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This instructable is on how to build a Rubber-Band Powered Altoids Boat! Perhaps you remember making a boat out of a milk carton as a kid. Now here's one out of an Altoids Tin! They are a great thing to do with kids. Also you don't have to worry about using batteries either! (Green power!) So work hard, have fun, play nice, & don't forget to vote!

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Step 1: Stuff Needed:

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This is what you will need:
1x Altoids Tin
2x Popsicle Sticks
1x Small Chunk of Plastic
1x Small Rubber Band
Either a Large Rubber Band or Hot Glue

Step 2: Add the Popsicle sticks to the Tin

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To hot glue them:

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Add some hot glue from the end to about 2 in on one side of one of the popsicle sticks

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Stick the popsicle stick to the side of the Altoids tin.

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Repeat on the other side.

To use a rubber band:

Set the Popsicle sticks so they overlap the end of the tin by about 2 1/2 in.

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Use the rubber band to the Popsicle sticks on.

Step 3: Make and add the Propeller

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To make the Propeller:

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Cut a your plastic to about 2 in by 1 1/2 in.

To add it:

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Add the Small rubber band to the ends of the Popsicle sticks.

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Put your plastic piece you cut out between the rubber band. It may not stay there.

Step 4: Using your Altoids Boat

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If your plastic piece fell out put it back in. Once it is in rotate the piece so it gets wound up. Then while holding the plastic piece (Propeller) set it in some water (Bath tub, pool...) and let go! Once it stops Repeat! When your done playing with it dry it really well. Other wise the Altoids tin may rust. Also you can put the plastic propeller thing in the altoids tin so you don't lose is when it is stored. If the popsicles sticks bend a little don't worry it is just the wood getting soft from the water.

Thanks for reading my instructable and don't forget to vote for it!
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WAFFLES991 month ago


IndyaW4 months ago

I'm doing a project for engineering class and i would like to know how far did your rubberband model go? and also how long did it take? Thanks.

haris54 months ago


haris54 months ago


haris54 months ago


thats cool!
$THAT#GUY$2 years ago
Add a fin to the bottom and it will always go strait even if the propeller is off set a little : )
Can you make an altoids mint cargo ship+ harbor
oldgramps3 years ago
I made a project similar to this, but its motorized.
Looks Pretty darn neat i think i will try it
optimist1233 years ago
How far does it go after one wind up
Yashasvi6 years ago
If you cut slots in two pieces of plastic and mesh them together to get a cross shaped piece and then use it as a paddle wheel, it will not fall off the rubber band.
who r u? where do u live? which school do u go to? plz rply.............
i m making one with a different body boat the same engine..............
TSC5 years ago
sweet I made this it is so cool here are pic of my
All hail the almighty duct tape
you skipped number 4 on the pics on step 2. not being mean but lol
zainabn4 years ago
best. instructable. ever.
sk8r kid 74 years ago
Can you hot glue the plastic piece to the rubber band at the back of the boat. Thanks plz answer.
angela32224 years ago
Can you use toothpicks instead of Popsicle?
this device will be used in the fire pools of mongoth
what are you talkin about????
if you cant fin the plastic, just use a lego piece. thats what i used
Does the altoides have to be in the can ??
first, thats the most retarted question you can ask. Second, why put it under my totally unrelated comment?
erm no. XD
FrozenIce4 years ago
SirNoodlehe5 years ago
I made one, thanks, it ROCKS!!
NYPA6 years ago
It that plastic wrap or hard plastic? If it is wrap that will explain the half mile an hour boat. Thats slow about less than half the video speed. ill try the plastic wrap.
computergeek (author)  NYPA6 years ago
It's hard plastic. Similar to a credit card.
thank you! i was wondering wat to use!
What kind of plastic and howd u get it
computergeek (author)  mikeyjordan245 years ago
I'm not sure the type, but any hard plastic packing material will work.
looks like plexi-glass
iDrumm5 years ago
Looks Like Acrylic, So A Small Piece of Flat Glass Might Work. A Small Version of What is On Photos Would Do.
wangzo5 years ago
I wonder if a big version would work. You know with big stuff and like whacked out rubber bands.
Awesome...... Oh, and on step two you said "Use the rubber band to the Popsicle sticks on."
NYPA6 years ago
or you could just glue the plastic to the rubber band.
badboy1236 years ago
when the problem of the propeller falling comes you can hot glue the tiny peice of plastic...errr uh i mean propeller to the rubber band
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