Tasty DIY Halloween Treats to Try

Halloween treats
Halloween is just a couple weeks away. We’re sure by now you can’t wait to put on a costume and head to your party. Don’t show up empty handed! Instead, try out one of these fun and creative Halloween-themed dishes!

Mummy Dogs:

Who doesn’t like hot dogs? Anyone can easily grill up some dogs, bring a bag of buns and call it a day. But with just a little extra effort, you can transform generic hot dogs into these tasty mummy dogs. Wrap crescent rolls around the hot dogs as bandages, leaving enough room at one end for a face. Bake until the dough is golden brown. After they’re out of the oven, use mustard to draw the eyes and you’re good to go!

Evil Eye Deviled Eggs:

Deviled eggs are always a nice healthy snack option, and can be a great dish to bring for parties. Put a little Halloween spin on your deviled eggs by adding avocados(or green dye), black olives and red food dye to turn them into scary evil eyes!

Terrifying Taco Dips:

You can never have too many dips at a party. Make your dip stand out from the bunch by making it Halloween themed. Cut and bake tortillas to make tombstones and turn your dip into a spooky graveyard, or use chips and black olives to transform your dip into a Jack-O-Lantern!

Sinister Sweets:

Don’t forget about dessert! Put a fun little spin on one of your childhood-favorite desserts with these Halloween themed ideas! You can use green food coloring, melted chocolate and candy eyes to turn normal Rice Krispies treats into little Frankenstein’s. Or for an even easier dessert, drizzle some white icing on top of brownies to make some spider webs

Do you have any simple Halloween dishes that you like to make? Let us know in the comments below!

Fall DIY Ideas For All Ages

When the colder air starts moving in, you know the changing leaves are soon to come. Embrace the change of seasons by making your own fall decor accents. You don’t need to be an experienced professional. These crafts are perfect for little hands or adults. Here are four simple, festive, and fun DIY craft ideas that you can try out this fall.

Candy Corn Candle Holders:

Perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving, you can add a festive look to your home by adding a bit of candy corn to your candle holders. Simply, pour a few around the base of your candle. Just make sure not to fill it too high and pay attention to how low your candle gets to prevent the candy from burning, or opt for flameless candles if you have little ones who want to help fill up the candle holder.

Mummify Your House:

Kids will love this one. Hand them a roll of toilet paper or tape and (together) wrap it around household objects to instantly “mummify” them. This works well for bottles, candle jars, or even pumpkins! For an added extra touch, glue on some googly eyes.

Spooky Glowing Eyes:

This is one of the easiest and inexpensive DIY ideas I’ve come across. Perfect for any beginner. Save your empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls. Take out some scissors and cut holes in the rolls for eyes. Put a glow stick inside each roll and place them in your bushes for creepy eyes that can watch anyone walking by. This also makes a fun party craft. Tip: Place tape over the sides to prevent the glowsticks from falling out.

Leaf Mason Jar Luminary:

For this project, either take a leaf or trace and cut out a leaf on loose leaf paper. Tape your leaf onto a mason jar and paint over your jar with acrylic paint. When you finish painting, peel your traced leaf off of the jar and touch up any rough parts with paint. You can apply multiple leafs before painting to obtain a brighter luminary. Place a tealeaf or battery operated candle in the jar when finished. This could also make for a great fall vase.

You can mix these DIY crafts with the rest of your fall decor for a great seasonal look. Shop the selection of fall decor at Dave’s today!

Make Life Easier With These Pool Noodle Hacks

Pool noodles are simple, cheap and fun pool accessories. But did you know that they’re also quite versatile? With a few small tweaks, you can transform your pool noodle into a tool to help with everyday life. Here are 6 pool noodle hacks to try.

Wrist Rest:

Using your keyboard for a long time can lead to wrist pain, but you can avoid hurting yourself while typing by turning a pool noodle into a wrist rest. Cut a piece off the length of your keyboard, then cut the noodle in half to make 2 wrist rests (a spare or one to share)!

pool noodle wrist rest

Protect Your Luggage Rack:

Are you worried about supplies scratching up your luggage rack? You can cover your luggage rack bars with pool noodles to keep them from scratch-free. Cut your noodle the length of the rack bar, make a slit down one side of your noodle and slide these on. Add some duct tape to keep them from falling off and you’re good to go!

pool noodle car rack

Equipment Organizer:

An easy organizing hack, this will help you keep your equipment in order. Do you have a lot of fishing poles, hockey sticks, or shovels in your garage? Cut slits across your foam noodle and tape or screw your noodle to your garage wall. Fishing poles, hockey sticks, shovels and more can be placed in the slits to keep them organized and prevent you from bumping into them and knocking them over.

pool noodle organizer

Keep Your Boots Looking Great:

Your boots need to stay upright to keep their shape when you’re not wearing them. Pool noodles can make great inexpensive boot shapers. Cut off a noodle piece long enough to keep your boots upright and slide them into your boots.

pool noodle boots

Do You Feel a Draft?:

You can easily turn your pool noodle into a draft stopper. Simply cut off a piece of pool noodle the length of your door, add a slit down one end and slide it onto the bottom of your door.

pool noodle draft stopper

Childproof Your Home:

Do you have furniture with sharp corners? You can use a pool noodle as a bumper. Pool noodles work great for childproofing furniture and can be added to coffee tables, bed frames, counters and more.

