Saturday, June 18, 2011

Personalized doggy container

Seriously, how cute is this???

Tatum is adjusting beautifully to her new home with us, and has taken an extra special liking to yours truly. Hey, I don't mind. Actually, I welcome it. It is nice to have a little extra estrogen in the house, even if it is canine estrogen. She is loving but lazy and smart but stubborn. Girl after my own heart!
After we took her to her first vet visit with our wonderful new vet (she did wonderful by the way), we realized that our vet has a boarding resort RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD from us. Literally, right down the road. It was time to book Tatum's first resort vacation while the four of us humans head to Legoland next month.

We are new to this whole dog ownership thing, and I didn't realize that when you board, you have to provide all of your dog's goodies from home and everything has to be labeled with her name. Why I didn't think of that, I will never know.

But anyway, I decided to make her a little travel box that we can put a bag of dog food, her food and water bowls, her leash, a few snacks, and toys in it.

No. I don't have a Silhouette.

So here is what went down:

1. Clear plastic container...or any plastic container for that matter. I just liked clear. :)
2. Print out her name in whatever font and color you want....I chose purple to coordinate with the container. The font is called "Airplanes in the night sky". I cut them out with scissors because I don't have a Silhouette. Oh, wait. I mentioned that already? OK.

3. Print out other images that you would like decorate with. She's a poodle, so I chose this cute poodle face. But the possibilities are endless. You could choose a bone, dog paws, a collar, a dog house...just whatever tickles you.

4. Modge Podge the crap out of it. You can use a sponge brush, but I didn't have one, so I used a paint brush. It still worked well. Put a light coat on the container and let it dry a bit until it gets tacky. Place your image and wording however looks pleasing and put another light coat of MP on it. Let it dry for about 20 minutes and do another coat. I used about 4 coats just to be on the safe side.

5. Lightly sand over it with some fine sandpaper or a nail file.

Such a cute little container for my cute little Tatum.

I also personalized her dog bowls and leash....Man, I want a Silhouette. It would have been so much easier just to cut vinyl.

We bought this dog for the kids, but I think she is mine :)

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  1. Awww, how cute! And I love how she is totally smitten with you. :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  2. How gorgeous! and Tatum looks really happy with it too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Those came out GREAT!!! Well done without a Silhouette! It looks professional regardless! :) Tatum will be so proud at the doggie motel! haha. Stopping by from TT&J!

  4. Your comment on my blog made me laugh and I had to come over and check out your blog! Love it! My sons name is Tatum:) I usually get grief because people think it's a girls name. . . now a dog is a new one:)

  5. This is so cute! When I was in preschool we all got personalized containers like this. I kind of like your version better, though. I really wish I had a silhouette. I think you did a great job without, though! Thanks for the idea! I'm your newest follower :)

  6. This is sooo stinkin adorable and I just love that you made it with a regular old printer and not a fancy silhouette (although I am sure that all of us would love to own one!) Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!