I love to craft and personalize the things in our home so I was eager to make some cute treat jars for our pups.
I couldn’t decide on what to exactly craft so I made 3 different versions.
- Opaque jar with drawn paw prints
- Opaque jar with fun colors and a decorative dog figurine on top
- Transparent jar with outlined painted bone design on it
Okay, so it turns out that I am horrible at painting dog bones, but it was still just so fun to craft! Also, why I roped my husband into making the paw prints on the white jar. ha!
There are so many options for this to stretch your creativity.
Overall this was a fairly affordable craft since I already had paint brushes, dog figurine, and the adhesive. I already had the wide mouth canning jars and the plastic lid, so I just needed to get the 1 jar for $6. While the paints and oil sharpie were new purchases, I can use leftovers for future craft projects.
I really encourage you to have fun and make your own design that suits you and your pup.
A few things to keep in mind…
- Do not paint the inside surface of the jar or lid. Multi-surface paints are non-toxic but they are also not food grade either, so it should not come in contact with food.
- Do not paint the screw part of the lid as it will make it hard to properly seal the lid.
- The kind of paint you use will determine the kind of coverage and look of the jar you will have. There are a wide variety of paints from satin finish to chalk finish to glitter.
- Primer is not necessary but will help
- Wait at least 1 hour, preferably several hours, between coats of paint.
- Do not use a lot of pressure when using the oil based marker on top of the paint, it can pull of the paint.
- Cure the jars in the oven, referring to these directions are helpful. (You can’t sure the paint on the lid if you use a plastic figurine!)
Now you are all ready to make you very own Painted Dog Treat Jar!!
Painted Dog Treat Jars
- Wide Mouth Pint Jars, or other preferred large wide mouth jar
- plastic or metal lids (if you prefer not to use the 2 part canning lid)
- Multi-surface Craft Paint/ Enamel Paint
- Primer, optional: depends on the kind of finish you want (opaque)
- stencils & painters tape, optional
- Paint Brushes
- small plastic dog figurine, optional
- Contact Cement Adhesive, if using a figurine
- Oil Sharpie
- Mod Podge
- isopropyl alcohol or white vinegar
- paper towels
- Thoroughly wash and dry your glassware. Wipe down with isopropyl alcohol or white vinegar. Set aside from 15 minutes to air dry.
- Plan out your design. You can free hand a design or use stencils. If using stencils, adhere to the jar with painters tape.
- Paint! Don’t worry about making a mistake as paint can often be removed by wiping it off right away with alcohol or gently scraping it off before it cures. Wait at least 1 hour between coats. If you paint another layer of paint on too soon you will risk taking the first layer off before it has completely dried and set.
- Follow the paint instructions for oven curing the paint.
- If you are adding a figurine to the metal lid, follow the directions of the compound cement to adhere it to the center of the lid. Let dry, according to the compound cement instructions. Paint figurine and lid completely. Let dry and then finish with a layer of mod podge.
- If you are painting a 2 part canning jar lid or a solid metal lid, paint at least 2 coats. Let dry and then finish with a layer of mod podge. Then you have to glue the 2 pieces together with the contact cement. (If you don’t the twisting when you open the close the jar could cause the paint to be pulled off for the flat piece.)
- Fill the jar with yummy treats for your dog.
- While multi-surface paints are non-toxic, they are not food safe. Do not paint the inside of the jar or lid.
- Let the paint dry several hours between coats.
- Do not use a lot of pressure if using an oil based permanent marker on top of paint, it can pull the paint off the glass.
- Use the oven method to cure the paint vs letting it cure with time (21+days).
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