How to Make a Vision Board
Step One: Decide Where You'll Place Your Vision BoardFor your vision board to be effective, you'll want to have it in a place where you'll see it frequently. Best of all is to have your vision board near where you enter sweepstakes, like on the wall behind your computer desk. Where you'll place your vision board will affect the type of board you make, so decide how much room you have before getting started.
Step Two: What Kind of Vision Board Will You Make?You can make a vision board out of just about anything that will hold pictures. Some ideas include:
- Poster Board (compare prices): Glue your pictures to a sheet of poster board and hang them on your wall. Poster board is inexpensive and easy to use, but it's hard to change later, if you want to update your pictures.
- Bulletin Board (compare prices): Attach your pictures to your vision board with a cork board, a ribbon board, or a magnetic board. Using a bulletin board makes it easy to change your dream prizes as you win them or as your tastes change.
- A Small Board with a Stand (compare prices): Don't have room on your wall for a vision board? Create a smaller version to stand on your desk by purchasing a small bulletin board and a stand, like a photo stand or easel back. This keeps your vision board close at hand to motivate you to win more.
- Large Picture or Poster Frame (compare prices): Fill a picture frame with pictures of your dream prizes. Pick any frame that fits the space you have available.
- Digital Vision Board: If you have any graphics arts skills, you could create a vision board on your computer. While I prefer to have actual, physical photos to look at, a reader of About.com's Healing Guide created a digital vision board and used it as the wallpaper on their computer. Need tips on how to make digital images look great? Visit About.com's Graphics Software site.
Step Three. Gather Pictures of the Prizes You'd Like to WinNext, you'll need to think about the prizes you're dreaming of winning and find pictures that symbolize those prizes. Flip through magazines, catalogs, even your junk mail for inspiration.
Some ideas include:
- Clip a part of a Publishers Clearing House ad to symbolize a huge win.
- Dreaming of winning the HGTV Dream Home? Add a picture of a gorgeous house.
- Is cash on your mind? Use Monopoly money, or pin a real dollar bill to your board.
- Need a getaway? Cut pictures of your favorite destinations from magazines.
- Trying to win a big sweepstakes from your favorite candy, frozen pizza, or fast food company? Use some of the packaging to symbolize your win.
- Want to win more shopping sprees? Add one of your used-up gift cards to your vision board.
Tip: You don't have to try to fit every prize you'd like to win on your board. Look for pictures that make you feel happy, spark your imagination, and make you feel upbeat and hopeful. Anything that lifts your heart can go on the board.
Step Four: Draw Inspiration from Your Vision BoardWhen you're feeling like it's been a long time since your last win, or toying with giving up, look at your vision board and remind yourself that your next entry could be the one to win one of the prizes you've been dreaming about.
Step Five: Keep Your Vision Board UpdatedIf you stare at the same pictures long enough, sometimes they can lose their power to lift your spirits. Don't be afraid to swap out pictures, change your goals, or add new embellishments to keep your vision board fresh and inspirational.
Supplies You'll Need to Make Your Vision Board:
- Something to hold your pictures - poster board, bulletin board, picture frame, etc.
- Pictures of prizes you'd love to win.
- Glue, magnets, push pins, or whatever else you want to use to attach your pictures.
- Any embellishments you'd like to add.