How to Laser Engrave a Rolling Pin

Want to know how to create some additional interest and add fun to your pastry, cookies or dough? Here, we show you how to deep engrave a rolling pin to leave fun impressions. Originally posted on Trotec Laser UK website.

Want your kids to eat their dinner? Try some dinosaurs (or anything) for something different!

oak wood rolling pin

Required material:

  • rotary attachment
  • wood rolling pin
  • application tape
  • a cleaning brush and some water

Suitable laser machines:
Speedy 100, Speedy 300,
Speedy 400, Speedy 500

Trotec laser used:
Speedy 300, 120 watts, 2.0 inch lens


Step 1 – Set Up Your Graphics
When creating your graphics, you want the finished file to be as wide as the circumference of your rolling pin and as tall as your rolling pin barrel.

As a quick geometry refresher – the diameter is how wide the barrel of the rolling pin is if you measured from the two widest outside points across the barrel. The circumference is the length if you wrapped a tape measure around the outside of the barrel. You can easily find the circumference if you take the diameter measurement and multiply it by 3.14.

Remember that if you are using text, the image needs to be reversed so that the text looks backwards. This ensures that the text is reading the correct way when it is embossed in the dough.

Step 2 – Prep the Rolling Pin
With the high power for deep engraving, make sure that the non-lasered parts of the barrel remain clean of soot and scorching by masking the entire rolling pin. You can use application tape, which is like a large roll of making tape, or masking or painters tape. Make sure that the tape is as even and bubble-free as possible.

Step 3 – Laser Settings
Import the PDF file into Corel Draw, customize it as you want to or take your own design and send it to the laser. Make sure that you have activated the rotary attachment and entered the diameter of the rolling pin in the properties dialog.

Engraving: Power: 100% – Speed: 15% – Frequency: 500 ppi – Air Assist: ON

Rolling Pin in Laser Engraver

Step 4 – Cleaning

Once the laser has finished, remove the rotary, take off the application tape and inspect the rolling pin for smoke residue. A good scrubbing with a dish brush and some soap will make sure that all the dust in the engraving does not get in your dough. If the rolling pin is unfinished, any extra smoke residue left on the barrel can be lightly sanded off.

Now, time to enjoy some delicious giraffe imprinted cookies!

Rolling Pin with custom Engraving

The attached file is for a rolling pin that is 25.4 cm long and 6.07 cm in diameter.

Download the dinosaur PDF here Oak Rolling Pin (934 downloads)