Wind-Up Letter Surprise For April Fool’s Day

Mar 28, 2016

April Fool's Day can be such a fun day to trick people with silly surprises. Kids just eat it up!

Here's a simple April Fool's idea that's guaranteed to get some giggles: a "letter" that jumps right out of the envelope.  

A girl is surprised as a letter

You Will Need:

  • paper clip
  • rubber band
  • envelope
  • small stick


1. Bend the paper clip into a U shape.

A paper clip in a u-shape

2. Wrap the rubber band around the top of the U.

A -shaped paper clip with an elastic band wrapped around the top of the U.

3. Insert the stick through the middle of the rubber band and turn the stick until the rubber band is wound tight.

4. Carefully place it (all wound up) into an envelope and seal it up.

The surprise is tucked into an envelope.

5. Give or send the envelope to a family member or a friend...

and watch the surprise that follows!

Happy April Fool's Day!

This post was originally published in March 2014. 

Article Author Shanti Nordholt-McPhee
Shanti Nordholt-McPhee

Shanti Nordholt-McPhee is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Maureen. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Shanti is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages eight and eleven, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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