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12+ Ultimate Dollar Tree April Fools' Day Pranks for $2.50 or Less

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April Fools’ Day is one of the silliest days of the year, and Dollar Tree makes it affordable and easy to pull off. What better way to celebrate than by pulling some hilarious pranks on your friends and family? If you’re out of ideas or just looking for some inspiration, Dollar Tree April Fools’ Day pranks are easy, convenient, and best yet, cheap.

The shelves of your local Dollar Tree are full of items that, when properly used, will make you the queen or king of April Fools’ Day without going broke. There’s quite a variety of inexpensive items, so it’s the ideal place to stock up on supplies for some creative and budget-friendly pranks. You can even save more by using some items around your house.

Use these low-budget Dollar Tree April Fools’ Day pranks to have everyone laughing (and maybe a little bit annoyed) in no time. For more savings hacks and smart shopping tips, text HACKS to 57299. Let’s get to the pranks!

1. Cheesy Orange Juice: $1.25 – $2.50


What to do: buy a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese at Dollar Tree and, if you don’t have one at home, a carafe, glass, or bottle. Put just the powdered cheese into the container, and then add water and mix until it looks like orange juice.

Related: Did you know that you can use coupons at Dollar Tree?

2. Pasta Cereal: $1.25 – $2.50


What to do: buy a bag of penne pasta at Dollar Tree (and if you don’t already have one, a box of cereal). Pour the cereal into a Ziploc bag and then fill the cereal bag with the penne. Sprinkle some of the existing cereal on top to disguise the prank.

3. Windshield Wiper Rainbow: $1.25


What to do: buy the 4-color pack of finger paints at Dollar Tree. Place a blob of each color on the top side of one of the wipers, each next to the other horizontally. Watch the magic when they wipe.

4. Coffee with Cream (of Mushroom): $2.50


What to do: buy a small coffee creamer and a can of cream of mushroom soup at Dollar Tree. Pour the creamer into another container (no use wasting it) and then fill the bottle with the soup. Place in the refrigerator.

5. Sticky Sweet Soap: $2.50


What to do: buy a bottle of pancake syrup and a ceramic soap dispenser from Dollar Tree. Pour the syrup into the soap dispenser and place in a bathroom of your choice.

6. Aloe Vera Sanitizer Drink: $2.50


What to do: buy a bottle of sanitizer from Dollar Tree (I actually bought a 2-pack of minis) and empty the contents. Buy a bottle of aloe vera juice beverage and pour the beverage into the bottles.

7. Ultimate Sponge Cake: $2.50


What to do: buy a package of dishwashing sponges from Dollar Tree. Grab a container of frosting from the store too. Stack two sponges and frost them. Add sprinkles and serve.

8. Dead Remote and a Treat: $1.25


What to do: buy miniature Tootsie Rolls from, you guessed it, Dollar Tree. Replace the batteries in the primary TV remote with mini Tootsie Rolls. Wait for the magic to happen.

9. Mixing Candy Palettes: $2.50


What to do: buy a pack each of M&M’s and Skittles. Mix them together in a bowl or a candy jar at home. Wait for the screams when someone chews a mixture of the two.

10. Spam Twinkie: $1.25 – $2.50


What to do: buy a can of Luncheon Loaf at Dollar Tree. Slide it out of the can and shape with a knife to match the rounded rectangle shape of a Twinkie. Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil, open it up, and then wrap the “Twinkie.” Buy aluminum foil at the dollar store if you don’t have any.

11. Fake Broken Phone: $1.25


What to do: buy a single-sheet phone screen protector at Dollar Tree. Take it out of the packaging and forcefully pinch and bend it, creating tiny cracks. Then remove the cover and apply the sticky side to the target’s phone. It looks super realistic!

12. Toilet Tricks: $2.50


What to do: buy a roll of duct tape at Dollar Tree and put it on the toilet roll in the bathroom (hiding the other toilet paper). Buy a roll of plastic wrap, open both the lid and the seat, and wrap the top of the bowl.

Other Dollar Tree April Fools’ Day Pranks

  • Buy liquid eyeliner and draw a mustache on an unsuspecting sleepy person. (It’s better than a makeup pencil because it’s smoother and won’t wake them up, in theory.)

  • Buy price tag stickers and fool your family by putting them on favorite toys, collectibles, furniture, and more. Tell them you’re having a garage sale.

  • Buy Oreos and carefully scrape out the frosting, replacing it with white toothpaste.

  • Buy a snack pack of flavored gelatin and place it in a juice glass with a straw; it looks like there’s juice in there, but they can’t drink it!

  • Buy fake bugs and place them on the inside of a lampshade to freak people out.

What are your favorite April Fools’ Day pranks? What have you used from Dollar Tree to prank someone?

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