Who knew there were so many ways that pool noodles could make life easier? Stop by one of our Dave’s locations to shop for pool noodles and more!

Open Your Pool for Summer in 12 Easy Steps

The weather is getting warmer, the snow is melting, and the sun seems to shine brighter with each day. Pretty soon it will be time to open up the pool for summer! Whether you are “summer-izing” your pool for the first time or you’d like a reminder of all the necessary steps, we have you covered – no pun intended! Here’s how to successfully prepare your pool for summer:

1. Remove Debris & Drain Water from Pool Cover

The first step in preparing your pool for summer fun is removing all the water and debris from your winter pool cover. Use a submersible pool cover pump for easy water removal. Once your pool cover is completely dry, you can use a large broom or leaf blower to clear off leaves and other debris so they don’t fall into the pool during the next step.

2. Remove Pool Cover

Now that water and debris have been removed from your winter cover, grab a friend and carefully peel the cover back and off of your pool.

3. Clean & Store Away Pool Cover

Pool covers can be easily cleaned with soap, water, and a soft brush. Be careful not to use anything too abrasive, as this may tear the material. For protection against bugs, rodents, and mildew, wait until the pool cover is completely dry then store in a heavy-duty plastic bin.

4. Remove All Winterizing Plugs & Re-Attach Drain Plugs

Make sure all winter plugs are removed from your pool equipment, including the filter, pump, heater, pool cleaners, etc., and replace them with your normal drain plugs. Ensure all antifreeze has been discharged before removing winterizing plugs from your pool skimmers and return lines.

5. Reconnect Pool Equipment

Reconnect your pool filter, pump, heater, and anything else that was disconnected when closing the pool. Above-ground swimming pools will need to have flexible plumbing lines reconnected to the pool equipment and skimmer.

6. Refill Your Pool

Using a garden hose, refill your pool back to its normal level (about halfway up the skimmer).

7. Clean Your Pool

Use a leaf rake net, pool brush, and/or pool vacuum to remove any remaining debris in the water.

8. Set up Your Pump & Pool Filter

Make sure to properly replace drain plugs (and any other parts that have been removed) to your pool pump and filter. Check the pump’s O-ring for any cracks or damage and replace if such blemishes are present. If the O-ring is in good shape, apply an O-ring lubricant to maintain a tight seal and provide easy removal later on.

9. Start the System Back Up

Turn on your pool filter and pump; check and make sure the system is running properly with no leaks or drips. If the pump fails to pull any water, prime the pump by turning off the filter system, removing the lid, and filling the pump housing with water. Replace the pump and turn the system back on again.

10. Test & Adjust

It is crucial to test the quality of your pool water before swimming. Once your pump and filtration system has been up and running for several hours, you will want to test levels of pH (ideal: 7.4 – 7.6), alkalinity (ideal: 80 to 120 ppm), and chlorine (ideal: 2.0 to 4.0 ppm). Using a pool testing kit is an inexpensive and easy way to ensure the safety of your water. Once you’ve established your pool water chemistry, you may need to balance your water by adjusting pH, adding chlorine, or removing phosphate.

11. Filter Overnight

Run your filtration system overnight to get rid of any remaining dirt, bacteria, algae, and debris still present in your pool water. Use algaecide to help remove stubborn or excessive algae.

12. Shock & Awe

The final step to cleaning and preparing your pool for summer is to apply a shock treatment to the water. This will eliminate nearly all the remaining contaminants and bacteria, providing you with a fresh, clean start to the summer season. Once you are all set, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your pool!

DIY Christmas Ornaments & Projects

When I was younger, my mom had my sisters and I make a handmade ornament each year. Now, we have a large selection of extremely sentimental ornaments from our past. This is something I plan to continue, and my sisters already have. Handmade ornaments are a tradition in most families, because they’re sweet and kids love making them. The best part is that you don’t need artistic talents, because when they come out terrible it’s even more adorable. Looking back on your uneven reindeer or dilapidated snowman is hilarious. Try some of these DIY ornaments with the kids this year. In a few years when they’re older, you can reminisce about the fun time you had making it, and you’ll laugh each year when you remove it from storage.

Scented Ornaments

Hand & Feet Prints

Melted Crayon Christmas Ornaments

TMNT Ornaments

Scrabble Tile Messages

Glittered Ornaments

Feeling even more crafty? Try some of these adorable DIY decorations and gifts this year. Hand made Christmas items offer an inimitable charming touch to your home. Check them out and let us know your favorite ideas!

