PHOTOS: Ridiculously Cool Pancake Art You Have To See

09/03/2014 at 11:23 AM ET

Lacy Heart Pancakes
Courtesy Joanna Siemek

Ever since we included this simple squiggly heart in our collection of genius breakfast hacks, we’ve been obsessed with pancake art. And now, we’re seeing amazing new designs everywhere.

The good news is that the basics are simple. And you can create increasingly intricate and complicated designs or pictures as you get better.

Start with your favorite pancake batter in a squeeze bottle. (If you want multiple colors, add food coloring to smaller batches of pancake batter and use multiple squeeze bottles.) On a griddle or a skillet over medium high heat, start by squeezing the outlines of your pancake. The lines will be a bit darker because they are on the griddle longer. After a minute or two, fill in the empty spaces with more batter, and cook until it’s time to flip (when you start to see bubbles in the batter).

Ready to give it a try?

For your inspiration, here are some of our favorite pancake art and artists on the web. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see several takes on everyone’s new favorite superhero: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot.

—Kristin Appenbrink

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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