How to Make a Vision Board

If you have big hopes and dreams, and feel like they’re out of reach, I encourage you to read on and learn how to make a vision board.

Whatever you’re dreaming of is possible, but it also requires your faith and dedication. A vision board is a daily reminder for you that will make you feel good when you look at it. Instead of feeling like what you want is insurmountable and a chore, why not make a beautiful vision board that gets you excited to put in the work?

Vision boards are a great introduction to manifesting and a way to stay focused on your goals. They’re a fun tool to get clear on what you want out of your life, and a visual reminder that helps you remember what’s important and what you’re working towards, so you’re more likely to take actionable steps to achieve your dreams.

A vision board is an antidote to the issue of, “out of sight, out of mind.”

Vision boards help us see our dreams every day, which encourages us to work towards them just as often. Most people are visual learners, so we can train our subconscious to become comfortable with our dreams, so that way they are more approachable and we’re more likely to do something about them!

You can also host a vision board party, which is a really cute and fun thing to do with your friends.

Using vision boards keeps me on track, and even though they are fun and beautiful, my daily discipline in working towards my goals has increased ten fold since using them.

How to Make a Vision Board

What You’ll Need:

Images (hard copy or digital)

A Poster board or Imaging Software (I’ve taped several sheets of watercolor paper together to make a DIY poster board because I like a BIG vision board… what can I say? I have a lot of dreams.)

Scissors and Glue

Bonus: Paint, stickers, glitter, gemstones, or whatever else you might want to bedazzle with

A few hours

Some wine (optional)

Some music or podcasts (recommended)

Get Clear on Your Vision

Figure out what it is you’re envisioning for yourself. This is not the time to play it small. Do you want a Bel Air mansion and a Grammy? Do you want a Nobel Peace Prize and everlasting love? Maybe you want your own fashion label, or to own a farm sanctuary and rescue animals? Maybe you want a collection of precious gems that you turn into a museum and donate all the proceeds to charity?

Only YOU know what you really, truly, want, and the first thing you have to do is not be ashamed of your desires. You have to own what you want, even if people think you’re crazy. In fact, the more people who think you’re crazy for dreaming big, the better.

Gather Images

If you’re a magazine hoarder, now is your time to shine. If you’ve never bought a magazine in your life, you can reach out to friends and family on social media and see who might have some lying around. Or, you can go to the supermarket and flip through some magazines that call to you, and buy the ones that resonate.

I’ve also used postcards, old Calenders, plant tags and labels, and even books.

I like to use landscapes of places I’d like to live or travel, as they make great background images and really set the tone.

You can of course do this digitally as well, if that is your preference, and use the whole world wide web as your image library!

Use Symbolism

You might not be able to find a photo of a Grammy, but maybe you find music notes, a microphone, the words “Award Winning” or an image of a musician you admire.

Symbolism is great to use, too. I love images of roses on my vision boards because they represent abundance, opulence, and beauty. Pink roses in particular represent “sweet, poetic love” whereas orange represent energy and passion.

I also used an image of a tiger because they represent willpower, courage, and personal strength.

Butterflies represent endurance, change, hope, and life.

So if an image is striking to you, but you’re not sure why or you’re wondering if it makes sense to put it on your vision board, google whatever it is and then “symbolism.” There could be something to it!

It’s ok if the images aren’t literal, so long as the images evoke the right emotion for you.

Find the Words

I’ve had better luck in getting specific on my vision boards by finding and using a lot of words, like “The hottest book,” “worth millions,” and “world traveler.” These words will help you gain clarity and get even more specific, and the more specific you get, the closer you are to making your dreams a reality!

In other words, you have to know what you want to get it, and words are going to be crucial in getting really, really specific.

Cut it Out

I like to tear out whole pages before cutting exact shapes. Pro Tip: Be sure to check the other side of the page first, sometimes there’s something you like even better on the flip side!

Then, I like to spread out all the images on the floor or a big table before narrowing down the ones I want.

Then, I cut them. Don’t feel like you have to cut something in a certain shape. You can use organic shapes, cut landscapes into kidney shapes, etc. You’re going to overlay all the images anyways.

Draft Your Layout

I typically gather more images than I need, lay them out in a general design, then make a “Yes” and a “Maybe” Pile.

I take all my “Yes” Images and lay them out on my poster before gluing, and see what there’s room for. Then I go through the “maybe” pile again and pick my favorites.

Then, make three piles: one for your larger/background images, one for medium sized images, and one for small images and words.

I also like to keep in mind that similar colors look really good next to each other, or in the same vicinity.

Get Sticky With It

Once you have your three piles and your blank canvas, you are ready to glue!

Do your background/ larger images first, and then your medium sized images.

Lastly, glue your smaller images or words.

Fill in the Gaps

If you feel like your vision board still needs a little something, you can use paint, stickers, gem stones, feathers, glitter, etc. to give it that something-something you seek.

Voila! You are finished!

Let your Vision Board dry and bask in the glory of what your life could look like in one, five, or ten years time. Let yourself enjoy your visualization and have a little fantasy and don’t forget to take the tiny steps in reality to get you closer to what you want.

Yes, big changes can happen overnight, but more often, the big changes are really just a series of tiny steps we take on a daily basis. Let your vision board remind you to keep taking those tiny steps.

Soon, you’ll see things on that vision board become you’re reality, and you’ll realize you made it happen, perhaps with the help of a little magic.

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