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:
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Comments: 4 449

  • Xander Ashby 101
    Xander Ashby 101 3 hours ago

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

  • Elite Gamer
    Elite Gamer 6 days ago

    This is what North Korea has right now

  • Florian Osmani
    Florian Osmani 8 days ago

    Someone should tell north Korea about this.

  • ismael dabalos
    ismael dabalos 8 days ago

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

  • Telangana Vines
    Telangana Vines 13 days ago

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

  • Joshua Dowden
    Joshua Dowden 15 days ago

    you should sell your inventions

  • The kightkeeper 1
    The kightkeeper 1 18 days ago

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

  • 김창현
    김창현 19 days ago

    where is that sheet?

  • Maxim Scheck
    Maxim Scheck 20 days ago

    Will purple matches work too

  • Aditi Sulke
    Aditi Sulke 21 day ago

    loved it as always !

  • Bazza Cable
    Bazza Cable 21 day ago

    nice i love it

  • FireThePhoenix
    FireThePhoenix 23 days 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 24 days ago +1

    Who are the fools who didnt like the video

  • TheClown FromYouTube
    TheClown FromYouTube 24 days ago

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

  • MattyRides
    MattyRides 27 days ago +1

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

  • Amy Wiggans
    Amy Wiggans 28 days 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 28 days ago


    THE BEAST 28 days ago


  • farook iqbal
    farook iqbal Month ago +1

    where did you get the tape from

  • Candice
    Candice Month ago

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

  • Maco Paco
    Maco Paco Month ago +1

    who came here from grants new vid

  • Alpha Gamer
    Alpha Gamer Month ago

    aezakmi ' fullclip

  • Kyle Arzaga
    Kyle Arzaga Month ago

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

  • How To?
    How To? Month ago

    doesn't work

  • Dr Gusimyth
    Dr Gusimyth Month ago

    mine failed miserably

  • aden Roastingstick
    aden Roastingstick Month ago

    I love your videos

    ENZILICIOUS Month ago

    this is where North korea gets their ideas

  • Eduardo Barragan
    Eduardo Barragan Month ago +1

    BEST VIDEO Like if u agree👍

  • Aaron Everett
    Aaron Everett Month ago

    You come up with some of the coolest ideas!

  • Hassan easy your life


  • Rishab Kakkar
    Rishab Kakkar Month ago

    Cool rocket

  • Robert Sun
    Robert Sun Month ago

    My IPod is as laggy as F

  • ConnectionsBus
    ConnectionsBus Month 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!

  • rowan lee
    rowan lee 2 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 2 months ago

    one of those containers made of bottle caps was a geocach

  • Kai I love cupcakes
    Kai I love cupcakes 2 months ago

    North Korea need this

  • Kenny Be
    Kenny Be 2 months ago

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

  • KD Outdoors
    KD Outdoors 2 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 2 months ago

    it's rubbish!not working😈

  • matthew roberts
    matthew roberts 2 months ago

    I like it bro

  • dhruv garg
    dhruv garg 2 months ago


  • Your friendly neighbourhood Nazi

    I'd set up teams and duke it out

  • Finest Finesser
    Finest Finesser 2 months ago

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

  • Siddharth Singh
    Siddharth Singh 2 months ago

    nice video mujhe aasi video bahut achi lgti h

  • sabin kumar baiju
    sabin kumar baiju 2 months ago

    Could you make something for teacher's day?

  • Cameron Hook
    Cameron Hook 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago +1

    "Avoid the temptation to point them at people."

  • Johnrhommer Aunario
    Johnrhommer Aunario 3 months ago

    I really like this im thinking about blasting my neighbors door

  • Andreas Casillas
    Andreas Casillas 3 months ago

    I have those exact pliers

  • Smart Child
    Smart Child 3 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 3 months ago

    Who saw that add vert in Indian

  • Michael McNamara
    Michael McNamara 3 months ago +1

    please make nuclear matchbox rocket video!

