How to Create a Vision Board: The Traditional Way or With Online Tools.

Updated: Jan 4

Break out of those 2020 blues with a vision board to make your dreams come true! Learn how to make an effective vision board to help you accomplish your goals. From traditional poster board and magazine cutouts, to online apps and programs that help create inspiration.


By Destiny Daniel



Out with the old, and in with the new! 2020 has officially left the building, and what better way is there to celebrate a new year than a new vision. With celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey, and Beyoncé raving about the benefits of vision boards, it would be quite hard to deny the way in which they manifest dreams. As we all know, a dream without action is just a dream. Yet, a dream showcased on a vision board, is a visual representation of who/what we will become, with some action. Here’s how to create a vision board that will work to bring your dreams into fruition.

How do I know it will work?

When used correctly (meaning when seen often), a vision board is a constant reminder and picture of what your life could be like if you commit and work diligently to achieve your goals. It serves as motivation for you to do what needs to be done to bring those images and texts to life.




Before creating a vision board, think about:

  • Your desired future

  • Career aspirations

  • Love life and relationships

  • Mental, financial, and emotional standings



Creating a Traditional Vision Board

The original and more crafty way of making a vision board is doing it by hand. There are numerous avenues in which to make one by hand, and it is completely up to your imagination.

What you will need:

  • A board (the base)

  • Images or objects that inspire you and represent a goal of yours (ex. magazine clippings, printed photos and quotes, stickers, etc.)

  • Scissors (used for cutting images)

  • Tape or glue, pushpins, magnets, or clips (for attaching images, dependent on the type of board)

  • Color pencils, markers, and any other extra items you may want to include


Note: Essence, Ebony, and Black Enterprise are awesome black magazines to use for your vision board!


How to do it:

1. Think About Your Goals For The Year

The rules still apply both digitally and by hand; you can’t have a vision board without a vision. Ponder on how you want your life to look at the end of the year, and make a list of goals you want to accomplish (big or small).

2. Gather Your Supplies

I recommend you go on a dollar tree shopping spree, gathering arts and crafts needed for your vision board. On the other hand, if you are looking to add more flare, I encourage you to shop black this year, and buy from black owned businesses like Kraft Krack Glitter. In addition, find or print images and text that speak to you and your goals.

3. Create Your Board

This is the time to sit out all of your supplies, light candles, and turn on some music that makes you happy. Let your creative juices flow and arrange your images and texts. Wait until you feel inspired by a certain look to begin attaching things on to your board. Take your time and have fun!

4. Be Intentional

After you’ve completed your vision board, you must use it with intention! Place it somewhere where you can see it multiple times a day, whether that be on a wall, on a desk, or even beside your bed. Many people recommend reviewing your board for a few minutes every morning and night to manifest and visualize your future reality.





Creating Digitally

Making a vision board online is quite simple these days. Websites and apps such as Canva, PicMonkey, and Visuapp, provide you with many different ways to create a board.

What you will need:

  • A mobile phone, computer, or laptop

How to do it:

1. Think About Your Goals For The Year

You can’t make a vision board without a vision. Ponder on how you want your life to look by the end of this year and make a list of goals you want to accomplish ( big or small).

2. Choose An App

By far the most convenient (and free) app in which to create an online vision board is Canva. With Canva there are a wide range of templates, free photos, and customization to choose from. It’s simple, and doesn’t take long to figure out. It’s also convenient if you would like to print your vision board on a banner (highly recommend) or poster, with a certain dimension, since you can size the grid the way you want.

3. Add Pictures and Text

The best part of online vision boarding is that you are not limited to the graphics in magazines. The world [wide web] is yours when photo searching, and it is important to add pictures and phrases that inspire you. I recommend using Pinterest, and keying in specific words and phrases that you want showcased, such as “money” or “entrepreneur”. Feel free to throw in some positive affirmations and role models on your board. However, the most essential photo to have on a vision board is a current picture of yourself, which will connect everything on the grid to you. I'd suggest it be put in the center, since you and your actions will be center in making your dreams come true.

4. Be Intentional

After you’ve completed your vision board, you must use it with intention! Place it somewhere you can see it multiple times a day, whether that be as a phone wallpaper, laptop lock screen, or hung on a wall. Many people recommend reviewing your board for a few minutes every morning and night to manifest and visualize your future reality.





May everyday of the new year inspire you to grow, and achieve the dreams on your vision board.