How to Make a Dog-Feeding Station From a Toy Box
Create a functional feeding station from a kids’ old toy box.
- small toy box
- wooden or metal letters
- metal bowls
- tape measure
- pencil or marker
- wall-covering paste
- spray adhesive
- spray paint
- spray paint handle
- heavy-duty glue for wooden or metal surfaces
- painter’s tape
- drop cloth
Start With an Old Toy Box
You can find one at garage sales and flea markets.
Trace Circles for Bowls
Remove lid of toy feeder. Place metal bowls upside down, then trace their shapes directly onto box surface with pen or pencil.
Cut Out Holes for Bowls
Using traced circle as guide, cut a hole in the toy box lid using jigsaw.
Update With Spray Paint
In an open, well-ventilated area, cover work surface with drop cloth, add spray paint handle to can of spray paint, then add sprayed finish to any trim or molding on box, as well as any wooden or metal letters which will be added to the front. TIP: Painting trim, molding or letters a corresponding or contrasting color to whatever material is used on the exterior will add a graphic, tailored look.
Update Exterior With Fabric
For a lid and side panel update using fabric, measure each panel with tape measure to determine proper dimensions. Next, coat the exterior surface of lid and side panels with spray adhesive, cut fabric to size, then attach piece by piece, removing any air bubbles with wallpaper smoothing tool.
Add heavy-duty glue for wooden or metal surfaces to the back of decorative letters, then press in place directly to the newly re-covered exterior surface of the lid and side panels. TIP: To ensure proper fit, consider holding letters in place with painter’s tape for several hours after each letter is put in place.
Store Items Inside
Fill the bottom of the interior with toys and pet supplies. Then place metal bowls into holes in lid.