Introduction: Fake Toilet Paper Roll

Is there anything worse than going to the bathroom only to find you forgot to check if there was any toilet paper?  There is Now!

I made a fake roll of toilet paper out of cardboard, and inserted a removable prank message for that moment of truth when your victim realizes that no salvation will come from that little white roll.  I can't wait to get my little brothers with this guy!

Happy Pranking!  And remember to vote for your favorite pranks starting April 3rd!

Disclaimer: This little roll of paper can be a powerful and day ruining little prank if used maliciously, so I suggest that care be taken when setting up where and on whom it will be used.  Don't bring it to the mall and replace it for a real roll.  Don't use it on your grandma.  Don't be mean.  April 1st should be fun day.  ;)

Step 1: Gather Your Props

The picture above shows the types of materials you'll need to make this.  [Pic.1]

an empty toilet paper roll tube
a full roll of the paper you want to clone
a source of cardboard (cereal box, etc.)
glue stick (or double-sided tape)
scotch tape
scissors or exacto-knife

Also, about an hour of time and a victim with a sense of humor.

For the ends of my TP roll I didn't want it to just look like a disc of white paper, so I made a Word document with images that simulate the ends of a real roll of TP to print off and cut out.  [Pic. 2] shows a printed example.

Step 2: Make the Cylinder

[Pic. 1] -  Cut out a strip of card board the width of a roll of TP and slightly longer than the circumference of one.
              -  Cut out two cardboard discs and glue or tape the printed images onto them.

[Pic. 2] -  Tape the cardboard tube to the disc with 3 or 4 pieces of tape.

[Pic. 3] -  Begin taping the cardboard strip to the disc. Don't tape it all the way around yet.

[Pic. 4] -  Just before the two edges meet, leave a gap in the roll.  This is where the message will be pulled from.

Step 3: Make Your Message

[Pic. 1] -  Cut another strip of cardboard the same width as the TP.
              -  Also tear off a strip of real TP.

[Pic. 2] -  It's hard to see with white-on-white, but lay your cardboard on the TP leaving a bit of overhang.  Tape it down.

[Pic. 3] -  Fold the overhang over, and tape it down.  Now your message is wrapped in TP on both sides and will feel like TP to your victim's hand.
              -  Write your message on the remaining exposed cardboard.  This is what your victim will be reading as they realize that their life sucks.  I kept mine classic.

Step 4: Final Touches

[Pic. 1] -  Insert your message into your roll through the gap.
[Pic. 2] -  Tape on the second disc to cap off your roll.  You now have a complete cardboard cylinder.  The last step is taping or gluing a single (or maybe double) ply of toilet paper to the outer surface of your roll, completing it's camouflage.

[Pic. 3] -  Now your roll should be an almost exact replica of a real roll of toilet paper!

Step 5: Use Its Power Wisely Young Grasshopper...

Now that you've finished my weapon of torment (or at least a weapon of supreme discomfort) go forth and prank to your hearts content.  If your heart isn't black and evil, you'll most likely put a real roll of TP behind the toilet, or in the cabinet, or somewhere so that your victim's day isn't totally shitty (<-- see what I did there??). 

Have Fun!  Hopefully my 'ible appeals to your inner 'jerk-ish-older-brother'. 

Happy April Fools!!


StormTropper made it!(author)2017-04-03

So COOL!!!

goopybombs made it!(author)2017-03-30

April fools coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goopybombs made it!(author)2017-03-30

HaHa love it

Awesome34356 made it!(author)2016-03-31

BuzzFeed brought me here

sclements3 made it!(author)2016-02-24

Hilarious! Love it. My birthday is a couple days before April Fools day and I plan for that more than my birthday lol

Odd+Jobs made it!(author)2014-03-14

I simply Maced the toilet paper at the malls. It was easier.

Ro-mico made it!(author)2014-03-06

I'll try this one.

I couldn't help but notice there's a typo on "Step 5use it's power wisely young grasshopper..."

Thanks for sharing.

Txereas made it!(author)2012-03-11

Could you just send me one with blank message I failed really bad lol

ATTILAtheHUNgry made it!(author)2013-08-16

haha :)

Talenthia made it!(author)2012-04-01

I did this last year and got the whole family on April Fools day. Brought it back out in the summer and got my grandson when he was in town for a visit. Haven't gotten it out today yet, I know my youngest son is just waiting for it. going to let him think I forgot about it and then get him. Thanks for a great and easy prank that just keeps giving!!

canucksgirl made it!(author)2012-01-09

Hilarious... I can't wait for April now :D

Gernerakos made it!(author)2011-04-27

Hahaha i try to make this but are you Hungarian because i' m hungarian.

