How to Play the Aluminum Foil Prank on a Co-worker

Giving your colleague’s office or cubicle a makeover is a nifty practical joke.


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As far as we're concerned, every day is April Fool's Day when it comes to office life -- prank away!

You Will Need

  • Lots of aluminum foil
  • A camera
  • Sticky notes


  1. Step 1

    Pick a time

    Pick a time when you’ll have uninterrupted access to your colleague’s workspace.

  2. Step 2

    Take picture

    Take 'before' pictures of the workspace.

  3. Step 3

    Cover the walls

    Cover the walls and any windows with aluminum foil. Paper the ceiling, too, if you can.

  4. Don’t buy the cheap dollar-store foil -- this is a job for the heavy-duty stuff.

  5. Step 4

    Wrap everything

    Wrap everything in sight -- from the desk, chair, and computer right down to the last pen.

  6. Step 5

    Refer to photos

    When everything is wrapped, refer to your photos so you can put all the stuff back exactly where it was.

  7. Don’t want to spend money on foil? Swipe a stack of sticky notes from the supply closet and cover every last surface with them.

  8. Step 6


    Laugh your ass off as your coworker spends his morning unwrapping your special gift.

  9. In 2003, an airline employee sued Southwest Airlines for having her 'arrested' as an office prank.