Make Burlap Flower Magnets

This craft project combines three of my current favorite crafting supplies: burlap, chalkboard paint, and a recyclable.  Follow the directions I provide here and learn how you can make colorful flower magnets. You can also attach your burlap flowers to a piece of dowel or a wood skewer if you prefer to display it in a vase instead of on a refrigerator.

How to Make Burlap Flower Magnets

Start out by gathering all of the supplies and tools you need to make this craft.

Supplies You Need:

  • Canning Jar or Regular jar Lid
  • Paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Paper
  • Burlap
  • Spray Starch
  • Craft Glue
  • Magnet

 Tools You Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • Pen or Printer
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins


Paint the Lid to Make a Burlap Flower


Paint the lid whatever color you want the center of the flower to be. It may take a few coats to cover it completely. Let the paint dry.


chalkboard paint on the flower center


Now, paint the center of the lid with chalkboard paint. Use as many coats as necessary, letting it dry between coats.

Burlap Flower Pattern

Download and print out this flower pattern. You might need to adjust the size of it depending on the size of your lid. The lid I used measured about 2 3/4-inches across.  If you prefer, you can draw your own flower.

Cut Out the Burlap Flower


Cut a hunk of burlap that is big enough for your flower template to fit on.  Spray one side of the burlap with spray starch and iron it; repeat this on the other side. This will not only help your flower keep it’s shape, it can also help keep the burlap from shedding and fraying.

Cut out your flower pattern and pin it to the piece of burlap. Cut around the pattern to make a burlap flower.


Glue Burlap Flower to Canning Jar Lid


Spread craft glue on the back of your painted lid. Press it onto the center of the burlap flower.  Dab some glue onto a magnet and press that onto the back of the flower. Let the glue dry before you stick your magnet on the refrigerator or other magnetic surface.

Before you write on the chalkboard paint, make sure you condition it. You can usually find these directions on the paint container, but basically you want to rub the side of a piece of chalk over the chalkboard paint to cover it and then wipe it off. I use a damp cloth when I clean off my chalkboard items.

4 comments for “Make Burlap Flower Magnets

  1. Kate
    05/13/2013 at 10:54 am

    I have a bunch of burlap I was looking for something to make with… This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Beth
    05/13/2013 at 10:37 pm

    I might try this and use it on the front of a card! Thanks for the idea. What would you use to attach it to cardstock to make a card?

    • 05/13/2013 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Beth, I would probably use a hot glue gun or perhaps a few strategically placed Glue Dots. Glue Dots can do wonders. 🙂

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