So these two octopuses went for a walk and they walked arm in arm in arm in arm...
My little lady had a lunch of pasta salad (rotini pasta, italian dressing, parmesan and peas) topped with an octopus shaped kosher hotdog and a string cheese mozzarella stick in an EasyLunchboxes container.
To make the octo-dog you simply cut the hotdog about 3/4 to the end into "tentacles" and then boil for a minute or so and the legs curl up like tentacles. The same technique is used for the cheese stick, but don't do the boiling water step. ;-) The octodog face was made with a toothpick prior to boiling and I used a food safe marker on the mozzadog (or octoella?), which I promptly smeared as soon as I tried positioning it in the lunch.
In the two smaller sections are sea-stars of cucumber & carrots, made by using two sizes of star-shaped mini-cutters and clementine oranges with raspberries.
Sausages, or "weiners" as I see them called most often, are very popular in Japanese bento boxes. They even make special tools just for making hotdog shapes! They sort of make me laugh and gag a little at the same time. ;-)