We’ve seen matchstick art before, but most of the time it usually involves a stupid amount of tiny, normal-sized matches. What Eduard Krawchenko from Our Vidos TV (OVT EN) wants to do instead is make one large match. It’s OBNOXIOUSLY large, ugly and has us laughing at the result. It’s just something you have to see (and put on the list to make over the holidays):

If you’ve made smoke bombs before, you know the process, but instead of putting your potassium nitrate mixture inside a small egg carton, you get a MASSIVE post and coat the end until you have (what looks like) a match head. Let’s break it down.

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To create the matchstick head, create a mixture of 60% potassium nitrate and 40% sugar. Stir together in a pan over a low flame. Next, add enough water to the mixture until you get a mushy paste consistency. Finally, add red food dye to give the matchstick its unmistakable red color.

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With the flammable mixture complete, start heaping and slathering it over the edge of a giant piece of wood. As each layer dries, add more of the mix to the tip of the giant matchstick. It’s now worthy of being lit.

huge matchstick

Once the layers of mixture on the matchstick have dried, it’s time to light it up! Eduard ignites the matchstick at the base, where the flame slowly burns away the wood. A few minutes later and BAM, the rest of the red matchstick head catches on flame and quickly burns through the rest of the wood.

huge matchstick

The force of the matchstick head suddenly going all aflame is enough to launch it from its standing position and onto the rocks below. It sends a huge plume of smoke into the air and if it wasn’t for the fact that they filmed this near a stream, then you might start to worry. Thankfully the matchstick soon dies out, leaving nothing but a scorched stump and the smell of burning wood in the air.

You can see more of Eduard’s crazy projects and life hacks on his YouTube channel, along with another video of an even larger matchstick, at OVT EN.

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.