How To Create A Mood Board And Make Your Vision A Reality

The moment you learn to take control of your thoughts, will be the moment you gain the power to make your vision a reality. Our inner dialogue is the driving force behind every decision we make and the path that we create for ourselves. A mood board is a physical representation of your thoughts. It is a collage of ideas displayed on a visual board that can include photos, color palettes, textures and descriptive words.

How To Create A Mood Board And Make Your Vision A Reality

When I was little ( before Pinterest ) I used to watch my mom spend hours flipping through home decor and fashion magazines. She would rip things out that inspired her and glue them into a carefully curated collage on a poster board.

She called them her “Mood Boards.”

She swore that over time, every single thing she put on the board would manifest itself somewhere in her life.

And they did!

Over the years, I have made many of my own mood boards.

I love the physical process of ripping, gluing and making my vision a reality that I can hold in my hands.

My mood boards tend to revolve around travel, love and weddings. I love to collect images, quotes and a few pieces of plants to glue on the board.

Our studio is where I spend most of my time, so I use foam core boards to hang on the wall.

There is nothing more satisfying than pinning my mood board on the wall, and glancing at it each day. It serves as a constant reminder to pursue my dreams and make my vision a reality.

Today, I want to show you how to create your own mood board with these easy steps!

How To Create A Mood Board And Turn Your Vision Into Reality

Buy Foam Board

Visit your local craft store or shop online to buy a piece of foam or poster board. I like to use these because it gives you a wide enough space to work with.

Gather Magazines + Photos + Textures

You can purchase magazines pretty much anywhere today – the grocery store, Barnes and Nobles, or even the gas station.

I subscribe to to have mine personally delivered right to my door. This keeps me inspired everyday as new magazines show up.

Don’t limit yourself -the more photos you have, the better.

Print them out from the internet, or rip them from the magazines.

Try incorporating fabric, leaves, flowers, shells or any other texture that would fit your mood board. This add dimension and appeals to your sense of touch.

Find A Comfy Spot To Sit + Put On Music

This is crucial to the creative process of building your mood board. You have to set the tone right, and get the right energy flowing before you even begin.

Find a comfy spot to sit, whether that be at your desk, on your bed, or even the floor.

The music will influence the direction your mood board takes, so make sure you choose a playlist that works for you.

Start Gluing!

Lastly, just do it! Start gluing things on your mood board. Don’t worry about where they should go, or how to do it ‘right.’

The mood board will naturally go in the direction it’s supposed to.

Don’t rush. Creating a mood board takes time, and that’s ok.

Today, mood boards have become a vital tool within many industries including fashion designers, event planners, landscape architects, and more. With the popularity of Pinterest, creating a mood board can be as simple or in depth as you like.

We’d love to see your beautiful mood board when it’s done. Tag us @moosestudio on Instagram so we can see what you create! 🙂 

  • Laura Ammirato

    November 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm Reply

    they are also great to relax too, brings one peace as they come together <3 I remember your boards 🙂

  • Shan

    November 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I like your mom’s mood board.

    You’re quite right – we attract what we focus on. If you don’t want it, stop thinking about it.

  • Matt @ Plating Pixels

    April 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Love mood boards. Plus I keep hearing how most of the things on their come true!

  • Dia All The Things I Do

    April 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm Reply

    I keep saying I need to do this and put it in my office! I am all about lists, visualization, and planning. I love the quote from Budda it is so true. We have more power than we think.

    • Moose Studio

      May 4, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

      Do it! Tag us on Twitter when you finish yours 🙂

  • Jenn

    April 28, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply

    I use to do this when I was a kid. I completely forgot about them. This is such a fantastic thing to do to “keep your eye on the prize”. I think I will be making one this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  • Starr

    April 29, 2016 at 1:42 am Reply

    I have a partially filled foam board that began as my vision board. At the time, I didn’t really have a direction, so I just couldn’t finish it. So much has changed since I started that board, but the key elements still hold true. I have much more to add to it now. Thank you for this reminder!

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