Don’t you just LOVE Pinterest? I especially find making Board covers for Pinterest a fascinating hobby. If you have theme colours or fonts it makes sense to integrate them into the overall profile for your Page.
*Scroll to the bottom of the post for an updated look at my new board covers!
1. Create an account with Canva
It’s totally free and you can make multiple covers with a single click.
2. Use Custom dimensions for Board Covers
In the Custom Dimensions box, enter the following ratio: 340 X 340 px
3. Upload an image OR Select an Element from the left sidebar
Some people like monochromatic images for their board covers. Others like a simple image or graphic that represents what the board is about. Choose what works for you.
4. Add the name of your Board
Pick a font that is uniform across your brand/logo/ the one you use either on your Pinterest profile or your blog.
5. Add your website name or brand name at the bottom of the image
As you can see, I have used ‘Shailaja V’. Since that is also the URL of my blog, it helps with high brand recall.
6. Use the copy icon to replicate the image
Once you’ve finalised the design, it’s extremely simple to replicate it. Literally, one click helps to copy the image! Then you can change the colours and the text to suit the different boards.
7. Download all the images to your desktop
When you click the download button, you get the option to download all the images as a Zip file or selected images. Based on what you need, download the images by number.
8. Upload to your Pinterest Board
Use the Plus icon in the top right of your Pinterest Home page to ‘Create a Pin’. Add a URL to any post on your blog that is relevant to that board’s niche. Add a description. Add it to the relevant board.
Then, go to the board, hit the edit icon on top and select the ‘Change cover’ option. Set the uploaded image as your board cover.
I’d been toying with the idea of board cover colours for a while now and felt these looked good. Do let me know what you think. All feedback welcome!
These were the ones I had for my profile. As you can see, I had the pink for all things parenting related. The blue ones were for social media and blog related tips. The red ones were for my group boards.
If you like these, do you know I can make them for you too?
That’s right. You can hire me to handle your Pinterest account if you don’t have the time or inclination for it. I totally get it. Pinterest can be time consuming if you don’t know what to do or how to go about it. But it’s a great source of traffic so you shouldn’t miss out.
Keen to get started? Hire me today!
**UPDATED November 2018**
A few weeks ago, I thought of giving a new twist to the concept of my board covers and I thought you’d like to see what I did.
As you may know, my site underwent re-branding in August of 2018. That also meant I had to drop the long-time blog name ‘Diary of a Doting Mom’. Additionally, I began to sense that I needed cover images that would be more reflective of me and my business.
Here’s what I did:
- I uploaded on-brand images in the regular Pinterest size, namely, the 2 X 3 ratio.
- I picked a font that I felt would look good for a stand-alone pin as well as a board cover.
- Then, I incorporated a lifestyle background with more white space, so that the text would stand out.
- If you notice in the images below, I have aligned the text in such a way that it appears in the top centre of the image. These render well as board covers!
How this has helped:
Since the pins are of regular size, they tend to perform better in the Pinterest algorithm. Secondly, the lifestyle images seem to give off a better vibe, in general. My re-pin rate went up by 50% once I began to do this!