Don’t have the time or enough PVC pipe to build a heavy-duty launcher for your paper rocket? Don’t worry, you can launch a rocket with just a short piece of pipe, a recycled pile of “trash,” and a little bit of tape. It works a lot like the kind of Stomp Rocket you may have seen at the toy store, but you can make this one yourself!

The instructions below are just for the launcher. If you want to know more about making a rocket, we’ve used this template for the Compressed Air Rockets, adapted from a design by Rick Schertle. You’ll need paper and masking tape to build those, but you can put just about anything on this launcher. See step 10 of the Compressed Air Rocket project to learn more about making a paper rocket that fits on this design.