How To Make A Powerful Vision Board That Actually Works (Without Magazines)

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Is it time to create a new vision board? Want to learn how to make a beautiful and powerful vision board that actually works?

If you’re a believer in the power of visualization and the power of manifestation, creating a powerful DIY vision board (that actually works) is essential.

In this guide, I’m going to walk you step by step through how to make a vision board from scratch – including what you should put on your vision board and all the supplies you’ll need.

Why you should start a vision board?

In how to create a vision board online, I share a powerful story about Jim Carrey.

In 1987, down on his luck, the struggling actor sat overlooking the skyline in his beat-up old Toyota. In desperate need of motivation, a brilliant gust of inspiration came to him. He wrote himself a check for ten million dollars for future acting services to be rendered.

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“I put it in my wallet, and I kept there. It deteriorated and deteriorated. But then just before Thanksgiving Day 1995, I found out I was going to make ten million dollars with Dumb and Dumber.” – Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is one of many whom attribute their success, in part, to the power of visualization. It’s no secret that star’s like Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, and Ellen DeGeneres swear by their vision boards.

Creating a Vision Board Online

Personally, I’ve tried all sorts of vision board ideas. In fact, my last vision board was a digital vision board that I created online using Canva and pictures from Pinterest and Instagram.

I wanted to create a vision board without magazines, without physically printed pictures, and most importantly without the mess. Also, I figured having the vision board on my phone or computer would make it more easily accessible.

But what I found with making a vision board online was that it was not as useful as I’d hope.

For a vision board to actually work, it’s much better to make a physical board and hang it somewhere you’ll see it often.

So while you may be tempted to take the easy route and create a vision board online without magazines or printed pictures, I urge you to reconsider and create a beautiful physical vision board.

What should you put on your vision board?

Your vision board should include categories from a variety of life areas. Vision board categories may include your values, mind, body, emotions, career goals, financial goals, dream home, and/or relationships. 


You can start by asking yourself the following questions to get your gears turning.

What are some life goals you’d like to accomplish in the next year? In the next five years? In the next ten? What things are pending on your bucket list that you’d like to accomplish? Who do you want to be as a person?

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What material possessions would you like to have? Where do you want to live? Whom do you want to live with?

Asking these questions of yourself will help you draft a clear path of your life goals and hence what you should put on your vision board.

Vision Board Categories

For my vision board categories, for example, I use the 8 Feng Shui Bagua Areas. Each of the 8 Feng Shui Bagua areas connect to a feng shui element, direction, color, as well as area of life.

  1. Career – Purpose and calling, your path in life
  2. Knowledge – Skills, knowledge, and self-development
  3. Family – Where you came from, new beginnings
  4. Wealth – Abundance, prosperity and wealth
  5. Fame – Recognition and accomplishment
  6. Partnership – Intimate relationships, marriage, and love
  7. Children – Children, a creative outlet, and completion
  8. Helpful People – Synchronicity, the right opportunities

Ideas for a Vision Board

The truth is, there isn’t any best way to make a vision board. The most important factor is creating one that actually works to serve you.

With that said, before we jump into how to create a DIY vision board from scratch, I’d like to share with you some inspirational ideas.

Here are some vision board examples to inspire your DIY vision board creating.

What you will need to create a vision board?

Here are the items and supplies that I used to DIY my vision board from scratch.

DIY Vision Board Steps

Ready to get creating? See the steps below and watch me create mine in the youtube video below. Let’s get into it!

Step 1: Set goals

Before you get started creating your vision board, you want to set some personal life goals. It’s important that you make sure that your life goals are clear so that can be reflected on your vision board.

Step 2: Decide categories

Once you’re clear on what your life goals are, you’ll want to define what categories you want to include in your vision board.

Step 3: Curate photos from Pinterest & Instagram

Now this is the fun part of creating a DIY vision board – curating the pictures.

My favorite way to curate pictures for my vision board is by using Instagram and Pinterest. Simply find the pictures that inspire you in each life category and pin them to an Instagram or Pinterest collection.

Choose your favorite ones to have printed at a local print shop or print them online and have them shipped to your house.

If you want to skip the printing step all together you can always curate pictures and images from magazines.

Step 4: Organize and affix to your vision board

Next, you’ll want to grab your corkboard to organize and affix your curated pictures to your vision board.

If you want to get really creative you can add all sorts of extras and decorations to make it extra pretty and fabulous.

Step 6: Place somewhere you will see often. Enjoy!

Et voila, there you have it. Your very own DIY vision board.

Feeling inspired? Pin these ideas to your “vision board ideas” board on Pinterest! And while you’re there, don’t forget to follow us. We post fabulous lifestyle and personal development inspiration for women every single day.

  • Keri says:

    Vision boards are amazing I just added to the one I made at the end of January.
    Keri Elaine

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