What kid doesn’t love an innocent prank? I know mine do! I remember my brother having one of these (and I may have too) when we were kids and I think there are similar ones in the magic shop on Main Street at Disneyland. Let’s see how they’re made!

First get a ketchup and/or mustard squirty bottle (I got the pack of 2 for $1.50) some red and yellow string, and 2 small washers or some sort of light item to weight the string down a bit. (Nylon string is best for this but I couldn’t find it thick enough for a reasonable enough price)

Tie the small washer to one end of the string

Put the string through the lid of the bottle from the bottom up

Tie a knot in the top of the string so the length of the string matches the length of the bottle where the washer is slightly resting on the bottom of the bottle. (The washer is used to weight the string so that it slides back in the bottle easily, without this it is hard to get the string back in the bottle easily)

Put the lid back on the bottle and try it out!

Then go prank someone! If you can wait it’s much more fun when having ketchup out is believeable, however, when you’re 6 and 8 it’s just too hard to wait!

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!


  1. This is hilarious! I'm 26 and I'm thinking of running uptown right now to go find similar ketchup/mustard bottles! I can't wait for my husband to come home from work to freak him out! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  2. sue fraser Reply

    My grandpa made one of these with a dishsoap bottle for their toybox back in the 60's. It was great fun.

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