How to Make a Vision Board

Back in elementary school I remember us doing one particular project where we made a collage out of cut-outs from magazines and colorful scrapbook paper. From then on, I collected quotes, pictures, recipes, and clothing inspiration from magazines and catalogs and would make collages,  lookbooks for back to school shopping, and even a portfolio of recipes that I wanted to try.   I use the following method to create a collage or “vision board” to display things that inspire me, things that I would like to try, and exotic locales that I would like to visit.

Many popular gurus  say that to make your dreams come true all you need to do is glue images of what you want to a vision board, place it somewhere where you will be able to see it often, and wait for the things to show up.  In my opinion, a vision board is a great tool for inspiring yourself to try new things, but it isn’t the means by which you achieve your goals. To get what you want, you have to take action! A vision board is a great way for you to outline action steps and to serve as a visual reminder to go after your dreams.  Here is how I make my vision board. The push pins allow me to change out the pictures and quotes when I have accomplished them or if they no longer inspire me (versus gluing the cut-outs down which is more permanent.)
You will need:

– A stack of magazines and catal0gs

– Push pins

– Scissors

– Cork board squares (You can get these at your local drug store in the school supplies aisle or online at amazon)

– 3M Command Strips  (Available at the drug store or at any office supply store)


Step 1:  Take your magazines and catalogs and cut out things that inspire you. This can be pictures, words, quotes, things you want to buy, etc.  It may take you awhile to amass enough cut-outs for a vision board. I have been building my collection for several years. I store mine in a zip loc bag.

Step 2:  Secure the cork boards to the wall using command strips.  Don’t worry about making it even. Once you have the pictures posted on there you won’t be able to see the gaps.

Step 3: Arrange your cut-outs on the cork board and secure them to the cork using the push pins. This is where you can get creative. I have one board for things that I want to buy, one for places that I want to go, One for inspiring quotes, and one for uplifting pictures. Or you can just arrange them in a way that is visually inspiring to you. My finished product:

My vision board has all kinds of thing on it. Hairstyles I want to try, inspiring quotes, people jogging (because I want to start jogging again), fashion and other random things. I posted it near my desk so that I will see it often. From start to finish it only took me about 20 minutes and it is a great way to add a pop of color to your walls.

Do you have a vision board or do you use another method to set goals? Let me know in the comments below!


4 thoughts on “How to Make a Vision Board

  1. I have been meaning to do this for some time, but I have never buckled down to do it…I looove collages! and urs looks awesome! 🙂

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