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Boredom Buster Craft Activity for Tweens – My Kmart Hack Fail

Have you ever had a great idea, given it a go and realized the idea wasn’t so great after all? Well that happened with my latest project using a yellow vase from Kmart. I call it my Kmart Hack Fail, but my fail could be your success because despite the vase not looking the way I thought it would, I still had fun creating it. That’s the main thing right?

This Kmart Hack Fail could give your tween something to do these school holidays… and they most likely will do a much better job that I did.

What you will need

1 Kmart Yellow Geometric Vase

1 Bottle of Black Nail Polish

1 Bottle of White Nail Polish

1 Thin long paint brush

Kmart Hack Yellow Vase

When I envisioned this project, I wanted the vase to look a bit different with a simple paint design that would make it look unusual. It definitely looks unusual!

Before you start, I suggest you work out a pattern you want to follow when colouring the hexagons. I decided to wing it and hoped for the best. Clearly this may have been my undoing. I also realized I’m terrible at painting in between the lines.

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I used the nail polish brush at first to paint each indent but I found using a longer paint brush much easier.

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Once I painted in each hexagon indent, I waited for the nail polish to dry. A hot tip – make sure you don’t add too much nail polish as it will run down the vase into the other painted indents. I used a baby wipe nearby to clean the overruns.

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Once the indents were dry, I added dots in the opposite colour for extra detail. In this case, I think I went a bit too far but once I started, I couldn’t stop.

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Once the vase was dry I put it on display. I then noticed the terrible paint job and while it’s still on display, I have a few books sitting next to it draw attention from the flaws.

Details on accessories: Print is from Kirsten & Co, Black Geometric tea light holder is from Target, Ceramic mini bowl is from Miss Kelly Made in Tasmania
Details on accessories: Print is from Kirsten & Co, Black Geometric tea light holder is from Target, Ceramic mini bowl is from Miss Kelly Made in Tasmania

Have you attempted a Kmart Hack and failed like me?



Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard

Rebecca Senyard is a plumber by day and stylist by night but these days she changes more nappies than washers. She is a happily married mum to three young daughters who she styles on a regular basis. Rebecca is not only an award winning plumber, she also writes an award winning blog called The Plumbette where she shares her life experiences as a plumber and mother. Rebecca also blogs at Styled by Bec believing a girl can be both practical and stylish. Links to the blogs are and

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