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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!

Here are 8 simple steps to design and upload your Board Covers on #Pinterest. Click to Tweet

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.

You’re done!

Making board covers for Pinterest using Canva

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!

Board covers for PInterest for Shailaja

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!

Board Covers for Pinterest in 8 simple steps

Board covers for Pinterest and how to design them

Pin image by Shutterstock: Flat lay top view office desk by Floral Deco

**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!

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33 Comments

Inderpreet Uppal · June 10, 2018 at 9:56 am

Just love the ideas here! Thanks for sharing these. I have a canva account. I am off to try these pin tricks.
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    Shailaja · June 10, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    So thrilled to hear that. Canva is great for making high quality graphics, especially for free! And making Pinterest board covers is one of the most enjoyable activities for me.

    Thank you also for the share on Facebook, Inderpreet. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

Shilpa Garg · June 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

Board Covers for Pinterest are so cool. Thanks for sharing this step-by-step process to create them. I will be trying this out soon πŸ™‚

    Shailaja · June 10, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    You’re most welcome, Shilpa! I hope this helps with optimising your Pinterest profile. It’s a great way to give cohesion to your Pinterest boards.

Rachna · June 10, 2018 at 11:46 am

I love Board Covers. Made them the first thing when I first started working on Pinterest. Was fun.
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    Shailaja · June 10, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I know, right? So much fun πŸ™‚ I made board covers when I switched to a business profile but only recently aligned them with my theme colours. A blog overhaul is pending so watch out for new colours on the blog too πŸ™‚

Suzy · June 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for this mini lesson – I didn’t even know you could make board covers!

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    Shailaja · June 10, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    You’re welcome, Suzy πŸ™‚ It’s great fun too!

Vasantha Vivek · June 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm

This is an awesome tutorial. With your excellent step by step instructions, I too completed creating covers for all my boards. Grateful to you, Shailaja!
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    Shailaja · June 10, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks so much, Vasantha πŸ™‚

Zainab · June 11, 2018 at 9:56 am

That’s an easy and informative tutorial! I love canva personally!

    Shailaja · June 12, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, Zainab! I love Canva too πŸ™‚

Shilpa Gupte · June 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Thank you for this tutorial, Shailaja!

I created two board covers using the above steps, but when I tried changing covers, my entire image wouldn’t fit. Umm, how do I explain? The image had to be cropped to ‘fit in’ before the cover change. What do I do about that?

Also, you know the thing that went wrong last week? Along with the history, I also lost the ‘Save’ button of Pinterest from my blog. Now I am unable to add it again. I can’t figure out where to embed the HTML link on my blog to get that button.

What do I do?

<3
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    Shailaja · June 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Hey Shilpa. Was the image that you uploaded a different size to the one you first created? Then you’d have to crop it again for it to fit.

    The Pinterest ‘Save’ button can be added quite easily to the blog. Especially since you’re on WordPress.com: The WordPress Pin It button doesn’t require any extra code on your site. You can add the Pin It button to all of your WordPress posts by enabling it in default sharing options.
    Go to your WordPress dashboard
    Go to Settings then Sharing
    In the Sharing Buttons section, drag the Pinterest service from Available Services to Enabled Services
    If you want to display the default Pin It button image, change the Button style dropdown to Official ​buttons
    Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page

Shilpa Gupte · June 11, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Sorry, Shailaja! I checked after a while. The board covers got printed perfectly!

Thank you! <3
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Soumya · June 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Oh I love the colors you have chosen! So clean and yet so powerful!

I need to start taking Pinterest seriously one of these days and start working on it. As usual, I have bookmarked this post too. Work’s been crazy and I hardly have time for anything these days. The day I decide on a break, I’d do this for sure.

Keep up this excellent work of yours. You make me proud day after day.

Love!
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    Shailaja · June 12, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Thanks a ton, babe πŸ™‚

    Yes, you do need to start taking Pinterest seriously πŸ˜‰ But it’s not going anywhere so ping me whenever available and we can set up a session.

    So thankful for all your support, really πŸ™‚

Debbie D. · June 12, 2018 at 4:42 am

Thanks for the instructions. Your board covers look great, Shailaja! Haven’t spent that much time on Pinterest lately, but it’s a good idea. I use Canva for all sorts of projects as well.
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    Shailaja · June 12, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Thanks a ton, Debbie. I am glad you liked them πŸ™‚ Canva is simply fantastic for graphics for pretty much anything!

Shalzmojo · June 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

I started with picmonkey but soon drifted over to Canva and am happy to say I stuck there. This looks very easy to do or actually you have simplified it so much!! Thanks for sharing this.

    Shailaja · June 13, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Canva is great, isn’t it? Simply love it πŸ™‚

    So glad you found the tutorial for Pinterest Board covers useful, Shalini. Do share them with me when you’re done. Would love to take a look.

Ivone Santos · June 14, 2018 at 2:22 am

I do love your content. Thanks a lot.

    Shailaja · June 14, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Thanks Ivone! I appreciate that. Welcome to my blog

Custom Kraft Boxes · June 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

So lovely post. And your content is very nice. I really appreciate your work.

Geethica Mehra · July 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

I was giving wrong dimensions to Canva for the cover. Now I know where I was wrong. I will be back with all the corrections

    Shailaja · July 1, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Excellent! Let me know if it worked for you πŸ™‚

Mahiya · July 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

wooww thats soo easy.

    Shailaja · July 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks! Hope you try it out and let me know πŸ™‚

Stephen Walker · July 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Hi Shailaja,

A simple step-by-step guide that I may well use to update my Pinterest boards.

I use Pinterest a LOT. And, I get reasonable traffic from it.

But, my follower count has stalled and I need to try and revitalise it.

    Shailaja · July 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Glad you found it useful!

    As for the follower count I’d recommend creating more niche personal boards, pinning regularly and pinning only content in your niche. That’s been helping mine pretty well.

Kristina · August 17, 2018 at 4:01 am

Thank you for sharing these awesome ideas!

    Shailaja · August 17, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Oh I’m so glad you liked them, Kristina!

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