Hilarious Office Pranks to Spring on Unsuspecting Co-Workers
If you work in an office, you’ve probably wanted to spice things up now and again with some mischievous fun. Rest assured that you're not alone, as droves of office workers around the world share your fondness for pranking co-workers.
Feast your eyes below on some of the best office pranks of all time. As long as they don’t get you in trouble with the boss, these pranks are a surefire way to make the work day a bit more interesting.
The Water Cup Surprise
If you're looking for an epic payback prank, then look no further than this water cup trick. To pull it off, you'll need to stick around until your unsuspecting co-worker has left for the night. Arm yourself with a large water pitcher and plenty of cups.
Pinkest Prank Ever
If you've got a co-worker who loves (or better yet, hates) pink, then gather up plenty of pink post-its and some scissors. Cut as many pink hearts out of the post-its as you can stand and prepare to strike.
Saran Wrapping Shenanigans
Got a co-worker who plans to retire? Let them know how much you hate to see them leave by literally preventing them from doing so. Recruit a team of co-workers who wish to share in your send-off hijinks and supply yourselves with plenty of saran wrap.
If you're looking for a simple but effective prank to pull on your cubicle mate, look no further than this keyboard trick. As it turns out, keyboard keys pop off pretty easily and can be snapped back on over other keys.
Most Functional Prank of All Time
Unlike most office pranks, this one is actually has practical benefits that you can enjoy long term. If you're sick of everyone in the office stealing your lunch or drinks from the fridge, position a mini-one under your desk.
Need to pull off a prank on the fly? Fear not, for deviousness is no further away than the nearest roll of trash bags. The less visually appealing the bags are, the better. Once armed, ninja your way into your victim's workspace while they're distracted.
The Not-So-Tasty Toothpaste Trick
This one should be reserved only for the most good-natured of co-workers — or those who have payback coming. It can also be an excellent way to combat snack-swipers who regularly steal your food. In order to prepare, pick up a bag of Oreos and some white toothpaste.
The Classic Jello Joke
In the annals of office lore, the Jello mold joke is a time-honored favorite. It takes a bit of preparation, but its effect is marvelous. First, sneak into the prankee's cubicle and select their favorite small office supply, be it a stapler or a pen.
The Great Balloon Debacle
While this prank is truly memorable, you're going to need some help to pull it off unless you have the lungs of an opera singer. Gather a group of conspirators after work and pass out several bags of balloons.
Convert Everything to Cardboard
Got a bunch of leftover boxes? Why let them go to waste when you can use them for evil? Use scissors to cut out pieces that are the size of your co-worker's desk items. Be sure to use a permanent marker to decorate the cardboard pieces like the items they'll be attached to.
A Must for Medical Professionals
If you work in the medical industry, then you just have to try this prank at some point. Sneak in a Halloween skeleton and dress it up like a patient. Transport it to a waiting room while taking care to shield it from actual patients who might find it alarming.
World's Worst Wake Up
Just in case you're one of the lucky few who have never heard the sound of an airhorn, rest assured that it's really loud. If you're going to pull off this stunt, it's best to pass out earplugs or at least alert everyone else in the office of your intentions.
Assemble your co-conspirators and stay late at the office one night to remove the furniture from your victim's cubicle. Replace it all with the most terrifying stuffed animal you can find and wait for it to work its magic.
Falsify Your Friends' Fandom
Got a co-worker who is always bragging about his or her team winning? Rest assured, that person’s day will come. Start preparing by gathering fan memorabilia that celebrates your own team. Sneak into the bragger's office one night and deck it out in all your team's glory.
Position a Plastic Peeping Tom
Each year when Halloween rolls around, terrifying plastic masks and decorations go up for sale. Be sure to pick one up so that you'll be prepared to usher a bit of life into the next boring day at the office.
Upside Down Day
There are all sorts of wacky computer codes that few people know about, which is a fact that you can use to your advantage. Using the code "Ctrl + Alt + ↓" will turn your (Windows) computer's screen upside down. If this doesn’t work, try right-clicking, select display and then toggle the orientation settings..
If you want an office-wide prank, this one is guaranteed to produce a great deal of fun. Select a day when one of your co-workers has the day off and get everyone in the office in on the plan.
Christmas-ify Your Co-Worker's Cubicle
If you've got a grinch around the office, then it may be time for a little Christmas mischief. Get together a group of fellow elves and wait until a safe time presents itself. Then go into the target Scrooge's office and gift wrap everything you can get your hands on.
Best to Stay Anonymous When This One's Discovered
This one's so cruel that it's best to either stay anonymous or have an actual box of donuts ready to appease your mourning co-workers. Collect a couple of large boxes from the tastiest donut shop, making sure the logos are prominently displayed.
If you've fallen victim to the bad attitude of someone who hates cats, then get ready to reap the ultimate vengeance. Enlist the help of cat-loving co-workers to collect all the cat-themed merchandise you can find. Purchasing a few yards of cat-themed fabric can also go a long way.
Hidden Speaker Madness
Technology has ushered in a whole new wave of pranking possibilities. For this one, you'll need a wireless, blue-tooth enabled speaker that you can connect to your smartphone or computer. Hide the speaker deep beneath your victim's desk drawers and retreat into the shadows.
Go on a Rubber Band Rampage
Every office has multitudes of rubber bands lying around that can lead to a masterful prank. Simply sneak into your co-worker's cubicle while they're on break and wrap as many rubber bands as you can around their keyboard.
Want to play a trick on your favorite eco-warrior? Look no further than a few plots of grass to pull off the ultimate prank. Should you decide to use actual grass, make sure that you line the floor with a large tarp while you install it.
Install an Attack Insect
If your kids have a terrifying insect toy, it's easy to turn it into an office prank. All you need is a little fishing line and a small piece of sticky tack. Select a cabinet in the breakroom where there's a large amount of traffic.
Fake Label Fun
Getting a new breakroom appliance is too good of an opportunity to pass up for some prank-fueled fun. All you need is your choice of a post-it note or an official-looking, laminated note that explains that the appliance is now voice-activated.
If you've fallen victim to a prank, then you must waste no time in retaliation. While a bolder form of vengeance may take time and planning, this is a quick and easy way to let an office rival know that they've roused your thirst for revenge.
Repaint With Print-Outs
Never underestimate the perks of having a large copy machine laying around. It can help you pull off this next prank, though you may want to supply your own ink cartridge and paper to avoid getting fired.
The Drawer Discovery
A fun and easy way to prank your colleagues is the old drawer discovery trick. The fun thing about this is that you can utilize anything as a drawer filler. Common favorites are tiny candy pieces, the leftover holes from the inside of a hole puncher or confetti.
The Minecraft Makeover
If you work in an IT department, then you probably know someone who's way too into the game Minecraft. If you want to pull an epic birthday prank, then check out this full desk Minecraft makeover. Recruit another colleague who knows enough about the game to help you make the right selections.
The Classic Post-It Prank
Of all the pranks played by office workers, the post-it prank is the most classic. Generations of cubicle dwellers have utilized post-its to redecorate entire offices from floor to ceiling in the pursuit of the perfect prank, and so can you.