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I needed a storage container for my dog’s food for the new house. We use to keep it in the garage in a can in the old house, but the way we set up our new garage, there wasn’t a great spot for it. I have built-in’s in my dining room and the bottom portion is actually the perfect place to keep a can of food. However, I didn’t want some ugly trash can sitting in my dining room! While at Home Goods I came across a simple white can that was perfect for my needs, and at only $15 it didn’t break the bank! I snapped it up and ran home to create the perfect DIY Dog Food Storage Container.
Because my built-ins are painted white I didn’t want the whole can white. I picked up a can of Krylon Spray Paint in Bauhaus Gold and gave the lid of the can two coats. I contemplated creating a stencil and spraying the words “Dog Food” in yellow, or even spraying the whole can yellow, but ended up deciding to keep the body white and use black vinyl from Expressions Vinyl to create the words.
I created the “Dog Food” vinyl on my Cricut Explore. I saved the SVG file that I created and have made it available as a free download at the bottom of this post so that if you have a cutting machine, you can recreate the label! I used Cricut transfer tape, which has lines to help ensure your words are level when applying the vinyl. I’m not a huge fan of Cricut’s vinyl, I don’t think it has the best sticking power, but their transfer tape is AWESOME because it is reusable and works really well.
Once I made sure the words were centered and level, I simply stuck them to the can, filled it with my dogs ridiculously expensive prescription food and called it a day! Now my dog food storage container matches the rest of my home decor! #lifegoalcomplete
Does the lid fit tightly onto the can? I recently bought a very similar can at home goods but the lid more or less sits on top and I’m worried about bugs and air getting into the food won’t keep it fresh. I love your idea!
This one is pretty tight. A little bit of air might get through, but we haven’t had issues with bugs and the food seems to still be fresh.
Where did you get the can from? I have been looking for something like this. How large is your can?
I purchased my can from HomeGoods, though I’ve seen them at TJ Maxx as well.
Kim, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I know this is an old post, but the svg link isn’t opening correctly. Do you by chance still have it saved?
Hi Amber, THANK YOU! I just tested the link and it is still working. It downloads a zip file, which you have to unzip to get the svg. Here’s the link: http://www.inspirationmadesimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/dog-food-label.zip – Let me know if you have an issue!
does the paint flake at all into the food?
I only painted the outside of the lid, not the inside, and the bin I bought was food safe. So no, no paint flakes.