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Collapsible Dog Bowl

This collapsible dog bowl is perfect for traveling pet owners.




  • 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 (5)

  • melodyandsusiesmon 12 Feb, 2010

    What do they mean by using the plastic from a 3 ring binder? The outside or the inside?

  • zamzamsaeed 8 Nov, 2008

    it's amazing idea

  • etbas 24 Jul, 2008

    I loved this idea and I have also used a bowl for a pot luck. GREAT idea and I am not upset if the bowl does nto make it home.

  • doggydog124 11 Jul, 2008

    i reallly think that if you put your mind to getting this done then it will be totally esay. i had a party a nd all my friend brought theirdogs so i gave these bowls out and everyone loved them, tip- u can put the dogs name or annitials on it

  • LittleMay 21 Feb, 2008

    Great idea - thanks for the free pattern. We don't have a dog, but I modified it so my husband uses it as a keeper for his watch, tie tack, etc. when he travels. I used deer skin (inherited from my dad), reinforced with lightwieght plaastic, and overcast the edge on my machine. Since there's no need to hold water I left out the small and medium size triangles, but still used velcro. It made a nice Valentine's Day gift.