Learn how to create an easy DIY dog treat jar with Sculpey Premo Polymer Clay. The white granite dog bone turns a boring jar into glam dog bone storage that will serve as a decoration on any countertop!
Who doesn’t love a good dog craft?! DIY dog projects are so fun to make for your favorite fur baby or make great gifts for any pet parents. Every dog owner knows that the way to their dog’s heart is through their stomach. Well that, and a lot of cuddles and nuzzles. This DIY dog treat container will display doggie’s favorite treats in style (no hiding the box in the pantry!)
How to Make a DIY Dog Treat Jar with White Granite Sculpey Premo
When I saw that Sculpey was launching this White Granite Sculpey Premo color I couldn’t wait to try it! I’ve used the Turquoise Granite and the Gray Granite and I love how they mimic the natural shade, texture and finish of real granite. I wish you could see the sparkle and texture up close and personal!
I had this big jar that I had never done anything with and thought it would make the perfect dog treat container. Sometimes it pays off to be a semi-hoarder.
Supplies for Polymer Clay Dog Bone Treat Jar
- 1 package Sculpey Premo in White Granite
- Sculpey Clay Blade
- Clay Conditioning Machine
- Clay Roller
- Polymer Clay Knife Tool
- Wood Modeling Tool
- Sculpey Oven-Safe Work Mat
- Large airtight jar
- Industrial Strength Adhesive
- Black Liquid Sculpey (optional)
I used 1 package of Sculpey Premo for my polymer clay dog bone. You can adjust your quantity up or down depending on the size of the lid on your dog treat jar. Work with Sculpey Premo on an oven-safe work mat or on a piece of parchment paper.
How to Create Polymer Clay Dog Bone with Sculpey Premo
Printable instruction card with step by step photos at the bottom of page.
The first thing you need to do when working with Sculpey Premo is condition your clay. You can use a machine for this or you can do it manually by kneading it very well. Rolling it out during the kneading process is helpful as well. Conditioning it is key for best workability. The process softens the Sculpey polymer clay to make it easier to manipulate and sculpt.
Roll Sculpey Premo into a hot dog shaped cylinder. Use the polymer clay knife tool to cut a small slit down the middle on each end.
Use the scoop looking side of the wood modeling tool to create a rounded shape on the 4 ends and edges of the dog bone to add more dimension to the bone. Squeeze the middle portion of the dog bone in a bit so that the ends of the dog bone are more pronounced. I ended up stretching mine out a bit while I squeezed to make it wider. Giving the polymer clay a gentle squeeze here and there on the entire dog bone will give it more organic dimension.
If you decide anytime during your sculpting process that you don’t like how your done bone is taking shape, no problem! Just roll it back out and start over! Sculpey Premo clay will not dry out so you don’t have to rush through your project in fear of it crumbling.
Once you have your granite dog bone shaped just how you like it, it’s ready to bake!
How do you bake Sculpey Premo?
Transfer your clay dog bone to an oven-safe work mat. Place onto a baking sheet and bake.
Remove the bone from the oven and allow to cool fully before attaching it to the dog treat storage container. Once cooled and cured, Sculpey Premo is very strong so the dog bone jar handle can handle a lot of handling.
How to Assemble Your DIY Dog Bone Container
Now to transform this boring glass jar into a cute dog treat container! Unscrewed the cap, flip it upside down and glue the cap to the top of the jar. If your jar doesn’t have a lid, you could use a spool, a wine cork or even an upcylced plastic cap to create your dog bone handle.
Once the cap was secured, I added industrial strength adhesive to spot on the dog bone that I wanted to attach it to the handle. Position the dog bone onto the handle and press firmly for about 1 minute. Move the dog treat jar lid to an area where it can cure undisturbed for at least 24 hours. Since it will be used as a handle, you want to make sure you’re using a strong adhesive and that you allow it ample time to cure.
And that’s the adorable DIY Dog Treat Jar!
How to Personalize Your Dog Treat Jar
To personalize it, I used Liquid Sculpey to create glass clings that stick right onto the side of the glass jar. If you haven’t used Liquid Sculpey before, you can see how to use it to make window and mirror clings here, along with some other fun Sculpey projects. This customization makes this an amazing gift idea for any dog parent!
Let me know if you plan on making one, I’d love to see it! Tag me @lydioutloud and @sculpey_official so we can cheer you on!
DIY Dog Treat Jar with Granite Sculpey Clay
- Condition Sculpey Premo and roll into a cylinder shape about the size of a hot dog.
- Use the knife tool to cut a small slit down the middle on each end.
- Split the cut sections and pull them apart to create the ends of the dog bone.
- Use the wood modeling tool to create a rounded shape on the 4 ends of the dog bone. Squeeze the middle portion of the dog bone in a bit so that the ends of the dog bone are more pronounced.
- Transfer your clay dog bone to an oven-safe work mat, place onto a baking sheet and bake at 275° F for 30 minutes per 1/4" of clay thickness.
- Remove the bone from the oven and allow to cool fully before attaching it to the dog treat storage container.
- Use industrial strength adhesive to adhere the clay dog bone it to the handle of the dog treat jar. Press firmly for about 1 minute and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before handling.
How to Personalize Dog Treat Jar with Liquid Sculpey
- Clean glass with a dry, lint-free cloth. Using Liquid Sculpey, create the letters for the dog treat container by writing on glass.
- Preheat oven to 275 ° F.
- Clean glass with a dry, lint-free cloth. Apply Liquid Sculpey design onto glass and bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before peeling the cling away from the glass. Place glass clings onto dog jar to customize it.