DIY: Pet Food Storage Containers + Labels

Do you have pets? I have a dog and two cats. I like to keep their pet food organized as much as I can and am always drawn to the pet food storage containers that they sell in high end organizing and decor catalogs, but don’t like the price tag.

With some thought, I figured out a way to make my own version of CAT and DOG food containers using popcorn tins that you can buy at Costco or at yard sales.

Ballard Desgins knock-off Dog-and-Cat-Food

If you have Silhouette or Cricut vinyl cutting machine then you can make vinyl cutouts to look exactly like the cans they sell at Ballard Designs.

Most readers do not have a vinyl cutting machines, so I made my labels on my computer and have two free printables for you to download so you can make your own.

How to Make Pet Food Storage Containers Using Metal Popcorn Tins

Can to use to make Dog and Cat food storage

I could have painted the tins I found at a thrift store, but they had a few dents, so I decided to cover them with paper.

supplies needed:

  • Large tin can
  • Decorative Paper – kraft paper, gift wrap or wallpaper – I found my gift wrap at Walmart
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Straight edge
  • Kraft knife or scissors
  • Black spray paint
  • Self laminating sheets or Clear contact paper to seal paper label
  • Free printable cat and dog labels – download below
  • 2 brass fasteners
Free Printables-dog and cat food labels to-Download

Free printable DOG and CAT food labels:

DOG and CAT food container labels

How to Make the Cat & Dog Labels

Free printable labels to make Dog and Cat pet food labels

1.  Print out Dog/Cat labels (link above)

2. Trim around design of the label as shown in the above photo. The two dots on the design are where the brass fasteners will go.

Optional: To Add a Patterned Border Around the Labels: Center the label on a piece of gift wrap and cut the gift wrap about a 1/2-inch larger all around than your cut-out label. 

3. To be able to wipe your labels clean when they get dirty, laminate them using a self-sealing, no laminator needed, laminating sheet. You can buy these at Walmart.

As an optional way to seal the labels is to sandwich the cut-out label between a front and back piece of clear contact paper. Leave about 1/4- inch of contact paper all around the label.

Paint or Cover Cans With Kraft Paper or Gift Wrap

1. Spray paint the container tin lid using gloss black. Set aside.

Supplies-needed to make pet food storage containers out of popcorn tins
How to cover a tin with paper

2. Measure your can height and circumference and cut your paper slightly larger than those measurements. You can cut away the excess later.  I used a straight edge to make sure my cuts where straight.

Lid-on-top of pet food can

3. Don’t cover the top section of the can where the lid will cover it. Apply spray adhesive to the can, let it get tacky and cover the can. Smooth paper with your hands as you cover the can.

4. To Keep Cans Clean – Cover the paper with clear contact paper. If you have excess paper around the bottom of the can once it is covered – use a kraft knife to remove it by cutting around the bottom rim.  This will give you the perfect straight line along the bottom.

Cover tin with paper

8.  The paper is low enough not to get in the way of the lid going on easily.

How to make large pet food storage can like Ballard Designs sells

9. Use an awl to make a hole where you want to place the label. Repeat on the other side of the label.

Blogger of DIY Decorating blog Diane Henkler of In My Own Style

Helpful Tip:

When punching the holes in the can, hold one gloved hand inside the can to push against your other hand that is making the hole on the outside.  If you do it this way – you provide some resistance and the can won’t bend.

Make-hole-in the side of the can: DIY Pet Food Containers

10. Place the label on can and then attach it by pushing a brass fastener through each hole.

Put-brass-fastener-through side of can

11.  Push the brass fastener all the way in to the inside of the can.

How to add a decorative label to a metal pet food can

112. Spread the ends of the brass fastener to secure.

DIY Pet Food Storage Containers

Ballard Desgins knock-off Dog-and-Cat-Food

Now the beat up cans are just as pretty as the food container tins the high end catalogs sell, plus they can be wiped clean. Here is where I found the big white scoop.

Looking for more FREE PRINTABLES? Head on over to the Printable Gallery where you will find dozens of labels to help you label and store all kinds of things around your home. And don’t miss these Decorating Printables.


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  1. Rosa Chapman says:

    Very helpful content. i love your great writing. thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Hillary A Steckler says:

    Hello! Great idea, but I was curious what size tin you used and about how much food (lbs.) they would hold? Thanks!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Hillary –

      The size of the cans I have are 11 1/2″ high and 10″ in diameter. For food, I fill with a small to medium size bag of pet food.

  3. Diane-so looking forward to autumn! :)
    great wreath, and food containers!

  4. Simple Daisy says:

    Love…Love…Love it all!!!!! the wreath is just beautiful!

  5. Love the pet food containers! Isn’t this weather the best? I have to finally put away summer & get out some fall decor for around here- you’ve inspired me- the wreath looks great.

  6. The enchanted home says:

    Those pet containters are really really cute. I am at last ready for fall, soooo enjoying the beautiful weather and gorgeous inspirations that come with it!

  7. George | Online Printing Services says:

    I like the idea that you put leaves in your wreath, they made them very colorful. I love wreaths and I love to change them out for holidays and seasons.

  8. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:

    Those containers are so cute!! I LOVE anything labeled, especially when the labels are as adorable as yours!

  9. Jessica@nucheysmommy says:

    Hi, the pet containers are so adorable! What a great way to disguise the food & make it blend in with home decor! I have a dog so I’m always loving ideas like this! Visiting from Serenity Now!

  10. Dee @ Chaise lounge says:

    Love the containers and the wreath!!! Autumn is here!!! :D

  11. Nana Diana says:

    I don’t know why I have to type in all my information to post here each time- anyone know why that happens? I have to type in my name…my email addy and my Website address before I can comment….

    Anyway- Love your containers and your wreath. It is feeling very FAllish here today, too~ xo Diana

  12. Nan @ Playful Decor says:

    Pretty! I ‘m sooo not ready for fall yet! btw, the link to momtastic isn’t connected. (oops!) Have a great weekend!
    Oh, did you get my last email about guest posting?