DIY Magnetic Tray, Burlap Rose Magnets, and some Ryan Gosling

It’s hard to think about getting ready for back-to-school days again, but they are approaching faster than we realize! Even though we home school, getting organized and stocking up is deeply ingrained and just part of my routine, it keeps me sane, or close to it.  I am not super-organized but I do like to know where things are, and have a place where my kiddos can post notes and reminders of things they need, why not make it beautiful?  I recently finished a Chalkboard Memo Board  for my office, but I really needed something bright and fun for our kitchen.  Well, this is bright, and it was really fun to make, not to mention easy, which means that if I can do it, you can too.  Let’s get going!

What you need:

  • Krylon Sun Yellow Spray Paint (gloss or satin is great-and get crazy with the color!)
  • Krylon Spray Paint Primer
  • 1/2 yard of co-ordinating fabric and ribbon/ric-rac for your chevron bunting
  • 1/2 yard of burlap
  • Hot glue, magnetic strips, scissors, miscellaneous pieces of chipboard for rose base, pinking shears,
  • And, the item you want to turn into a magnetic message board.  Cookie sheet, Dollar Tree Serving tray, anything magnets will stick to!

I chose to use a Dollar Tree tray I had on hand from a party, and used two coats of spray paint primer before painting with two coats of yellow spray paint.  I set the tray aside to dry well while I made my chevron bunting and burlap rosettes.  I cut the fabric into long triangles, and using my pinking shears, trimmed the two long edges like in picture 2 above.  I made ten of them, and overlapped them slightly, hot-gluing a piece of ric-rac along the top of the underside of the triangles as in picture 5.  I made a slight loop on each end so I would be able to hang it up, and set it aside.

While I was cutting my fabric, I also cut out three 18″ strips of burlap about 1″ wide, and six leaves about 2″ long as well, see pictures 4 and 6.  I rolled each piece of burlap and using hot-glue attached one end to a round piece of chipboard (see picture 8) then rolling and turning the chipboard gluing the burlap roll into place, formed three rosettes (see picture 9).  I turned each over and hot-glued a magnetic strip and two leaves to the back of each rosette and allowed them to cool before trying them out.  In picture 1 you can see how cute my son’s most recent painting looks alongside some pages torn out of my most recent IKEA catalog.  A girl must dream.

I used one more piece of scrap burlap and glued the ends to the back of the tray to form a hanger for it, and I was done in less than an hour!

If I have learned one thing from spending countless hours on Pinterest it is that I can have an organized home that is also fun and a bit crazy too.  I have also learned that there very well may be no end to the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” pictures, and I am ok with that as well.  Ryan, thank you for providing us with an unending list of reasons to adore you.
You’re welcome 😉
xoxo, Tanya
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  1. What a fun pop of colour for your kitchen, Tanya! I've debated buying this same spray paint colour several times.

    Lovely little surprise at the end of your post, too 😉

    Have a great weekend!

  2. So this is one of my favorite colors! I literally have 3 cans of it because I love it so much I bought just to have for when I found the perfect project. Thanks to you I have the perfect tray waiting to be this color! Thanks or sharing I love your Nifty ideas!!

  3. Love the color of your magnet board. I'm thinking I might make one of these to actually hang on my fridge and help corral some of the random scraps and bits of daily life that are all over it! Great idea.

  4. This is so cute Tanya! I love the burlap flower magnets!

  5. Love that idea! Your rosettes are too cute! Megan

  6. This is so cute! I love the color, and those burlap roses!

  7. Ryan…just too great for words.

    Hope you have a great week! Drop by and say hello!

  8. Hi Tanya,
    Keep up the good work. Found you on Monday Meet Up and now follow. You can find me at

  9. I love the yellow you used. It just looks so cheerful. And I love the burlap flowers. But mostly I love the Ryan Gosling picture. It made me laugh out loud.

  10. ADORABLE IDEA! I love the magnets

  11. ADORABLE IDEA! I love the magnets

  12. ADORABLE IDEA! I love the magnets

  13. Haha, I love that Ryan Gosling picture. "Thanks Ryan, I loved my post today too!" And those little flowers are super cute, what a fun project! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  14. So adorable!! I love the yellow and burlap. Fantastic job and Ryan completes the post. Too funny!! 🙂

  15. Love your Ryan-approved project 😉

  16. Too cute! Thank you so much for sharing! Can't wait to make my own version of this project!

  17. This is super cute and such a great idea! I'm loving the yellow!

  18. This is awesome!! LOVE the photos too!! That yellow is perfect!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! 🙂

  19. What a cute idea. Hehe, Ryan Gosling is darling:)

    Hopping by and following your lovely blog (FB and Pinterest).

    The Quiet Mom blogging @ How to Cook Fresh Artichoke Recipe

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  20. very cute!! I am loving yellow lately!!

    And I especially love that Ryan Gosling approved 😉

    Thanks for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  21. You had me at yellow. 😀 Such a fun happy look and the fact that it helps to keep you on track makes it that much better. 😀 Love the Ryan Gossling pic too. 😀 Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.

  22. Love this project! I think I am going to keep a magnet with me when I go to the thrift stores. I never know what is going to be magnetic? Super cute burlap flowers! Life to the full to you!

  23. Great project! Love the colours!
    And I so hear you on the getting ready for back to school despite homeschooling!

  24. XuSDnf Your style is really unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I will just book mark this blog.

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