Houseware Crafts, Tutorials

A Plethora of Rolling Pins and No Pie in Sight

The Great Garage Clean up lead to the “use it or lose it” decision process.

Years ago – when I was first started down my reluctant crafting path – I bought all the wood-handled rolling pins I could find.

What? …. No, I honestly have no idea why.  Please don’t ask questions like that.

I gathered quite a few and experimented with painting the handles in that old red and white style.

It was fun!

And then….I didn’t know what to do with them.  So they sat in a box being secretly decorative.

When I re-discovered them I almost tossed them but then had an idea.

Could I make them into a rack?

And if I could, should I? (a regular debate with me)

Well, there were a lot of them so I thought “why not?”  I had an old board with nice routed edges to use as the backer.

I had one un-finished one with a cool handle so I painted it white and then taped off where I wanted the stripes

A quick top coat with Rust-Oleum  Colonial Red and I was set.

The goal was to have the rolling pin show so I marked where I wanted to cut it (and wrapped it in painters tape for a clean cut)How to Make an apron rack using vintage rolling pins

After clamping it in place I set my miter saw at 45 degrees and cut away.  I repeated the steps for two other pins.

Next, I drilled pilot holes in my backer board

and screwed the rolling pins into place from the back side.

AND!

Underwhelming.

I don’t know, it was fine and it was what I pictured but it  just seemed to lack something.

So I decided to add a little text!

(I know, I’m like the McDonald’s employee of crafters: “would you like text with that”)

I just downloaded a definition of Pie (yay pie!) and futzed with the font and such until I got what I wanted

I used Mod Podge to attach it to the base and then re-attached the rolling pins.

Much better!Wall Hanger made with vintage rolling pins

Why is the clock crooked?

And why have I never noticed that before?

Ah well.

10 thoughts on “A Plethora of Rolling Pins and No Pie in Sight”

  1. I feel like I just read my own story. I just retired and plan to spend my days doing just projects, crafts and creations. My 45 years of thrifting, garage saling, flea markets and estate sales have supplied me with quite an inventory of collectables. I will reuse, repurpose, recreat and resell from now on. I’m excited! Oh yea and rolling pins. Red, green, black, yellow, glass, ceramic, metal…… gotta love em.

    1. Hey Kathy! Welcome to the world of using what you love! It’s really fun and I wish you all the best. If you’re so inclined please do share your projects (or at least send me your pinterest link so I can see what you create). Best of luck!

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