DIY Upcycled Elevated Dog Bowl


A happy poodle with an elevated food bowl.


So this post is not really a condo decor DIY, but I thought I would share. We recently added a fluffy family member! Yay! Welcome to the family Cash! It’s just that Cash is 5 years old so we needed to get him an elevated food bowl quickly. He was tired of the bowl sitting on a couple of boxes. Let’s honest—I was tired of seeing it too. So lets get down to business. 


Items needed:

~Bowl with a lip on it - I used a Fiestaware serving bowl

~A plastic flower pot that is about the same height as the feeder should be

~Dremel tool with a plastic cutter accessory and a sander

~Spray paint color of your choice - I used Rustoleum Tropical Leaf

~Some silicone caulk 


Please do the usual safety precautions. You are using a Dremel to cut plastic.  Wear some friggin safety goggles and watch your fingers. 



I measured how big I needed to cut my hole to accommodate the Fiesta bowl. I basically needed to take the entire bottom off. 


A close up of the accessory I used to cut the plastic.

Once it’s cut, I used the little sanding accessory to smooth the edges. 


To sand the cut edges. See - I unplugged it before changing out the bits. Safety first!!

A quick test to make sure the bowl fit and it does!

Now wash down the plastic to prepare to paint it. Once dry, lightly sand it with 220 grit sandpaper. Wipe it down again. When it’s dry, spray paint it the color of your choice. The food bowl initially wanted to slip around, so I put a small bead of silicone caulk around the cut edge to help keep it from slipping. 


Yay! The bowl doesn’t slip!

Just in case you were wondering, here was the planter in it’s previous life. :)

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