Introduction: The Best Match Rocket Ever!!

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For this instructable it will only cost you about $5 and most of the tools needed will be found around the house and it will only take you about 10 minutes to make.

2 kebab skewers
roll of duct tape
8x2 inch of aliminium foil
container of any sort
a pair of scissors
a firework fuse
25 matches

Step 1: Step 1

The first step is very easy, all you have to do for this step is to tape the two skewers together with the tape you have at the bottom and top.

Step 2: Step 2

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For this step you have to collect your match ends. You do this by getting your scissors and clamping them at the begining of the red bit of the match and gently wiggle the sc issors releasing the flakes into your your container.

And do this for all the other matches.

once finished use your scissors and just cut up all the bits until it turns into a fine powder.

Step 3: Step 3

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now you need to pour your match powder in to the end of the foil and then place the firework fuse into the middle of the powder.

Step 4: Step 4

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Now for this step you fold the foil over about five times and then twist the ends to keep it secure.

Step 5: Step 5

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Now you only have to tape the foil to the skewer and then you're finished!!


fancypants23 (author)2013-09-14

a better idea than a rocket, crush match head stuff from enough matches to fill half a ping pong ball, and pour it into a small hole in the ball, seal with electrical tape with a small enough hole for a fuse, light it throw it and run

Irock148 (author)2011-07-02

would it burn if you crushed it

freakyqwerty (author)2010-12-06

Being very subtle aren't you! (sarcasm)
Did you relise there was a 'be nice policy'? Mabey that box at the bottom of the reply box is too subtle.
Also try to keep your grammer up to scatch.

chamster (author)2010-09-30

there's an instructable that shows u how to make a engine and it's just like that except whithout the skewer

chamster (author)2010-09-30

how do u make a homemade fuse? Could u dip it in lighter fluid and let it dry? Or mix match head powder in it?

xiaosijun (author)2010-06-26

i made a even better match rocket. email me if you are interested. trust me. i will surprise you

xiaosijun (author)2010-06-26

so you bought the fuse instead of make the fuse by match head powder

ilpug (author)2009-07-14


ilpug (author)2009-07-14

i think that this type of project would be better applied in making fireworks instead of rockets... the explosive force of the match fuel is not well directed by the flimsy foil body... more likely to blow up.

baba sehgal (author)2009-05-31

this isnt good thats all i have to say

shinbon (author)2009-03-19

uhave made this posible ||

littledragon (author)2007-12-17

Does this rocket really fly, I think that its to heavy...

Illamadi (author)littledragon2007-12-22

yes this match rocket does fly but only around 10feet which is quit a lot considering that two boxes of matches were used

bigfootduck (author)Illamadi2008-06-11

i know an instructable that uses 2 matches and flies 12 feet

this instructable stinks! I followed the instructions exactly except I used a homemade fuse (some cloth) and the phosphorous just fell out of the rocket. The second time it blew a holle in the side of the rocket!!!

zeke95 (author)Radiant Creator2009-02-04

i kno mine to i think its tooo hevy

still good instructions and clearish photos however it doesnt work -1.5*

filiprey619 (author)2008-12-14

great rocket but too much matches

Illamadi (author)2007-10-24

nah its a match rocket and i no the difference between bottle rockets and match rockets got any ideas on how to improve it

Kiteman (author)Illamadi2007-10-24

My only thought would be "does it need two skewers?"

By the way - if you're replying to a specific comment, click the "reply" button under that comment - that way an email is automatically sent to alert the other person that you have replied, and a note appears on their "you" page.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2007-10-24

Actually, I have another thought - a video of a launch would be brilliant.

Radiant Creator (author)Kiteman2008-07-09

it would

Illamadi (author)Kiteman2007-10-24

i did it b4 it went about 22m

Illamadi (author)Kiteman2007-10-24

ok by de way im doin a survey wer do u live

Kiteman (author)Illamadi2007-10-24

Ouch! Reading that is painful! Please remember that we have several members who do not speak English. They use translation software to access the site, and spelling like that does not translate electronically. It barely translates for me, and I am a native Englishman.

Illamadi (author)Kiteman2007-10-25

ok thanks

bigfootduck (author)2008-06-11

very good instructable! you have good, clear photos. The instructions are extremely easy to follow. Everything makes sense. 5* (author)2008-04-10

I made a mini RPG style barrel to launch it

liny (author)2007-10-25

It is useless and childish to say you copied me. I eat breakfast, does it mean you copied? I breathe, does it mean I copied the first one to breathe? It is just useless.... by the way, good instructable. Well explained and good use of photos.

Illamadi (author)liny2007-10-25

thanks ,were abouts do u live im doing a survey for school

liny (author)Illamadi2007-10-25

Umm, if you mean in USA, I do not live in USA...

Illamadi (author)liny2007-10-26

if you dont live in the usa it doesnt matter because i live in the UK

liny (author)Illamadi2007-10-31

Then well, I live in Peru. South America.

Kiteman (author)2007-10-24

As far as I am aware, match rockets have existed as long as aluminium foil has existed. My dad taught me how to make them, and he made his first one well over 50 years ago.

dentsinger (author)2007-10-24

Match rockets have been around for a long time. All you have to do is wrap the head of ANY match with foil and hold a flame under the head. Even matchbook matches work if angled properly off some steps.

dentsinger (author)2007-10-24

Now I remember how I became enamored by matches as a little boy. ;)

Illamadi (author)2007-10-24


Bran (author)2007-10-24

No, he either came up with this on his own, without seeing yours, or built off of your idea. In case you haven't noticed when publishing Instructables, when you post them, you give permission (here it is: license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) to all who view it to use your idea and build off of it. Unless it is blatant plagiarism, it's fair.

Illamadi (author)Bran2007-10-24

yeh i didnt see his i made it up a week aga

Illamadi (author)2007-10-24

no it's a match rocket

Kiteman (author)Illamadi2007-10-24

Ach, semantics - it's huge (by match-rocket standards) and it's built the same way as a bottle-rocket (motor at the top end of a long stick), and the stick goes with it when it's launched. (Sudden thought - unless "bottle rocket" means something else to you?)

Kiteman (author)2007-10-24

So, this is a match-powered bottle-rocket?


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