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I’ve been on a bit of a tea kick lately.
And by a bit of a kick, I mean the girl at the local Starbucks knows me by name and flavour. I didn’t go in on Friday and she asked if I was OK. If it’s wrong to drink this much tea, I don’t want to be right.
I’ve never been a fan of the canister’s the Tazo Tea from Starbucks comes in. Don’t get me wrong, they’re really nice, but they just felt awfully wasteful to me. The metal wasn’t recyclable and since the top of the canisters were stamped with the Tazo logo, they weren’t good for much else, so I didn’t even reuse them. I’m sorry, Mother Earth. That’s why I was so excited when I noticed they had changed the canisters!
The new plain canisters are every bit as nice as the old ones, except that the new plain top means you can reuse them!
As I was thinking of all the ways I could use them, I knew that I had to try making a treat jar from a tea canister. After all, these canisters have a lot going for them. They’re sleek & stylish, you can customize them however you want and best of all, they’re easily stack-able, so you can use them to create a custom treat bar for the furry friends in your life.
Here’s what you need:
An Empty Tea Canister (Don’t have one? You can get one here – and as a bonus, you can have the tea that comes in it too)
Scrapbook Paper in Designs of your choice
Permanent Glue Stick
Sticker Letters or Sharpies
This is how we do it:
Slowly remove the label from the tea canister. (I was surprised at how easily the labels came off the Tazo Tea containers, as long as I went slowly. When I rushed, I ripped the heck out of it and it was a mess.) If you’re left with any sticky spots, use a rag dipped in vegetable oil to remove the stick ’ems.
Cut the scrapbook paper into your design. Experiment with fully wrapping the canister, decorative bands and fun ways to label the canister. If you’re not the crafty type, you can even just use scrapbook stickers!
Scooby Snackz –
This design was the EASIEST to do. It took less than 2 minutes and it looks adorable! Just use scrapbook stickers to label the canister and you’re all done. You can find TONS of letter sets online or at your local store. You can choose stickers that match your decor or your dog’s personality. You can even gets some REALLY cute dog themed sticker sets.
Lamb & Herb Treats –
1. Cut the Background – Choose a pattern for your back ground and cut a piece 3 3/4″ tall x 7 1/2″ long.
2. Cut the Band – Choose a solid colour that compliments your background and cut a piece 2″ tall x 7 1/4″ long.
3. Cut the Label – Have fun with the shape! The basic size should be around 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″. If you’re using a colour for the tag, you might want to cut a white box to go inside it, like I did.
4. Use a Sharpie to create your label. Add designs like paw prints or bones to make it special.
5. Apply a liberal layer of permanent glue to each paper element and stick it to to the canister.
1. Cut the Band – Choose a pattern and cut a piece 2″ tall x 7 1/4″ long.
2. Cut the Label – Have fun with the shape! The basic size should be around 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″. I layered my colours to make it a little more interesting.
3. Make the Paws – Cut circles out of your patterned paper.
4. Apply a liberal layer of permanent glue to each paper element and stick it to to the canister.
5. Use scrapbook letter stickers to label the treats.
1. Cut circles out of scrapbook paper. I wanted my paw to disappear at the bottom, so I trimmed a 1/4″ off the bottom.
2. Apply a liberal layer of permanent glue to each paper element and stick it to to the canister, wrapping the right hand elements around the side.
3. If desired, use sharpies or letter stickers to label the canister.
Since the canisters are made in China, I decided to line my canisters with plastic bags. The added benefit is that when we empty them of treats, I can throw out the plastic bag and all the crumbs with it! No washing required. Jackpot.
The only downside? Now that Koly has four custom treat tins in the kitchen, he expects me to fill them with treats. Good thing tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday, eh?
Are you a tea drinker? What kind of design would you put on your treat jar?