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.

DIY April Fools Pranks