The DIY Lady Lock forms and Cannoli pins I am about to share with you can be used for cannolis, lady locks, and cream horns.
Sure you can just buy forms off of Amazon, but they won’t go the long mile.
The lady lock forms you are about to make under $4 will last a lifetime.
These are pretty much indestructible, won’t need to be washed and best of all, allow you to bake in bulk!
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Have your lady lock forms and cannoli pins ready on the same day!
DIY Lady Lock Forms For Under $4
*You won’t see my hands today in the process, I had issues with my tripods and I had to shoot video instead.
I asked Michael to help! It’s my DIY and I sought out help! Currently, I am working on finding a new favorite tripod.
If you want to see why I needed these forms so much, take a look at my cream horns.
I loved how they turned out, but I was working with 8 forms and it took forever.
Capacity needed to be doubled.
Each batch that came out was forever and I needed to then fill the form again, and bake.
Lady lock pins were another issue.
The ones online, each had different ‘issues’ from sticking to holding and getting burned.
Time works against me with too few.
Therefore, I wanted to make this in mass amounts, and be done.
Of course, I think there are a few things I should tell you too.
A Trip To Home Depot to Make DIY Lady Lock Forms
My favorite trip of the day, to Home Depot! I headed right into the lumbar.
All I needed were Dowel Rods. You might think I have an obsession with these especially since my last project used them too!
I purchased a 1/2″x 1/2″ by 48″ for the lady lock size.
Additionally, I purchased 1″ x 1″ x 48″ to make Cannoli and Cream Horns.
These actually were the RIGHT choice.
I yielded 16 Lady Lock Sizes pins & 9 Cream Horn/Cannoli Pins.
Options for Making DIY Lady Lock Forms and Cannoli Pins
Here’s where things may be different for you. I would NOT change what I did EVER, but, everyone is different.
If you don’t have a saw, or if you want to just bake in bulk, don’t cut them.
Personally, this is not how I work.
You could keep the dowel as one piece and use it, but, I feel for consistency, cutting was better.
We cut the large french horn/cannoli forms to 5″ each.
The small forms for lady locks we cut to 3″ each.
It is a substantial difference even though the measurements may not seem substantially different.
Remember you are no bringing the lady locks to the tip, so, the size is different.
Once we cut the large dowel rod the 1″ for cream horns and cannoli, we ended with 9.
There was one ‘off’ piece it was 3/4 of the other 5″ cuts. I’m pro so I just adjust when using it.
I was not wasting the ‘extra’ plus e always need a Tester when I bake, don’t you?
For the 1/2″ my yield was 16!
I made an entire batch at one time and that is perfect for me.
Let’s Do Some More – Double IT UP
To be fair, since these really turned out well, I have made 2 more sets of each. I store them in a plastic tub with the foil on.
Yes, after I bake, I just leave it on.
There are not contaminants as these are unfilled pieces of pastry.
When the foil gets nasty, I change it.
Tool Of The Trade – DIY Lady Lock Forms For Under $4
You could use other saws and saw types, but I always have this particular RYOBI Cordless Circular saw, within hands’ reach.
The battery is charged and waiting for me.
Since I am a spur of the moment person, this saw is generally my BFF.
You could use other saws, I just want you to see what I used.
I was working outside cutting these pins. Then I asked Michael to take over so I could snap the photo and show you.
The day was so nice and the sawdust is better outside than inside our workshop!
You may not rougher ends on the dowels as they drop, and that was easily solved.
I took some sandpaper
- 1" x 48 Dowel Rod (Cannoli/Cream Horns)
- 1/2" x 48 Dowel Rod (Lady Locks and Mini Cannoli)
- Circular Saw
- Nonstick Aluminum Foil
- *Optional Sand Paper 250 Grit Fine
- Purchase Dowel Rods
- Mark 1" rods at 5" intervals
- Mark 1/2" rods at 3" intervals
- Wear Safety Glasses
- Using a saw, Cut each dowel at the marked interval.
- Sand ends if too rough (again optional)
- Gather all cut pins once finished and wash in dish soap and water.
- Allow pins (rods, forms) to dry.
- Once dried cut NONSTICK foil to cover pin, leaving enough to twist each end like a "Tootsie Roll"
- Store covered with aluminum foil (unless totally disgusting) in a plastic zippered bag or a snap top container.
I suggest purchasing 2 of each doubling baking capacity.
Do make sure to scrub the stain dots at the end of each rod (it is painted)
Do not skip the washing step. For food, there is never enough ways to keep thing sanitary.
Shop at Home Depot Or Lowe's for great deals on Dowel Rods.
You can choose other sizes, the sizes I chose fit well for pastry bag tips and are comparable to the sizes you purchase in bakeries everywhere.
Grab my Cream Horn Recipe.
Getting the Pins To NOT Stick
First, if you are using just like wood, you need to sand the raw edges, each and every one.
Then, wash these, scrub them.
Allow them to dry.
Next, you need to grease them.
I would NOT waste my time on all this. read, then move to what to do.
Again, a new challenge.
Do you just use the dowel rod pins as wood? NO! 100x NO.
Let’s use my failed attempts as a way to SAVE You time.
I greased these with Crisco and when I say I greased, I literally mean, greased.
That did not allow for release.
I tried the nonstick spray. Nothing but anger and failure. Ready to give up, I tried one more thing.
Color Me, Happy, With FOIL For DIY Lady Lock Forms and Cannoli Pins.
The answer to success in FOIL.
Not just any foil, however, because I tried regular foil and that just sucked!
Reasoning that this baking procedure was delicate and I needed something that allowed LIFT I moved to Release FOIL.
Yep. It’s the winning combination, but there’s more to this.
Don’t just fold the ends over. I did that, to begin with then I got more foil and tried again.
Instead, close off each end with a twist, like ‘Tootsie Roll’ trust me you will thank me later.
Don’t spray them with anything, don’t do anything else.
Also, you don’t need to file these before you wrap, just cut, wash, dry, wrap!
I’m still going to advise WASHING as they were in a public place where PEOPLE touches them, etc., and YUCK. Need I say more about kitchen sanitation?
Now Bake What Are You Waiting For?
So, from the time I thought of this brilliant idea to the time I ended, it was exactly 1 hour.
A trip to the store, then cutting, washing, drying and covering. That’s it.
I suppose I could have waited for Amazon or anywhere else to deliver til the next day but why?
Smaller packs without the sizes I wanted and more money to bake our holiday and celebration day treats? Nope.
Use these pins to make lady locks for the holidays, birthdays, bridal and baby showers.
Of course, don’t forget cookie tables at graduations and weddings too!
Enjoy this DIY~ DANA XO