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 • 4 565

  • 4CID C4T
    4CID C4T 12 hours ago

    Kim jong un would be proud of you

  • Remi van Dongen
    Remi van Dongen 3 days ago

    I would powder the match, put more powder in the rocket and light not at the tip, but the bottom!

  • no man
    no man 9 days ago

    This is america

  • Eathen Venturo
    Eathen Venturo 10 days ago

    y u use 2 diffrent candels

  • Crazy727King
    Crazy727King 20 days ago

    Why not cut off the head then use the stick instead of the skewer

  • shooterbarrick
    shooterbarrick 24 days ago

    this guy is just begging for ants to have mini wars.

  • MojangYang YAN0014
    MojangYang YAN0014 27 days ago

    Make giant rocket with lots of matchsticks and stick North Korea flag on it and launch it near Whitehouse!!!

  • MojangYang YAN0014
    MojangYang YAN0014 27 days ago

    I tried doing it the simple way and the rocket just exploded

  • Saoirse Anois
    Saoirse Anois Month ago +1

    Bye bye all my neighbors cats!

  • Kuldeep Singh
    Kuldeep Singh Month ago

    You said that it was free but it's not

  • kize32
    kize32 Month ago

    Dennis the Menace is now 40, but still gives Mr. Wilson a hard time

  • Undertale-Temmie-
    Undertale-Temmie- Month ago

    These old videos are better than the new ones

  • Baby Zebra
    Baby Zebra Month ago +1

    Now I know what to with my unused sock when on youtube! Double Rocket explosions

  • Meme War Pepe
    Meme War Pepe 2 months ago +1


  • Steve Ala
    Steve Ala 2 months ago +1

    How long til the libtards find out and ban these too?

    KINGKR33P3R 2 months ago

    Will this work with paper matches

  • Adolf Hitler
    Adolf Hitler 2 months ago

    captured film of a north korean nuclear rocket program (colorized)

  • Snakes /fishing
    Snakes /fishing 2 months ago

    Could you add color so it is like a little flare

  • AetherResonant
    AetherResonant 2 months ago

    Gonna bring this to school. Perfect.

  • Phil's secret life
    Phil's secret life 2 months ago

    Imake my own but i make my tree burn

  • Aesthetic Unicorn
    Aesthetic Unicorn 2 months ago

    That is not allowed for for our country

  • HowToStrategy
    HowToStrategy 2 months ago

    Can i use my screen as a template?

  • Jessica Sommy
    Jessica Sommy 2 months ago

    I created something like that thanks to the Stodoys instructions.

  • Mykolas Uselis
    Mykolas Uselis 2 months ago

    Can I light up the rockets by gas torch

  • James Merkus
    James Merkus 2 months ago

    Breaking News:
    North Korea fires nuclear missile

  • bojo perez
    bojo perez 2 months ago

    i made 10 and none of it will fly just burst the aluminum foil on the side the tip etc...

  • Ungregistered User
    Ungregistered User 3 months ago

    You can use paper matches

  • Ariaan Bajaj
    Ariaan Bajaj 3 months ago

    im a huge fan

  • pigster 2.0
    pigster 2.0 3 months ago

    I didnt know that you became kim yong un

  • Brandon Garven
    Brandon Garven 3 months ago

    when you loose at fortnite, Shoot it at your modem

  • Dax to the Max
    Dax to the Max 3 months ago

    Take a matchbox car and rub the strike tip stuff on the wheels and then strike the wheels and roll it down a ramp
    Flaming wheels

  • Flicks Dzn
    Flicks Dzn 3 months ago +1

    Awesome plz try make a big one with these matches

  • Stingy does aviation
    Stingy does aviation 3 months ago

    doyouhave to use fins?

  • Jonah Angel
    Jonah Angel 3 months ago


  • YT Fun Studio
    YT Fun Studio 3 months ago

    I licke our vidios

  • Phil Osophical
    Phil Osophical 3 months ago


  • IncineratorGaming
    IncineratorGaming 3 months ago

    why 13

  • Ravishekhar Verma
    Ravishekhar Verma 3 months ago

    Could you please give the size of the template plzzzzz

  • Dale Keown
    Dale Keown 4 months ago

    I make it but it works well

    GAMING BY HACKING 4 months ago

    where i got aluminum foil

  • Himkaran Duggal
    Himkaran Duggal 4 months ago

    very very cool.. I tried it But the whole rocket thing didnt work.But REALLY REALLY COOL:)

  • masti khor
    masti khor 4 months ago

    We have to use only bamboo sticks or other we can use also

  • andrew robert  bell
    andrew robert bell 4 months ago

    Yr awesome dude. I experiment a lot with matches as I can't get black powder in the UK. Even so matches are a decent 2nd best.

