how to make your own dog food tin

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the challenge is to find something on pinterest then to make it and post about it. granted, we do that a lot. we find a lot of new recipes on pinterest and i’m always pinning craft ideas and i do actually make a lot of them… but i think this is more of a challenge to get me off my butt from just pinning things and to actually doing the things i pinned.

ok. so i’m all for that!

i decided to make something that i may have pinned more than once.

on accident! i promise! i hate it when people go pin crazy and forget they already pinned something and pin all over the place… but this time it was me. {shame face} i actually pinned this pin more than once:

Old popcorn containers spray painted for pet food storage. So cute!

why? because i’ve been wanting one of these: {dear ballard designs, why are these so freaking expensive?!} i’ve been drooling over these for over a year.


i wanted one of these because they are pretty. at least prettier than what i have. see, this is the current pet food container situation:

current dogfdhonest truth there, folks. we’ve taped together the falling-apart-lid. it’s kinda  totally pathetic.

even puppycakes thinks so.


the lady that i pinned the original pin from used a popcorn tin.  i didn’t have one of those and for the life of me i couldn’t find one. and since i pinned this from over a year ago, i have patiently been waiting to find a popcorn tin. no such luck. not even at christmas. i must be blind- i know. but i didn’t find one.

then last week, i  went to the container store and asked if they had any canister similar to the ballard designs one. they were kind of smug in the way they said nope, their dog food container was better:


dear container store, this was NOT what i was looking for. i do NOT need another ugly trash-can looking thing in my house. and WHY do you need a foot-step-opener for dog food? i mean seriously.

no, i wanted something  kind of pretty, more like a rustic metal bucket looking thing…with a lid. that’s all i am asking for!! how hard can it be? 

so on the way home, husbuddy was sweet enough to suggest stopping at home-depot to see if they had a metal trash can thing. i thought we’d looked before but i decided to give it another chance. and what do you know? they had one! {sim here} woot woot! exactly what i wanted! 


it took some scrubbing to get the stickers off… but that’s ok. it’s just a dog food tin after all… {no matter how big of a deal i’m making it!}

so then i got out my paint and got to work:

1. tape stencils onto tin {note: i need to get new stencils! i know! but i was too lazy to buy another set for this little project!}

2. mix black paint with varnish. i did this in hopes that the varnish which has “excellent adhesion qualities” would help the paint stick to the metal.

3. stencil!

4. add cute little details like paw prints to lid.

painting dog food

see, puppycakes has one paw with only 3 toes because of a surgery he had when he was a puppy. so i made sure one of the prints had only 3 toes!

bucket finished2 easy peasy. then i sprayed with a sealer to help the paint to stay

puppycakes thought it was a huge improvement for his special food.

IMG_1144 he’s got a special tummy just like his daddy. see: “grain free” just like his gluten free daddy! hee hee

IMG_1143 puppycakes approves.

and i like it because it’s pretty, it was CHEAP and utilitarian.

bucket lid thank you Young House Love for inspiring me to actually get this project done! and thank you pinterest for showing me that i could make a 15$ version instead of buying the 50$ version. yay!

love can be found in a metal trashcan/dog food container. i kid you not.

bucket finished


thanks for enduring my silliness, friends.



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0 Responses to how to make your own dog food tin

  1. Sharon Estes March 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    this is awesome.

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