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DIY Sugar Skull Decorated Dog Bowl

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At home the popular saying that “dog’s are man’s best friend” really comes to life.  My daughter Ariane and Sally, our six year old Springer Spaniel, are inseparable.  When Ariane get’s up the first thing she does is feed Sally and let her out. Sally makes sure Ariane never forgets to feed her by putting up a circus worthy show as soon as Ariane get’s up: she jumps up and down in front of her plate and barks to call her attention.  It’s funny because Sally will not start doing this until Ariane is up because she know she feeds. In the afternoon when Ariane comes back from school they also have their little routine: Ariane does her homework and after that she reads two books to Sally one in Spanish and one in English. When it starts getting close to 5pm Sally will again put up her little show and start jumping up and down until Ariane gives her her dinner.


Ariane’s and Sally’s wonderful relationship is very special because Ariane has a very hard time making friends, she never has anyone over or goes to someone’s house for a playdate because having autism makes it difficult for her to create those relationships and communicate with other kids her age.  But that is ok because Sally and Ariane are truly the definition of BFFs: they spend time together, support each other, take care of each other and have fun spending time together.


Sally truly has changed our lives and she is such an important part of our family so we always make sure that she is healthy and happy. On a recent trip to Target I got some Beneful Chicken Incredibites for her along with a new bowl.  I thought I would give the new bowl some character and wanted it to reflect our family’s culture.  Sally, just like everyone in our family is bilingual and bicultural.  She loves dancing with us to salsa and bachata music and she understands commands in both languages so it I thought it would be fun to create a dog bowl that reflects our family’s Latino culture (and Sally’s). I decided to decorate her bowl with sugar skulls, which are

DIY Sugar Skull Dog Bowl


  • Ceramic dog bowl
  • Paper sugar skulls and flowers (I bought the sugar skulls on Etsy for a couple of dollars and printed on our home printed)
  • Waterproof Mode Podge



  • Cut the sugar skulls and paper flowers with an X-acto knife.
  • Make sure the ceramic bowl is clean.
  • Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of each flower and sugar skull and place them on the bowl.
  • Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the outside of the bowl covering the skulls and flowers.
  • Once the first coat is dry apply a second coat to make sure that that paper decorations are sealed.
  • Let dry for at least an hour.
  • Wash by hand.


We shop at Target regularly and we always get Sally’s food there along with something special because we like to pamper her.  Sally really liked the Beneful Incredibites and there really is no better way to show your best buddy that you care than by providing her with a nutritious food that has real and wholesome ingredients like real meats and vitamin-rich veggies and a great taste your buddy will love. She really enjoyed Beneful’s tender and crunchy bites and we where happy that she is getting a 100% complete and balanced food that will keep her healthy and happy.


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If you are in the LA area don’t miss the following events:

There will also be Target in-store demos at various Target locations in the LA area on 8/22/15 from 11 am to 4 pm. Here you can get free samples of Incredibites Chicken and flyers with a $2 coupon. You can also check for a Target Coupon in the newspaper on 8/2/15 for Beneful (Target locations in LA area only). 


About the author

Cesar Diaz

Cesar is a freelance graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising world. He is the creative force behind GrowingUpBilingual.com and 365thingsswfl.com. 2 year ago he gave up his steady job so he could spend more time at home and be more involved in his kid's lives. He loves sharing tips to maintain a healthier lifestyle both at home and while traveling. He likes to cook low calorie meals with a Latino touch, specially if they are on the grill. He is a techie, a carnivore and a fitness buff not necessarily in that order. During his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working out at the gym, watching movies and traveling with his family.

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  1. adriana martin

    Great story, my Bella is also bicultural and bilingual I nee to start reading books to her to follow Ariane’s lead. Thanks for participating in this shop. #client
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  2. Gilda Campos

    Que bonita idea y que historia de amor y compañía. Gracias por compartir!

  3. Brenda/Mejorando mi hogar

    Awww I love it! Me encanta y a mi hija también! Sally se ve muy bonita con su flor 🙂
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  4. Laura Rodriguez

    Qué lindo son los dos tu perrito y tu hija ni hablar, una dulzura. Les voy a mostrar el post a mis hijas seguramente quieran hacer un bowl como este para nuestro Coco. Gracias!
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  5. Monica

    Que lindo te quedó el plato y me gusta porque los niños también pueden hacerlo para nuestros amigos de 4 patitas.

  6. Diana Rodriguez - Compras y Hogar

    Que linda idea, tu nena esta bien grande y hermosa!
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  7. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá

    What a lovely dog! love the bowl! so easy to do!
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  8. Sandra Del Rocio Perez

    Maravilloso relato, me fascino el ver feliz a esta bella perrita, tan coqueta y consentida. Y que bueno es contar con productos que cuentan con los nutrientes necesarios que requieren las mascotas.

  9. Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    Love to see the addition of Sally to your bella familia. It’s also great to see Arianna with the responsability and the cariño one shares with our furry BFFs; it’ll do her a world of good. BB2U
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  10. S. Yissele

    Awww… que lindo les quedo el plato! Muchas gracias por la idea. Saludos y

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
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