How to build your own bottle rocket

Jun 30, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. ET
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This Fourth of July, let your kids make a bottle rocket that's a whole lot safer than fireworks. All you need is a water bottle, some baking soda and vinegar, and you'll have a craft that's ready for takeoff.

DIY 4th of July bottle rocket

Supplies:

  • Empty 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Colorful tape
  • Markers
  • Vinegar
  • Funnel
  • Baking soda
  • Tissue
  • Cork

Directions:

1. Decorate the bottle

DIY 4th of July bottle rocket

Use colorful tape to decorate the outside of the 2-liter bottle. Use markers to add extra designs to the tape to give it a patriotic theme.

2. Make the baking soda packet

DIY 4th of July bottle rocket

Pour about approximately 1 tablespoon of baking soda onto a tissue. Roll the tissue tightly around the baking soda, making a small bundle that is small enough to fit through the opening of the bottle.

3. Mix it up

DIY 4th of July bottle rocket

Fill the empty bottle approximately 1/4-full with vinegar. Drop the bundle of baking soda into the bottle of vinegar. Working quickly, place the cap on the bottle and place the bottle upside down on a flat surface outside.

4. Watch it launch

DIY 4th of July bottle rocket

Now stand back and wait for the rocket to take off! This can take anywhere form 30 seconds to a couple of minutes, so stand back until the rocket has launched.

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