A few weeks ago, the International Bloggers Association had an amazing Twitter Chat about How to Create Actionable Vision Boards. I immediately knew it was going to be one of the central features of my new “office space” redesign. And like so many of my projects here on Munofore, I did not want to spend much money on it. So I rummaged around the house to make this easy DIY Vision Board.
What is a Vision Board?
Let’s start with the basics. It is simply a visual reminder of a goal or mindset you want to achieve. It can be a physical board like I made, a Pinterest board or just a collage posted somewhere you will see it every day. If you’ve ever stuck a photo on the fridge to help you stay on a diet, that is a type of Vision Board.
Read the recap of the #IBAChat for a more detailed explanation of the theory behind Vision Boards and more suggestions for making yours successful.
How to make a simple Vision Board
This is hardly a new concept I’ve seen it done countless times with different materials as the base. I ended up just choosing a large piece of corrugated cardboard because that’s what I found in the house.
the base – cardboard, foam board, wood covered with batting or foam, etc.
fabric – enough to cover your base and lap over to the back
ribbon – a lot of it! I used about 15 yards of 3/8″ wide ribbon for my 2 x 3 foot board.
glue or staples
Iron the fabric, ha ha! This old Hawaiian shirt had been stuffed in a box of scrap material for awhile. “Wrinkled” is definitely not in my vision.
Glue the fabric to the board.
Wrap the ribbon evenly spaced on a diagonal along the board. I spaced mine three inches apart which was a little too much. Play with it based on what you will be putting on your board and how you plan to affix the items on your board. Glue the ribbon to the back
Create a diamond pattern by wrapping the ribbon at a 90 degree angle to the first, weaving it over and under the first rows.
Since the ribbons were a bit too widely spaced, and I didn’t weave correctly a few times, I wasn’t able to slip the papers underneath the ribbon and have them stay in place. I ended up finding these Stikkie Clips in a drawer and used them (affiliate link, see disclaimer here).
You can use push pins depending on your base. I didn’t want to poke too many holes in the cardboard when I want to move things around.
What to put on your Vision Board
Whatever will remind you of your “vision”. Did you read the article on Vision Boards I mentioned above? If you are lost on what should go on your board you might want to check it out. Your vision can be personal, professional, spiritual, etc.
Mine has a little bit of everything:
Yes, I have Bubbles Utonium and Dan Akroyd dressed as Julia Child on my board. Hey, it’s MY board, I can put on it what I want. And you should do the same on yours. Everything about the board is significant to me and your board should be the same for you.
As a Physical Education major and a former employee of the YMCA, the symbolism of the inverted triangle of mind body and spirit is a powerful image to me. The theory is if you emphasize (or neglect) one side of your life at the expense of the others the triangle will no longer balance and will tip over.
If you would like to download the image for your own use, feel free to right click and save it. (just don’t sell it or claim it’s your creation, okay? thanks!)
For the 12 inspirational quotes, which I can swap out every month, I started with the Inspiring Quotes by Women post and added a few more. Don’t worry gents, none of these are female specific. This file will give you 3″ by 3″ prints.
What is on your Vision Board?
I’d love to know what your vision for your life is. What would you put on your Vision Board? Share with us in the comments.