There is just something special about making and giving a DIY personalized gift to those you love. It shows how much you care for the person; it will be sure to warm their heart each and every time they see it.
DIY personalized gift
This recipe rolling pin gift idea is perfect for birthdays, Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, housewarmings, and really an amazing “Just Because” gift! So go find your favorite family recipes, grab a cheap rolling pin, and let’s get started on making a gift sure to bring someone to tears with love and appreciation.
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SUPPLIES NEEDED TO FOR YOUR DIY Personalized Gift:
- Wooden rolling pin
- Special handwritten family recipes (index card size)
- Waverly Chalk Paint – Plaster
- Waverly Paint – Maize
- Sanding block
- Paint brush
- Heat gun
- Chinet 2-ply napkins or white tissue paper
- 8.5 x 11 sheet of copy paper
- Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive
- Brayer Roller
- Etsy Digital Paper Link
- HP Smart Tank Plus Printer
- Scrapbook paper* (optional)
- Mod Podge
STEPS to make your own DIY RECIPE ROLLING PIN:
1 – Grab your rolling pin and prep your wood by sanding it a bit with your sanding block. Rub off debris for a clean surface.
2 – While wearing gloves, paint your wooden rolling pin white so that your recipes applied later will really pop as we add them.
3 – Completely cover your rolling pin with a thin layer of your white chalk plaster paint. You do not need to paint the handles. Tip* This step is totally optional.
4 – With your heat gun, dry your painted rolling pin.
5 – Once dry, sand your painted rolling pin a bit. Set aside.
6 – Grab your Chinet 2-ply napkins and open it all the way up.
7 – Grab your Gorilla Glue Spray Adhesive and a sheet of white copy paper. Lightly spray your paper completely and apply to your napkin.
8 – With a Brayer roller, smooth out the paper on your napkin being sure it adheres completely and is nice and flat.
9 – Cut the excess napkin from your paper, since we will feed this paper through your printer. Make 2 sheets of napkin copy paper like this.
10 – Place your family recipes (index card size) on your copy machine and line them up in the center. We want to keep the originals intact since they are so near and dear to our hearts.
11 – A few options for the next step of the project:
- Use my “Digital Paper” link here if you like my design. – Honeycomb Pattern
- Go to Etsy and type in “Digital paper.” Choose the design you like best and download. If it is sent as a PDF, you can print it right from there. Or, send it to a program called Canva, take a picture of it on your phone, and then send that to the printer.
- Grab your scrapbook paper and your smartphone. Make sure you are in good lighting to snap a picture of your favorite designed paper. Send the picture image to your printer to print on your 2-ply napkin-covered copy paper.
12 – Determine which way to load your napkin paper into your printer in order for it to print the images you want directly onto the napkin. Tip* Figure this step out first, before actually using your napkin sheet. Save yourselves some extra steps of having to do it over.
13 – Print the digital paper image from your phone onto the napkin paper. Print it twice. This paper technique allows for easy application of the decoupage style to your DIY Recipe Rolling Pin.
14 – While those are printing, paint your handles on the rolling pin, your color of choice. I am using Waverly paint, color Maize to tie into my digital paper. Be sure to cover all of the handles.
15 – Use a heat gun to speed up the drying process of handles.
16 – Reinsert your printed digital paper back into your printer. Add your Family Recipe sheet into your printer to have those be added on top of your pretty digital napkin paper.
17 – Once you have your printed recipes on top of digitally printed napkin paper, you will need to carefully peel the napkin from your paper. Take your time! Be extra careful not to rip as you are removing. The goal is to have just 1-ply of your digital images left over to decoupage to your wooden rolling pin.
18 – Do this for both sheets of printed napkin paper, carefully and slowly removing.
19 – With your paintbrush and Mod Podge, apply a thin layer to your rolling pin.
20 – Lay your napkin paper flat, facing down so you can easily roll it onto your rolling pin, covering it completely. You may not use the whole image, and that is okay! The Mod podge will help the 1-ply napkin adhere to the rolling pin.
21 – With the open empty spaces on your rolling pin (on the sides), add a little more Mod Podge. Use the other designed sheet to fill in those excess blank areas. Trim where needed. No need to be exact or meticulous.
22 – Carefully pat with your fingers to help it lay flat.
23 – Let it dry before applying one last coat of Mod Podge to seal your special Family DIY Recipe Rolling Pins.
24 – Use a sanding block on the edges of the rolling pin, to clean up any excess paper.
Honestly, I can’t get over how great this turned out. This is just the perfect gift for any member of your family or your dear friends. The question is, who do you want to make cry when they open it up, seeing these treasured family recipes shared in such a beautiful way?
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