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Dog Place Mat

Keep your pet's feeding area neat and clean with this easy to make faux bois place mat.




  • Primed canvas
  • Board
  • Staple gun
  • Paint, for base and for the faux bois design
  • Paintbrush
  • Glazing liquid
  • Wood graining tools
  • Clear, semigloss polyacrylic finish
  • Rotary cutter


  1. Step 1

    Cut a 18-by-24-inch piece of primed canvas. Place it, primed-side down, over a board cut to a slightly smaller size. Fasten it to the board with a staple gun. Turn over the board, and paint it with two coats of base paint. Allow to dry.

  2. Step 2

    For faux bois, mix equal parts of paint and glazing liquid. On the canvas side, apply a thin coat of the mixed paint. Using a wood graining tool, start at the short end of the canvas and drag the tool through the paint, along the entire length with a slight rocking motion. Repeat. Clean off the tool with a damp rag after each pass. Continue in this manner, overlapping slightly, until the whole canvas is has a wood-grained appearance. If you make an error, use your paintbrush to "erase" the design and do it again. Allow to dry for at least two hours.

  3. Step 3

    Apply two coats of finish, and allow to dry. Trim the edges with a rotary cutter.

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Reviews (2)

  • BONNIESWINNS 20 Feb, 2011

    It is hard to know what this project looks like without a photo of it. Please add a picture or two.

  • BeagleMother 18 Jan, 2011

    Photos would be helpful in making this craft.