Introduction: Party Popper Rocket Launcher

How to make a fun toy rocket launcher using a party popper.
This is a surprisingly powerful launcher with the projectile penetrating thin cardboard so please use responsibly and be careful when using the razor blade or craft-knife.

Comments

author
4951931 made it! (author)2011-10-26

would a shorter barrel go further?

author

it depends how short. the ideal barrel size would be one that is the same internal volume as the amount of hot, pressurized gas created by the popper, so that just when there is no more pressure behind it, it leaves the barrel.i think that if you actually made the barrel slightly longer, it would have pressure behind it for longer, and go faster. however, it all depends on the volume of gas put out by the popper.

author
sirodim90 made it! (author)2011-05-09

nice, i used airsoft bbs

author
NatNoBrains made it! (author)2011-01-03

The finished thing. Took me a while to find the right sized barrel. Shot OK.

DSCN4616.JPG
author
Pat_Maroney made it! (author)2008-05-16

where can I find bluetak?

author
NatNoBrains made it! (author)NatNoBrains2011-01-03

Use anything to block up the holes, maybe even gkue, chewing gum...

author
crockman1 made it! (author)2010-12-19

just put a bunch of airsoft bbs into the pen and a wad of paper presto airsoft back up weapon.

author
Fizzxwizz made it! (author)2008-08-23

Doesn't it seem like a little too much effort for a 1 use thing? Even though, pretty ingenious and a nice little ballistics toy.

author
rattyrain made it! (author)rattyrain2010-11-18

If it's a spring-loaded popper it can be reused:
https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-cheap-airsoft-Madbull-grenade/

author
Colonel88 made it! (author)Colonel882009-11-29

No, not too much because it is One use and after using it you ccan just throw it away. Instead of tube just use straw and instead of BLU-TAC use some cheap play-doh or something. One use, sorta like a derringer :D

author
Colonel88 made it! (author)2009-11-25

Can you say... THUMBTACK TIP???

author
dakkenly made it! (author)2009-09-10

Just got 72 at party city for $9

author
pyro_12 made it! (author)2009-04-09

of the party popper things

author
badboy123 made it! (author)badboy1232009-05-31

dude u can buy them at almost any grocery store in the toy section

author
The Red Button made it! (author)The Red Button2009-06-02

some states ban any pyrotechnic D: D: D:

author
temp made it! (author)temp2009-07-28

Like massachusetts. At least, they require you to get a special liscence to sell them. So most stores dont =(. But the ice cream man does =D

author
Tehevilfluff made it! (author)2008-04-05

Do you have to use the bluetak/gum? If so, are there any replacements for it?

author
Rotten194 made it! (author)Rotten1942009-06-02

DUCT TAPE!!!!!! I think that would work pretty well, need to go buy some poppers though- for scientific purposes, of course.

author
lambman64 made it! (author)lambman642008-11-25

i bet hot-glue would work

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-04-05

You could try plasticine or even clay - essentially something that will seal and hold the parts together. If you were happy to have the launcher perform just one shot you could even use glue.

author
pyrosniperfreak made it! (author)2009-04-15

Hey dude, that kinda looks like you faked the part where it goes through the cardboard. You showed the clip of it firing, then you showed the clip of it going through. And those things have like no power at all. I have airsoft guns that won't go through cardboard.

author
pyro_12 made it! (author)2009-04-09

can u post a link to the order on ebay please

author
Ben The Builder made it! (author)2009-04-04

Neat Idea, I never knew those little things had so much power, now, if only you could find out how to load them in one after another, maybe like just cut out the confetti and stick the pen all the way in and then use it, less work to change the poppers

author
Blo0dZsTa made it! (author)2009-01-05

lool i did it an used a bb an i didnt think it would hav much power i put the barrel on my hand an shot it biig purple swelling

author
RocketManDave made it! (author)2008-12-20

Simple, single use... Kind of reminds me of a tiny panzerfaust! Very good work ;)

author
lord voldamort made it! (author)2008-10-09

how could you be cruel to a lolipop?

author
Anton1995 made it! (author)2008-07-09

Great.Love it.4.0

author
jboppx22 made it! (author)2008-05-03

i'v seen ppl make airsoft guns, but this is different, must hurt

author
Mattrox made it! (author)2008-03-10

Looks cool I wonder if it would shoot bb bullets?

author
jakee117 made it! (author)2008-02-19

cool i just got some party poppers so i could make something...
now i know what ill make! + 1 = D

author
nerfer192 made it! (author)2008-01-09

that was pretty cool! and has power too!

author
PKM made it! (author)2008-01-04

You can see the flash through your fingers in the slow-motion! Sweet :) I'm not normally one for this sort of pyro hack but I love the ingenuity and simplicity.

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-01-04

The flashes were a surprise when I saw them on screen. Initially when I went through frame by frame in Adobe Premiere there was no flash but when I slowed the footage down suddenly the flashes appeared. I don't quite understand why that should be but it was a nice surprise when I saw it.

author
Kevvixx made it! (author)2008-01-03

Thats the coolest launcher i have ever seen!
Great Video and Clear Instructions = one awesome instructable!

author
GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-01-03

Great video, I love it. Looks easy, I might try it out.

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-01-03

Thanks for your comments. If you do have a go don't bother emptying out the confetti, just cut off the barrel with the confetti in it and that will same you a little time.

author
thejrb made it! (author)2008-01-03

I love the mcgyver theme song. A well put together instructable. Although I might put in steps for printing off and building. Plus one for you.

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-01-03

Thank you. Your comments are appreciated.

author
ker-boom101 made it! (author)2008-01-03

nice i like it but where can i get party poppers here in canada because i was thinking of adding matchead to the popper to burst out burning match heads.....

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-01-03

Hi, I don't know specifically where you can buy them in Canada, if you can't find them locally I have found that you can buy them on ebay.com with shipping to Canada. The item number number is 260198134660. A box of 72 poppers (that should keep you busy) costs US $6.25 with US$5.95 postage. I hope that is of help.

author
ker-boom101 made it! (author)ker-boom1012008-01-03

thank you i just ordered a box of them and i should be busy ill post an instructable soon mentioning you and my thankyouness

author
knaven made it! (author)knaven2008-01-03

Fantastic. I hope you manage to refine the design and look forward to seeing the results. By the way, I eventually found that you don't need to remove all the confetti from the barrel, just cut off the barrel with the confetti still in it - it saves time.

About This Instructable

16,944views

24favorites

More by knaven:Easy way to remember the days in each monthPinhole SpecsCalculator Word Challenge
Add instructable to: