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25 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make Last Minute

Are you ready for Halloween yet? Don't worry if you're not -there's still plenty of time left to get ready. Even if you put things off as long as possible though, you can still create a great DIY Halloween costume in no time. Here are a few ideas in case you have to make your own Halloween costume last minute.

Silent Movie Stars

Here's an easy one for men or women. All you need is a black and white suit or dress (if it's 1920's style all the better), some gray cream makeup and some black eyeliner and black eye shadow to add some accents. To really sell the concept, it helps to bring along a title card too like this couple from Shrimp Salad Circus did.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Just about every gal has a sleeveless black dress. Add a tiara, some long black gloves, a chunky necklace, a tiara and a long cigarette holder (available at most costume stores) and you have a Holly Golightly costume. Of course, you need to have some serious hair styling skills to pull this one off as well as Redditor CampingIsIntense.

Frida

         

You may not be able to paint like her, but you can easily look like Frida with only minimal effort. Just grab a peasant blouse, put your hair up with a few flowers and then draw in a bit of a unibrow. Megan Rose shows how simple it is.

Van Gogh

For red-headed male fans of art, you can always go as Vincent Van Gogh. Paint a few thick, impressionist brush strokes on a jacket, sport a collarless button up shirt and then apply a some broad streaks of makeup along your neck and face to complete the look. This cool costume was created by a friend of Redditor josh1510.

Pinata

If you don't have any time to get tulle, but have crepe or tissue paper available, then consider making a pinata costume. Glue strips of the paper to a body suit and trim to make frills. For more detailed instructions, don't miss this post by Camille Styles.

Rosie the Rivetter

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11 Household Items You Can Use to Decorate Your Pumpkin

What do you use to carve your pumpkins? If you still use regular kitchen knives and a spoon, maybe you should try something a little different this year. You don't even need to buy fancy pumpkin carving tools -there's plenty of stuff around your home that you can use instead.

From power tools to spaghetti, you'll be surprised what you can use to decorate your Jack-O-Lantern. There's even a great way to make your pumpkin last longer so it doesn't become a mold-laden biohazard.

Check out all of the fun household items you can use to make your pumpkin look amazing over at Homes and Hues: Using 11 Common Household Objects to Decorate Your Pumpkin

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When Technology and Travel Combine, Everyone Wins

The Bluesmart suitcase is the ultimate combination of tech and travel. The suitcase uses Bluetooth connectivity to ensure your bag is tracked if you check it and that it is light enough to be used as a carry-on if you so choose. The reinforced materials protect laptops and tablets and the suicase even features a battery so you can charge your portable electronics while you travel.

Read more about the impressive new design and how to get your own over at Homes and Hues: The Future of Travel Might Be Smart Luggage


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Breathe Clean With the Dyson Humidifier

Air humidifiers can be a must-have in dry winter weather, but shooting wet, still water into the air is a great way to fill your home with bacteria. The new Dyson humidifier uses a UV sanitizing light to clean 99.9% of bacteria from the water it injects into the air, keeping your air clean while helping you not dry out. 

Read more about the new Dyson product over at Homes and Hues: The New Dyson Humidifier Seeks to Clean Your Air While Adding Moisture


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This Cool Induction Plate Heats Any Size Container In No Time

Water, milk, hot coco can all be heated with this cool induction plate and rod set that works for any size and any liquid. It saves energy by turning off as soon as the liquid reaches the proper temperature and by heating only as much as you need -no more. 

The rods simple design means it's easy to clean, even if you use it to heat up soup, chocolate syrup or any other messy substance.

Read more about the neat design over at Homes and Hues: This Cool Electric Kettle Lets You Heat Only What You Need


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Congratulations to Our Pinterest Halloween Contest Winners!

We just wrapped up our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest and I have to say, it was a huge success. You guys pinned hundreds of Halloween costumes, recipes, decorations and more to our This Is Halloween board and it was amazing to see all the wonderful things you shared. 

