Introduction: Toast Stencils

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Toast is great! So here's a way to make it even funner for kids... Make fun/interesting shapes on toast using paper to mask where margerine is spread.

Anywhere margerine is applied before toasting leaves a void afterwards.

Inspired by this instructable I wanted to do something with a similar result without the need for potentially dangerous modifications to toasters.

Fancy trying it? Post a picture of your stencilled toast to win a 3 month pro membership.

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

  • white bread (gives better contrast than brown)
  • margerine (I've not tried butter yet, spray oil is rubbish!)
  • paper
  • a pencil
  • a knife for spreading
  • a knife/scissors for cutting
  • various other drawing implements (cutting mat, protractors, compasses, rulers, stencils as you see fit)

Step 2: Proof of Concept...

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I wasn't sure what would work for what I wanted to do so I set out to see what gave the best contrast and detail.

I found that margerine with white bread gives a very nice clear line. I also tried brown bread which didn't work out very well since the contrast wasn't so good.

Olive oil spray which I thought might be applied easier didn't give such a good picture (or taste) since it was harder to apply it as thickly and the spray ran under the stencil once applied, losing edge detail.

Step 3: Making a Stencil

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Gather your drawing, cutting and spreading implements.

Any shape that hasn't got too much detail works well. I would advise starting with a circle and square or two and then branching out to flowers, hearts, popular icons or anything you can think of that isn't toooooo detailed.

I started out with Pacman and his friendly ghosts before my housemate turned up and liked the idea of a sun. He's a simple yet recognisable shape and so easy to do!

Step 4: Applying a Stencil

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Lay your stencil onto your bread.

Spread the margerine inwards, starting on the paper and moving onto the bread so that you get as sharp a line of marge as possible. Spreading in the opposite direction will give a blury line.

Spread it nice and thick. The margerine will stop the bread toasting and leave a lighter patch.

Pop it under the grill until you've got good contrast between the light and dark areas.

Step 5: Results!

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Here are the results of the designs I tried.

The Pacman and friends came out well, the details on the bottom of the ghosts could have been better.

The sun lost some definition, which was sharpened up by scraping with a knife.

Step 6: User Gallery

I'd love to see what others come up with. Please post a photo or two if you try this and I'll add them to this step and send you a pacman toast patch.

Some ideas:
  • hearts
  • flowers
  • letters (spell my name in toast and I'll send you a 3 month free membership)


xulled (author)2011-08-11

modern art )
like an my site

(Ramen) (author)2011-08-11

Awesome, makes me think of the Jesus toaster (If you haven't seen it, it toasts Jesus into your bread.)

Anyway, good job! :)

This makes me want to find a way to hack a toaster.. Maybe there's a way to add a stencil onto the bread holding mechanism..?

LexiLovesPie (author)2010-09-09

this is awesome

techturtle2 (author)2010-09-04

I did this and came out with this... sorry it says "ayefuu" my dog ate the "j"... the first "u" is the best one. It didnt do to well, I did it with butter.

Maxaxle (author)2010-08-18

Interesting, easy, cheap, fast...I think I might try it.

Creativeman (author)2010-08-01

O.K. I'll bite! (Pun intended....) here's my entry, Jayefuu.

Jayefuu (author)Creativeman2010-08-01

Ha ha that's brilliant C'man. You use your creativeness for any others while you were at it? :D

Jayefuu (author)Jayefuu2010-08-02

PS I added the picture to my blog with a link to your profile :) Hope that's okay.

Creativeman (author)Jayefuu2010-08-02

That's fine, is another attempt...looks a little sharper, I think. Cman

Jayefuu (author)Creativeman2010-08-03

Wow that one's much better. How'd you get so much detail? Did you lose the butter and just leave the card on instead?

Creativeman (author)Jayefuu2010-08-03

Yes, I did not use butter, but the big secret is: Aluminum foil! I just cut the letters out, put the foil on bright side up, and toasted away...

Creativeman (author)Jayefuu2010-08-02

This is it, Jayefuu! Would like it to be more contrast...hmmmm...I'll think on it. Cman

PKM (author)2010-07-29

Jay, no lasers? I am disappoint...

Radiant Creator (author)PKM2010-08-02

does that mean i am son?

Jayefuu (author)PKM2010-07-29

Actually, I cut the prototype pacman from paper on the laser cutter, but that's less accessible :p I'll do laser etched toast next then? :D

kjbrasda (author)2010-08-01

this is pretty neat. You can also use milk with food coloring mixed in, but don't apply it too heavily or it will be soggy.

Jayefuu (author)kjbrasda2010-08-02

I'd like to see that :D I didn't think of food colouring. Might increase the contrast.

kjbrasda (author)Jayefuu2010-08-02

I'll try to remember to do one and get a picture, It's a pretty hectic week this week here!

bombmaker2 (author)2010-08-01

Though difficult to see, this is Hitman Toast. Mr. 47 eats it daily for breakfast.

Jayefuu (author)bombmaker22010-08-02

Cool. :D I can't quite make it out but I can see some lines. What image is it from?

bombmaker2 (author)Jayefuu2010-08-02

It's the hitman symbol from the games and movie.

Hero Under The Pine (author)2010-08-01

Great ible', but where's Clyde?

He didn't make it :( He was the first ghost to be nommed.

Beergnome (author)2010-08-01

I'd always thought that one could use 1/32 stainless steel sheet, cut a pattern, then install said pattern into a toaster basket, the stainless shield pattern would be food safe and the would leave a toast "shadow" pacman is cool, but you missed out on the obvious. big butter Jesus toast

Jayefuu (author)Beergnome2010-08-01

They've done exactly that in the link I include in the first paragraph :D Looks cool but is slightly harder.

heppa442 (author)2010-07-29

i might try butter and (STUPID QUESTION ALERT) does it have to be done on the grill? or can it be done in a toaster?

If you mean a pop up toaster, I'd avoid it. The butter/margarine would drip into the bottom as well as being a potential fire hazard. However, if you press a design into the bread before toasting, the deeper areas won't brown the way that the other would. You could use one of those cookie cutters that impress details into the cookie, just make sure that you don't cut all the way through. The cookie cutters that I have are thinner than the regular thickness of sliced bread and should work well, though I've never actually tries this. Suzanne in Orting, WA

okay thanks ill try the cookie cutter method

TARDIS Toast!!!! Just a thought.....

Do it :) Post a picture if you do.

Sunbanks (author)2010-07-29

I've never made toast without a toaster... And until a couple of years ago I didn't even know how to correctly use our toaster!

promet (author)2010-07-28

Awesome idea! One note though, don't feed your kids margarine, it's all trans-fatty. Some good organic butter ain't gonna hurt them yougins' none. ;D

foothillfrontier (author)2010-07-28

That angle makes the star toast look like the worlds largest stenciled toast!

Joe Martin (author)2010-07-28

This is amazing! I will try Space invaders toast, I'll be sure to take pictures failure or success!

Jayefuu (author)Joe Martin2010-07-28

Awesome, do it! I recon you're good for 2cm resolution so that may help you decide how to do them.

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