Top 5 Ways to Create a Real Life Pinterest Board

As reported by Mashable, one of the first real life Pinterest boards came in the form of a giant board at Westfield’s UTC mall in La Jolla, California. After that, countless outlets followed suit with boards of their own, and individual Pinterest fans were inspired to create their own DIY real life boards. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a master in web design or development to make your own real-life Pinterest board. Here are 5 of our favorite DIY methods for creating a real board at home.

Before you get started, it is a good idea to think about where you want to put your board. If you have limited space, you can plan on several smaller boards, or if you have a whole wall to cover, you can use a larger board that can carry a lot more content. It is also a good idea to think about what you actually plan to put on your board. Pinterest boards work best when they embody some sort of theme or overall topic. That being said, let’s take a look at creating a board.



Old School Cork Boards or Pin Boards

One of the easiest ways to set up a Pinterest board is to get your hands on some old or new cork boards, which are made for pinning things up anyway. The material is perfect for push pins and the board is pretty much ready to go. If you want to color match with the room, you can apply a coat of paint or wrap the board in paper. If you want something a little more stylish, you can also use a fabric pinboard made from materials like linen or cotton canvas.



Fabric Board

Here is a clever way to make a quality Pinterest board with a little more longevity. First, you need to get a magnet sheet with adhesive backing, some fabric, and a picture frame. Cut the fabric so it fits inside the picture frame, and then do the same for the magnetic sheet. The magnet should adhere to one side of the fabric, and then you place both of these inside of the picture frame, after taking the glass sheet out if there is one. Fix the magnet and fabric into the frame with the frame’s backing, and now you have a nice little magnet Pinterest board!

Poster Boards

If you’re not feeling like the crafty type, there is a quick and painless way to print out your favorite Pinterest boards and then display them on your wall. Just arrange the boards you want on the actual Pinterest page, and then you can get the screen printed on a poster board of your choice. There are plenty of companies out there that offer this convenient service.


Another way to set up a Pinterest board is to make a template for one and then print it out. You can also use one that someone made, such as this template from, which is a great option for making a Pinterest board for kids. Once you see what is possible, you can experiment with all sorts of templates to have fun with. These templates can then be cut out and placed on a cork board, a pinboard, a piece of cardboard backing, or any other type of board.

Putting It All Together

Once you have your real life Pinterest board made up and ready to go, you can begin attaching objects to it. For this you can use pins, tape, magnets, clips, and whatever else is useful to attach what you need to. Popular attachments include pictures, recipes, inspirational quotes, colorful papers and other objects, pendants, and much more. Get creative and enjoy yourself!

Carolyn Clarke

Carolyn Clarke

Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, CA. She specializes in best marketing practices. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and making DIY crafts with her two daughters, Emily and Evelyn.
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