While it was easy enough to find out who had the most repins, picking an editor's choice winner from all those entries was hard, but we finally managed to slim it down to just one. That's why we thought it was only fair to not only share the two winning images with you, but also some of our the runenrs up. You can always visit the board to check out all of the amazing entries as well as new pins from our wonderful fans. 

On a side note, if you are one of our two winners, please check your Pinterest notifications or email me directly at jill@neatorama.com to claim your prize.

This precious Despicable Me pumpkin won Angela Ramage first place for the most repins.

And this creepy, zombie Snow White won Keno Sproule first place in our editor's choice category. (For more awesome pics from this photo series don't miss this great Fashionably Geek post.)

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Got A Great Costume? Share It In Our Halloween Instagram Contest

Have you already put together an amazing costume you're pumped to show the world? Do you have pictures of your best costume ever from previous years? If so, head over to Instagram and join in on the NeatoShop Halloween Costume Contest. All you have to do is add your image to your account and tag it with @NeatoShop so we can find it. We'll pick one winner based on costume quality, cleverness and your number of comments/likes, and that person will win four NeatoShop tees of their choice. 

Contest ends Halloween night, 11:59 PM PST. So get going!

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Cubicles Can Be Fun When They Look Like Little Tiny Cabins

Cubicles are one of the worst things about the modern office. At Neatorama, we deal with this by sitting around a campfire all day and all night. Sure it gets pretty smoky inside, but at least we have a good community feel and John roasts up a mean s'more.

Unfortunately, not everyone can have a campfire in the office, but these cool cubicles by MFRMGR are the next best thing -providing employees privacy and comfort all while allowing for interaction in the windows. Each cubicle is equipped with carpet, shelves and a closet to really help the workers feel comfortable in their own private space.

Read more about the clever designs over at Homes and Hues: MFRMGR Makes Cubicles That Feel Cozy


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This Penguin Cover Can Make Swiffer Sweeping A Little More Fun

Everyone who works in the office will tell you I'm pretty much the worst about cleaning up after myself. On the other hand, I am hardcore obsessed with anything adorable, so if we invested in this precious penguin Swiffer cover, I might actually get off my butt to start cleaning the kitchen here and there.

Of course, you don't have to use him on your Swiffer, you can also use him to cover your tissue box, though you will miss the chance to watch him slide around on your floor.

The company selling the penguin sells other delightfully adorable critter accessories for your home like this adorable bear pillow.

Check out more of their fun products and more pictures of the penguin at Homes and Hues: This Penguin Can Make Your Swiffer Fun


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Beautiful Bubble Lights Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

Did you love bubbles as a kid? Then you might just fall in love with these playful lights by Alex de Witte. Each light is hand blown to look like a real floating bubble and the designs come in clear, frosted and a variety of hues so you can have one that looks like a real bublle or one that best matches your decor. 

See more pictures of these fun lights over at Homes and Hues: Alex de Witte's Beautiful Bubble Lights


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The Black Glass House That Reflects Its Surroundings

When you build a home in a stunning natural setting, it pays to blend in with the local beauty. This great home by Architect Ian McChesney is clad in black glass, providing ample natural light to residents inside while still offering them privacy and an amazing view. More importantly, the reflective texture helps the modern home fit in as it reflects the trees, sky and other natural scenery.

The home is also eco-friendly, helping the natural scenery stay healthy over the years. 

See more pictures of the lovely London residence at Homes and Hues: This Black Glass House Serves As A Mirror To Its Surroundings


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Over 20 Wonderful Decorating Ideas For A Halloween Dinner Party

Last week Homes and Hues presented some wonderfully horrific Halloween decorations for the outside of your home, so this week we've turned to the inside -specifically the dining room, bringing you some of the best Halloween decorations for anyone planning a dinner party in the next few weeks.

We've got everything from centerpieces to table runners and more that will have you covered whether you're hosting a classy adult afair, a kid's dinning celebration or anything in between.

