The Secret Craft Item in your Package of Bacon

Secret Craft Item Hiding In Your Package Of Bacon

This is more of a demo rather than a project but this post is really more about a good tip for recycling. If you buy bacon regularly, you might be throwing away a valuable craft item without knowing it.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon


Sounds crazy right? I know, but some packages of bacon have a plastic backing in there and it is the exact same plastic that store bought stencils are made from.

Secret craft item in your package of bacon

It’s a little difficult to see but if you turn the packages over in the store you can find which ones have it.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

I washed up my paper to get the bacon smell and the grease off. Now it is ready to go. (I will call it paper from here on out.)

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

I thought I picked an easy design to cut but I am not good with exacto knives so my first attempt was not so good.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

I printed a fleur de lis out and taped it to a cutting mat and then taped the stencil paper over it.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

I then tried cutting around it with my knife but it was too small and my cutting skills stink. This is what I ended up with.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

It’s not as bad as I thought but once I got to the middle area it was just too small.

So I decided to draw the design on with a sharpie. I also tweaked the fleur de lis a bit to compensate. I made the design wider for an easier cut.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

This was much easier for me to cut.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

The left side looks weird but believe me, it is fine. A piece of it is flipped up and makes it look thinner than the other side.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

Now to try out my new stencil. My test piece is from a plant I bought on clearance. It is just a wooden pot that the plant was stuck into.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

Stencil adhesive would have been perfect but I didn’t have any. I think it worked great without it anyway.

Secret Crafting Item In Your Package of Bacon

My cutting skills were much better on this second try.

I was able to get two stencils out of this one paper albeit the first one was messy and I started over. Depending on the size and finagling the position of the stencils on the paper you could probably get three to four small ones out of one sheet.

What do you think? Will you be checking your bacon for stencil paper now?

I will be linking up with these parties.


Secret Craft Item Hiding In Your Package of Bacon


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  1. Wow, I had really no idea, we don’t eat bacon, but now I’m thinking of checking if the bacon here does have that special plastic as well! Great tip, Thank you! I’m so glad you shared this secret at Sweet Inspiration 😉 !

  2. Kileenas-
    Thank you for this great tip! I wonder if you would be able to put it into a die cut machine? I too am not so handy with the exacto knife!
    Fun idea!

    1. I hadn’t thought of a die cut machine but it isn’t too heavy so it might work. I did think of maybe using it in a Cricut or Silhouette. I think it would work that way too. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow! What an awesome idea! I’ll be sure to give it a try. We eat a lot of bacon at our house! Lol! Thanks for sharing at Create Link Inspire!

  4. What a great tip! My hubby is an engineer and I use to have him bring home the old plans that were printed on plastic like this to cut stencils. A real money saver! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Kileen, I always throw that plastic away but from now on I will look at it with different eyes! Love the Fleur de Lis stencil you did.
    Your post has been the most clicked this week at Sweet Inspiration party, so don’t forget to stop by and grab your button. Congratulations!!

  6. Kileen, wow!! I’m floored that there’s a stencil blank in a package of bacon!! That’s amazing!! Your stencil looks great!! Love the fleur de lis design!! Thanks so much for the tip!!

  7. I also re-use the styrofoam in some meat packages as a paint palette. I will also wash them and use as a spoon rest during cooking. They aren’t as pretty as the ones I have collected over the years, but they allow room for lots of utensils and are disposable. You’ve inspired a post for me! Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. I wash and use those for a paint palette also. 🙂 I love anything to make paint clean up easier. I also wash and rinse out the plastic containers from some frozen dinners. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Wow!! Who knew!!?? I am buying bacon this week for my meal plan so I will have to make sure to wash and keep this. Great timing as I was just about to go purchase stencil material for a project. Thank you so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!

  9. YES!! Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us at Merry Monday. We look forward to your new projects at the new party starting tonight!

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