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Collapsible Dog Bowl

This easy-to-make bowl is the perfect traveling companion for your dog.




Resources: Oilcloth can be found at (Martha used the Faux Bois Birch design.) Petronio's All-Purpose Cement is available at


  • Dog bowl template
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Brayer
  • Bone folder
  • Pinking shears
  • Oilcloth
  • Heavyweight plastic from three-ring binder
  • Petronio's All-Purpose Cement
  • Paintbrush
  • Heavy-duty adhesive Velcro dots


  1. Step 1

    Cut two 20-inch-square pieces of oilcloth.

  2. Step 2

    Download the dog bowl template and print three copies.

  3. Step 3

    Using the template and a ruler as a guide, cut the stabilization pieces from the plastic. Cut one large triangle, three small triangles, and three large curved pieces.

  4. Step 4

    Brush cement glue on one side of the plastic pieces.

  5. Step 5

    Brush cement glue on the wrong side of each cut piece of oilcloth, leaving a clean 1-inch perimeter.

  6. Step 6

    Wait for cement glue to get to dry-tack stage.

  7. Step 7

    Lay one piece of oilcloth glue-side up. Lay the plastic pieces down onto this piece of oilcloth, pressing them into the glue, in the formation shown in the assembly key on the template. Leave about 1/16 of an inch between the large triangle and the curved pieces; leave about 1/4 inch between the curved pieces and the small triangles.

  8. Step 8

    Lay the second piece of oilcloth over the first piece, with glue-side down, aligning edges of both pieces of oilcloth and sandwiching the plastic pieces between them.

  9. Step 9

    Use a brayer to smooth out air bubbles.

  10. Step 10

    Use a bone folder to trace the edges of the plastic pieces.

  11. Step 11

    Trim 1/4 inch around the entire shape formed by the plastic pieces with pinking shears. The cut line is represented as a dotted line in the assembly key on the template.

  12. Step 12

    Turn entire piece over. Place adhesive Velcro dots, with male and female pieces stuck together, on each of the small triangle tabs.

  13. Step 13

    Turn the piece over so the Velcro dots are on the bottom. Fold up the 3 curved sides of the bowl, pulling the area under each of the triangle tabs in toward the center and folding them flat against the inside of each side. Fold each triangle tab over the lip of the bowl, sticking the other side of each Velcro dot to the outside of the bowl.

  14. Step 14

    To collapse the bowl, separate each Velcro dot and flatten.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008



Reviews (7)

  • Gem2 16 Nov, 2014

    I remembered this craft since it's original airing. I don't know when comments/reviews were posted but nowadays those who craft have many more tools and supplies. The plastic Martha refers to is commonly known as template plastic. Many crafts use it, especially quilters (which I do not consider a craft, but an art). It is easily available where quilting supplies are available, if you cannot find it in your other craft suppliers' stock.

  • Lynn Dahlke 4 Jul, 2012

    The plastic piece she is referring to looks like most of a sheet of paper. It isd in the more expensive 3-ring binders. Ususally there are 2 of them. You put your paper, folders, dividers, etc between them.

  • Levidan 4 Jul, 2012

    If anyone understands what Martha means by the plastic piece in a 3 ring binder, please post a comment.
    I am totally lost on this one. thanks

  • ellenrb13 4 Jul, 2012

    Good points, but it's a great idea for someone with eight yards of oil cloth left over from a wedding buffet...

  • mcamardelle1 20 Nov, 2010

    my Papillon is very tiny so I just use a collapsable measuring cup as a travel food bowl for her.

  • corncobb12 27 Jun, 2010

    i think they are cute but why is materials so expensive?! i buy these throw-a-way collapsable dog/kitty bowls and for a 3 months supply of these costs less than it is to buy the materials to make this. my goodness i can't afford this stuff. i agree with foodie133

  • foodie133 23 Jul, 2009

    I'm sorry, how much $$$ in materials? I bought a pretty blue collapsible pet bowl from my local dollar store... I'm so fed up with Martha and her expensive crafts. Donate the monies you save to a local pet shelter and spend the time saved with your own furbabies...throw a stick or rub their fun! (sorry Martha I really am a big fan :P )