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Popcorn Tin turned Dog Food Container

I saw this on Pinterest a while back, and of course, I can't figure out where I pinned the thing. So, if this is your original idea, feel free to let me know and I'll give you full credit. 

Every year at the holidays, a very sweet lady I work with sends me a big tin from The Popcorn Factory full of deliciousness. And it's gobbled by my kids in a day...two, maybe. 
I love the tins, but have a few of them now, and decided an upclycle was needed.

All the prep work that's needed for this is a good scrubbing. The tins from The Popcorn Factory are coated with a fancy rough texture...AKA, no sanding (score!). If you're using a tin from another place, you may need to do a light sanding (maybe even just with steel wool) to give it some tooth to hold the paint. 

All I used was Chalkboard paint and a foam roller. 

Definitely needed more than one coat.

After everything had dried for 24 hours, I grabbed a chalk pen & went to work.
I love these pens. The "chalk" wipes off with a wet sponge when you're ready to redecorate.

The top.

On the side, I write directions for anyone pet sitting for us. 
They're easy to wipe off when I don't need them. 

So easy!

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  1. Love this. I need to decorate my pet food containers too. Thanks so much for the invite to your party. I'm a little late but linked up. :)

  2. This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. This turned out great! Awesome use for those large popcorn tins!

  4. what a fun idea.. love it!
    and yes kristi Henna is beautiful and needs a lot of creativity, for brides I believe it's a must trend.. I have never seen a bride without Henna on her wedding.. :)
    Have a nice day

  5. Super cool! I think I'd need a much larger container for my two Great Danes, but I love this idea, you always have the best.
    Thanks for sharing and linking up at my *Get Creative* party again this week.

  6. I love this idea...so pretty, and functional!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  7. You are so creative! I love this idea! It would make a great gift too..I have Grand dogs LOL

  8. Won't be passing these up at yard sales anymore! I have a use for them now!!!

  9. How cute!! What a great use for it, and I love how you can write the feeding instructions on the side.

  10. Well, you have outdone yourself again! I hate the bag that our dog food comes in! Thank you so much for linking up to my first link party last Friday! Party #2 is live, and I would love for you to come link up something new!


    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  11. What a GREAT IDEA!!! I have two of these tins and they need to be useful more than just at Christmas. Thank you for this tutorial!

  12. Cute idea! I wish I hadn't thrown away the ones I got for Christmas! :) Coming by and saying HEY from the TT&J linkup ;) Please come by my blog when you get a chance and say hey too :) http://SouthernTraditionsBoutique.blogspot.com

  13. I have popcorn tins just waiting for a use. I really like the idea of the chalkboard paint. I'd love it if you would come share this and any of your other great ideas at my monthly link up. http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/02/1-month-of-fun-february-link-party.html

  14. I have done the samething to popcorn tins. We use them for ash and pinecones for the fireplace. I love upcycling. Great idea to put feeding instructions on the can.

  15. Oh my goodness the creativeness I am blessed to be able to see. I love this. Thanks so much for linking up at SweetTalkin' Sunday!! Boy this is a clever idea!!

  16. I love this. I have a popcorn tin I have been saving for some unknown reason, and now I know. We don't have a dog, but I can redecorate it and store some other item in it. I love the name of your blog, because that is really what I should be doing as well. I am adding myself to your list of followers. Would love to have you visit at Suppers, Youngans, & Thangs sometime. Thanks for sharing at Tator Tots and Jello, that is where I found your link.

    1. I know, right! That was the first thing I noticed when I opened this page -- I laughed in agreement and thought she had the best blog name I'd ever seen! lol

    2. You gals are so sweet!! I truly should pull out the mop today...starting to stick to the floor...LOL! :)

  17. Genius! What a great use for those giant tins! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  18. Neat idea! I saw a bunch of these tins at Goodwill the other day.... I might have to go back and see if they still have them!

  19. This is such a great idea!!! LOVE IT!!! I have a project party every weekend if you would like to join and link up your great ideas! http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/project-party-weekend-pretty-striped-pencils-tutorial.html
    I hope you will come! xoxo-Rachel