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Dog-Treat Canister

Turn an empty coffee can into a fancy treats container

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Being thoughtful toward animals nurtures your child’s compassion. Imagination (along with paint, tape, and felt) turns an empty coffee can into a fancy treats container. If you don’t have a dog, fill the canister with any type of pet food. Then, cast a wider net of caring: donate the canister to your local animal shelter or veterinarian’s office.
What You’ll Need
  • Metal canister
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Duct tape
  • Felt
What to Do
  1. Paint a metal canister. (Use several coats if necessary.) Let it dry.
  2. Decorate the canister and lid with duct tape, felt bones, and painted paw prints.      
Extend the Fun

For younger kids: It takes time to paint the can and let it dry. For little ones with little patience, wrap the can with a piece of construction paper instead, and let them decorate with crayons or chalk.

For older kids: Try your hand at baking some “gourmet” dog bones. Look for an online recipe made with wholesome ingredients like pumpkin puree and peanut butter. (A dog-bone cookie cutter is optional but adds authenticity to your endeavor.)

Craft by Carol Davis; text by Mary Sears

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