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I love having dogs, and I’ve always dreamed of having a beautiful home. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive, but sometimes finding the perfect accessory is elusive. Case in point, attractive treat jars that don’t cost a fortune. Glass jars are easy to decorate, but may not fit with every decor. I purchased three small ceramic canisters (designed for humans) from Crate & Barrel and then decided to glam them up with nail polish of all things. One of my biggest problems with crafting is one small mistake can ruin the whole thing. No fears with this DIY ceramic treat jar project, it can be switched up as much as you like. The second biggest problem was choosing a color scheme, I don’t wear nail polish and really didn’t know the plethora of choices that are out there, so we decided to use the Pantone color of the year as a springboard. Thanks to my sister, Alice G Patterson, for her styling and photography.
ceramic jars with lids
nail polish (I wish I knew that it wasn’t all cruelty-free )
nail polish remover
tape (we used duct tape because I was out of painters tape)
optional: scissors or craft knife
Using tape, mask the area you want to paint.
Let dry. You can use a hair dryer to speed up drying time before applying overlapping polish.
Repeat until the design is complete. Tip: do not reuse tape, some polish will be underneath, and it will not lie flat for next application.
If you make a mistake or change your mind, use nail polish remover. This works even after a week, and I’ll let you know if still works in a few months.
I enjoy giving my dogs new treats to try, and when I saw Newman’s Own dog treats, I ordered a few bags. Aren’t these hearts just perfect for Valentine’s Day?
I am not an expert on dog training or dog nutrition, but I like to give my dogs a variety of treats throughout the day, and all of these are made in the USA.
To see more of Alice’s photography (and her three dogs), follow her on Instagram. I think these treat jars would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a girl and her dog! Or you could fill it with coffee, tea, or bath bombs for someone who doesn’t have a dog.
Are you making any DIY projects for gifts this Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear about them!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in photography for small businesses, senior portraits, commercial photography and dog portraits. She has three dogs of her own: Lulu, Franny, and Darla.