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Upcycled Ombre DIY Dog Feeder

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

Styling: Serena Faber Nelson

My favourite kind of DIYs? The ones that are simple, easy and only take a few steps to complete. This DIY Dog Feeder tutorial ticks all those boxes!

During my holiday spring clean, I came across this old duck board that had been used for a myriad of things over the course of 7 plus years in our current home. I was getting ready to pop it in the recycling pile, when I had an idea:

This mat could be the perfect feeder to stop Soda’s food and water bowls sliding and scratching the floor. Plus I recently read, the less a dog has to lean down to eat, the easier their digestion.

But I couldn’t have some raggedy old duck board that has lived on the back porch gathering cobwebs for the last year get pride of place. No it needed some dressing up. Enter the DIY Ombre Pet Feeder. Here’s the DIY in 4 simple steps.


Old or new duckboard.
Sandpaper (if board is old).
Paint in your favourite colour.
White paint.
Paint brush.
Craft paint sealer.


Ombre DIY Dog Feeder | Upcycled Pet Food Mat | Pretty Fluffy


1. Sand down your old duckboard to get a smooth finish to the wooden slats on top. Clean off all residue. (You don’t need to do this if board is new.)
2. Mix your paints – to get the ombre effect you’ll need the full colour for Slat #1, a light shade (your original colour mixed with white) for Slat #2 and white paint for Slat #3. Feel free to experiment if you want to paint every slat. I just liked the rustic feel by leaving the remaining slats.
3. Coat each slat with a number of coats, allowing each coat to fully dry before the next, until you reach desired coverage.
4. Apply a craft paint sealant to all painted slats.

Couldn’t be easier! A quick, fun and easy way to brighten up your pet’s feeding station without blowing the bank.

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Serena Faber Nelson

Styling: Serena Faber Nelson

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24 responses to “Upcycled Ombre DIY Dog Feeder”

  1. Where did you get Soda’s food and water dishes? — love!!

  2. Sarah says:

    LOVE THIS, Rene! Soda is dining in style!!

  3. Alex Frith says:

    I love this Serena. Cash is a little tight at the moment so all these DIY ideas are great. And yes another person to ask – where are the bowls from?

  4. Cate says:

    What a great idea! It looks fab , love it!

  5. Jane Y. says:

    these turned out great!

  6. Eileen K. says:

    I always love it when you feature pictures of Soda. She is just so beautiful and always looks so happy :) Love your website…..

  7. I love this easy diy project. Not only is it beautiful, it looks really durable too :)

  8. Victoria&Nula says:

    Hi I’m Polish. I fell in love these bowls. I’ve never seen prettier. I do not have the possibility to buy them. Can you send me a website where they are available. The page, which you sent to Hannah are not good. Because Paddopets do not have an online store, at petworldshop- I can not buy anything, I can only see them. Very sorry for my terrible English language skills.
    Victoria and her Golden Retriever- Nula

  9. Johna says:

    Where did you get the duckboard? I am having a hard time finding some!

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