How to Create a Manifestation Vision Board

Creating a vision board is far more than curating a cute collage out of magazine cut-outs. Sure, it’s fun to get crafty every now and then, but who knew there was a method to this manifestation madness?!

If you’re not familiar with vision boarding, a vision board is a self-development tool that acts as a vehicle to gain greater clarity and focus on your dreams and desires. The final product leverages the law of attraction, projecting your intentions out into the universe so you are able to attract those positive, high-vibes and achieve your goals.

I learned all about how to supercharge a vision board during a powerful one-on-one session with Tiare Thomas Harris, the Founder of Aloha Dreamboard while at the Alohilani for the Plant Your Intentions Retreat. Now, I realize this may sound a bit abstract for some of you, but stay with me because Harris has some legit testimonials that speak volumes to the truth behind this tool. Her clients have landed everything from dream jobs to dream… men! Here are 5 tips to create a vision board that *actually* works —

First, here are the materials you’ll need to get started — 
– magazines


Before we dove into the crafting part of the project, Harris guided me through a deep visualization meditation where I reflected on my past and even spoke to my younger self. Not only is meditation a release and a way to foster awareness, it is a tool that can unlock expansive visions and dreams while also healing a lot of past trauma. Harris reminded me to have fun during my meditation as well and let my mind wander and embrace each and every turn. It’s important to receive and accept the initial thoughts and messages that evolve as they arise for a reason — you don’t want to dismiss them, but honor them. Regardless of if you do five minutes of breath-work  or an hour-long, deep visualization exercise, a meditative refresh is the perfect way to begin a vision board venture.

2. Journal

The first time I did a vision board, I only used photos — which seems so trivial now! One of the best ways to plan for the future is to put a pen to paper and write it all out because sometimes you may be surprised at what comes up when you’re writing in a flow-state. Intentions that were hidden in your subconscious may come to the forefront of your mind. Harris’ strategy is to focus on the nine areas of Feng Shui, just like you are mapping out the energetic building blocks of your life. These nine life areas include:

  1. Career, Life Mission and Individuality
  2. Marriage, Relationships and Partnerships
  3. Health, Family and Community
  4. Wealth, Prosperity and Self Worth
  5. Center of Good Fortune and Gratitude
  6. Helpful People, Spiritual Life and Travel
  7. Children, Creativity and Fun
  8. Wisdom, Self-Knowledge and Rest
  9. Fame, Reputation and Social Life

3. Take your time 

A vision board doesn’t have to be complete in one foul swoop. Take your time and find visuals that truly resonate with you and what you want to manifest. Also, don’t bound yourself to only old magazines! Expand your arts and crafts horizons by using things like old books for phrases, newspapers for physical people, places, or things and maybe even bows, medallions or accessories that you have stashed or you stumble upon during the process. Lastly, the internet is your friend! Harris didn’t mention this, but it dawned on me that if I can’t find the exact image I want, a little internet-surf session is an easy fix! However, I wouldn’t do this for all images as that takes away from the serendipitous treasure hunt finds. At the end of the day, simply take your time, experiment with different art mediums, and make it you’re own!

4. Use Push Pins

Just like your intentions can change, so can your vision board! Harris recommended the idea of using push-pins rather than glue — so simple, yet so genius! Now, you don’t have to stress or worry about placing something in the wrong spot, because you can always move it as your manifestations evolve and come to fruition. This was a total game-changer for me and I know it will be for you too.

5. Make it Visible 

Once your vision board is complete, put it on display for the world to see to keep your intentions top of mind — thoughts become things right? You spent time and effort creating this beautiful manifestation masterpiece and you should be proud of it! Not to mention, it’s always fun to recollect on what your intentions were in the past and what you’ve achieved since!



  1. Phyllis Abrams
    February 6, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    Loved this one and I would love to see your vision board…and to watch it change. But that’s not going to happen so I’ll just imagine you working on it. This is a lovely article. I’m glad you can read my replies….don’t worry that I can’t see yours. It’s my stubborn little no more tech mind. I like just being an old fashioned contemplative….tuned in more to the present and what is present around me. It’s easy. Love you much, grandma

    • Kara Ladd
      March 4, 2019 / 5:15 pm

      Grandma! Hopefully you can see this now. I can email you a photo of my vision board. Just finished it not too long ago. It’s lovely and perched up in my kitchen right now. Stay tuned. Much much love xoxo

  2. May 4, 2020 / 6:38 am

    How lovely your grandma commented on this post 🙂 What do you think about virtual vision boards, do they have the same “power” as a physical one? Moving around a lot, I keep my vision board as a digital file.