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Painted Pet Bowl
Designed by Candie Cooper

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying and baking time

Ceramic pet bowl
Plaid® MS sea sponge
Plaid® Soft bristle paint brushes
Plaid® Folk Art Enamel paints in desired colors
Plaid® Stencil spouncer
Plaid® Adhesive letter stencils


  1. Put a small amount of paint on a plate and dip sponge in paint.  Blot some paint off to the side.
  2. Sponge paint the outside surface of the bowl.  Do not paint areas that will touch food and water.  Set the paint according to manufacturer's instructions in the oven.
  3. Optionally, you can add stripes and dots to the surface as well.
  4. Spell pet's name with the letter stencils on the bowl and apply paint with the spouncer over the stencils.  Peel away the stencils and leave to dry.  Remember to set all painted surfaces with the oven (see manufacturer's instructions).



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