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Styled Eats: Mini Hot Dogs + DIY Food Containers

I’m so excited to share this post today Alexis Birkmeyer put together. This food presentation would be great for any outdoor picnic or even a Father’s Day lunch. Little bite-sized hot dogs take a bit more work than their bigger counterparts but make the food feel that much more special. We presented these mini hot dogs in simple but genius DIY vellum food containers Alexis came up with. You could use vellum like we did or even use a patterned cardstock to hold any type of picnic food. See below for our free template, photos, and full instructions.

Click through for full instructions.

Materials Needed: Mini Hot Dogs + Buns. (To make the buns, we used this recipe. A half recipe made about 24 mini buns.) Follow the instructions in the recipe, except when shaping, make them about the size and shape of the hot dog. Once they’ve puffed up and been baked, they’ll be the perfect size! We brushed them with egg whites and topped them with sesame seeds before baking.
For the Baskets: Free Printable Template (download here), Exacto Knife, Ruler, Glue Dots, Straight Pin and Wax Paper for a liner.

Step 1: Download, and print the template, but don’t cut it out. Instead, lay it over your vellum, and using a straight pin, mark each corner point with a tiny hole.
Step 2: Remove the template and connect the pin holes to cut out the template.
Step 3: Finish connecting the dots from the pin holes and scoring the fold lines.
Step 4: Fold the corners and allow them to crease.
Step 5. Use a glue dot to secure each corner by sticking it inside the outer fold and pinch the creases so they are secure.
Step 6. When your baskets are complete line them with a parchment or wax paper.

All photos and styling by Alexis Birkmeyer. All rights reserved.

  1. The slow pace

    May 22, 2012

    That’s the cutest thing ever! I’m so going to try it!

  2. Whitney

    May 22, 2012

    Where did you find the tiny hot dogs? Or did you cut up one larger hot dog? I can’t tell!

  3. Mary-My Life in Scotland

    May 22, 2012

    I love these!!! How cute! Perfect for summer parties! Thanks for the printable!

  4. Marie

    May 22, 2012

    These are so cute! And I love the homemade buns! :)

  5. cindymindypindy

    May 22, 2012

    Where’d you get the mini hot dogs. This may or may not be something we’re doing for my reception!

  6. Emily

    May 22, 2012

    Darling! Can’t wait to try that bun recipe!

  7. Mary from O+A

    May 22, 2012

    I love this idea!! This is perfect for a little picnic that we’re planning!

  8. valerinna

    May 22, 2012

    Que c’est joli ! ça à l’air si bon !
    Big Bisous mon amie.

  9. Steph

    May 22, 2012

    The mini hot dogs are adorable! I need to come up with a reason to make these!

  10. Evani G

    May 22, 2012

    I cannot believe how cute this is! Oh Happy Day is my Party/DIY bible!


  11. carole

    May 22, 2012

    Another amazingly cute idea. I too am curious about the hot dogs. Where can they be purchased?

  12. Jessica

    May 22, 2012

    Yes to mini hot dogs! What a perfect appetizer.

  13. Hannah

    May 22, 2012

    These look so good! I might make mine with different sauces!

  14. Lenya

    May 23, 2012

    Very cute, these are great for a party!

  15. Joanna

    May 23, 2012

    I would LOVE to have the recipe for those buns, if you don’t mind. Everything looks so cute, but I know the buns won’t be something I can fetch from the grocery. 😀

  16. Alice

    May 23, 2012

    Amazing! 😀

  17. Amanda Joy

    May 23, 2012

    AWE love love love! And the photo styling here makes me swoon!!!!!

  18. Katherine

    May 23, 2012

    Eek these are the cutest little things ever!!!

  19. Alison

    May 23, 2012

    seriously! This styling is KILLING ME! love it all! xo

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    May 24, 2012

    I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. I also found your entries very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well!

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  21. Cristy

    May 24, 2012

    This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. EVER!!


    June 1, 2012

    They’re adorable! Great size for appetizers and also for my little kids. But where did you find the cute little hot dogs?

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