Just like my silver tray clock, a rolling pin project has been on my project to-do list for quite some time. It feels great to finally repurpose one of the 16 in my collection.
One down and only 15 more to go. lol.
Now even though I’m an avid eater of pastries, pies, and other baked goodies I am so not a serious baker. I’d much rather enjoy someone else’s talents in that area.
I’m into muffins, and sometimes chocolate chip cookies, and that’s about it for my baking skills. I can’t even remember the last time I rolled some dough. It was probably with my mother, who was and still is an avid baker, when I was little.
But I do have a thing for wooden rolling pins… especially vintage ones.
For this wind chime all you need is a wooden rolling pin, some silverware to use for chimes, a thrifted multi-strand necklace, and some screw eyes.
This is one of the easier wind chime projects that I’ve shared so I’m hoping some of you will give it a roll. 🙂
To see a tutorial on how to flatten, stamp, and drill holes into silverware check out my hand stamped spoon bookmark.
Silver plate spoons still sound nice if they’re not flattened so you could skip that, and the stamping as well if you like, and just drill holes into the handles.
The first thing to do is figure out where you want your spoon chimes to hang.
The main body of this rolling pin was 9″ long so I marked the middle and then measured out from there. I’m having five chimes about 1 1/2″ apart.
You can put them as close or as far apart as you like, but just make sure they’re close enough to touch each other in the breeze or there won’t be any chiming.
Then drill some small holes where the pencil marks are, making sure to use a bit that is a little smaller than the size of the screw eye so you have a nice tight fit.
Then install the screw eyes, using a nail to turn them so you don’t hurt your fingers.
Here’s what it looks like with all screw eyes installed on what will be the bottom.
Next you need something to hang your spoons from.
I went to my every changing necklace window valance in my craft studio and found this lovely multi-strand necklace.
The earthy tones looked kinda fall-ish to me.
When I took the necklace apart here’s what I had to work with… six 18″ chains… for $1 total.
The rings were large enough that I could attach them to the screw eyes by opening and closing them with needle nose pliers.
After I had all the necklace bits attached I was pondering what to do with the rolling pin because it looked kinda plain to me.
So after much thought I decided to spray it with a protector/sealer.
This not only protects the rolling pin if I hang it outside, but it also brings out the beautiful wood grain.
Here’s the way the rolling pin looked originally, kinda pale and washed out.
And after spraying… it’s a subtle difference, but the wood grain pops nicely now.
I’m a balance loving kinda girl so I lined up the two top screw eyes for the hangers with the two outside bottom screw eyes. That’s just how my mind works.
If I went any wider or narrower it would look out of whack to me, but that’s just my hang up. Do whatever looks right to you.
Of course I had to add my signature wind chime piece to top it off, which is a vintage glass chandelier crystal.
Many of my chimes have the words peace, joy, love, faith, and hope on them.
These are five of my favourite words.
When it comes to projects I often don’t know when to say when, and I had thoughts of stenciling something onto the wood.
I’m so glad that I restrained myself and left it natural, especially after I sprayed it. The wood grain is really beautiful, even more so in person than in the photos.
What do you think? Would you leave it natural too?
Before I go I have to show you a fabulous rolling pin project emailed to me by a reader after I mentioned my collection in a thrifted finds post. I told Linda, who isn’t a blogger, that I had a rolling pin project coming up and asked if I could share hers as well. She very graciously agreed, and I’m so happy that she did. I absolutely love that spoons were used to hold the rolling pin. Isn’t it fabulous?
Thanks so much Linda for letting me share your project with my readers.
I hope to have a few more repurposed rolling pin projects to share in the coming months.
I’m rollin’ a few ideas around in my brain as we speak. lol.
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Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!