So if you're planning to host a dinner party this Halloween or just want a few kooky ideas to spruce up your home for the holiday, don't miss this great Homes and Hues article: 20+ Ways to Decorate Your Table For A Halloween Dinner Party


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The Subtly Spooky Chair Perfect for All Year Use

Even if you live for Halloween, you still probably put most of your decorations away by December, but this delightful, monster-like chair is perfect for use all year long. That's because when it's not lit up from precisely the right angle, it looks like just another vintage wooden dining chair. 

The styling is perfect as creator Yaara Derkel was striving to design something that was creepy and strange, yet familiar and inviting at the same time. 

Read more about the Coppelius chair at Homes and Hues: The Spookiest Chair This Side of Halloweentown

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There Are Only Five Days Left to Enter Our Pinterest Halloween Contest

You wanna hear something scary? There are only five more days to participate in our Pinterest Halloween contest. You can get all the details on entry here, but with less than a week to go it seems critical to remind you to get pinning and to repin your favorite items on the board to help vote for the winner. Don't feel discouraged if you're not into the popularity contest aspect -we're also choosing an editor favorite, so if you have something amazing, share it with us and you could win!

Again, visit this page to get all the details or head over to the board to start pinning now.

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This Apartment Has A Garden on Its Walls

Few city apartments give you any connection to nature, but this amazing apartment in Ukraine brings the vegetation inside by installing living gardens along the wall. Designers were inspired by the river view outside and the fusion of nature with a cityscape. The rest of the apartment features fairly minimalist decor, which only serves to attract attention back to the impressive living room and kitchen.

The resident's fascinating modern and  vintage furniture, artwork and other possessions blend right in with the unique and vibrant living space. 

For more great pictures, check out Homes and Hues: The Ukraine Apartment With Living Walls


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This Tampa Home Mesmerizes With Its Stunning Textures and Shapes

Stone, glass, wood and metal all go together perfectly in this beautiful lakeside home in Tampa. With floor to ceiling windows in the living room, seperate entertaining areas for kids and adults, and a crystal blue pool that has a pool house in the exact style as the the main home, there's a lot to love in this wonderful residence.

Inside or out, you're sure to feel at one with the relaxing natural surroundings, including rows of old oak trees that surround the house on three sides. It's rare for something so modern to fit in with such a traditional natural setting, but Alfonso Architects really worked wonders when they designed this house.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: This Lakefront Home Provides Kids and Adults With Their Own Space


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14 Fantastically Creepy Halloween Decorations

When it comes to seasonal home decoration, Halloween is the second most popular holiday behind Christmas in the US. While some people just put out a few carved pumpkins, others like to go all out and these 14 horrific Halloween decorations on Homes and Hues are a great source of inspiration for those who really want to scare. 

The article covers everything from massive props (like a haunted tree with faces coming out of the bark) to small details (like multiple ways to make your store-bought skeleton look like a real decomposing body). 

There are even some cool tech-inspired decorations like this cool haunted mirror effect, so if you want to scare your neighbors and their children, you won't want to miss this great Homes and Hues article: 14 Over the Top Halloween Decorations To Terrify Trick or Treaters

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Finally There's A Water Filter That Looks Nice In Your Kitchen

Tired of dirty-tasting tap water but don't want to put an ugly water filter on your faucet or store a giant jug with an ugly filter on top? Then you'll love the new KOR Water Fall that not only filters watr, but looks great while doing it. The uniquely scientific-looking filtration set up can be left on your counter and the one liter carafes come with lids so they can be stored in your refrigerator or on your table. Best of all, the filters are natural (they're made from coconut shells) and they last twice as long as most water filters, making them a much more eco-friendly alternative to standard water filters.

Read more about the new design at Homes and Hues: A Water Filtration System That Looks As Nice As It Works


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Have You Joined In On The Halloween Fun Yet?

If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest

As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.

If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.

