As someone who runs a DIY blog, I know that there are times you do projects just for content, or projects just for fun, without really thinking about them much after that. This is one of those projects that was cute for a minute, then took a dark turn.
(This picture is not from the original tutorial, since I can't find it, but seems to be creeping down the same dangerous road I went down.)
By now, I'm sure a decent amount of readers have seen this craft, where you pour paint in an old thrifted vase, swirl it around, and now you have a colorful and fun vase. Upcycling! Now, before I share with you my tale, I take full responsibility that any heinous results are probably because I rush through things and am terrible at everything, so this is more like "here's one way that I fucked up, avoid this" instead of "this persons crafts suck".
So I swirled a little leftover white paint in a vase, and then painted a face on the outside. I just needed a little impromptu vase for some Trader Joes flowers I had just bought, and it worked great. You can see here that he ended up getting a little accidental nose when I scraped off some of the paint with a flower stem, but overall it got the job done.
Until it didn't.
Within one hour, the paint had all started to fold and crumble because of the water, and the once-adorable face began to melt.
AND THEN THE POISONED PAINT WATER INSTANTLY KILLED ALL THE FLOWERS.
Okay, of course that isn't true. I just forgot to take a picture until like, a week and a half later. But basically, the paint does not hold up at all. (This disintegration happened over the course of about two hours.) I've since seen tutorials that are like, "Use glass paint, you dingus." but the tutorial I originally found specifically called for acrylic ("A good way to use up old acrylic paint!", even). I wasn't trying to create a family heirloom or anything, I just wanted an afternoon project that ended in something to shove flowers on. Which, I kind of got...
The cheesy smile paired with the melting face brings me such sick joy that I almost don't want to throw it away....but it smells really bad.
Anyways, I just wanted to share this total fuckup with you. Also, I received my Glossybox today, so hopefully I should have a new upload for you later this week! (If you missed the first Birchbox review, you can watch it here.)