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DIY Vision Board Tutorial

It's no secret that the school year will be looking a little different this year, but that doesn't mean sisterhood goes away! Follow along with Julia as she teaches us how to make DIY Vision Boards and gives PNMs a glimpse into what a virtual sisterhood would look like. This is just one example of a virtual sisterhood our chapter has done while we are at home. For a more comprehensive list of our sisterhood efforts since quarantine, visit our blog post titled Sisterhood is Stronger


If you don’t know what a vision board is, it is “a collage of images and words representing a person’s wishes or goals, intended to serve as inspiration or motivation." Vision boards are a great tool for us to manifest all the things we want this school year to be. They are very fun and easy to make, requiring only a few materials!

  • Old magazine or newspapers

  • Large piece of paper, cardboard, or canvas

  • Pictures (optional)

  • Markers, pens, or pencils

  • Stickers (optional)

  • Mod Podge (optional)

  • Tape (optional)

  • Old maps (optional)

  • Any other craft supplies you may want to add to your board!

STEP 1: Take a minute to think about your aspirations for this year

Ask yourself the following questions and jot down your answers:

  • What are your academic goals for this year?

  • What are your personal goals for this year?

  • What are your professional goals for this year?

  • Who do you want to spend time with this year?

  • Who or what inspires you?

  • What is a place that inspires you?

  • Do you have a favorite word, quote, or bible verse?

Reflect on your own or discuss with someone in person!

STEP 2: Collect your materials

Now find materials that reflect those things. Are you inspired by Vogue magazine, cut some pictures out of an issue! Are you inspired by your mom? Add a picture of her. Dreaming of moving to New York City one day? Add it too! You can also add things that you think simply just look pretty. Ideas of places to look:

  • Pinterest

  • Camera Roll

  • Old maps

  • Books

  • Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Old textbooks

  • VSCO

  • Instagram

Discussion question: when you are feeling uninspired or unmotivated, what do you like to do to get back on track?

STEP 3: Start curating your materials and arranging them on your board!

There are no rules for this part! Rip things out, cut things out, draw over them, paint on them, etc.

Make things overlapping and messy or make them neat and clean — whatever fits your vibe and what you are going to be inspired by!

Discussion question: What has quarantine made you learn about yourself or others?

STEP 4: Glue everything down!

Once you have everything arranges how you would like it, go ahead and start glueing everything down. After this step, you are all done!

Discussion question: How are you going to make the most of this year despite being in a virtual environment?

Optional step: paint mode dodge over it for a smooth finish.

Thanks for following along! If you make your own vision boards, be sure to tag @uiowazta -- we would love to see them!

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