This is how to make your very own decorative rolling pins with sweet floral prints. They are the perfect touch of rustic decor in any room of your house!
A baker, I am not. That is not even up for debate.
When it’s time to bake something in my house, I usually head straight to the local bakery. I don’t even own a single rolling pin of my own. That’s why when I found these vintage wooden rolling pins for sale online, I was super excited to grab them to use for a pretty DIY home decor project I’d had in mind. If you want to use baking pins for baking don’t do this project. But if you want a pretty prop to stick in your kitchen and pretend like you bake…give this a try! 🙂
How To Make Decorative Rolling Pins
When you cover wooden rolling pins in floral transfer, all of a sudden you have a farmhouse chic home decor item that you can use in any room of your house.
I’ll take you through every single step with lots of pictures along the way. I even have a video at the end showing you how I did it all.
After the tutorial, I’ll answer some questions about the craft too. If you have any questions, you can leave them here in the comments or even join my Facebook page and ask me there too!
Most of the supplies for this project I already had on hand, but they are super easy to find here on my Amazon Shopping List.
Even though you can buy brand new rolling pins, I highly recommend finding them used at a thrift shop if you can. I prefer to use old wooden rolling pins because they have more character and tell a deeper story with all of their dents and little flaws.
Here is a list of supplies you will need to make this DIY rolling pin project.
- wooden rolling pins
- chalk-type or acrylic paint
- mod podge
- floral transfer of your choice
1. Paint The Rolling Pins
Paint the rolling pin your desired, light color, leaving the ends natural. Allow the paint to dry completely. Do NOT skip this step as it is important. If the paint is even a little bit wet, the floral transfers will not work. I suggest letting them dry overnight at least.
2. Apply Mod Podge
Apply a light layer of mod podge to the painted area as this will help the transfer to stick. Allow it to dry until it is sticky. You don’t have to let it dry overnight – it should still be slightly sticky – so, it only needs about 30-45 minutes to dry.
3. Cut the Transfer to fit the rolling pin
Cut a piece from the transfer to fit around your rolling pin. I made one that used a floral transfer and another that used a gingham transfer. There are several different choices you can pick from in order to match your current decor.
4. Rub The Transfer Onto the Rolling Pin
Begin rubbing the transfer onto the barrel of the rolling pin. This may take a while for the transfer to release, just be patient and continue rubbing until it is completely onto the rolling pin.
This step takes the longest. Go slowly and keep rubbing. It will eventually transfer to the rolling pin.
Take breaks if you need them. I call this craft my workout! It works those muscles, I tell you what!
Live Video Tutorial
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Perfect Rustic Decor
This was by far one of my favorite DIY projects. It is so versatile with the design choices. It makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Mine are displayed in a glass jar below.
Ya’ll, don’t forget to pin this project for later!
Where To Display Decorative Rolling Pins
Since it uses rolling pins, I think it will look the most perfect in the kitchen. After putting my rolling pins in a jar with my DIY wooden bead garland, I think they will fit in any room in the house.
In fact, if you place these pins in a mason jar, it will look so cute on a breakfast tray in your living room.
Add it to a galvanized tub in your laundry room for a pretty little rustic decoration. The only room I can’t really see it fitting naturally is the bathroom.
Other Types of Transfers
For this specific craft, I used floral furniture transfer. There are tons of different shades and patterns out there from which you can choose. If you aren’t really into flowers, there are also lots of typography ones and other patterns, like stripes.
Another way to transfer any image to the wood rolling pin is to print the image on wax paper and transfer it to the wood. Unexpected Elegance has a tutorial showing you how easy that is.
If you prefer to decorate your rolling pins with fabric, then use this idea from My Repurposed Life. Print directly onto some fabric and glue the fabric to the rolling pin. After reading their tutorial, I was surprised at how amazing it turns out!
Other Kitchen Items to Redecorate
Don’t just stop with the rolling pins! You can use floral transfers to redecorate lots of kitchen items. Here are just a few of my favorite things to freshen up in the kitchen.
- Cutting board
- Wooden utensils
- Kitchen signs
- Wooden Baskets
- Glass Mason Jars
You don’t have to spend a lot to make some cute crafts. Check out my most recommended DIY Dollar Tree Craft Supplies!
More Farmhouse Craft Projects
The farmhouse wooden beaded tassel looks great with this project. See how to make one for yourself here – Farmhouse Beaded Tassel DIY Project!
If you want to give this as a gift, my hand-painted mugs also make a wonderful gift too. Put both of them into a gift basket and fill it up with baking and coffee accessories.
Another one of my favorite farmhouse decor crafts is this messy bow I made on a burlap pillow wrap. You can use tons of colors or make them monochromatic. The options are endless!
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DIY Floral Decorative Rolling Pins
- Paint the rolling pins in the color of your choice. Keep in mind that the paint will likely show through the transfer. Make sure the paint is 100% dry before going to the next step.
- Apply a thin layer of mod podge over the paint, and let it dry slightly until it's tacky.
- Rub the transfer onto the rolling pin - this may take a few minutes, so just keep rubbing!
- Display and enjoy!