Introduction: DIY Stomp Rockets

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In this instructable I will show you how to make stomp rockets out of house hold materials. I first saw how to make these a while back in a class when we learned about how rockets worked, I did tweak the design a bit, so this isn't quite designed by me. however, these do do a great job of explaining how rockets work and are great for class activities for students young and old.

You'll Need:

-2 liter soda bottle
-1in wide bike tube( at least 3 ft long)
-1in wide pvc, abs pipe (at least a foot long)
-pen or pencil

Step 1: The Launching System

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To make the launching system stretch the bike tube over the 2 liter soda bottle and add some tape if it doesnt seal well enough, then attach the other end of the bike tube to the pvc pipe and add tape if needed, now the launching system is done, so now we need to make a rocket.

Step 2: Making the Rocket Body

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Yo make the body of the rocket start with a piece of paper and roll it up longways and place it over the pvc pipe, before you tape it make sure it can easily slide on and off of the pipe, if its to tight it wont come off, to loose and and wont go as high. So once its at the right diameter tape it down the entire rocket to seal it better. Try experimenting with different diameter rockets and see if a tighter tube works better than a looser tube.

Step 3: Add the Nose Cone

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Now to make a nose cone I started out with a triangle shape piece of paper which work really well, but it doesnt really matter how you make as long as it has a cone. Once you have your paper cone taped place it on top of your rocket body, most likely there will be some "edge" sticking out, just cut this off and tape it on. now you need fins...

Step 4: Making the Fins

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To make the fins fold a piece of paper four time and draw a fin design, theres no correct way to draw them so you can make them how ever you want. To attach them stick a piece of tape to one side and place it one the rocket wherever you want then add a second piece of tape to the other side, repeat this step with the rest of the fins.

Step 5: Launching!

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To launch the rocket, slide the rocket onto the pvc pipe and hold it pointing up (or at your desired target/person) and stomp on the 2 liter soda bottle, the harder you stomp the higher the rocket will go. after a while you may have to replace the bottle because sometimes it splits open, and you may also have to reinforce the nose cone, after a while it gets smashed in too.

Ask if you have any questions



heat4212 made it! (author)2015-09-27

Last week we made the PVC only version of the stomp rocket for a small homeschool co-op and the kids loved it. I wanted something simpler (and cheaper) for a larger Cub Scout den meeting and this worked perfectly! I happened to have a 50 ft length of old 1/2" garden hose in my garage so I tried that and it made a great substitution for the bike tube. I just had to cut two notches into the end that was going to fit inside the pvc pip so I could compress it a bit to slip inside. The other end fit into the 2-liter perfectly. Thanks for this quick and easy variation of the stomp rocket!

lilsavge (author)heat42122017-07-18

ur welcome XD

smith230040 (author)2017-07-10

Thank you for this

smith230040 (author)2017-07-10

I think this is going to work...

ilovescience123 (author)2015-09-11

sweet mother of atombrough, what a good design! my holy einsteinium that is incredibly gorgeous

lolady5 (author)2015-05-31

This really helped make my DIY stomp rockets! Thanks!

ilovescience123 (author)lolady52015-09-11

no problem science is my life

lolady5 made it! (author)2015-05-31

I made it!

ilovescience123 (author)lolady52015-09-11

well done you are so cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ilovescience123 (author)2015-09-11

omg this is amazing I love this !!!!!!!!!!!!

lolady5 (author)2015-05-31

joramous (author)2015-05-04

I use this with my physics classes. They love it! The only thing we do differently is we use the bottle cap to seal the top of the rocket before placing the nose cone. It does add mass but the better seal (than you get with taping alone) allows for more air pressure in the rocket.

mayrabenitez (author)2015-03-12

cunn1ngham made it! (author)2014-11-05

We made rockets last night in cub scouts. This was fantastic. We used 1/2" schedule 40 pvc pipe cut into 1 ft. sections. Assembly is easier if each person has their own pipe section to work with. I purchased 27" bike tubes from the local hardware store. It is long enough to make two rocket launchers. The 27" tube stretches over the mouth of the 2 liter bottle snugly. The tube fits over the pipe easier than the bottle.. Wire ties made sure the tube stayed under pressure. Someone suggested the wire ties in a previous note and it sounded like a good idea. The well made rockets easily exceeded 50 feet. We launched at night in a lighted parking lot so it was often hard to see them after they passed the range of visible light. One launcher can easily keep several kids busy, after all they have to fetch the rocket. The fewer rocket launchers used; the fewer flying projectiles you have to avoid. Parental supervision is a must. The rocket may be made of paper, but the pointed cone (nose) does hurt when it hits the skin. I don't want to think about any place else as a target. We will do this again!!

colB (author)2014-01-16

Tried this with my son for a school project and it was great. we made one with a narrower pipe and one with wider. The narrower pipe was significantly better. A also found that a narrow racer tube that kept it's shape worked way better than a flat mb tube. got the tube free from local bike shop that recycles load of used tubes.

Cheeseduck (author)2012-08-26

I do this all the time with my nephew. The only thing I do differently is use zip-ties to attach the rubber tube to the pvc pipe and the bottle. They are cheap, easy to attach, make a tighter seal than tape, and don't leave behind a sticky residue.

Lovebug1812 (author)2012-02-06

i am so gonna try this.

sithlil (author)2011-09-08

how far does it shoot?

retrotimelord (author)2011-06-22

cooooooooooooooool i want one but i dont have a bike tube
can u use something other than that?
plz respond

Emsaid (author)retrotimelord2011-06-23

just anything that air can be passed through so maybe a hose of some sort??

redlizard5 (author)2011-06-09

would it work with 3/4 pvc instead

retrotimelord (author)redlizard52011-06-22

of course it works just make the rocket bigger

asarris (author)2011-06-14

instead of stomping you could use pressured air for a more "explosive" flight.

stringstretcher (author)2011-03-16

A rocket like this flies a LOT higher if you add a small weight to the nose. Read a little bit about ballistics to find out why. Do some experimenting with weight and report your results here! Stomp rockets are great!

omnibot (author)2010-10-14

Excellent use of simple parts. Many stomp rocket launchers are discouragingly complicated.

skip. (author)omnibot2011-01-26

that's really cool...

darkranger032 (author)2011-01-26

i have nothing to say except...That was awesome

khulio.h2 (author)2011-01-06

thats pretty cool and simple!! :) made it and loved it... but be careful guys u can harm people with this thing... i poked my friend's eye with it a couple of days ago :s :s

mjesse (author)2010-12-27

Cool, will make one.

asterman (author)2010-12-13

let me just tell you,
this instructable takes the cake for being the most simple yet fun project. well done!

M.Usman.Ghani (author)2010-12-11


Mplinnc (author)2010-12-09

I bet you could make the wings turn and it would go higher...

chinchymork (author)2010-11-01

Not gunna lie this is pretty sweet!

tictaclad (author)2010-10-15

this works sooooo good!!! my rocket went really high

plugable (author)2010-10-14

Good idea, How high can it reach?

Emsaid (author)plugable2010-10-14

oh forgot to put that in, in the video it only went about 50 feet, that was because I had to stomp one footed. if you stomp with both feet it can easily go a hundred, but im gonna try and find exactly how high

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