How to Create and Print a Design Board Using Pinterest

How to Print a Pinterest Board by Of Houses and Trees | A tutorial illustrating how to create an interior design board using Pinterest, along with instructions on how to print a Pinterest board.

To skip to the instructions on how to print a Pinterest board, click here. To learn about how to first create a design board and then print it, continue reading.

Design boards just seem to scratch several of my itches all at once. My love for beautiful spaces, furniture, patterns and colours. My love for seeking out inspiration. My love for creating order in a world full of chaos.

Aside from helping to suppress said chaos with pictures of (eco-friendly!) console tables and fabric swatches, design boards also come in super handy when planning out the design and decor of a room. I mostly use photo editing software to create them, but not everyone has access to such a program nor the know-how and time to work with one. Enter Pinterest – everyone’s favourite online inspo gathering tool.

So many people already use Pinterest to collect and organize their ideas and lordy knows I love me some pinning. You may be wondering how to print a Pinterest board or how to save a Pinterest board as a PDF. Perhaps all you want to do is save a Pinterest board offline. Because when it comes time to reference them – which may happen when you’re out shopping, when you’re meeting with a design professional, when you want to show a friend your ideas – it’s kind of a pain in the arse to have to scroll through a bunch of boards and pins looking for what you want. And what if you go to look and have no wi-fi? Or – gasp! – are out of your service area all together and can’t even get on Pinterest?

Plus, arranging all the elements of a room in proximately to each other really helps bring it all together. There’s a reason why designers create design boards (sometimes called mood boards). And that’s because they’re helpful in choosing everything from flooring and paint to artwork and furniture.

So I figured I would put together a tutorial on how to create and “print” a design board using Pinterest. I used scare quotes on printable because – as a sustainability blogger – I have to remind you not to exploit the precious natural resource that is trees. However, I’m no saint and sometimes I do print things. Also, you can print to PDF and save the file on your computer or phone, which makes it easy to access even when the internet is not.

Here’s a video illustrating the process. You can also scroll down below the video to read a step by step guide. I won’t lie. It’s riveting. You’ve been warned. (If you want to go straight to me explaining how to print a Pinterest board skip to 6:18.)

Go to Pinterest

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Creating and Naming Your Board

Go to “Create new board.” Give your board a name. For this tutorial I chose “Design Board – Master Bedroom.” Essentially this is going to be the design board for the master bedroom in Our House in the Trees, which I am 99% sure we’re building this summer! Set the board to secret if you want to keep your design board choices on the down low.

Adding Pins

Now for the fun part! You can add pins in a few different ways. You can repin or move pins you’ve already added to other boards. You can use the search bar to find new pins. Or, you can go to any website and pin from there. I think sometimes we forget that pinning ideas from the web – not necessarily from within Pinterest itself – is a huge asset. Pinning from within can get kind of insular. Try going “off-grid” and see what you find! (Note that you’ll need a Pin It extension for your browser for sites that don’t have that option on their end.)

You can also add a few different kinds of pins. Either photos of rooms that have some of the elements you want for your room, photos of the furniture and accessories you want, or a mixture of both. For this tutorial I added furniture and accessories as the end result will look more like an actual interior design board as opposed to just a collection of ideas, which is also fine if that’s what you want. There are tons of places to find product photos, but I usually go to sites like Amazon, Etsy and Wayfair and search or browse there. (There’s also VivaTerra, which is an entirely eco-friendly online decor store!) You can also just do a plain old Google image search and see what comes up.

If you want to be really specific, you can pin the actual items you want to buy. Then you can use your board as a shopping list when it’s time to make your online purchases. If you are going to go this route, make sure you pin the image from the product page and not from the image link or your pin won’t go to the place of purchase. Of course, I also must encourage you to shop local when you can, which is another reason why having a design board saved to your phone or printed out is so handy!

Getting Ready to Print (Using Google Chrome)

You might think the next step is to simply print your board from your browser, but this actually doesn’t work. Even if it did you would end up with all the text from the page – the date, all of Pinterest’s buttons, partial descriptions under the pin, which doesn’t look pretty. Instead, go to File -> Save Page As. This will save a file and a folder to your desktop. Delete the file and open the folder. Arrange by kind to group all the JPEGS together and then delete everything else. You’ll also need to delete two jpegs – your profile pictures, unless you’d like to keep one on the design board for branding purposes. Skip to “Saving to PDF or Printing” below.

