We have way too many dog treats for our dog. Yes, we do spoil her but she is so much happier when she has a large variety of flavors and types of treats. We recently started subscribing to BarkBox, so Zoey now gets new treats every month. We keep her treats on the counter and my husband (who hates any kind of clutter) pointed out with the expansion of dog treats was not looking very presentable.
The other problem is Keagan the cat. He thinks the dog treats are also for him and that he can help himself. I am constantly finding him stealing treats from the counter or pushing them on the floor to the dog waiting below (I swear the cat and dog plot together to steal treats).
I don’t think my husband has caught on that when he points out a problem it is going to become a full on project. I have been planning for a while to use the silhouette cameo to decorate a canister for the dog treats. When looking for canisters online I came across these on Create & Barrel and fell in love with the chalkboard idea to label the treats.
In the end I ended up getting these canisters from The Container Store (very similar, if not the same, to these on Amazon). On top of putting chalkboards on the canisters, I loved the idea of using square canisters and having different sayings on the bottoms of easy canister that I could rotate to make different small sentences.
Dog / Pet Treat Chalkboard Canisters
Cost of Materials
Total Cost: $65.50
First, mark off the areas for the chalkboard paint using clear wrap. I found that this sticks much better than tape. Use the flat ends of the clear wrap, not the edge that gets torn. Push down the edges to get a good seal for a clean paint line.
Using Non-sand grout and paint mix up chalkboard paint in a disposable cup. I used about ½ cup of paint with 1 tablespoon of non-sand grout. With a sponge brush, paint the chalkboard paint onto the desired surfaces. Take multiple sweeps to make the surface as smooth as possible. Repeat coats until the surface is evenly covered (I did three).
After the final coat of paint is applied carefully pull the clear wrap off of the canisters. I pulled at angle away from the edge; this seemed to work best for me. I ended up using my exacto knife to fix little flaws in the paint. I had a few of the corners that were not exactly perfect.
Let the paint dry for a few hours.
Using a Silhouette Cameo cut the words and decorations into the adhesive vinyl. In addition to the words I also cut out bones and paw prints. Using transfer paper, stick the vinyl onto the canisters.
Fill the canisters with treats and label by using the chalkboards and chalk.
Don’t forget to give a couple of treats to your pets that will be anxiously watching you fill the canisters!