How To Make a Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

  • Added:  2 years ago
  • 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: 4 388

  • rowan lee
    rowan lee 2 days 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 3 days ago

    one of those containers made of bottle caps was a geocach

  • Kai I love cupcakes
    Kai I love cupcakes 3 days ago

    North Korea need this

  • Kenny Be
    Kenny Be 8 days ago

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

  • KD Outdoors
    KD Outdoors 9 days 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 12 days ago

    it's rubbish!not working😈

  • matthew roberts
    matthew roberts 14 days ago

    I like it bro

  • dhruv garg
    dhruv garg 15 days ago


  • Your friendly neighbourhood Nazi

    I'd set up teams and duke it out

  • Pop That Glock When You Reach my Block

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

  • dinesh kumar
    dinesh kumar 20 days ago

    nice video mujhe aasi video bahut achi lgti h

  • sabin kumar baiju
    sabin kumar baiju 23 days ago

    Could you make something for teacher's day?

  • Cameron Hook
    Cameron Hook 23 days 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 27 days 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 28 days 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 28 days ago +1

    "Avoid the temptation to point them at people."

  • Johnrhommer Aunario

    I really like this im thinking about blasting my neighbors door

  • Andreas Casillas
    Andreas Casillas Month ago

    I have those exact pliers

  • Smart Child
    Smart Child Month 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 Month ago

    Who saw that add vert in Indian

  • Michael McNamara
    Michael McNamara Month ago +1

    please make nuclear matchbox rocket video!

  • ansh jaiswal
    ansh jaiswal Month ago

    this is vary amazing

  • Law Freejay
    Law Freejay Month ago

    North Korea Launches Nuclear Armed ICBM (2017, Colorized)

  • Ikovader
    Ikovader Month 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 Month ago


  • ManiacMiner//MMM
    ManiacMiner//MMM Month ago

    This is why your king of random

  • Molu Suman
    Molu Suman Month ago


  • PewDiePie 2
    PewDiePie 2 Month ago


  • Camilo Ochoa
    Camilo Ochoa Month ago

    I won't. one

  • Hassan Falak
    Hassan Falak Month ago

    peace out

  • J.k Tech
    J.k Tech 2 months ago


  • J.k Tech
    J.k Tech 2 months ago

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

  • Dromedary Lagendary
    Dromedary Lagendary 2 months ago +1

    You should do a video about multiple match heads.

  • Daniel Robot-maker
    Daniel Robot-maker 2 months ago

    Grant you never cease to amaze me

  • Kulvir Bansel
    Kulvir Bansel 2 months ago

    Hi my name is kulwant

  • J M
    J M 2 months ago

    do u have to use fins

  • Big Smoke Did 9/11
    Big Smoke Did 9/11 2 months ago

    "A weapon to surpass Metal Gear..."

  • kriegmeister1
    kriegmeister1 2 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 2 months ago


  • Alex Cobarrubias
    Alex Cobarrubias 2 months ago

    Cool is your vidoe

  • CnC Gamings 1.11.2!
    CnC Gamings 1.11.2! 2 months ago

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

  • Jo-Ann Aragon
    Jo-Ann Aragon 2 months ago

    melt nife

  • Daiquan Jackson
    Daiquan Jackson 2 months ago

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

  • Xavier Prokurat
    Xavier Prokurat 2 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 2 months ago

    nvm mind tis all g

  • Andrew Duffy
    Andrew Duffy 2 months ago

    from were u live

  • Andrew Duffy
    Andrew Duffy 2 months ago

    wat if u dont hv foil tape

  • Shaik Waseemahamedsharieff

    these videos are awesome!

  • DW McCarson
    DW McCarson 3 months ago

    Grant i dont like your videos i love them :)

  • jEff The Awesome
    jEff The Awesome 3 months ago

    Take of the wings make a ton and Its a missile

  • Moto Bro 360
    Moto Bro 360 3 months ago

    Marine didn't work

  • Henk Coetzee
    Henk Coetzee 3 months ago

    make a re useble mach rocket

  • Deggiemac94
    Deggiemac94 3 months ago


  • jared pusey
    jared pusey 3 months ago

    yu0 g0t t0givmee a masnidrokit.