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These Single-Purpose Tools Are Delightfully Pointless

A tool only for chopped salads? Why not?

How about one just for rolling edamame beans from their shell?

Or maybe a fork designed just for eating spaghetti? They're all humorously single-purpose, but that's kind of the point. Designer Lee Ben David wanted to make a statement about the disconnect people have with their food and how rarely we actually touch our meals with our bare hands.

The results are as charming as they are unneccessary. See the rest at Homes and Hues: Lee Ben David's Delightful Single-Use Kitchen Tools


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The Beautiful and Minimalist Thao Dien House

The beautiful Thao Dien House was recently rennovated by MM++ and the end result is a beautiful blend of minimalism, greenery and rich natural lighting. The remodel opened the entire floor up, turning it into one open plan room with massive glass walls and sliding doors. 

A corner of the upperfloor was turned into a terrace protected by a living wall. Outside, the pool area is filled with lush greenery that provides a wonderfully colorful contrast to the stark white walls of the structure.

See more pics of the beautiful house, including the impressive staircase at Homes and Hues: The Thao Dien House Is Minimalism At Its Best


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15 Fun Facts About The Boxtrolls

Whether you love dark children's stories, are obsessed with stop motion or classic underdog stories, chances are you'll love The Boxtrolls. Whether you've seen it already or are planning to go soon, these fun little bits of trivia can only make you help appreciate the film even more.

Image via Chynbek [Deviant Art]

It's directed by two n00bs. The film is a directorial movie debut for co-director Graham Annable (though he has directed video games) and is only the second picture directed by co-director Anthony Stacchi, who previously directed Open Season. Of course, that's not to say that the directors don't have any experience in the industry. Annable's resume includes credits on Star Wars: Episode III, Paranorman, Sam and Max and Coraline, while Stacchi has worked on such big name films as Back to the Future, Hook, The Rocketeer, Ghost, James and the Giant Peach and Antz.

The voices might sound pretty familiar. The voice acting cast includes some of the most famous British actors around, including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright (who plays Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), Jared Harris (who was Lane Pryce in Mad Men) and Richard Ayoade  (who plays Moss on The IT crowd). Other names you may recognize Tracy Morgan and Elle Fanning (who played Aurora in Maleficent.

Image via Hasaniwalker [DeviantArt]

The characters always look on the bright side of life. Well, they at least sing like that. Despite the characters looking almost Tim Burton-esque, the songs sound distinctly Monty Python. That's because they were written by Eric Idle himself.

Where do Boxtrolls get names like Fish, Shoe and Eggs? From the labels on the boxes they wear as clothes, of course.

Why does Eggs (the main character) speak English instead of regular Boxtroll language like his adopted family? Because he has a speech impediment, of course.

Boston airport helped produce backup sounds. Aside from the voices and songs, there are a lot of other noises in the film. Since the Boxtrolls are tinkerers who make all kinds of crazy gadgets and gizmos from stuff they steal from the humans above ground, the film needed some distinctly gadget-like noise. They found the source for their sound in some public art on display at the Boston airport that basically consists of metal machines that do nothing functional.

It's loosely based on a book.

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Clear The Clutter In Your Closet

Is your closet just a collection area for mounds of clothes and shoes in seemingly random piles? Then get organized with these great tips from Homes and Hues!

The article not only covers how to clean out, organize and maintain a clean closet, but also how to store some of those awkward items. For example, folding up your sheet sets and storing them in a pillow case from the set.

It even covers what to do with all your jewelry and accessories -like using bathroom accessories to hang up bracelets and necklaces.

Check out the whole list of ideas here: Clever Closet Organization Tips to Help You Finally Control the Clutter


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The Sweetest Skateboard In Town

There's nothing better than chilling out and listening to some tunes while you hang out with your friends. Now your mode of transportation and your phone can provide all you need to get to your destination, to listen to your music and to keep your device going for as long as you plan to hang out.

