How To Make A Stylish Self-Filling Dog Water Bowl

By Trisha Sprouse

If refilling your dog's water bowl several times a day has become a chore you just can't ignore, you need this self-refillable water bowl in your life. Not only does it keep the water fresh and flowing all day long for your furry friends, it also keeps your home stylishly decorated.

Things You'll Need:

  • 2x4 wood board, 16" long
  • 1x10 wood board, 12" long
  • Empty 2-liter plastic bottle
  • Water bowl
  • Wood glue
  • Hammer
  • 3 1/2" nails, 2
  • Hook & loop fastener, 4" x 2" heavy-duty adhesive strip
  • Removable wallpaper (optional)
  • Utility knife (optional)
  • Non-toxic paint & paintbrush (optional)
  • Washi tape (optional)
2x4 and 1x10 wood boards
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Tip: Most big-box hardware stores will cut the 2x4 and 1x10 to your desired length for free. In this project, I had the 2x4 cut to 16 inches long and the 1x10 cut to 12 inches long.

Step 1

If you're opting to use removable wallpaper, first cut sheets of wallpaper to the same size as the two boards. You'll need to cover the front and back of the 2x4 and just the front of the 1x10.

If you plan to paint the wood base instead of using wallpaper, you can skip this step and also the next one.

Cutting wallpaper to size
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Step 2

Peel the backing off the wallpaper and adhere the sheets to the wood boards. If it goes on crooked the first time, just peel it off and re-stick!

Sticking wallpaper to wood board
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Step 3

Paint the sides of the two boards. Be sure to use a non-toxic acrylic paint. If you plan to use the water bowl outdoors, choose a non-toxic exterior paint instead.

Painting sides of the board
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Step 4

Apply wood glue to the bottom of the 2x4 and then glue it upright in the center of the 1x10. Hold it in place for a minute or so until it starts to set, and then let it dry.

Applying wood glue to 2x4
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Gluing the two boards together
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Step 5

Once the wood glue has dried, turn the wood base upside down and hammer two nails through the 1x10 so they go into the 2x4 to reinforce the connection.

Hammering two nails into the two boards
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Step 6

If it pleases you, decorate an empty 2-liter plastic bottle with washi tape. You could skip this step if you're the minimalist sort.

Sticking washi tape to 2-liter bottle
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Step 7

Attach one side of the adhesive fastener strip to the 2-liter bottle and the other side to the 2x4. Be sure to set the water dish on the wood base to check for fit/height before attaching the fastener strips. You'll want the nose of the bottle to dip at least 1/4 inch into the water bowl so it doesn't overflow.

Sticking fastener strip to bottle
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Sticking fastener strip to wood base
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Step 8

Fill the water bowl up and then fill the 2-liter bottle. Turn the 2-liter upside down over the bowl and stick it to the fastener strip. And done!

Sticking filled bottle to wood base
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Cheers to fresh water for your pooch and one less task on your to-do list.

Dog drinking from refillable water bowl
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