Woman pranks family by swapping out portraits

A woman pulled a devious but hilarious prank on her parents while in quarantine.

On April 4, Kristen Vogler, a graphic designer who is currently sheltering in place with her parents in Easton, Mass., took to Twitter to share photos of a family portrait that was replaced by a crayon drawing.

“Currently replacing photos with crayon drawings,” she tweeted. “Taking bets on how many photos I can replace before my parents notice.”

She then followed up her original tweet with another photo.

“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,” she wrote. “This is my best work yet.”

By April 13, Vogler had managed to somehow replace all but one family portrait on the wall with crayon drawings, before her mother Paula Vogel noticed. The designer admitted that she thought, at one point, her father would catch her before she could replace most of the photos, but, fortunately enough for her, she pulled off a mostly successful and genius prank.

That same day, Vogler shared an approximately 1-minute video of her parents’ reaction to the wall.

“You know, I think in the back of my mind, I saw one the other day, but I just kept going,” her father says in the clip as he pretends to walk away from the wall.

Soon enough, the stunt caught the attention of local station WHDH, which interviewed Vogler about the prank.

“I would go upstairs in my room kind of where I usually do my other design work and I would just lock my door and spend about 30 minutes drawing,” she explained.

Still, her mother seemed to take the whole thing in stride.

“I’m squinting and I’m like, something looks kind of weird and all I thought really seriously was, ‘Oh I haven’t been to the eye doctor in a couple years, I should probably go!'” Vogel said.

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