That's because the board collects kinetic energy as you travel, storing it up into a cell. One hour of skateboarding provides enough power to charge eight average mobile devices. The board isn't in production yet, but we can sure hope it will be soon.

Read more about the great design over at Homes and Hues: This Skateboard Can Help You Power Your Cell Phone


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A Bay Side Dwelling That Doesn't Block the View

There are plenty of beach shacks out there, but the Window House is pretty unlike anything you've ever seen. This one-person getaway is super cozy -measuring only 10 by 26 feet, so it's not ideal for regular living, but makes a great weekend surf spot. Best of all, the tiny home looks great but doesn't block the view from their neighbors and passersby thanks to the huge windows on each side of the tiny space.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: A Tiny Seaside Home Just Perfect For Viewing the Waves


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A Spooky Crow Wreath to Creep Out Your Halloween Guests

Plenty of us have wreath forms lying around in storage, just waiting for Christmas time to roll around again, but why only have a wreath for winter? This cool Halloween wreath is  a great way to celebrate autumn and put something just a little creepy onto your door.

Best of all, it's pretty easy to put together. Just attach moss to the wreath with wire then arrange your craft birds according to your preferences and use hot glue to secure them. You can find a template for the banner over at Live Craft Love and once you've put that together, just glue that on across the front. 

Learn more and see a few how-to photos at Homes and Hues: Spruce Up Your Spooky Halloween Decor With A Wreath of Crows

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Dress Up Your Porch For Halloween

Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.

The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".

Find out where you can get a set for your own pad at Homes and Hues: This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

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This House Is Made Largely From Recycled Telegraph Poles

Malaysia's telegraph poles have been torn down in recent years, which provided WHBC Architects with a delightful option when their British clients requested their new Malaysian home be constructed with reclaimed wood. 

Aside from offering the perfect strength and size for the home's support structures, they also provide a unique look as the aged wood has developed a thick patina after being exposed to the elements over the years.

The open plan home allows for ample natural ventilation, allowing the home to remain comfortably cool without any air conditioner use.

See more pictures of this tropical house at Homes and Hues: The Spellbinding Tropical House Made From Reclaimed Telegraph Poles


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35 Totally Magical Disney Tattoos

The Wonderful World of Disney is beloved by children around the globe and many of those kids continue to adore the company and its films as they grow into adults, and some of them even show that adoration in the form of tattoos.

Disney

One man is behind the entire Disney franchise, and this tattoo by Aldona Reyman is a lovely tribute to the man who made it all possible, Walt Disney.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

The castle at the heart of Disneyland is more than just an attraction, it's ultimately an icon for the entire world of Disney and all the magic moments they helped create over the years. This castle was inked by Tom Tait Tattoos and belongs to Kristen Brumpton.

Mickey & Minnie

Mickey might be the most famous animated character on earth now, but that was hard to imagine when he first appeared in Steamboat Willie back in 1928. Here's a tribute to the mouse that made it all possible courtesy of Lucky Dice Tattoo.

Here's a fun Disney fact: the first people who did the voices for Mickey and Minnie ended up getting married in real life. This adorable tattoo of the animated couple was done by Dean Denney.

Princesses

Princesses are some of the most popular stars in the entire Disney lineup. This unfinished piece by Miss Mae La Roux is a fantastic dedication to those royal ladies.

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A Historical Renovation Shows the Beauty of Modern and Traditional Design

The Gabriel Apartment is a palace servants' quarter that has been converted into a private residence. While the traditional 19th century Ottoman style of the unit is lovely, the residents needed the property to be fixed up and modernized for their newest lifestyle. 

One of the central accents of the apartment were the historical frescoes, which the architect managed to enhance by removing the white plaster of the apartment to reveal more natural lighting. The architects also maintained the original wooden floors, though they cleared out the ceiling so all that remained was the wooden support beams.

The end result is sleek and beautiful, yet rustic and traditional. 

Check out more pictures at Homes and Hues: The Old and New Fuse Together Wonderfully In This Turkish Apartment


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