As you start to make your vision board, you might find that the materials most people recommend doesn’t speak to you or isn’t practical for you to use. Instead of letting that stop you from making an amazing vision board I want to give you a few suggestions to get you thinking about different things that you can use to make your vision board. A vision board is literally just a visual representation of your goals and dreams, there is nothing that you need to tick the box or do the “right” thing when it comes to vision boarding.
I don’t want anything to stop you from making a vision board that you are going to love, so here we go with 8 different materials that you can think of when you are planning what to make a vision board on, some of which you may never have thought of!
This is probably what you imagine when you think about vision boards. I know that it is my material of choice now, so I thought I would get it out of the way as the “common” option.
Pros: I love the cork board because it keeps it’s shape, and it has that lovely timber border. It definitely gives you a finished and polished look once it’s all done. I also like that it is durable and hard-wearing enough that I can put it away and then pick up when I want to get it out (since we are living in a tiny 10-feet house at the moment I can’t leave mine out all the time because I don’t have the space, so this is important to me).
Cons: You can’t completely put it away. It’s not free. You need to buy pins.
Overall, I think the cost is pretty cheap if you have somewhere that you can buy it from locally. Shipping a cork board would be entirely too expensive and completely not worth it.
Foam board is similar to cork board, but it is less forgiving, I find. More rigid with less flexibility and the pin-holes don’t close back over as well as cork, leaving it less able to be re-used. It is a very common choice for your everyday vision board and gives a clean and finished look.
Pros: They can come very large which is good for a complete reality, they can take pins so the images are easily changed and they are lightweight for hanging on walls.
Cons: They are hard to ship due to their size, they can’t be packed up, folded or easily put away.
Overall, good choice if you can buy one locally and want a board that you can definitely hang on a wall.
There are some seriously gorgeous vision boards made with plywood. One of my earliest vision boards was made on plywood and I still love it. Because you can get such oddly shaped pieces for free you can make them really unique. The best way to get plywood is to get an offcut from a hardware store or from someone that has a shed. Unlike the cork and foam boards you can’t use pins with plywood so will need to use something like blu-tack to stick your images on.
Pros: It’s free or very, very cheap in most cases. It’s durable and hard-wearing. Great for rooms where you have the space to lean it up against a wall, like in the picture below because it can be a real feature.
Cons: Because it is heavier than cork and foam it isn’t really possible to hang these vision boards and so can be difficult for limited wall space. You can’t use pins for them which might limit their ease of use for some.
Overall, good for houses which don’t have a wall you can hang anything and if you can’t get your hands on a cork board easily this is the choice I would make for a versatile, cheap solution.
This is such a lovely way to make your vision board really unique to your style and make it match with the decor of your room. You could use antique, vintage or modern frames for whatever look you want. Painting them looks great too and is a cheap way to really boost their vibes (we have talked about colour before!).
If they are a frame with glass on the front you can either remove the glass or keep your vision behind the glass.
Pros: they look amazing and give your board a super unique style
Cons: they can be more expensive depending where you pick one up. Second hand stores are bound to have something that would work. If painting then it will take longer.
Overall, so cute for a unique spin if you want to dress up your room a bit. If you have the time and money to find and restore a frame this is a great project.
If you have a large cardboard box lying around there is literally no reason why a side of that cannot be a really nice vision board. Like the plywood you could make it lean against the wall or it will be light enough that it could be hung from a rope on a nail too.
A super cheap alternative to everything else, you can still move this around and have it in front of you all the time.
Pros: Very cheap and lightweight you can get different sizes to suit your needs and put it wherever you need.
Cons: It isn’t long lasting and it isn’t very pretty. Make sure you cut the edges carefully if you want to give off a polished finish.
Overall, the best solution for people who think they just can’t find anything to put their vision board on – stop with the excuses and just start!
I think most of us start our vision board journey on our bedroom walls, and with good reason, Your wall is right there are a beautiful background. The wall above your desk or work space can be the perfect place to put your vision board if you don’t want to move it around. There is no reason to hang something else there over the top of the wall if you could just use that!
Pros: If you use your wall you are ensuring that you look at your visions all the time, you don’t have the option to put it away or pack it up
Cons: you could ruin your wall if you use pins so be aware of that. It also won’t be as useful if you don’t have a wall you look at every day.
Overall, cheap and great if you stay in one room every day. Not so great in terms of moving the board, or the pictures around.
If you want a mini, portable vision board then the inside cover pages of your journal or diary is the place to do it. If you have hardcover journal then you can make a smaller version of your ideal vision board.
You could put all the images relating to your business, or all the images relating to your relationships on this “board” to keep them right there while you are working in your journal/diary.
Pros: particularly good for people travelling frequently so you don’t have to leave your vision board behind. It is really easy access to give you a boost frequently throughout the day. Perfect for a mini vision board.
Cons: if it is your only vision board you could be lacking in space. You wouldn’t be able to fit enough images to make it a complete story of your life so you have to be very selective! Images need to be glued down to the surface, so they can’t be changed easily and regularly.
Overall, the best “board” for travellers or anyone who wants to keep their visions close at hand. Also great for anyone who journals everyday or wants to make a habit out of that.
This is a really cute and versatile medium. By hanging your images with pegs you can easily change them around but also give it a bit of an eclectic feel. You can also use cutters to make it any size you want.
Pros: Doesn’t damage your wall and can be sourced from hardware stores or scrap heaps (make sure it isn’t sharp and rusty!).
Cons: Takes up some room, can’t be moved around easily and can be difficult to arrange pictures on since they are only attached by one point.
Overall, good if you want to do some experimenting and don’t have a huge number of photos.
I hope that has give you some ideas for your next vision board
To your success,