Rubber Band Powered Cup Launcher

Make July 4th even more exciting with a rocket launching competition in the backyard! This DIY is super simple and only requires a few cups and rubber bands.

  1. Ages: 3 - 16

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Place two rubber bands lengthwise across the cup, making a cross shape over the opening.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Add a third rubber band around the cup, to secure the two rubber bands in place. This will be the "rocket."

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Done!

    Get ready to launch! Place a second cup upside down on a flat surface. Put the "rocket" over the base cup. Holding the lip of the rocket cup, pull down and release! Watch your "rocket" go flying!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

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