECHNO CRAZE 16 days ago

    nice sir

  • Vikram Mali
    Vikram Mali 17 days ago


  • arvind sarva
    arvind sarva 17 days ago

    That's very intresting thing u have made

  • Carlo Dr
    Carlo Dr 17 days ago

    i dont have aluminum foil tape what else can i use

    MR CAPTAIN 19 days ago

    what if I adjust the rocket to 90°

  • Asmat Parvreen
    Asmat Parvreen 19 days ago


  • anonymous
    anonymous 20 days ago

    2.5k dislikes are from those who manufacture lighters😂

  • Trisha Basford
    Trisha Basford 20 days ago

    Wow, next time I will be sure to read the fine print more carefully...a pdf that 'expires' in 24 hr feels a lot like a rip off to me...

  • Goroyo 9090
    Goroyo 9090 22 days ago


  • Áäřøņ plays ÝŢ GAMES

    Can you use any match?

  • John Limongello
    John Limongello 22 days ago

    So cool!

  • Loriaan Venter
    Loriaan Venter 22 days ago


  • Jamie Penney
    Jamie Penney 24 days ago

    That was my little brother

  • Jamie Penney
    Jamie Penney 24 days ago

    I want to kiss you because you look sexy

  • Mr. D
    Mr. D 25 days ago

    Not sure if this was mentioned earlier however you can use tape in separating the foil the same way they use it to separate tint film.

  • Mr. D
    Mr. D 26 days ago

    Most certainly top 5 King of Random projects!

  • k9 wolflord
    k9 wolflord 26 days ago

    what does it mean if the match goes off but does not fly?

  • Science Timestream
    Science Timestream 26 days ago +1

    Just another awesome video.

  • Gursikh Katha Vichar
    Gursikh Katha Vichar 26 days ago

    Very very nice

  • abinash kumar
    abinash kumar 27 days ago +1


  • Sebastian Martinez
    Sebastian Martinez 27 days ago

    I did this and it just didn't work

  • Larry Taylor
    Larry Taylor 27 days ago

    You should make a 3 stage with 3 match heads

  • Sherrie Vaughn
    Sherrie Vaughn 28 days ago

    I don't like the voice over's

  • sarah faraz
    sarah faraz 29 days ago

    You make a small warhead

  • Rupa Ravi
    Rupa Ravi 29 days ago

    Are the fins necessary

  • Cute Pikachu Gamer And Vlogs

    North Korea testing right here

  • Sidd G
    Sidd G Month ago

    and people say rocket science is tough 😂😂

  • adventures with nacho

    great idea but it is more of an ongoing cost so I am doing the mini cross bow

  • Dan Noar
    Dan Noar Month ago

    Made these in the early 70's. Still awesome!

  • Rehan Sk
    Rehan Sk Month ago


  • TΩwmaX
    TΩwmaX Month ago

    Now anybody can be kim jong un


    I mean with what program


    Please tell me how did you make the free template?

  • goutam patel
    goutam patel Month ago

    Send me the template

  • Kevin padilla
    Kevin padilla Month ago

    Is It Okay To Use Tin Foil?

  • Ali H.
    Ali H. Month ago

    5:06 "important to use common sense and not shoot at people or property"
    5:08 *Shoots over the street at his neighbor*

  • Chuck Stone
    Chuck Stone Month ago

    Would fireplace match stick heads work?

  • Mork Henrich Go
    Mork Henrich Go Month ago

    i love rockets

  • charanjit singh
    charanjit singh Month ago

    This doesn't work

  • Kopano Mosebi
    Kopano Mosebi Month ago


  • Nightfall Clasher
    Nightfall Clasher 2 months ago

    Omg! The best till now

  • Rett Smith
    Rett Smith 2 months ago

    You should make a paper cannon

  • rob schneck
    rob schneck 2 months ago +1

    I subscribed to

  • Sniforge Forger
    Sniforge Forger 2 months ago

    I used to do this as a kid.. this is over complicated for no reason...

  • Known Industries
    Known Industries 2 months ago

    Please scale this up. Use multiple match heads together to maybe pencil size or maybe go bigger with a larger wooden dowel.

  • Ananta Parida
    Ananta Parida 2 months ago


  • James Cummens
    James Cummens 2 months ago

    Very cool, thanks

  • Eric Stephany
    Eric Stephany 2 months ago

    I made like 30 , none of them worked

  • JH Joubert
    JH Joubert 2 months ago


  • Tak Tsing
    Tak Tsing 2 months ago

    Rocket scientist

  • Archer 07
    Archer 07 3 months ago

    QUESTION: Has anyone tried using two or more match heads and if so, does it work??

  • Owen Strain
    Owen Strain 3 months ago

    In from the future also
    I've acquired a very particular set of skills, I've gained the ability to snap match heads straight off and the ability to light a match with a lightbulb (not that hard)

  • final frontier
    final frontier 3 months ago

    Mine ignited and smoked but never flew😟

  • Saiprasad Bojjalwar
    Saiprasad Bojjalwar 3 months ago

    Doesn't work for me

  • Jamie Reinke
    Jamie Reinke 3 months ago

    I am doing this for a science experiment

  • Ash the Snowman
    Ash the Snowman 3 months ago

    If I point it up will I hit north Korea?

  • Ash the Snowman
    Ash the Snowman 3 months ago

    Avoid the temptation to point them at people and property
    Then what's the point of making it?

  • Marang Segwagwe
    Marang Segwagwe 3 months ago

    M A T C H B O K W E A P O N R Y

  • LAZONG_331 Search this
    LAZONG_331 Search this 3 months ago

    Kim Jong un is proud now

  • Binarykode
    Binarykode 3 months ago

    You sound like Kurt cobain

    GAMING BOMBERS 3 months ago

    I will do with foil paper.

  • sunilatPatil
    sunilatPatil 3 months ago

    make a ship in a bottle

  • Sly Cooper
    Sly Cooper 3 months ago +1

    It's 4th of July for kids give them firecrackers, sparkler, and what ever you have

  • Doom2pro
    Doom2pro 3 months ago

    Add a little visco fuse between match head and a single crackle ball at the rocket tip, heat lower on rocket to get it started, visco fuse will create a small time delay, if you cut it the right length it will pop the crackle ball at the apex of the flight.

  • CreeperPlays_MC
    CreeperPlays_MC 3 months ago

    It doesn't work for me. It goes up a little bit like 1mm and nothing happens. Or it burns the foil. Pls help

  • All Rounder Boss
    All Rounder Boss 3 months ago

    Amazing and cheap.

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 3 months ago

    *Kim jong un testing his new nuclear weapons*

  • Wadley Jred
    Wadley Jred 4 months ago

    Will blue match heads work to🤔

  • Baba Yaga
    Baba Yaga 4 months ago +1


  • Ryan Waddell
    Ryan Waddell 4 months ago

    Super fun, I am going to use this as a fun learning project that I can do with my children.

  • DriveOnParkway ParkOnDriveway

    "avoid the temptation to point at people"
    h a h a.

  • Callaway Productions
    Callaway Productions 4 months ago

    I cripped so much I am a crip now XD jk

  • carson kee
    carson kee 4 months ago

    But a bigger version

  • Tucker Heaton
    Tucker Heaton 4 months ago

    Now you can annoy your neibors

  • george balmer
    george balmer 4 months ago

    This is great and the comments are priceless!

  • Piyushshewani Shewani
    Piyushshewani Shewani 4 months ago

    What type of foil have you used