  • Jack Kennedy
    Jack Kennedy 3 months ago

    that was a cool video

  • scooter vlogs
    scooter vlogs 3 months ago +1

    BRAKING NEWS tiny misle killed someone

    DEATHDOG 3 months ago

    don't forget to add a lighter in the pack

  • yolisha naidoo
    yolisha naidoo 3 months ago

    set one off facing your teacher and watch the fun

  • Rasel Homemade creator
    Rasel Homemade creator 3 months ago

    how says nice script

  • Chris Leon
    Chris Leon 3 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 4 months ago

    what goil you can use

  • William Gamer
    William Gamer 4 months ago +1

    Yeah rocket factory

  • Gilbert Romero
    Gilbert Romero 4 months ago

    First project I made from the king of random was this! lol

  • Patrick Magri
    Patrick Magri 4 months ago

    Your awesome and so smart. I'm 32 and love watching these I'm looking forward to doing some of these with my nephews

  • Abhinav Jayswal
    Abhinav Jayswal 4 months ago

    I tried his 3-4 times but it didn't work

  • Welcom Home
    Welcom Home 4 months ago

    I looovvve this expirementb👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • EverythingForTheRandom
    EverythingForTheRandom 4 months ago

    you should make sugar rocket powered war heads :)

  • wisemen400
    wisemen400 4 months ago

    We just tried these. Some did not work. Others did. The farthest one traveled 59 feet.

  • Evil Pinguin
    Evil Pinguin 4 months ago

    what would happen when you put more than 2 match heads in 1 rocket?

  • Laksh Sharma
    Laksh Sharma 4 months ago


  • Akash Gore
    Akash Gore 4 months ago

    nice l am sky my contact number 7304201112

  • XxRussian_SansxX
    XxRussian_SansxX 4 months ago

    didnt work ..the rocket didnt launch😑😬

  • VittoBurrito
    VittoBurrito 4 months ago

    Thanks for making this video now i can brag 2 my siblings about me knowing how to make a rocket! thx!

  • Scinafanxi Man
    Scinafanxi Man 4 months ago

    Kim Jong Un's desk toy

  • Cortland Bennett
    Cortland Bennett 4 months ago

    Can't wait to try this one out.

  • The Day of Reckoning
    The Day of Reckoning 4 months ago

    *Kim Jung Un taking vigorous notes*

  • vortextv
    vortextv 4 months ago

    can you use normal tape

  • Jon Brinkley
    Jon Brinkley 5 months ago

    titanium right?

  • Jon Brinkley
    Jon Brinkley 5 months ago

    Grant, I have your exact scissors!

  • Alia Baloch
    Alia Baloch 5 months ago

    subscribe shafiaskani vedios please I will make hack vedios
    for that game

  • Hamza Sultan
    Hamza Sultan 5 months ago

    pls tell me, y my rockets doesn't fly its burn.

  • Mooky Nuke
    Mooky Nuke 5 months ago

    packet/s of matches and cut the heads off, then put heads in a little bit of water. It becomes a paste, collect and u can pack it into a foil tub (shaped with pencil) and let dry. Don't forget to wear protective eye wear.

  • Liesbet Rommes
    Liesbet Rommes 5 months ago

    i did it but it wont take of

  • Graham McCarthy
    Graham McCarthy 5 months ago

    Awesome video, I look forward to seeing more!

  • Rhum point042505
    Rhum point042505 5 months ago

    wow its amazing thanks for the template

  • Ardin Boer
    Ardin Boer 5 months ago +1

    *bundles a lot of matchheads*
    *Fills top with touchy-powder*
    *gets large propane torch*

  • POTAToS lover
    POTAToS lover 5 months ago

    thx for the free template

  • Nethen Gaming
    Nethen Gaming 5 months ago

    the free template isn't showing up for me

  • jin kang
    jin kang 5 months ago


  • DaBookyOtter
    DaBookyOtter 5 months ago

    I made this but the rockets didn't fire. Any ideas towards why this didn't work?

  • LLarkum
    LLarkum 5 months ago

    the template isn't free!

  • Afigg Digg
    Afigg Digg 5 months ago

    Dude this is legendary altillery material

  • jed Egan
    jed Egan 5 months ago

    find the diffence 😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😽😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸😸

  • Vishnu Thangaraj
    Vishnu Thangaraj 5 months ago

    I want make a war ship i want to use these technique for shooting ...........but i want in electric shooting method plz help me......