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 • 4 616

  • Nightfall Clasher
    Nightfall Clasher 9 days ago

    Omg! The best till now

  • Rett Smith
    Rett Smith 13 days ago

    You should make a paper cannon

  • rob schneck
    rob schneck 14 days ago +1

    I subscribed to

  • Sniforge Forger
    Sniforge Forger 15 days ago

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

  • Known Industries
    Known Industries 21 day 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 23 days ago


  • James Cummens
    James Cummens Month ago

    Very cool, thanks

  • Eric Stephany
    Eric Stephany Month ago

    I made like 30 , none of them worked

  • JH Joubert
    JH Joubert Month ago


  • Tak Tsing
    Tak Tsing Month ago

    Rocket scientist

  • Archer 07
    Archer 07 Month ago

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

  • Owen Strain
    Owen Strain Month 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 Month ago

    Mine ignited and smoked but never flew😟

  • Saiprasad Bojjalwar

    Doesn't work for me

  • Jamie Reinke
    Jamie Reinke Month ago

    I am doing this for a science experiment

  • Ash the Snowman
    Ash the Snowman Month ago

    If I point it up will I hit north Korea?

  • Ash the Snowman
    Ash the Snowman Month ago

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

  • Titanium Reptile
    Titanium Reptile Month ago

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

  • LAZONG_331 Search this

    Kim Jong un is proud now

  • Binarykode
    Binarykode Month ago

    You sound like Kurt cobain

    GAMING BOMBERS Month ago

    I will do with foil paper.

  • sunilatPatil
    sunilatPatil Month ago

    make a ship in a bottle

  • Sly Cooper
    Sly Cooper Month ago +1

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

  • Doom2pro
    Doom2pro 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    Amazing and cheap.

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 2 months ago

    *Kim jong un testing his new nuclear weapons*

  • Wadley Jred
    Wadley Jred 2 months ago

    Will blue match heads work to🤔

  • Baba Yaga
    Baba Yaga 2 months ago +1


  • Ryan Waddell
    Ryan Waddell 2 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.

  • Talha Ahsan
    Talha Ahsan 2 months ago +1

    I made a lot of them and they are perfect for small battleships with my friend

  • Callaway Productions
    Callaway Productions 2 months ago

    I cripped so much I am a crip now XD jk

  • carson kee
    carson kee 2 months ago

    But a bigger version

  • Tucker Heaton
    Tucker Heaton 2 months ago

    Now you can annoy your neibors

  • george balmer
    george balmer 2 months ago

    This is great and the comments are priceless!

  • Piyushshewani Shewani
    Piyushshewani Shewani 2 months ago

    What type of foil have you used

  • Keith Seaman
    Keith Seaman 2 months ago

    My hat is off to you for this one, but you clearly have too much time on your hands!

  • Emberos
    Emberos 2 months ago

    I had a rocket science ad

  • 4CID C4T
    4CID C4T 2 months ago

    Kim jong un would be proud of you

  • Remi van Dongen AKA Jimmy Walter, CIA

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

  • no man
    no man 3 months ago

    This is america

  • Eathen Venturo
    Eathen Venturo 3 months ago

    y u use 2 diffrent candels

  • Crazy727King
    Crazy727King 3 months ago

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

  • shooterbarrick
    shooterbarrick 3 months ago

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

  • MojangYang YAN0014
    MojangYang YAN0014 3 months ago

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

  • MojangYang YAN0014
    MojangYang YAN0014 3 months ago

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

  • Saoirse Anois
    Saoirse Anois 4 months ago +1

    Bye bye all my neighbors cats!

  • Kuldeep Singh
    Kuldeep Singh 4 months ago

    You said that it was free but it's not

  • kize32
    kize32 4 months ago

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

  • Undertale-Temmie-
    Undertale-Temmie- 4 months ago

    These old videos are better than the new ones

  • Baby Zebra
    Baby Zebra 4 months ago +1

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

  • Meme War Pepe
    Meme War Pepe 4 months ago +1


  • Steve Ala
    Steve Ala 5 months ago +1

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

    KINGKR33P3R 5 months ago

    Will this work with paper matches

  • Adolf Hitler
    Adolf Hitler 5 months ago

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

  • Snakes /fishing
    Snakes /fishing 5 months ago

    Could you add color so it is like a little flare

  • AetherResonant
    AetherResonant 5 months ago

    Gonna bring this to school. Perfect.

