Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"You've been flocked" prank for April Fools

You've been flocked April Fool's prank
While I was in Palm Springs for Meet Make Do with the other wonderful crafty ladies (check out more of our fun here and here), I caught a glimpse of a photo my mom had put up on Facebook of their neighbors yard with a flock of flamingos and a sign reading "you've been flocked." What in the what? This is the best thing that could ever happen to anyone, no?

That day was our crafting day of the trip and I was racking my brain for something stellar to make while I was in a beautiful mid-century home in the middle of the desert. I needed something that would capture the spirit of the place...and soon it came..."why don't I flock this house?" It's the only appropriate thing to do!

Our retreat had been sponsored by the good folks at Bing so I immediately took to one of the Microsoft Surfaces they provided us and searched for "you've been flocked." Qu'est-ce que c'est? Turns out, there are TONS of websites and pictures with people who've been flocked. This is a thing apparently! There's even a "you've been flocked" website. It appears that sometimes it's used as a blackmailed fundraising device ("give us $10 to take back the flamingoes") but personally, I find just the fun of waking up to a flock of flamingos hilarious.

Melanie, Danni, and I headed to the local party store who was sold out of pink flamingos. What now? We Binged it and found this gem: Flock o' Flamingos. A whole company in Palm Springs that rents out flamingos. And rubby duckies. I didn't ask questions. It was owned by a super swell guy who just had them hanging out in his condo. Thank you!
put out tons of flamingos in someone's lawn
pink flamingos in someone's lawn
With the help of Jenn Elliott of Scout Blog and Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth, we got set them up around the front yard. 

To make the sign: I ended up just handwriting the letters because we didn't have access to a printer but I went ahead and created a template for you so all you have to do is print off the letters. Download the template here

Step 1: Print off the template onto the colored paper of your choice. I used sea foam green for the "you've been" and shades of pinks for the "flocked".
Step 2: Cut out the letters.
Step 3: Attach them to twine with some washi tape.

Donzo.
pink flamingos in the lawn
April Fool's Day prank with flamingos
Wouldn't you just die if this happened to you? We're just in time for April Fool's ideas so add it to your list!

ALSO, Katie from Bing who was there to answer questions and she told us about this new program that Bing is doing. It's called Bing Rewards and basically, you earn rewards EVERY TIME YOU SEARCH FOR SOMETHING. For someone who is very achievement driven, you know I'm all about this program. I switched my default search engine to Bing on my laptop and phone and every time I search for something I earn points which I can trade for gift certificates from Amazon or Starbucks or Groupon...there are a lot of trade-in options! It's become somewhat of a competition in the house to see how many things we actually search for. You can earn rewards for all sorts of things like switching your homepage to Bing or trying out different features or taking some tours. AND the more you search, the higher your status raises and the MORE you earn. All you have to do is sign up here to join and get cracking! And remember to do it to your phone too for even MORE points!
Bing rewards program

You could even buy some flamingos with the gift cards you win from Amazon (like these). See how this works? I'm ALL about it.


I'm required to disclose a sponsored partnership between our site and Bing. I have been compensated in exchange for this post in the form of payment, product or experiences.


photography by Mary Costa Photography

8 comments:

Grace@TheBigReveal said...

This brought back memories for me. When I was a kid, my Mom's friends did this to us every year! It was never just on April Fools, but at various times throughout the year. Nothing like waking up to a yard full of pink flamingoes:)

Carly Kaste said...

Oh gosh, this is adorable! I can't wait for April Fool's Day this year. ^-^

Chelsea Foy said...

I am still DYING over this! And also, I'm super pumped because I'm THISCLOSE to a free Starbucks from my Bing Rewards. Boom.

Caroline Cregan said...

Ha! Just posted a photo of flamingos for the giveaway! What a coincidence :)

The House That Lars Built said...

did you tag it? I can't see it :( tag it with @LarsSaguaroGiveaway

Unknown said...

Ha! This reminds me of when I was in high school and it became a thing to "spoon" (or even better, to "spork" 'em!). Rather than waking up to a yard full of flamingos--or the more common toilet paper--you'd find that your yard had sprouted spoons, like little plastic mushrooms. Not as cute as flamingos, but a lot more accessible and affordable for high school students!

uncustomary said...

This is such a wonderful prank! Love it :)

Denise Ragland said...

This is too funny! Thank you for the great April Fools idea!