pcairic made it!(author)2011-05-11

Hungry, not Hungary

ATTILAtheHUNgry made it!(author)2011-05-15

exactly :)

chicopluma made it!(author)2011-04-08

hahahahahahahaha i have to try this one

mary+candy made it!(author)2011-04-05

LOL very very cool.
I think I will do it now, despite that 1. April is already over..

internethotspot made it!(author)2011-04-02

Yes it's true - Filipinas are the most wonderful women on this planet. Been married 17 years this July. She's from S.Luzon - Bicol.

jmsdo made it!(author)2011-04-01

Thanks for the great prank and instructions. I made one and got my spouse really good at 400am today! I'll attach pics of mine. I used TP and a glue stick on the ends to camoflage the cardbord. In the pictures one roll is real and the other is the prank. Fun trick, and reusable. It is easy to glue stick of more TP on the prank roll if the prankee rolls it off at discovery.

ATTILAtheHUNgry made it!(author)2011-04-01

Awesome! Very nicely done.

TheKnexDude made it!(author)2011-04-01

i did this on my mom!

smeeves made it!(author)2011-04-01

You know, I was almost going to do this and plant it in my little sisters' bathroom... Then I saw the "jerk-ish older brother".

I think I'm going to anyways, this is hilarious.

arronsparrow made it!(author)2011-03-31

you should try putting the end of a torn sheet of tp about 1 millimeter off the end

app0 made it!(author)2011-03-28

.docx file? Oh f***!
Could you please reupload it in .doc (Word 97-2003 file)?
I only have licensed Office 2000 and don't want to install cracked software.

KarlGG made it!(author)2011-03-28

There is a patch you can download from Microsoft to let it read newer formats. It won't be able to do anything fancy from the new types, but normal stuff should load fine.

app0 made it!(author)2011-03-28

Huge Thanks!
Mac -> WinXP SP2 licensed -> Word 2000 + patch = great! And still no cracked software!

Ricardo+Furioso made it!(author)2011-03-31

Or you could get a Macintosh and stop all this silliness. You have hijacked a very funny and cruel idea with a dozen nerdy comments. Stop it.

thirstbuster made it!(author)2011-03-31

Microsoft puts out a viewer for your scenario:

nwlaurie made it!(author)2011-03-31

if you go to and type in 'Word 2000 compatibility' then you get taken to a totally legal Microsoft upgrade allowing versions back to (at least) Office 2000 to read nd create the new, post-2007 formats.

syco123 made it!(author)2011-03-31

Or just save as .doc and keep everyone happy. Just sayin.

Open Office, star office, Abiword etc all use .doc just fine (and all cost $0).

app0 made it!(author)2011-03-31

See CarlGG's comment below.

raith2006 made it!(author)2011-03-31

why not open it in google docs or hotmail documents?

blodefood made it!(author)2011-03-31

Or Open Office. It's free.

app0 made it!(author)2011-03-31

I don't have a printer at home and internet at work, so I need to be able to open the file locally.

ATTILAtheHUNgry made it!(author)2011-03-28

Certainly. Your will be done!

app0 made it!(author)2011-03-28


KarlGG made it!(author)2011-03-28

The link to the update:

Also, there is a free "Word Viewer" (at bottom of the link) you might use, if you don't have Office at all.

nicolasgoddone made it!(author)2011-03-31

Oh.... so cruel :).
Really like!

sewcraftyme made it!(author)2011-03-31

This is good.

I machine embroider on Toilet Paper - just about any message - its a great gag gift also machine embroider on soap. It is easy to do.

Ila in Maine

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robinrdpro made it!(author)2011-03-31

Great Instructable!! So Diabolical Bwahahahaha!!

blodefood made it!(author)2011-03-31

Strongly suggest you keep a stash of the real stuff next to the toilet. That way your victim will not reciprocate with something nasty.


Прикольно! Нужно будет попробывать!

baneat made it!(author)2011-03-30

Can you spare one square?

problem being that you've given the victim at least 3 to work with :(

internethotspot made it!(author)2011-03-29

You COULD have a wad of toilet paper attached to the end of the pull-out sign. So they think, DOH! NO PAPER!... but as they pull it out they find some... /phew

gigafide made it!(author)2011-03-29

This is fantastic! Good job "young grasshoper" :-)

Leemister made it!(author)2011-03-29

This is funny. I'll pull it on my mom!

mrbedlamman made it!(author)2011-03-27

i am going to bring like 12 of these to school and put them in the teachers bathroom

Flying_MashedPotatoes made it!(author)2011-03-28

heh heh heh, imma do this to my college

the_burrito_master made it!(author)2011-03-28

I should make 12 of them and replace an entire bag of TP with these XD

plasticpopcorn4 made it!(author)2011-03-28

haha thats terrible when you're the one with your pants off

ilpug made it!(author)2011-03-27

this is awesome. will definitely try this. another thing that is fun to do is to unroll the roll a bit, write messages on the TP, and then roll it up again.

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