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Give A Glass Rolling Pin Some Tabletop Twinkle

August 14, 2019

Vintage rolling pins come in different shapes and sizes, some are even made of glass! The glass ones have always been my favourite. Find out how I gave this gorgeous glass rolling pin a coastal vibe with a little twinkle and some salvaged driftwood bark.

Turn a glass rolling pin into table decor with twinkle.

It’s the second Wednesday of the month, so you know what that means. Today is reveal day for our monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge! Each month this creative group of bloggers tackles a new DIY project based on a predetermined thrifty theme. This month we are repurposing wooden utensils and/or rolling pins into cool and unique ideas for your home decor. And hold tight, because at the end of this post I’ll be sharing links to all of the projects with you, too!

Thrifty Chicks DIY projects based on a common theme.

Upcycled Glass Rolling Pin

For this challenge I chose to go with a rolling pin, but not the wooden kind; I dove right in with a glass rolling pin. A touch of sparkle never hurts IMHO, and these vintage workhorses have always caught my eye. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of history behind rolling pins, and the glass ones even have a romantic side! Find out how they roll in this Collectors Weekly article.

When I spied this glass rolling pin with its black cap, well, it had my name on it! It’s not uncommon for the caps to be MIA in the thrifts, so having this one intact was a bonus. Combine that with my love for classic black, and slam-dunk, this was my start-the-car moment!

Turn a glass rolling pin into table decor with twinkle.

West Coast Driftwood for DIY Base

Full disclosure. I originally had a different idea for the base of this rolling pin upcycle, but part way in I had to make a course correct. This is the original piece of driftwood I was going to use. Oh, how I wanted this piece to work!

A contoured and weathered round of driftwood salvaged by Audrey Would.

When I realized my vision and reality were struggling to fit, I decided to make an adjustment. But, I didn’t completely stray from the original plan. Projects can be like that.

Back in May when I was gathering rocks for our Mosaic Challenge I spied these pieces of driftwood bark. I love the ocean and its many accessories, so to me driftwood pieces like these are diamonds in the rough. Naturally I dragged them home with me.

Salvaged brown driftwood bark for a DIY.

You can see the textured surface of the bark has been weathered and dulled from its time spent at the beach. Without a doubt these pieces were exposed to our West Coast elements: Pacific Ocean storms, crashing waves, sea salt, a bit of sun, and a healthy dose of rain. So in a way, Mother Nature helped me pull this project together, because a lot of the hard work was already done!

Add Sparkle Inside Glass Rolling Pin

This is one of those projects where less is more. My simple plan was all about adding extra twinkle to the glass rolling pin with fairy lights, while still allowing the weathered surface of the wood to shine.

Turn a glass rolling pin into table decor with twinkle.

Glass Chip Mosaic on Driftwood Bark

Inspired by this Pinterest PIN I had saved to my Mosaics & Driftwood board, I decided to give the beach bark a little mosaic sparkle boost. Just a subtle touch, but enough to catch the light.

I already had brown, semi-metallic glass chips on hand, so I gathered my wood glue and a few other basics, then settled in. Imbedding and gluing bits of glass into crevices in the driftwood, finding and fitting pieces to fill in larger gaps… well, DIYing the base for the rolling pin was the most time-consuming part of the project hands down.

Steps for DIY Glass Mosaic on Driftwood

Tip: Tackle the glass mosaic at least one night before your project needs to be completed so the glue has a chance to dry.

Easy Mosaic steps using glass chips in driftwood.
  1. Look for crevices in the driftwood.
  2. Fill with wood glue (don’t be shy, fill the crevice with glue); treat the glue like mortar – you want the glass to be imbedded in glue, not just glued on the bottom.
  3. Press glass chips into crevices; top up glue as needed, but wipe glue from the glass surface or it will dull the shine.
  4. Fill in larger gaps with different sized pieces of glass to create the Mosaic effect; don’t be afraid to layer glass over glass.
  5. Walk away – let the glue dry overnight!
Glass chip mosaics on driftwood bark.

Assembling Driftwood Base With Rolling Pin

Once the glass mosaic was set and the glue fully dried, I put the driftwood base together. I used a thrifted teak tray to hold the driftwood pieces, and then layered in moss from the Dollar Store to hide the tray. The moss also helped snug the driftwood pieces in place.

Glass chip mosaics on driftwood bark.

Once I had all the moss basically in place I set the rolling pin onto the driftwood base. I positioned it so the cord from the fairy lights could be wrapped around the tray and tucked under the moss. The fairy light battery box was also hidden under the moss, but set so it was still easy to activate.

A vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights inside add tabletop twinkle.
A vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights inside add tabletop twinkle.
A vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights inside add tabletop twinkle.

Succulents For A Finishing Touch

For a finishing touch I added tiny little faux succulents from Pier One. These were really fun. They came in a ball and then pulled off one-by-one. In the end I only added four.

Faux Succulent Ball Pier One
A vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights inside add tabletop twinkle.

Just about everything with this project is temporarily set into place rather than glued or fastened. The only things actually permanently glued are the glass mosaics on the driftwood.

A vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights inside add tabletop twinkle.
Brown glass chip mosaic on driftwood.

Sparkle Adds A Seasonal Touch

There is a light seasonal touch to this table display that makes it interchangeable. Even though I designed it for our summer decor on the covered deck, it can easily be borrowed for the Holiday Season.

And that’s because when the lights goes down this upcycled glass rolling pin comes to life. That’s the beauty of sparkle!

A vintage glass rolling pin filled with fairy lights is perfect for the Holiday Season.
Vintage glass rolling pin with fairy lights for Christmas.
A vintage glass rolling pin filled with fairy lights is perfect for the Holiday Season.

I hope you enjoyed this idea and are inspired to thrift yourself a glass rolling pin or two. Tell us what would you do!

As promised, I am sharing the rest of the Thrifty Chicks projects. Be sure to click on the link beside each blog name to see what these creative gals have come up with for their wooden kitchen utensils and/or rolling pins!

  1. Little Vintage Cottage – Wooden Spoon Repurpose
  2. Glass Rolling Pin, that’s Me!
  3. Itsy Bits and Pieces – A Fun Re-Use Project With Wooden Utensils
  4. Lora B Create and Ponder – DIY Stencilled Rolling Pin Display
Pinned & Shared at Audrey Would
Add fairy lights to a glass rolling pin for sparkle.

Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let me know what you think. I read them all and appreciate each one!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you did πŸ™‚

Audrey Would Vintage Home blog

Photographs Β© Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Reply Tania August 14, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Wooooo very pretty!


    • Reply Sheila Zeller August 14, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much Tania! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces August 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

    I would never have thought of this creative project, Sheila! I love the way you added the sparkly glass to go with the glass pin. So pretty…it made me think of a message bottle washed up on shore, too!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller August 14, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Thank you Linda! I have wanted to try this glass on driftwood ever since our Mosaic challenge, but didn’t know now would be the time. Sometimes project detours happen for a reason I think!

  • Reply Lora Bloomquist August 14, 2019 at 7:10 am

    I love the organic vibe of this Centerpiece, Sheila! All the gnarly textures combined with the sparkly glass. I kinda want to place an old, parchment, hand-scribbled quote in the rolling pin for a “message in the bottle” look;) I don’t think I’ve ever seen a clear glass rolling pin!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller August 14, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Lora πŸ™‚ You are so right, a glass rolling pin would be perfect for a message in the bottle…and I love your old parchment note idea. Oh the places one can creatively go with that!

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