  • Mr. SkyrimDoggo
    Mr. SkyrimDoggo 4 months ago

    16 mln views by north Korean scientists

  • Neel Bankapur
    Neel Bankapur 4 months ago

    i am the 9th million subscriber!

  • Pilot Playz
    Pilot Playz 4 months ago


  • jaique
    jaique 4 months ago

    I liked how u made this little rockets and I was thinking. do you think it would be possible to make something similar but with something cold like dry ice or something?

  • Inferno_fish
    Inferno_fish 4 months ago

    Doesn’t work

  • Lalith Sai
    Lalith Sai 4 months ago

    Thank you for the free template.
    The rocket works awesomely

  • Ritual Voice
    Ritual Voice 4 months ago

    Can you shoot these at any hills and make a mini explosion.m?

  • Daniel Harmon
    Daniel Harmon 4 months ago

    I did this and it hit my neighbors car

  • Alina Prots
    Alina Prots 4 months ago


  • Thomas Hendriksen
    Thomas Hendriksen 5 months ago

    Load situation long though summer alternative bread.

  • Divyanshu Mishra
    Divyanshu Mishra 5 months ago

    You are the rocketman

  • Manish Yadav
    Manish Yadav 5 months ago

    Tere baap ne bol tha ki itna easy luvd

  • Blaine Runnells
    Blaine Runnells 5 months ago

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

  • Tomislav Poljak
    Tomislav Poljak 5 months ago

    It work

  • Dubbing boys 3 dubbers
    Dubbing boys 3 dubbers 5 months ago

    Can we use black ones

  • manuel molina
    manuel molina 5 months ago

    That's so cool. 👍☺️

  • Arc- 7997
    Arc- 7997 5 months ago

    Mine don't work

  • vMagicOz 03
    vMagicOz 03 5 months ago


  • Young Phoenix
    Young Phoenix 5 months ago

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

  • The Art Box
    The Art Box 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

    they really work its amazing

  • nanaboy
    nanaboy 6 months ago

    v2 early prototype

  • Fun4Bros Gaming
    Fun4Bros Gaming 6 months 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 6 months ago

    This has never worked for me

  • Joel lewis
    Joel lewis 6 months ago

    i like

  • TheDeathDragon
    TheDeathDragon 6 months ago +1

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

  • Ashhad Khan
    Ashhad Khan 6 months 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?

    • Saoirse Anois
      Saoirse Anois Month ago

      The Running Picture Project Yes just heat is all that's needed

  • Cameron Skilllings
    Cameron Skilllings 7 months ago


  • Xander Ashby
    Xander Ashby 7 months ago

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

  • Elite Gamer
    Elite Gamer 7 months ago

    This is what North Korea has right now

  • Flo
    Flo 7 months ago

    Someone should tell north Korea about this.

  • ismael dabalos
    ismael dabalos 7 months ago

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

  • Telangana Vines
    Telangana Vines 7 months ago

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

  • Joshua Dowden
    Joshua Dowden 7 months ago

    you should sell your inventions

  • thekightkeeper1
    thekightkeeper1 7 months ago

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

  • 김창현
    김창현 7 months ago

    where is that sheet?

  • That one german
    That one german 7 months ago

    Will purple matches work too

  • Aditi Sulke
    Aditi Sulke 7 months ago

    loved it as always !

  • Bazza Cable
    Bazza Cable 7 months ago

    nice i love it

  • FireThePhoenix
    FireThePhoenix 8 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 8 months ago +1

    Who are the fools who didnt like the video

  • TheClown FromYouTube
    TheClown FromYouTube 8 months ago

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

  • MattyRides
    MattyRides 8 months ago +1

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

  • Amy Wiggans
    Amy Wiggans 8 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 8 months ago


  • amaansnooker147 iqbal
    amaansnooker147 iqbal 8 months ago +1

    where did you get the tape from

  • Candice
    Candice 8 months ago

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

  • Maco Paco
    Maco Paco 8 months ago +3

    who came here from grants new vid

  • AlphaGaming YT
    AlphaGaming YT 8 months ago

    aezakmi ' fullclip

  • Kyle Arzaga
    Kyle Arzaga 8 months ago

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

  • How To?
    How To? 8 months ago

    doesn't work

  • Dr Gusimyth
    Dr Gusimyth 8 months ago

    mine failed miserably

    ENZILICIOUS 8 months ago

    this is where North korea gets their ideas