Introduction: Rubber-Band Powered Altoids Boat

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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!

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!


hheitzig made it! (author)2015-10-01


IndyaW (author)2015-02-27

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.

hheitzig (author)IndyaW2015-10-01

be nice

WAFFLES99 (author)2015-05-05


hheitzig (author)WAFFLES992015-10-01


thing 2 (author)2009-05-21

I really like it 4.5

hheitzig (author)thing 22015-10-01


ArjunG3 (author)2015-07-17

Can you attach this sort of propeller to a different shaped body?

haris5 (author)2015-02-16


haris5 (author)2015-02-16


haris5 (author)2015-02-16


thats cool!

$THAT#GUY$ (author)2012-12-12

Add a fin to the bottom and it will always go strait even if the propeller is off set a little : )

fireball1234 (author)2012-06-08

Can you make an altoids mint cargo ship+ harbor

oldgramps (author)2012-04-10

I made a project similar to this, but its motorized.

somebody12345 (author)2011-12-05

Looks Pretty darn neat i think i will try it

optimist123 (author)2011-11-15

How far does it go after one wind up

Yashasvi (author)2009-06-16

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.............

yamahayzfr1extreme (author)2011-08-14

i m making one with a different body boat the same engine..............

TSC (author)2010-02-12

sweet I made this it is so cool here are pic of my

A flyin muffin (author)TSC2011-07-31

All hail the almighty duct tape

maker man 101 (author)2011-06-03

you skipped number 4 on the pics on step 2. not being mean but lol

zainabn (author)2011-04-12

best. instructable. ever.

sk8r kid 7 (author)2011-04-08

Can you hot glue the plastic piece to the rubber band at the back of the boat. Thanks plz answer.

angela3222 (author)2011-02-18

Can you use toothpicks instead of Popsicle?

dragonwarrior3000 (author)2009-03-25

this device will be used in the fire pools of mongoth

what are you talkin about????


soggymushrooms (author)2010-11-20

if you cant fin the plastic, just use a lego piece. thats what i used

Does the altoides have to be in the can ??

TehMessiah (author)Golfergurl1002011-01-09

erm no. XD

FrozenIce (author)2010-10-13


SirNoodlehe (author)2010-05-30

I made one, thanks, it ROCKS!!

NYPA (author)2009-06-14

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)NYPA2009-06-14

It's hard plastic. Similar to a credit card.

pieman12 (author)computergeek2010-03-12

thank you! i was wondering wat to use!

mikeyjordan24 (author)2009-07-23

What kind of plastic and howd u get it

I'm not sure the type, but any hard plastic packing material will work.

Datrampstar (author)computergeek2009-08-19

looks like plexi-glass

iDrumm (author)2009-08-07

Looks Like Acrylic, So A Small Piece of Flat Glass Might Work. A Small Version of What is On Photos Would Do.

wangzo (author)2009-07-18

I wonder if a big version would work. You know with big stuff and like whacked out rubber bands.

mikaelthemycologist (author)2009-07-07

Awesome...... Oh, and on step two you said "Use the rubber band to the Popsicle sticks on."

NYPA (author)2009-06-20

or you could just glue the plastic to the rubber band.

badboy123 (author)2009-05-31

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

thing 2 (author)2009-05-21

maybe you could use pens or another stick like object. I'm gonna try to make one with all out door materials. (sticks, leafs, wood, etc.)

thing 2 (author)2009-05-21

hey, "mg0930mg" it means they are made in great britin (england) doesn't mean people in the uk can get them. it is like how most stuff is made in china in the usa but some people in china can't get the same product.

maurice1993 (author)2009-05-16

great little toy! simple, easy to build and much funny! five stars!

computergeek (author)maurice19932009-05-16


ishish46 (author)2009-05-11

its so simple, yet so awesome!!

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