Sparkle Branches

Santa Tulle Wreath

No Sew Deer Pillow

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Snow Globe Ornament

Sherrie Carter

Unique Gift Wrap Ideas for Christmas Presents

Christmas gift wrap is as important as the gift itself. When you put effort into wrapping the gift, it shows that you care. It’s such a simple gesture that can say a lot. Sure, nobody will judge you for having mediocre gift wrap, because they’ll appreciate the gift inside. However, when you take the time to get creative and innovative with your wrap, it shows the recipient that you went the extra mile, just to give them a beautiful presentation of their gift.

Sweater Gift Wrap

Use an old sweater to make an adorable sweater-wrapped gift!

Chalkboard Wrap

Create trendy & personalized messages with chalkboard gift wrap!

Stamped Kraft Paper

Create your own pattern with markers on a Kraft paper for a custom rustic-chic giftwrap!

Plaid Wrapping Paper

If you have plaid decor in your home, try wrapping most of the gifts in plaid, red, green, and gold. This selection of colors and patterns will turn the gifts into a wonderful decoration. Plaid is big this year, just ask Target!

Glam Wrap

Add a bit of glitz and glam to your gift with shiny gift wrap and glittered accents!

Santa Style

Make your gift bag look like Santa. How cute is this?!

Sherrie Carter

10 Charming Mason Jar DIY Crafts

We love mason jars! Add a personal touch to any room with an adorable accent, that you created by hand. Flashy, modern decor is amazing, but there’s something special about a personalized, DIY craft. Mason jar DIYs are a trend for a good reason – they’re versatile and incredibly gorgeous. At DAVE’S we have cases of mason jars, and other glass jars for your projects. Check out some of these ideas below, and head in to view our glass selections and create your own decor accents. Share your favorite mason jar projects in the comments section!

Boho Lanterns

Sewing Kits

Chic Makeup Storage

Customized Jars

String Light Lanterns

Emoji Jars

Fancy Tumbler

Dog Treat Jar

DIY Oil Lamp

Adorable Tissue Holders

Sherrie Carter

6 Awesome Home Remedies for a Sunburn

We’ve all been there: the terrible sunburn. In a perfect world, we’d prevent every sunburn from happening, but sometimes it catches us by surprise. Professionals say the best way to avoid a burn is to stay out of the sun until about 4:30pm. That’s nice and all, but it’s not conducive to most summer plans. If you must be outside during peak hours, make sure you find plenty of shade and use sunscreen appropriate for your skin type. Even with preventative action, the sun can get you if you’re in it too long.

We hope you don’t need this blog post, because sunburns are awful. However, should you need helpful tips for curing a sunburn quickly, try some of these tips & home remedies. If you have a sunburn relief tip not mentioned below, be sure to share it with everyone in the comments section!

First, drink plenty of water. You normally need about eight 8oz glasses per day for your body to function and heal to the best of its ability. Try to push that up to eight 12oz glasses while you have a sunburn. The hydration will promote healing and pain relief. While drinking water and resting, try some of these ideas for relief and quick healing.

Aloe Vera Ice Cubes

Burn Salve Recipe


Coconut Oil “The Goo”

Black Tea

Homemade Witch Hazel Relief Spray

Sherrie Carter

Fun Ideas for A Summer Pool Party

Have plans to host a pool party soon? Before you start shopping and planning, check out some of these amazing ideas we found on Pinterest. Many of these are simple, yet adorable DIY projects that will dramatically enhance the party’s “fun” factor. Some of the supplies you can get at any DAVE’S location, like jars, drink pitchers, water gun buckets, inflatable pool toys, party decorations, and paper cups/plates. If you’re looking for something specific, just leave a comment and I’ll quickly get back to you.

Have a cool DIY pool party idea you’d love to share? Post it to our Facebook page!

A Dory Drink Station

Mermaid Water

Squirt Gun Refill Station

Beach Ball Cake

Snacks, Favors, & Toys!

Glowing Water Balloons

Fruit Kabobs!

Shark Fin Jello Cups

Sherrie Carter

Charming DIY Projects for the Backyard

Your backyard is where the magic happens! It’s home to pool parties, cookouts, family get togethers, and outdoor dinners. Spice things up this summer with quirky features and unique decor. Try some of these adorable backyard DIY projects we found on Pinterest. Be sure to send us photos of your favorite backyard DIY ideas and we’ll highlight our favorite ones! Happy Summer!

Pallet Wall Shelf

Mason Jar Candle Holders

Backyard Swing

Garden Steps

Giant Jenga Station

Backyard Bowling Alley

Rope Ottoman

Succulent Bench

Outdoor Beverage Station

The Dog Bar

Foot Washing Station

Sherrie Carter