Crafts are fun, especially when you don’t have to do the work! Luckily, Toki’s aunt Jenny isn’t as lazy as I am. Check out one of my favorite “crafty” posts from way back in January.
DIY: Custom Cookie Jar (January 27, 2011)
Double vision — Toki x 2
For Christmas, Toki received a very special gift. Toki’s crafty aunt Jenny created a treat jar with Toki’s profile, taken from a picture of her as a puppy in Yosemite (check out the photo here). The treat jar is also personalized with Toki’s name on the lid.
This is an amazing gift idea, or something that you can make for your own pup. After all, you can never have too many cookie jars!
Here are Jenny’s instructions, adapted from an article in Martha Stewart Living.
- Purchase a dog treat jar – this particular jar is made of melamine with an airtight seal, and is part of the Martha Stewart line at Petsmart. It comes in cream and robin’s egg blue.
- Find a profile picture – Jenny found this photo on TheDailyToki. If you don’t have a photo of you or your friend’s pet, a breed-specific picture of another dog can also work well.
- Print and enlarge the photo on a color copier. Cut around the profile of the photo while trying to include some of the subtle details.
- Create a stencil using contact paper – first, trace the form of the profile onto a sheet of adhesive-backed contact paper (the kind that you can buy at the grocery store to line shelves). Jenny used a brand called Con-Tact. Then, use an x-acto knife to cut along the profile you traced onto your contact paper. It’s best to use a “self-healing mat” (i.e. a cutting mat) underneath the contact paper so you don’t destroy your table. After this step, you should have a sheet of contact paper with the profile cut out of the center.
- Wrap the contact paper around the jar, making sure that you place the cutout in the desired position – once you’ve determined the position of the cutout, peel the paper off of the back of the contact sheet to reveal the adhesive, and stick the contact paper onto the jar. Be sure to press firmly and securely along the edges of the cutout.
- Ensure that all exposed areas other than the cutout are covered – you can stuff paper inside the jar and wrap extra contact paper on the bottom and around the top edges to ensure that no stray paint gets on your jar.
- Place jar on its side in a box, surrounded by newspaper, to keep the it from rolling or moving.
- Go outside and spray cutout in long, even strokes about 8 inches away, with black spray paint – Jenny used rustoleum, for inside/outside use.
- Let dry for 24 hours.
- Follow up with one layer of matte acrylic finishing spray – use a very light hand to avoid over-application. (Note – to preserve the sprayed finish, it’s best not to put your finished jar in the dishwasher. Instead, clean it with a damp cloth or wash gently by hand.)
- Wait another 24 hours and carefully remove the contact paper to reveal the silhouette!
- Write your dog’s name on the top of the jar with a paint marker.
- Most important step: Fill jar with treats!
Let me know if you make the personalized treat jar yourself! Also, I’d love to hear about any other cool, do-it-yourself pet projects that I can share on this site.