Turn a Dog Bowl into a Foot Stool

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chair stool vert

I have fun project for you today using an unexpected item.  It’s fun thinking outside the box.  I’m going to show you how to turn a dog bowl into a foot stool.  My little sister just had a baby and has a fun nursery for him that is adventure themed with a rich color scheme and lots of rope and wood.  She was lucky enough to find an awesome vintage chair that worked perfect in her room.  Two problems.  There was no ottoman; not a problem for everyone but for a new mom an ottoman is sure handy.  Problem two, the chair sits very low to the ground.  She could have just bought a normal step stool but most would be too tall for the chair.  While I was at target I saw this dog bowl and thought it would be perfect to turn into a stool.


Here’s what I used:

  • Dog dish or bowl
  • 2″ foam
  • Wooden clock face from craft store
  • Rope
  • Batting
  • Fabric
  • Tools:
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Screwdriver
  • Screw
  • 2 nuts
  • 2 washers

I found this dog bowl at Target, really about any non-glass bowl would do.  There were also some really fun wooden bowls in the kitchen section that would work great if you didn’t want to do the rope.  As a side note, this is a rather short stool.  If you were using it for a standard size chair you would need a taller bowl.

To begin with I used the screwdriver and hammer to put a hole in the center of the bowl that my screw would fit through, if you have a drill that would work.  I took my bowl with me to the ranch store, a hardware store would work too.  To make sure I had enough rope to cover the bowl.  Glue the rope onto the bowl working from the bottom edge and going up, keep turning and gluing until it is all covered.


Put the washer on the screw and put the screw through the hole in the clock face.  Take one of the nuts and tighten it on the screw.


Cut your foam to the size of the clock face.  A serrated knife works the best for this.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, the batting and fabric will hide a lot.  Glue your foam onto the top of the clock face, the screw should be poking through the opposite side; this will be the cushion for the stool.

foam clock

Lay out the batting and place the cushion on it with the screw sticking up.  Pull the batting up onto the wood and staple it down.  Go to the opposite side and do the same thing, continue going back and forth until the batting is secured.  I wanted mine a little softer so I did two layers of batting.  Cut off the excess batting, cut close to the staples.  Hammer down any staples that are sticking up.

batting 1

Take your fabric and lay it out flat.  I used a re-purposed shirt that I found at a thrift store, it was the perfect colors to match her nursery.  Take the cushion and lay it on top of the fabric.  If there is a pattern make sure it is lined up how you want.  The process is the same as for the batting, but make sure that you pull it tight enough but not too tight.  Cut off the excess and hammer down any staples.  Put the screw through the hole in the bowl, put on the washer and the nut and tighten it down.

stool chair

Kick your feet up and relax.

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