Ideas for Decorating Dog Food Containers

by Jenny Newberry Google
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests storing dry pet food in its original bag in a clean plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded to prevent food-borne illnesses.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests storing dry pet food in its original bag in a clean plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded to prevent food-borne illnesses.

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    Storing dry dog food in plastic air-tight containers is an important step for preventing mold, which can make you or your dog sick. If you keep your pet food in the kitchen or laundry room, plastic containers give the added benefit of keeping your room well organized. Embellishing the containers with ribbons, decals, stenciling or marbleizing will add a distinctive designer look.


    Step 1

    Remove the lid from the container if possible. Use painter’s tape to mask areas of the container you do not want painted, such as the bottom. Lay down newspapers as a surface for drying the pieces. Fill the pan with about four inches of water.

    Step 2

    Shake the bottles of fingernail polish, then remove and lay aside their applicator lids. Drizzle ample amounts of polish directly from the bottle onto the water, alternating colors. Be sure not to touch the bottle to the water’s surface. The polish should spread out when it contacts the water, allowing you to overlap colors. Use a toothpick to swirl the polish into interesting patterns. You must work quickly to prevent the polish from clumping together when it's swirled.

    Step 3

    Quickly dip one side of the container or lid into the water, being sure not to touch the bottom of the pan. The layer of polish that was floating on the surface will adhere to the container. Lay the container or lid face up on the newspaper to dry. Repeat steps 2 and 3 if you wish to coat more than one surface of the container, being sure to use fresh water each time.

    Step 4

    Remove the painter’s tape and use an acetone-soaked cotton swab to clean off stray bits of polish. Seal the piece with a spray coat of clear finish.


    Step 1

    Use print software to create personalized decals or labels. Photographs of your pets or graphics that match your room's decor would work well.

    Step 2

    Print the decals on clear, adhesive-backed print paper following the manufacturer's instructions.

    Step 3

    Trim around the decals and remove the paper backing. Adhere the decals to the container.


    Step 1

    Pre-treat fabric ribbon with a spray-on fabric protector following label instructions. Allow to dry.

    Step 2

    Lightly draw an interesting pattern of straight lines on to the container. Horizontal stripes are the easiest, but vertical lines would also work well. For a truly designer look, create a diagonal, chevron or crisscross pattern.

    Step 3

    Use a small paint brush to apply white glue to the pencil pattern. Press the ribbon into the glue and smooth it down flat. Allow to dry.


    Step 1

    Lay your stencil flat against the container surface and tape the edges to secure it in place.

    Step 2

    Squeeze dime-sized globs of acrylic paint onto a paper plate.

    Step 3

    Use a small stiff-bristled brush to pick up the paint and daub it into the open sections of the stencil pattern. You may need to tap the paint brush onto a dry paper towel before daubing the paint onto the stencil to prevent excessive amounts of paint from bleeding under the stencil edges. Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencil.

    Items You Will Need

    • Plastic storage container
    • Painter’s tape
    • Large pan
    • Water
    • Fingernail polish (2 or more colors)
    • Toothpicks
    • Newspaper
    • Acetone (fingernail polish remover)
    • Cotton swabs
    • Clear spray finish
    • Clear adhesive-backed print paper
    • Ribbon
    • 2 small stiff-bristled paint brushes
    • Spray fabric protector
    • White glue
    • Pencil
    • Scissors
    • Stencil (florals, text or border designs are good choices)
    • Tape
    • Acrylic paint
    • Paper towels


    • Try spraying various colors of spray paint onto the surface of the water instead of using fingernail polish for marbleizing.


    • Work on the marbleizing project in a well-ventilated room or outside due to the strong odor of the nail polish.
    • Wear rubber gloves and protective clothing to prevent unwanted stains.

    Photo Credits

    • Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Jenny Newberry, a former teacher with 25 years of experience, is a professional writer and photographer and holds a B.S. and a M.Ed. in elementary and special education from the University of South Alabama. She is also a history buff, praise and worship pianist, pet enthusiast, avid crafter and hobby gardener.

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