  • make by Ansh jaiswal
    make by Ansh jaiswal 3 months ago

    this is vary amazing

  • Law Freejay
    Law Freejay 3 months ago

    North Korea Launches Nuclear Armed ICBM (2017, Colorized)

  • Ikovader
    Ikovader 3 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 3 months ago


  • ManiacMiner//MMM
    ManiacMiner//MMM 3 months ago

    This is why your king of random

  • Molu Suman
    Molu Suman 3 months ago


  • nagol strems
    nagol strems 3 months ago


  • Camilo Ochoa
    Camilo Ochoa 3 months ago

    I won't. one

  • Hassan Falak
    Hassan Falak 4 months ago

    peace out

  • J.k Tech
    J.k Tech 4 months ago


  • J.k Tech
    J.k Tech 4 months ago

    ur the best in world !!!!!!!!!!! keep up :"((()():(((()()))pp

  • Dromedary Lagendary
    Dromedary Lagendary 4 months ago +1

    You should do a video about multiple match heads.

  • 3d Philocaphy
    3d Philocaphy 4 months ago

    Grant you never cease to amaze me

  • Kulvir Bansel
    Kulvir Bansel 4 months ago

    Hi my name is kulwant

  • J M
    J M 4 months ago

    do u have to use fins

  • ABadUnfunny9/11Joke
    ABadUnfunny9/11Joke 4 months ago

    "A weapon to surpass Metal Gear..."

  • kriegmeister1
    kriegmeister1 4 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 4 months ago


  • Alex Cobarrubias
    Alex Cobarrubias 4 months ago

    Cool is your vidoe

  • CnC Gamings 1.11.2!
    CnC Gamings 1.11.2! 4 months ago

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

  • Jo-Ann Aragon
    Jo-Ann Aragon 4 months ago

    melt nife

  • Daiquan Jackson
    Daiquan Jackson 4 months ago

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

  • Xavier Prokurat
    Xavier Prokurat 4 months ago

    Grant "use common sense to avoid the temptation to point them at people or property"
    me" what the he'll?"

  • Andrew Duffy
    Andrew Duffy 4 months ago

    nvm mind tis all g

  • Andrew Duffy
    Andrew Duffy 4 months ago

    from were u live

  • Andrew Duffy
    Andrew Duffy 4 months ago

    wat if u dont hv foil tape

  • Shaik Waseemahamedsharieff

    these videos are awesome!

  • DW McCarson
    DW McCarson 5 months ago

    Grant i dont like your videos i love them :)

  • jEff The Awesome
    jEff The Awesome 5 months ago

    Take of the wings make a ton and Its a missile

  • Moto Bro 360
    Moto Bro 360 5 months ago

    Marine didn't work

  • Henk Coetzee
    Henk Coetzee 5 months ago

    make a re useble mach rocket

  • Deggiemac94
    Deggiemac94 5 months ago


  • jared pusey
    jared pusey 5 months ago

    yu0 g0t t0givmee a masnidrokit.

  • Jack Kennedy
    Jack Kennedy 5 months ago

    that was a cool video

  • scooter vlogs
    scooter vlogs 5 months ago +1

    BRAKING NEWS tiny misle killed someone

    DEATHDOG 5 months ago

    don't forget to add a lighter in the pack

  • yolisha naidoo
    yolisha naidoo 5 months ago

    set one off facing your teacher and watch the fun

  • Rasel Homemade creator
    Rasel Homemade creator 5 months ago

    how says nice script

  • Chris Leon
    Chris Leon 5 months ago

    I could not get the rocket to lift off. Do you need to make the shaft wider to make sure it is not sticking to the sckewr ?

  • Alvarezluiz Giuseppe Facciene

    I love this Kim jong un Hobbies

  • Ramshiromani Shahwal
    Ramshiromani Shahwal 6 months ago

    what goil you can use