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Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

17 July 2013 4,849 views 6 Comments

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Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

We have the messiest dog  in the world; he drags his food all over the house to eat it and always has a puddle of water around his dish.  I found place mats to put under his dish, but they just didn't have that pet look.  Wanting to give him something that was especially for him, I transformed a dollar store place mat into a cute pet food place mat within a matter of minutes.

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

Project estimate:

  • Place mat, $1
  • Wrapping paper, $1
  • Mod Podge, on hand
  • Clear spray paint, on hand or $1 and up

Total: $2.00 and up

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

Start out by cutting a piece of wrapping paper to roughly fit the place mat.  Leave some extra around the edges just to give you room to work.

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

With the top of place mat facing up, cover the entire surface with Mod Podge.

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

Next position place mat over wrapping paper and smooth down.  Flip over with top face upwards and smooth out all air bubbles.  I sometimes use an old club card or credit card to help smooth out bumps and wrinkles.

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

Once dry, use an Xacto knife to trim off the excess paper around the edges. Applye a coat of Mod Podge across the entire top surface.  You may choose to do more than one coat.

Tutorial: Pet Food Place Mat

Since most Mod Podge formulas are not completely waterproof, you may also want to seal the surface with a coat of clear spray paint.  This will stop the Mod Podge from getting tacky when your pet makes a mess with their water dish!  You now have a fun pet friendly mat which is easy to wipe clean and super cute in your home.

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  • kathy t said:

    What a great idea ! Thanks for sharing >-)

  • Rene S said:

    LOVE this idea! Often, the mats out there are dog-only designs, so I can make some cat themed ones for our cats! Thanks!

  • MYT CR8TiV said:

    A little extra added tip … you can use scotch guard instead of the clear spray paint and glue on a non-slip kitchen draw liner onto the bottom so the placemat doesn’t slip and slide around the floor.

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  • Stephanie said:

    I have a clear acrylic sealer/finisher on hand – can I use this instead of the clear spray paint?