How to Make a Motivation Board

By Kaitlyn Mills
Keep your goals on track with this simple DIY burlap motivation board.

When it comes to reaching your goals, staying focused, motivated and on track can oftentimes be equally as challenging as the goal itself. Motivation boards are a simple yet effective way to avoid burnout and keep your goals at the forefront of your mind. Keep reading to learn how to make a motivation board of your own and be well on your way to reaching your goals!

Things You'll Need:

Feel free to get creative with your materials. The possibilities are limitless!
  • Framed canvas or bulletin board
  • Burlap (or fabric of your choice) sized approximately 6 inches larger than your board
  • Gold push pins
  • Superglue
  • Tape
  • Magazine clippings, quotes, images, etc. to add to the finished board

Cover Your Board

Use superglue to ensure your motivation board will remain covered.

Place your board face down on the fabric of your choice. Moving from corner to corner, fold the fabric around the board inward toward the back of the board to create a smooth fold at each corner. Temporarily secure the fabric to the back of the board with tape or push pins. Next, use scissors to cut excess fabric from each corner and secure the fold permanently with super glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Use Push Pins to Add an Interior Border

Gold push pins further secure the fabric to your board and add decorative interior border as well.

Once the glue has dried completely, flip your board so that the front side is facing up. Using the frame of the board as a guide, add gold push pins to create an interior border. Make sure to space your pins evenly.

Gather Inspiration

Use images to create a visual roadmap to help you stay on course towards your goal.

Now we get to the fun part! Gather goal-related inspiration to add to your board. Add old magazine clippings, photographs, images, doodles and quotes to a stack that will serve as a visual roadmap leading towards your goal. Don't be afraid to play around with different shapes, patterns and textures as your stack grows.

Add Visuals to Your Motivation Board

Take a step back and admire your work! You are now one step closer to reaching your goal.

Use extra gold push pins and decorative tape to attach the visuals you gathered to your motivation board. Whether your images reflect a specific outcome or will serve as general inspiration for everyday creativity, focus on what is visually appealing to you and create your board accordingly. Once you are satisfied, hang your board in a conspicuous place where you will see it throughout the day. Make sure to update your board as you reach your goals or your dream evolves. The sky is truly the limit!

About the Author

Kaitlyn Mills earned a degree in marketing from the University of South Carolina and is a marketing director by day. She is the author and designer of the blog, Day Jobs & Dreams.