  • Phil's secret life
    Phil's secret life 5 months ago

    Imake my own but i make my tree burn

  • Aesthetic Unicorn
    Aesthetic Unicorn 5 months ago

    That is not allowed for for our country

  • HowToStrategy
    HowToStrategy 5 months ago

    Can i use my screen as a template?

  • Jessica Sommy
    Jessica Sommy 5 months ago

    I created something like that thanks to the Stodoys instructions.

  • Mykolas Uselis
    Mykolas Uselis 5 months ago

    Can I light up the rockets by gas torch

  • James Merkus
    James Merkus 5 months ago

    Breaking News:
    North Korea fires nuclear missile

  • bojo perez
    bojo perez 5 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 6 months ago

    You can use paper matches

  • Ariaan Bajaj
    Ariaan Bajaj 6 months ago

    im a huge fan

  • pigster 2.0
    pigster 2.0 6 months ago

    I didnt know that you became kim yong un

  • Brandon Garven
    Brandon Garven 6 months ago

    when you loose at fortnite, Shoot it at your modem

  • Dax to the Max
    Dax to the Max 6 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 Designs
    Flicks Designs 6 months ago +1

    Awesome plz try make a big one with these matches

  • Stingy aviation
    Stingy aviation 6 months ago

    doyouhave to use fins?

  • Jonah Angel
    Jonah Angel 6 months ago


  • YT Fun Studio
    YT Fun Studio 6 months ago

    I licke our vidios

  • Phil Osophical
    Phil Osophical 6 months ago


  • PhoenixFire
    PhoenixFire 6 months ago

    why 13

  • Ravishekhar Verma
    Ravishekhar Verma 6 months ago

    Could you please give the size of the template plzzzzz

  • Dale Keown
    Dale Keown 6 months ago

    I make it but it works well

  • 3IN 1 vines
    3IN 1 vines 7 months ago

    where i got aluminum foil

  • Himkaran Duggal
    Himkaran Duggal 7 months ago

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

  • masti khor
    masti khor 7 months ago

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

  • andrew robert  bell
    andrew robert bell 7 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.

  • Dutch Doggo
    Dutch Doggo 7 months ago

    16 mln views by north Korean scientists

  • Neel Bankapur
    Neel Bankapur 7 months ago

    i am the 9th million subscriber!

  • Very Good Gamer
    Very Good Gamer 7 months ago


  • jaique
    jaique 7 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 7 months ago

    Doesn’t work

  • Lalith Sai
    Lalith Sai 7 months ago

    Thank you for the free template.
    The rocket works awesomely

  • Ritual Voice
    Ritual Voice 7 months ago

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

  • Lonney Star
    Lonney Star 7 months ago

    I did this and it hit my neighbors car

  • Alina Prots
    Alina Prots 7 months ago


  • Thomas Hendriksen
    Thomas Hendriksen 8 months ago

    Load situation long though summer alternative bread.

  • Leeon
    Leeon 8 months ago

    You are the rocketman

  • Manish Yadav
    Manish Yadav 8 months ago

    Tere baap ne bol tha ki itna easy luvd

  • Blaine Runnells
    Blaine Runnells 8 months ago

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

  • Tomislav Poljak
    Tomislav Poljak 8 months ago

    It work

  • Dubbing boys 3 dubbers
    Dubbing boys 3 dubbers 8 months ago

    Can we use black ones

  • manuel molina
    manuel molina 8 months ago

    That's so cool. 👍☺️

  • Arc- 7997
    Arc- 7997 8 months ago

    Mine don't work

  • vMagicOz 03
    vMagicOz 03 8 months ago