Getting Ready to Print (Using Safari)

As far as I can tell there is no easy way to save all the images from your design board using Safari. Instead, you’ll have to click on each pin to expand. Then, right click and choose “Save Image to Downloads.”

Save each pin to your downloads folder, locate them and move them to your desktop, then proceed to the next step.

Saving to PDF or Printing

Select all your images and double click (this should automatically open them in preview if you’re using a Mac). Go to View -> Contact Sheet. You can now drag your images around and place them in the order you’d like them to display in. I usually put materials and finishes such as flooring and paint colours as the first few images.

Once you’re done organizing your images, go to File -> Print. Select “Scale to Fit.” Change “Preview” to “Layout.” Change “Pages per Sheet” to either 9 or 16. You should now see your design board in the preview window. The only thing left to do is either save as a PDF or print out a hardcopy.

When you’re all done, you should have something like this! (Links to products below image if you’re interested…)

You may be wondering how to print a Pinterest board or how to save a Pinterest board as a PDF. Perhaps all you want to do is save a Pinterest board offline. This blue and orange bedroom design board was created in Pinterest and printed off without the use of any photo editing software!

Eco-Friendly Laminate Flooring via Evoke

Low-VOC Paint via Benjamin Moore

Light fixture via Rona

Cotton Curtains via Etsy

Linen Duvet set via Fine Linen and Bath

Bamboo Sheet set via A Luxury Bed

Bird throw pillow cover via Etsy

Classical guitar via Amazon

Reclaimed wood nightstand via Overstock

Bird metal knob via Etsy

Upholstered storage bench via Wayfair

Handcrafted distressed dresser via Ebay

Textured industrial artwork via David Munroe Art

Cotton herringbone throw via The New England Trading Company

Handmade feather hanging via Etsy

Mosaic table lamp via Nafesna (similar lamp here)

Let me know in the comments if you run into any difficulties creating and printing your design board and I’ll do my best to help out! 

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How to Print a Pinterest Board | A tutorial illustrating how to create an interior design board using Pinterest, along with instructions on how to print a Pinterest board.

Posted on January 21, 2018 (Last Updated on July 6, 2018)

10 thoughts on “How to Create and Print a Design Board Using Pinterest

  • April 17, 2018 at 6:12 am
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    thank you so much for this! I would never have worked this out and so this is a life saver for me and my work!

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    • April 17, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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      You are very welcome! Glad I could help and thank you for the comment!

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      • August 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm
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        this isn’t working for me. I’m on a Mac tried with Safari then downloaded Chrome to try there. When I get to Preview , View, Contact sheet the pins are on individual pages. I cannot resize nor move them to one page

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        • August 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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          Hi Joanne – thanks for commenting. Using Chrome or Safari shouldn’t matter at this step as all the images should already be downloaded to your desktop. Did you select all the images in the folder and then double-click to open them in the same Preview window? They have to be open in the same window to view them on a single contact sheet. If this doesn’t help, feel free to shoot a quick video of you demonstrating your issue and then post a link to the video here in the comments. I’ll try my best to help you figure this out!

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  • May 2, 2018 at 8:26 am
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    Trying to follow your steps on a Mac. How do you select the images?

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    • May 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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      Which step are you getting stuck at? Did you get all the images saved to a folder and now you just need to select and open them? Also, are you using Chrome or Safari?

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  • July 23, 2018 at 10:54 am
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    Don’t waste your time. The Relevant stuff starts at min 6:38. Everything before that is how to use pinterest etc.

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    • July 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm
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      Yes – that’s exactly why I noted at both the top of the post and right before the video to skip to 6:18 if you only want to learn how to print a Pinterest board. My post and video are about both creating a design board and printing it, which is why there’s extra information. Not a waste of time for people who want to learn to do both. Thanks for commenting though!

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  • August 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm
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    this isn’t working for me. I’m on a Mac tried with Safari then downloaded Chrome to try there. When I get to Preview , Veiw, Contact sheet the pins are on individual pages. I cannot resize nor move them to one page

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