How to build a Festivus Pole: 6' tall, aluminum, unadorned

FESTIVUS IS THIS WEEKEND! It's my household's most-anticipated party of the year. We drink mulled wine, air our grievances with each other, perform feats of strength, eat donuts, and then all guests must wrestle my husband before they may leave. It all happens in the cold aura of the Festivus Pole.

This is how you build a pole. The right way. All these supplies are available at your local hardware store — and they'll be cheaper than Amazon, so use this list for familiarity or the odd bit you can't find in town.


Homemade cat toys that don’t look like trash

Like many cat parents, I have brought home a number of toys for my little guys…only to see them left untouched.

I abandoned purchased toys and now look for items around the house. The cats love twist-ties, the hair elastics, glasses of water, etc., but this usually translates into a display of trash all over the floor.

Any ideas for homemade toys — beyond tying stuff to string — that don't look like trash?


Check out this glow in the dark dino display

Start your week with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. In these Clicky Links you'll find lots of sites to waste a little time on — all about setting up photo booths, mealworm ice cream, and pizza-shaped sleeping bags.

Click through, too, to find our links on submitting YOUR stuff to Offbeat Home!


How to get costumes for cheap-as-free

National Costume Swap Day!!!!!!!

…Which I had never heard of before this year, but isn't it a brilliant idea? People around the world organize swaps and bring in totes of clothes, masks, wigs, shoes, and paint, and also "shop" for their own costume goods.