Joe's Toes ( Hot Dogs on a Stick)




About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

Halloween is just around the corner,  so here is a gruesome treat that will surely impress your kids. Jotoze are simple to make and will generate conversations at the table.  Easy enough to fix several times before Halloween to get the kids into the Halloween spirit.  I will be sharing a few different versions you can make.  

Step 1: What You Will Need

For  Joe's toe you will need:
  • 1 Package regular hot dogs 
  • 1 Package Jumbo hot dogs.
  • 1 Turnip.
  • Ketchup.
  • Lettuce ( optional ).
  • Cutting board.
  • Knife.
  • Plate.
  • Tooth picks if serving a crowd.

For the specimen jar you will add:
  • 1 Small jar for each toe.
  • 1 LED light for each toe.
I did not think of it until now but a tag on the jar would be super.  

For the Coroner's Office you will add:


Step 2: Cook the Dogs

Cooking the dogs:
  • It is best to boil the dogs to give them a realistic look.  
  • You can get 2 big toes out of 1 Jumbo hot dog.  

Step 3: Carving the Dogs/ Turnips

Here is how to carve the dogs:
  • The trick of carving is to carefully make a thin cut.
  • Carve leaving a little of the edges alone to make it more realistic.
  • Trim a slit so the turnip or toe nail can slip under to secure it.
  • Trim a toe nail from the turnip rounding the edges.  You want this pretty thin so it is transparent.

Step 4: Placing the Toe Nail

Here is how to place the toe nail:
  • Slip the toe nail into the slit and position it to look natural.

Step 5: Place Them on a PLate

Serving the Jotoze:
  • You can either place them on a serving platter or plate with ketchup in the center to make it look gruesome.
  • I used the lettuce to enhance the picture but lettuce is not needed necessarily.  
  • Tooth picks are optional. 

Step 6: Jar Specimen

Here is how to make the jar specimen:
  • Place the toe in a baby food jar.
  • Put the lid on top.
  • Place a LED light under the jar.
  • Turn on the light!  

That is all there is to the jar specimen.  It looks really cool.

Step 7: Coroner's Office

How to make the Coroner's Office:
  • Cut out the cardboard for the backdrop.
  • Draw a door with a window.
  • Cut out the window.
  • Draw the door knob.
  • Print out the text for the door.
  • Cut it out.
  • Cut 2 of the clear contact paper to fit the opening of the window.
  • Center the text on the window pane and stick it to it.
  • Stick the 2ND piece of contact paper over the text.
  • Set aside while you work on the table.

Step 8: The Table

Here is how to make the table:
  • Place the Styrofoam in the loaf pan.
  • Cover the loaf pan with tin foil.
  • The tin foil keeps the hot dogs from touching the foam.
  • Make a dummy from batting or cotton.
  • Place the dummy on the table.
  • Cover the dummy with the white cloth.


Step 9: Adding the Toes

Here is how to place the toes:
  • Stick a skewer in the center of each toe.
  • Set the toes out on the cutting board to form the shape of a foot.
  • Mark the skewer where it needs to be cut.
  • Cut off the extra where you marked.
  • Place each toe in order at the end of the table into the foam.
  • It should look like the picture.

Step 10: Tagging the Corpse

Making the tag:
  • Cut a piece of the white cardboard for the tag.
  • Punch a small hole in the corner to insert the dental floss.
  • Tie the dental floss to the tag.
  • Write the name on the tag.
  • Tie the tag to the big toe.

Does that look awesome or what?

Step 11: Back Drop

Here is how to place the back drop:
  • Place the table where it will be.
  • Either tape the back drop to a wall or:
  • Tape it to the end of the table.
If you can tape it to a wall and have the table close that would look the best.

Step 12: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I must say this looks gruesome!  It turned out much better than I had expected.  After making this I am sure this would be a huge hit for any crazy party.  You could easily make this for a large crowd.  I wanted to make this with 2 feet  but I did not have enough room.  You could have the table wider and make it with 2 feet.  You could make tables from cardboard and line them up on a long table.  If you noticed on one of the toenails I used the purple part of the turnip.  It gave the toe nails a different look.  You could use apples instead of the turnips.  I think it would work great.  

If I was to win the Epilog Challenge I could create a lot more projects that I can't make now.  Precision cutting is needed for more intricate crafts.  The sky is the limit with a precision cutter.  

Thank you for stopping in and do have a Happy Halloween!  



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    17 Discussions


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I am sure a hand could be done. The tricky part would be the palm part. You could make a bandage to cover the hand part and let the fingers stick through. Maybe use a glove with open fingers. Fill the glove with cotton or filling of some sort. If using it just for a display you could paint the fingernails! I love that idea.
    Thanks for commenting! Have a super night!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    What about potato chips for the toenails? Attach them with bloody ketchup? lol... just thinking! ;-)

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Hey friend that is a super idea! I had not thought of that! I'll bet they really would look awesome! Thanks for sharing! Have a great Monday!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    oh yea... those thick-cut chips would look gnarley-awesome!

    You're welcome... you have a great Monday, too! ;-D


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting Flintlock! Glad your hungry as there is leftovers! Have a super Monday!

    sunshiinemary candy

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks friend for commenting! Hope to see more of your creations soon! Have a splendorous Monday!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting friend! I had fun creating this even though I like the pretty stuff. Thought this would go over better for Halloween. Have a splendorous day!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting! They were easy to make. Have a great day!