How to Create an Inspiration Board

    by Shaunta Alburger

    About the Author

    Shaunta Alburger has been a professional writer for over 10 years. She's worked on staff at both major Las Vegas newspapers, as well as a rural Nevada weekly. She has also published short stories at Liquid Silver Books and Pink Petal Books. Alburger is pursuing a B.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College.


    An inspiration board is a simple way to gather your ideas about a project together in one space. By pinning items of inspiration to a cork board, you're able to see at a glance the direction you want your project to take. Inspiration boards are common among creative professionals, including artists and designers. Try using one when you are decorating a room, designing a new dress for yourself or refinishing a piece of furniture.

    Things You'll Need

    • Bulletin board
    • Push pins
    • Twine

    Collect pictures, swaths of fabric, paint swatches and other items that inspire you regarding a particular project. Find words or phrases in magazines or other printed material that add to the inspiration.

    Pin the items you have collected to a cork or bulletin board. This allows you to see all of your inspiration at once, and the push pins let you move the items around as desired.

    Add to your inspiration board as you find other items that contribute to the project for which you designed the board. The board and the project work together, with the board helping you keep your ideas for your project in order and the project inspiring more ideas.

    String twine across the bulletin board, about one-third of the way from the bottom. Attach additional items of inspiration to the string using clothespins. This idea adds dimension to the idea board, allowing you to layer colors or textures.