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Wooden Rolling Pin Decor – Easy Wood-burning Project

Friends, I can’t wait to show you this cute Wooden Rolling Pin Decor I repurposed for my sister’s birthday.  I love it but I know it might give some vintage lovers pause. She loves it and that was my main goal.

Wooden Rolling Pin with red bakers twine.

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When my sister, one of my sisters, birthday was coming up I was stumped as to what to get her.  It was a milestone birthday so I wanted it to be something more special than a gift card or a trinket. 

Once I knew I was going to use the old wooden rolling pin I’d bought at a thrift store I decided on the saying “Happiness is Homemade.”  Until…..

She sent me a picture of some redecorating she’d done.  It looked lovely.  And then I spotted it.  A little wooden sign on her shelf with that exact phrase I was going to use.  At first I thought, “just pretend you didn’t see it, it’ll be ok.”  But I knew I couldn’t do it because, lying is bad.

Rolling Pin Decor Supplies

The days were counting down until her birthday party and I started to panic. Then it hit me, the perfect saying 🙂  My sister loves to cook but she also loves to bake, and she’s also a grandma and I was thrilled when the perfect saying just came to me. 

I’m going to show you how to use a wood burning tool to make this cute DIY gift.  I’m still fairly new at it but my first Beginner Wood Burning project turned out pretty good and that gave me the confidence to try again.

Wood Burning a Rolling Pin

Step 1: Design your saying.

  • Determine your saying and font and print it out.  If the rolling pin is wider than the printed paper split your saying on two pieces of paper and tape them together making sure the words line up.
  • Cut out your saying so there’s not too much extra above or below.

Step 2: Trace your design onto the rolling pin.

  • Place a piece of transfer paper on the rolling pin the same size as the saying and tape your saying over the top so that it won’t move.
  • Trace the outline of the letters with the end of a pen.  This mechanical pencil tip worked great.
  • Lay it on a towel or cloth so the rolling pin doesn’t slide.
Tracing saying onto wooden rolling pin.
  • Carefully lift up the paper and transfer paper and check to see that you traced all letters and lines.
Check tracing of saying onto wooden rolling pin.

If some spots are too light or not traced at all simply drop the paper and trace over those spots.  I love transfer paper, I used it also to make a Welcome Sign for our porch without a stencil.

Preparing to Wood Burn your Rolling Pin

Step 3: Get ready to burn.

Always be careful when working with your wood burning kit. I keep a coffee cup handy on a cork trivet to hold my wood burner when it’s heating up and between uses. 

They come with a little stand but honestly that doesn’t work very well.  You don’t want to ruin your table surface, or worsen burn down your house.  Remember to turn off and/or unplug it when not in use.  Let’s get started!

  • Roll or fold up a towel to rest your arm on while you wood burn and this will keep your hand steady while you work.
  • Start by outline the letters. I like to start by doing all up and down lines first and then going back over and doing the side-to-side and curves.  You should practice on a scrap board before you dive into your first project to get the feel for it.
Wood burning a saying onto a wooden rolling pin
  • After everything is outlined turn off the wood burner and let it cool a bit before changing the wood burning tip to do the fill in.
  • Use needlenose pliers to switch to a different burning tip.
  • Carefully burn the insides of the letters you just outlined.
Filling in the wood burned areas on the wooden rolling pin.

This is only the second free-hand project I’ve done with my wood burner.  I had fun playing around with burning letters when I made the Phone Charging Stand.  I’ll be sharing my other free-hand project soon.

After I was all done burning the saying I “signed” the back and decided to add some burned dots all around for some extra fun and interest.

Not knowing if my sister would want to hang it or put it on a shelf I decided to create a hanger with red and white bakers twine.  It was perfect since she loves to bake 🙂

Muffin on the wooden rolling pin.

This little muffin turned out so cute, I was so worried.  I’m not sure that the cookies on the other end turned out as good LOL.

Grammy and a muffin on the wooden rolling pin.

I wish I’d taken pictures of how I wrapped that baker’s twine around the handle so I could tell you exactly.  A long length was doubled up and I tied a short knot in the end.  The I believe I wrapped the lengths around either end and tied a knot and buried the loose end under one of the loops.  It’s nothing fancy but it holds well.

Cookies on the wooden rolling pin.

Here are the “cookies.”  They don’t look good enough to eat but not bad overall LOL

Baker's twine on the wooden rolling pin.

My sister loved her gift and last week she sent me a picture of where it’s hanging over the wall leading into her kitchen.  That made me smile so big knowing she loved it.  Happy Birthday sis!!

Full picture of the wooden rolling pin decor.


Wooden Rolling Pin for pinterest.

Now that you’ve seen my project start looking for those wooden rolling pins you can decorate and give to the baker friend in your life.


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Friday 20th of July 2018

What a special and thoughtful gift for your sister Toni!! She must have been so tickled pink when you gave it to her!!

Toni | Small Home Soul

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

I wish I'd taken pictures of the creative way I wrapped it. Her granddaughter and other littles helped her unwrap her presents. It took them a while to unwind it. She loved it!

Michelle Leslie

Thursday 19th of July 2018

That's such a special gift for your sister Toni. I'm sure she'll treasure it for years to come.

Toni | Small Home Soul

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Thank you Michelle, I know she will!


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

What an adorable and thoughtful gift! I'm sure your sister will treasure it! It turned out so cute!

Toni | Small Home Soul

Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Thanks Amanda, now I want to make one for myself :D


Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Aw such a great birthday gift, it is so cute!! I love the wooden rolling pin as a kitchen wall decor, it looks great!

Toni | Small Home Soul

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

Thanks Katrin! I need to look for more rolling pins so I can make one for myself, with a different saying of course ?