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DIY Colour Dipped Dog Bowls

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

Styling: Serena Faber-Nelson

Want to make you own DIY dog bowls? Ever since the colour dipping trend burst onto the scene I’ve been dying to make my own colour dipped pet bowls. Today, I’ll be sharing the DIY steps on how to make your own in 3 simple steps! Between you and me, you won’t believe how easy it is!


2 x Pyrex Dishes, I chose a larger one for water and a smaller one for food.
Non-Toxic Glass Paint in your favourite colour.
Foam painting brush.
A large head band or thick elastic band.
Painters tape (as required).
Newspapers to protect painting surface area.


1. Wrap your headband or elastic band around the Pyrex Dish and ensure it is sitting evenly in a straight line around the circumference of the bowl. For extra protection, wrap the top half of the bowl with painters tape starting at the head band to ensure no splashes of paint hit the top area.
NOTE: Do not use painters tape on its own. Due to the shape of the bowl, the painters tape does not have the stretch to cover the bowl without a few gaps – hence the head band. (And no – you will never be able to wear the head band again – sorry!)
2. Paint the remaining exposed area through even brush strokes with the foam brush. Allow to dry as per the paints instructions and apply further coats as needed.
3. Once fully dry, carefully remove your headband and painters tape to reveal your colour dipped bowl!


I specifically chose these containers because they come with an airtight seal lid. That way if your dog is staying with a friend or going on holidays, you can easily pop in Fido’s food and seal. When he arrives at his destination he has a ready made meal in his own colour dipped bowl!


  • Feel free to switch up the dishes from glass to ceramic or other materials. Just make sure you get the correct paint to match.
  • I kept the painting to the outside of the bowl to ensure Soda would not come into contact with the paint. Although it’s non toxic, I erred on the cautious side just to be safe.
  • If you have access to an airbrush or spray paint machine try spraying on the paint for a glossy finish.
  • Experiment with different colours and patterns – I tried a polka dot theme to dress up my silver bowls.
  • Hand wash any colour dipped dishes to ensure the colour stays fresh for longer.

Happy dipping!

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

Styling: Serena Faber-Nelson

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9 responses to “DIY Colour Dipped Dog Bowls”

  1. Vicki says:

    I love the polka dots!

  2. Taylor says:

    I LOVE this! Need to make Add some cool travel bowls

  3. What a creative idea!! I love this! Coco does need to add a little color to her ‘dining area’ 🙂 Soda’s has the coolest mom ever.

  4. Thanks everyone! It was a fun project and not too hard. I was originally going to go with pink bowls, but the paint I chose did NOT match the sample on the box (think ugly!), so we went with silver and polka dots! 🙂

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