What supplies do you need for a vision board?
You’ve heard so much about the benefits of creating one.
Maybe you’ve even searched Pinterest for ideas.
And now that you’re ready to make one of your own, you want to know more about the materials you’ll need.
With this post, you’ll finally be able to create your vision board supply list.
You can’t simply buy a vision board ready-made, after all.
Each one is deeply personal, and buying the materials for it is half the fun.
7 Vision Board Supplies
Welcome to our simple but comprehensive list of vision board materials — simple because we want this process to be as enjoyable and straightforward for you as possible.
The comprehensive bit is there because you deserve a generous helping of high-quality, affordable options.
We want your favorite vision boards to last for years — whether you make several and store the old ones or make a few you update as you go.
Look through the main supply categories for ideas, and make a list of your own.
1. Your Vision Board Background
If you’d rather not use poster board, you can also create your vision board using any of the following durable options:
- a cork vision board — a single large one or an arrangement of tiles
- a fabric covered bulletin board (with or without ribbons), or
- a magnetic whiteboard.
Corkboards, like this one, offer the following advantages over posterboard:
- More durable and higher quality
- Pushpins allow you to update your board to reflect changing goals
- Availability in a variety of sizes, colors, and frame options
If you’d like to dress up your board’s background a bit more, you can use patterned scrapbook paper, fabric, or kraft paper. Use whatever you’d like to see peeking out behind your arrangement of images, words, and phrases.
Or you use stencils and ink to decorate a plain cork background.
If you’re looking for something more portable, consider a hardbound sketchbook or a spiral-bound sketch pad. If you enjoy drawing, you can even design your own artistic background or border for each page.
If you’re using magazines or other print media, you’ll need something to cut out the images, words, and phrases you’ll want for your vision board.
And depending on how fancy you want your edges to be, you have two choices:
A basic pair of craft scissors is probably all you’ll need for this project, and you’ll want something comfortable to hold and to use repeatedly.
This pair has soft grip handles and works well for both right-handed and left-handed use. The titanium-fused blades stay sharp for over 100,000 cuts.
Aside from scissors, you might find other scrapbooking tools useful or fun to use when decorating your vision board.
- Corner rounder punch
- Edge Punch (different edge patterns available)
- Paper cutter (for clean, straight cuts)
Your choice of fasteners will depend on your background. For posterboard, go with double-sided tape or glue sticks rather than messy bottles of school glue. Double-sided tape or foam squares make it easier to attach your pictures without tape showing.
You can also use washi tape in a variety of colors and patterns.
Use markers with tips bold enough you’ll be able to read your writing from across the room. Think Sharpie markers and calligraphy or brush pens in all the colors you’re likely to use. For extra sparkle, try these glitter brush pens.
Depending on the look you’re going for, you might stick with a mix of metallic colors (gold, silver, and bronze) and shiny black. Or maybe this will be a more colorful display.
Go with your leanings and create something that complements your home or workspace.
5. Clippings of Pictures, Words, and Phrases
Pick out a stack of magazines or other print media with images and text that relate to your goals:
- Health and Fitness
- Home improvement
Carefully cut out your favorites and set them aside until you’re ready to arrange them on your board. If you have a practice space handy, you can arrange the images in various ways before affixing them to your vision board.
If you’d rather not buy a pile of magazines, try this Vision Board Clipart Book, which has over 400 pictures, words, and phrases to look through and either add to this board or save for future projects.
These can be fun to pick out, whether you’re shopping for them on Amazon or browsing in a craft or office supply store. You can either choose stickers that fit a preplanned color scheme or let your choice of stickers guide the design of the whole project.
Depending on your mood or the overall aesthetic you’re going for, you have a wide variety of options to consider, including the following:
You can even create stickers of your own with this machine. Or buy sheets of adhesive-backed vinyl sheets and use scrapbooking tools to create the shapes you want before decorating them with markers, glitter, or both.
7. Inspirational Quotes
When you have neither of those available, use a brush pen or chisel-tip Sharpie marker to carefully write the quotes you want on your board before you arrange the pictures.
If you’re using a corkboard, an added backing of kraft paper or construction paper in lighter colors can make your quotes easier to see.
8. Optional Supplies
Now that you know the basics and have a better idea of what you’d like to collect for your vision board, think about what you’d like to have on hand to make the process more enjoyable for you and your co-creators.
Some of these you’ll likely have on hand already:
- Snacks or beverages
- Music to set the mood
- A tablecloth to protect your work surface
- Containers to save spare clippings
- Fresh flowers to brighten your space
If you’d rather have company for this, you can even throw a vision board party and invite family or friends to join in the fun.
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Time to put your vision board supplies to use.
Looking at your vision board should bring a smile to your face. If it doesn’t, be honest about what isn’t working. It’s not unusual to think you want something and later realize it does nothing for you.
Take the time to really connect with yourself. Then try again.