April 1 offers the chance to summon your inner prankster and catch family off guard. What’s your April Fools MO? Are you the mean one who rubber bands the kitchen sink sprayer, switches the salt for sugar, and (my favorite) rubs a little numbing Orajel into your spouse’s toothbrush? Or are you just a doting mom who turns the milk green and serves baby food for lunch? Whatever your strategy, here are a few new ideas that probably won’t cost you a thing:

Blue Water

Turn the kitchen sink [temporarily]blue with nontoxic dye pellets. Open your Easter egg dye-kit, pilfer a tablet or two, then unscrew the cap on the faucet, and set a couple of the colored tabs inside before replacing it. When the water is turned on, the burst of color will be short-lived yet shocking.

Solid Milk

Fool your family and transform milk into an unpourable mass!  I want to try this on the ketchup bottle instead! Here’s how to make the milk:

Stir 1 packet of powdered gelatin into 2 tablespoons of water, and let stand for 5 minutes. Warm 2 cups of milk in the microwave. Stir the gelatin mixture into the milk. Transfer to a glass pitcher or bottle, and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

So, now that you all know my April Fools strategy, tell me about yours! I’m always in need of new material!  Mwahahaha!

These ideas and more can be found on Martha Stewart.com.

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20 thoughts on “DIY April Fools Pranks”

  1. Sandra says:

    I did the blue water trick to my fiance & father in law. Worked great! Had everyone laughing

  2. Anonymous says:

    OMG! lol

  3. Armenia Ward says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha,the “milk trick” won’t work since you can’t get milk in a glass jar anymore in most stores anyway.I wouldn’t fall for it,since I don’t drink milk,but I do like my cereal,so I guess it has a reasonable chance of fooling someone.

  4. aphroditybb says:

    My sister made meatloaf and cooked it in paper cupcake holders. She then made mashed potatoes and piped it onto the meatloaf cupcakes to make them look like regular cupcakes. She told her kids that she didn’t want to make dinner and that they all had to eat cupcakes for dinner. April Fools!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’m too mature for jokes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I buy a plastic fish and put it in my daughter’s water glass.

  7. I had a friend who coated a sponge in chocolate syrup and then covered it with chocolate frosting.  She gave the “brownie” to her cousin.

  8. Tracy says:

    I found some “toilet paper” you can’t tear off. >:)

  9. Anonymous says:

     I like to cut brown letter E’s out of construction paper and ask the kids if they want “brownies” (Brown E’s) for snack.  This is also fun at school—for kids or teachers!!

  10. I always prep the coffee pot the night before so my husband just has to push a button in the morning.  I put Nestea in the filter instead of coffee grounds!  He was a little shocked to discover hot tea instead of coffee…haha!

  11. tsk tsk... says:

    why not do an orange pill?  They’ll think the sink’s rusted out, lol.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I always put a rubber band over the hand squirter on the sink so when they turn the faucet on it squirts right at them

  13. Anonymous says:

    ill try the one with the blue water, milk is to expensive these days