As a dog lover, you want your furry friend to be as happy and healthy as your kids. Raised dog bowls make it easier for your pet’s digestion by not lowering his neck when he eats—but they can cost a fortune! Save some cash and make your own DIY raised dog bowls using trashcans.
Supporting your dog’s bowls with trash cans covered in fabric is a pretty ingenious way to compete with the fancy, expensive ones you find online or at the pet store, if we do say so ourselves! Add a printable name label and your companion will be eating in style!
You’ll need basic, rimmed dog bowls to match up with can sizes. Take the bowls with you when shopping—that way you’ll know for sure they’ll fit the diameter of the can.
Metal cans provide the best stability but plastic ones will work as long as you place a small bag of sand or even dog supplies in the bottom. Dogs slobber enough without tipping over their water bowls!
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how to make raised dog bowls
- Everyday Dishes & DIY dog bowl label printable
- 2 round bathroom trash cans (the size will depend on your dog bowls)
- rimmed dog bowl to fit trash can opening
- 1 yd 53" wide solid colored fabric
- outdoor Mod Podge
- foam brush
- X-acto knife (optional)
- rope or jute twine
- hot glue gun and glue
- 1 – 8.5" x 11" full size label paper
- clear acrylic sealer spray
- Measure and cut fabric to fit the height and circumference of each trash can, leaving an extra few inches for wiggle room when adhering to the can. If your can has different diameters at the top and bottom, you’ll need more than a few extra inches to compensate for the difference—it can always be trimmed later.
- Apply Outdoor Mod Podge using a foam brush, starting at the trash can’s seam. Work in small sections at a time to adhere the fabric—make sure to smooth out any bubbles along the way.
- Once you’ve wrapped the can, trim the excess fabric only where it meets—don’t trim the excess at the top or bottom just yet. Form a seam by turning the fabric under at the edge and overlapping it. Allow the can to dry.
- Once dry, the excess fabric will stiffen and be easier to trim at the top and bottom. If your can has a rim, use it as a guideline and trim with an X-acto knife.
- Download the Everyday Dishes & DIY dog bowl label printable and open in Adobe Reader.
- Include your pet’s name then print and cut out the label. Attach it to the center of the can with Mod Podge then apply a coat the entire can. Allow it to dry then apply a final coat.
- Once dry, apply rope or twine along the top and bottom edges of the can, using a hot glue gun.
- Repeat the process to make the second can.
- Insert dog bowls and wait for your pup to come running!