How To Make Decorative Rolling Pins

2 Materials
30 Minutes

When I found these vintage wooden rolling pins for sale on Facebook marketplace, I was super excited to grab them to use for this pretty DIY home decor project!

These make great gifts, too!


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
  • striped transfer
  • floral transfer of your choice
  • paintbrush
  • scissors

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.

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.

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!

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  • Carol Carol on Jul 02, 2021

    I love this idea, but I still use my rolling pins. I'm wondering Could the rolling pin be sealed so they could be use, or would they only be safe for decoration?

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  • Alleronda Alleronda on Jul 06, 2021

    I love this idea! I just want to buy a few rolling pins now and try this to add some cute décor to my kitchen. Thanks!

  • Theresa Theresa on Jul 04, 2022

    Please don’t use family heirlooms , vintage rolling pins, buy something in the Dollar Store to cover , the wood is so much more beautiful than the paper .

    • Clhr Clhr on Jul 05, 2022

      I agree Theresa. I'm 75 and I have my Mom's old rolling pin and my first pin from 1969 and another I found at an antique shop hanging horizontally on my kitchen wall. The wood on my Mom's is just beautiful and every time I look at it I think, not only of her, but of her wonderful pie crusts!