Salty {Hot} Dogs

I’ve gotta say, this was one of my favorite projects for Bentley’s party.  I’m not sure how this idea transpired, or how it even came to be a thought – ordinarily I have Pinterest to credit.  This time, I think it was one of those things that pops into your head in the middle of the night as a solution to a problem I was mulling over before falling asleep.  Kids like hot dogs, I just had a problem serving them at a party due to their…. ho-humness?  {Not sure that’s even a word!}  Anyways, if you are like me and cringe at serving hot dogs at a special occasion, this should help up their ‘special factor’.


 Eh – under $10?  It’s hard to say, since you only use a little bit of each item.  And, most things are probably considered “stock” items in a crafters closet.



Time to Complete:

  •  1 hour to find, edit, and cut all of graphics out of paper
  • 30 min. to trace templates onto masonite
  • 2 hours {thanks Daddy!}
  • 30 min. to mod podge paper onto masonite
  • 30 min. for both glaze applications

Total Estimated Time: 4.5 hours.

Materials Needed:

  • Melamine {Thin Crap Wood – $9 for 4×8 foot sheet}
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Photo Editing Software
  • Paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors/Xacto Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Scroll Saw
  • Mod Podge
  • Aging Glaze {DIY by mixing glaze and raw umber artists tube oil – a little color goes a long way.  You can always add more pigment if it’s not as dark as you prefer.  Mix to your personal preference – which may take a bit of trail and error.}
  • Artist Brush
  • Paint, Color: Latte SW 6108
  •  Toothpick
  • Glue

How To:

  1.  Find dog image you like. 
    • Image above is what I used.  Since you only need a head and tail, I widdled his middle. 😉
  2. Download image, and size to desired specifications.  Size I used was just under 3″ for the head, tail in scale with that.
  3. Copy and paste images, yielding one head and tail per guest plus one head and tail to use as template.
  4. Print images.
  5. With scissors or Xacto precisely cut out each head and tail.
    • Tip: you may want to cut head and tail template slightly larger than it’s size to ensure when masonite is cut it will encompass printed head image.
  6. With permanent marker, trace templates several times onto masonite –  1 head and tail per guest. 
  7. Use scroll saw to cut out heads and tails out of masonite.
  8. If there are any rough edges, smooth with sand paper.
  9. Use artist brush to paint top and sides of each head and tail.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Turn each masonite piece paint side down, paint backside of all heads and tails.
  12. Allow paint to dry.
  13.  With Mod Podge, use artist brush to adhere paper heads to masonite heads, and paper tails to masonite tails.  Use care to  line up edges of masonite and paper correctly.
  14. Allow to dry.
  15. Apply one coat of aging glaze.
  16. Allow to dry.
  17. Apply second coat of aging glaze.
  18. Allow to dry.
  19. Glue one toothpick to back of each head and tail.
  20.  Allow to dry.
  21. Set aside until ready to use.
  22. When hotdogs are cooked, and ready to serve, insert toothpicks upright into ends of each hot dog.
  23. Serve and enjoy. :)


These pooches will be partying at these places:

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime , Not Baaad Sundays @ Lamb Around, Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things, Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table and Dreaming, M.M.M. @ C.R.A.F.T., Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou, Craft-O-Maniac Monday, DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff, MTW Cuter Mondays, Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do, Mad Skills Party @ Mad in Crafts, Motivated Monday @ Be Colorful

Sew Cute Tuesday @ The Creative Itch, Take a Look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee Crafts, Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm, Anti Procrastination Tuesdays @ New Nostalgia, Tutorial Tuesdays @ Hope Studios, Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy, Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Talent Tuesday @ Wintage Wanna Bee, Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Show Me What Ya Got @ Not Just a Housewife, Chic and Crafty Party @ The Frugal Girls 

Tip Me Tuesday @ The Tip Junkie, Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework, Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss, Inspiration Board @ Carolyns Homework, Creative Boggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime, Tuesday To Do Party @ The Blackberry Vine,

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