DIY Cast Iron Pan Protectors

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DIY Cast Iron Pan Protector

This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you use cast iron cook wear on a regular basis, you know that taking care of it presents challenges that don’t exist with other types of cook wear. In order for cast iron to cook properly, it needs to be seasoned. In order to keep it seasoned, it needs to be cleaned and stored a certain way. Because of this, a well-seasoned pan will have a slight oily surface, making the pans difficult to stack unless you don’t mind grease getting all over the bottoms of each pan and potentially ruining the seasoned surface.

In the past, we have simply placed coffee filters between the pans to prevent any issues but they didn’t really work well for the larger pans and they had a tendency to stick to the underside of the nested pans.

So I set out to find another solution to this problem using Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner.


DIY Cast Iron Pan Protectors

What you need:

  • Duck® Brand Shelf Liners
  • Cast iron pans
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

I had 2 rolls of shelf liner, one 20in x 4ft shelf liner in a tan color and one 12in x 6ft shelf liner in white with a reddish flower pattern. Either size would work fine for this project but I went with the 12in for my pan liners because I thought the color contrast would look great against the cast iron.


Trace the bottom of one of the pans with a pencil onto the inner side of the shelf liner.


Cut out the circle making sure to cut INSIDE the circle to account for the thickness of the cast iron because you traced the outside of the pan.


Repeat for each pan, and place each protector inside the pans.


Perfect fit!


This was such a simple project, if I can do it anyone can do it. Working with the Duck® Brand Shelf Liners was easy, and I really love the color and pattern of the shelf paper and how it looks with the cast iron.

Now, our pans are protected and the liners are super easy to clean between uses!

Duck® Brand Shelf Liners come in adhesive and non-adhesive varieties and have so many color and pattern variations. You are sure to find one that will look perfect for your project. You can do so many things with Duck® Brand Shelf Liners in addition to lining your shelves. I chose to protect my cast iron pans but you can also use it under loose rugs, make a placemat for dog bowls, protect the top of your washer and dryer, and much more.

For more information about Duck® Brand Shelf Liners and for great project ideas, make sure you follow Duck® Brand on Facebook and Pinterest.

What household project would you create with Duck® Brand Shelf Liners?

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Products You Need to Complete this Project

  • Duck Brand Easy Liner Shelf Liner
    Price: $13.99
  • 10″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
    Price: $24.27
  • 12″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
    Price: $33.31
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  1. Sandra says

    I stack my cast iron pans with the smaller ones on bottom, they stack so the bigger ones are on top of the pan, therefore, not touching the pan. This works perfectly for me, I keep them stored in the oven, easy to get out, easy to put away and no extra expense or work.

  2. merilyn says

    This is a great idea! Not only cast iron needs protecting…the “new” ceramic lined pans are especially touchy about scratches.

  3. says

    What an easy fix! We don’t have any cast iron, but I’m tempted to make those anyway since my pots & pans all scratch each other up in the cupboards- plus that’s just so cute!

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