Kristen Vogler was bored in coronavirus lockdown and wanted to see how long it would take for her parents to realise she was swapping the family portraits with crayon drawings.
A woman bored in lockdown pulled a hilarious prank on her family and it ended up lasting a total of 11 days.
Kristen Vogler, 29, started replacing family photos at their home in Massachusetts, with crayon drawings to see how long it would take for her parents Mike and Paula, both 59, to notice.
Kristen got her inspiration from social media after she saw someone had replaced all of their family pictures with portraits of Nicholas Cage – and “thought it was hilarious”.
But since she didn’t have pictures of Nicholas lying about – and she did happen to have loads of crayons – she did the next best thing and recreated each portrait in crayon.
Kristen started creating the drawings when her family were out on their daily walks and was shocked when she managed to keep it going for 11 days.
She said: “It was so funny because they walk through the door next to the photos probably five of six times per day.”
“It was hard to keep it up without giving it away.”
Kristen kept people updated with her quest on Twitter posting pictures everyday with a new crayon portrait, and the hashtag #quarantineactivites.
On the first day she wrote: “After FaceTiming with my grandparents (the subjects of my first crayon masterpiece) for an hour and having neither parent notice.
“I decided to add the second piece while they went for a walk. This is my best work yet.”
On day four she had a small scare when her mum told her she was going to create a Twitter account but she ended up getting locked out of it – result.
And on day 11, hours before she was finally caught out, she wrote: “I thought the jig was up today when my dad came running downstairs while I hung my latest crayon replica but I managed to get it done in time.”
But later that same day she said: “We were in the house and it was raining like crazy, we were just looking out of the window and my mum walked past the photos, did a double take and just said ‘what is that?’
“They had a good laugh about it but of course my dad said he’d always known in the back of his mind.”
Kristen posted the video online which has since gone viral, receiving more than 42,000 likes.
She continued: “The video got a lot more attention than I thought it would.
“My mum and dad keep asking for updates on how many views and shares it’s had.
“My dad challenged my mum to a bet that if it reached one million views in a week he wouldn’t have to eat any more broccoli for the rest of the year.
“It has given us a lot of entertainment. It’s a fun thing for everyone to laugh at and it’s fun seeing the reactions and the comments.”