DIY Dog Food Container

Happy Monday, everyone.  I hope it was a good one.  We saw a good movie, and Mom got to sit in the first row, center seat at a Donny Osmond concert.  She is flying high right now.  Just wondering………did you get one of these for the holidays?


Popcorn tin before

Isn’t it a beauty?  Well, I had this huge popcorn container, and all the popcorn was finished.  I thought it might be perfect to use on an idea I’m borrowing from Ballard’s.




Perfect, right?    I received a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, and  so, this would be the perfect time to play around with it and turn the left over container into something useful and good-looking.



Dog food before

We usually feed Gracie a raw diet, but we keep dry food on hand for outings like camping and day trips.   It has been living on top of our fridge, and it is not a pretty sight.  I knew that not only would I get to play around with the Silhouette, but we would be able to switch out the dog food bag for an attractive tin.



Dog food container primed

I did the project this weekend, and it was in the 50’s here.  It was nice to be outside and to do some painting while the snow was melting all around me.  I had spray paint primer on hand so I decided to go ahead and prime the tin.  After one coat of primer, I grabbed some white and started spraying.



Work in progess

While the tin was drying, I worked on a design that I wanted to cut out with the Silhouette.  The possibilities are endless, and I am still learning all about this new machine.  It is so exciting!!!  I used a simple font and made it large.




Then I added some enhancement.  I didn’t make it exactly like Ballard’s, but I am thrilled with how it turned out.  Plus, it was so much cheaper than their tins which started at $45.




I got a paws up from the real judge who walked into the room and sat right down beside her tin.  I think she likes it.



Gracie Curious

The sitting didn’t last long. She quickly turned her attention to the camera’s clicking noise and was up right by the lens.  Overall, I we are happy with this little project.


Have you done anything interesting with your popcorn tins?





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  1. says

    What a sweet little project! I painted a large tin last year and Mod-Podged on a graphic cut-out from The Graphics Fairy, and I use it to store the decorations for my “vintage tree.” I should have primed it before painting – that’s a good idea, because I notice my paint scuffs off pretty easily when moving the tin around in the closet. A Silhouette for Christmas – lucky gal!! 🙂

  2. Sarita says

    I have one full to overflowing with ribbon. I like Janet’s IDE of putting Christmas decorations in one.

  3. crystel hamilton says

    I liked you on facebook and commented on there, but I wasn’t sure if I needed to comment on your blog- being that I love this popcorn tin idea I thought I would comment both places. I just discovered your blog and I was going through previous posts and I loved the clock-in fact, I loved the whole room and the cow picture is so neat…LOVE. I will for sure bookmark your blog.

  4. says

    Funny timing! Our puppy, just realized that he can sneak to the bag of dog food and nhave a snack whenever he wants TODAY! I so need to do this! What kind of dog is this? Some sort of hound, right? We recently adopted ours and are trying to figure out what he is. I think he’s a mutt hound dog, but he’s got that same face, ears and mottled fur as your does. but he’s more black than your brown. anyway…. Cute project and cute dog!

  5. says

    I love this! I almost bought one at Home Goods the other day, but it was too small. I can’t wait to get ahold of one of these and paint it!!!