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The first step is admitting you have a problem: you didn’t come up with a Halloween costume. It’s alright. Neither did I. Which is why I spent the morning brainstorming fanciful get-ups you can piece together last-minute.   This is by no means a definitive list – just a stream of costume consciousness from a fellow holiday procrastinator. Maybe you’ll find some outfit inspo, or maybe you’ll hate all of these so much you’ll come up with something better. Either way, time is running out…let’s get started!   1....
This Halloween, wear a super simple and super rad costume that leaves your hands free to hold a beer, feel up a friend (consensually!), and generally have a spooky-good time. This elephant mask is super easy to assemble and won't take very long - perfect for all you crafty but chronically last-minute partiers.   To make our elephant, you’ll need: Masking tape Pencil Scissors X-Acto knife Cutting mat 1 1/2" wide ribbon acrylic paint Instructions: Measure your face to find the desired width and height. The shape you’re making is an upside-down heart, minus its point. Tear off...
Impress your friends this Halloween by making your face the best costume of the day, with this terrifying tutorial from special effects makeup artist Amy Watanabe   Prep: Grab a palette to mix your paints on and start with a clean, makeup-free face. Have Q-tips on hand to clean up any mistakes as you go.    1. EYES/MOUTH OUTLINEUse a brown eyeliner pencil to draw the outline of “the mouth” as shown, starting from the corners of the actual closed mouth and stopping at the chin. Sketch 6 small top...
Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween treat, and who knew you could actually make it at home? This DIY version is a bit time consuming, but the end result is well worth it. Best of all, it’s vegan, so all your pals can enjoy it (store-bought candy corn typically contains animal products like gelatin, egg whites, and beeswax). If you really want to get into the spooky spirit, host a candy-corn-making party, so you can assemble these little confections in the company of friends.   1. In...
Add a subtle dash of creep to your everyday decor with this easy-to-make mirror. Looking glass spray paint is just the about the only black magic you'll need to turn a picture frame into a faux-antique mirror with a spirit trapped inside. Start by getting a frame the size you’d like your finished “mirror” to be. Find an image of a face you want to use as the ghost (I found a vintage photo of a girl using Google image search), and blow it up so...
Looking to try some alternative healing, but squeamish about acupuncture needles? The ancient Japanese massage technique known as shiatsu is a perfect substitute, since it’s based on the same philosophy and medical theory and you can do it to yourself (sans sharp objects). Shiatsu utilizes the idea of pressure-points that stimulate energy channels in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Plus, the positions are so simple they can be performed almost anywhere. Check out these six soothing techniques and sink into a few minutes...

Head chains are quickly overtaking flower crowns as the thing to wear on your hair. Making your own is easy; you don’t have to jump through hoops, just squeeze ‘em together!  What you need:- Flat nose pliers Small charm- 10" long chain for the middle (ours is a ½" wide decorative chain)- Two 9 ½" long chains Two 10 ½" long chains- One ½" long piece of ½" wide elastic Four ¼" jump rings Instructions: 1. Using flat nose pliers, open one of the jump rings. 2. Attach one...

  New to crafting? Don’t know where to start? Crafterschool might be the first stop for you at the BUST Craftacular, happening this weekend at World Maker Faire in Queens! Crafterschool creates craft kits to go. Not only do these kits have high-quality materials and easy to follow instructions, they also teach you skills you can use in the future when you craft on your own. You’ll be in expert in no time!     Whether it's cozy pocket warmers in time for fall or embroidering a personal drawing for...
   We’ve done it for 6 years so it must be good! The BUST Craftacular is at the World Maker Faire in Queens, New York this weekend (Sat, Sept. 26th - Sun, Sept. 27th) for the sixth year in a row, and it’s going to be sweet. World Maker Faire is already an awesome gathering of people innovating every field from tech to performance art, and BUST just makes it better. There will be delicious food, delightful activities, and dope vendors from all over the country here to bring you their magic....
In case you’ve ever desired a hand-crocheted beanie with an embroidered sloth patch: look no further. The Dahlia Soleil Collection features a variety of hand-crocheted hats and machine-embroidered patches created in Queens, New York. The owner and designer, Paulette, named her business Dahlia Soleil after her 10-year-old daughter. She pulls the inspiration for her work from her upbringing in Barbados, where her grandmother taught her to crochet. Paulette says on her Etsy profile that crocheting gives her an opportunity to speak without using words. Dahlia Soleil’s...
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