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Pinterest for Christmas Gift Ideas, DIY design, Secret Boards and Inspiration

Updated on October 14, 2014
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Pinterest is not only a wonderful way to be exposed to a world of creativity, but it can also turn you into the ultimate 'do-it-yourself' designer, cook, fashion expert and so much more.

Pinterest can help you 'virtually' design your ultimate home or workspace. For free. It can also help you create the ultimate Christmas Gift or Birthday Gift wish-list and allow you to 'shop' for presents for your friends and family.

With Pinterest secret boards, you can now also create private, invitation-only boards so your options are almost endless. They are the perfect way to do business too. Create a secret board with a client to collaborate online about a new project, concept or business idea.

What is Pinterest

Gone are the days of finding a great image on a website and bookmarking it or tearing hundreds of bits of paper from glossy expensive magazines.

Pinterest is the new way to collect and organise all of your favourite, inspiring, comical and creative images online.

Think about it as social networking, like facebook, but with images only. And it is FREE.

Pinterest works by allowing you to create 'boards', like a pin board, or notice board. Find images of things that appeal to you and 'pin' them online to your boards.

Move them around. Delete ones you no longer like. Add more. It is endless.

People are using Pinterest for a huge variety of reasons. Some just for fun, some to advertise their blogs or websites, some as a way to advertise their businesses and get new traffic and potential customers to view their products and services, and many as a huge blank canvas, just like you, ready for some creative inspiration. And that is exactly what we are doing to do today.

Our blank canvas is ready. It is time to explore and design our ultimate work from home office from the comfort of your kitchen table, sofa or little table in the corner. No matter where you are, you will not have to move muscle (well except your fingers to 'pin'). Go shopping. Cook up a gourmet dinner. Try your hand at a little DIY craft. Visit tropical hideaways. Create the ultimate gift wish-list.

Let's get pinning.

Christmas Gift Wish List

The extensive range of images and creative ideas on Pinterest provides for the ultimate platform to not only help you 'shop' for Christmas and Birthday gift ideas for your friends and family, but also allow you to create your own unique wish-list board, which you can now make private, and share with those who always ask, "What can I get you for Christmas?".

Don't just write your letter to santa, direct him (or her) to your own Pinterest board where every single item you ever dreamt of owning is there right before his eyes.

Creating a Pinterest Board

Time to create a new board, or a fresh blank white canvas, specifically for your task at hand. Name your board what ever you want, then it is time to start designing (pinning).

There are a few ways to do this. You can search Pinterest itself, using the search option in the upper-left hand corner for your dream items. It could be general like wall art, or specific like a particular brand name or product, locations or colors. If you are unsure of where to start, click on 'everything' and then select a category like 'Home Decor' or 'Art'.

When you see what you like, select 'Re-Pin', choose your board name and it is done.

If you have an iphone, download the Pinterest app and if you see something you like, take a photo and upload it as you go.

Pinterest Secret Boards - new privacy

Pinterest secret boards. The newest feature added to pinterest profiles giving you a "secret" place for things that you are not quite ready to share yet.

Whether it be details of a surprise party, secret gift ideas, or planning for a new baby that you have not yet announced. Maybe you just want to keep some things for yourself.

Each Pinterest account has 3 secret boards located at the bottom of their profile. Create them for your eyes only, or share them with select friends and family via invitation only.

Another clever way to use a 'secret board' in business, is to create a board for a client and invite them to collaborate with you on the designs. A new and inventive way to interact in business.

Wall Art?
Wall Art?

Pinterest: DIY Design and Inspiration

Look around you. What can you see?

If you are working from home, chances are you are sitting in your 'home office'. It may not even be an office. Maybe you are sitting at your kitchen table surrounded by this morning's breakfast dishes. Maybe you are laying on your sofa next to last month's fashion magazine or the weekend's papers. Maybe you are sitting in the corner of your spare room, using a boring old table and boring old post it notes as your filing system.

Look around again. Does your environment motivate you? Is it productive? Are you organised? Are you really able to work from home in this environment?

If you answered no. Stop. Right. Now.

This is about to change. Time to get creative.

Time to give yourself a 'home office' all thanks to Pinterest.

Design your dream home office from where ever you are for FREE.

Work from home

What is your business? Look for items related to your business to help inspire you. Are you a crafty person who makes gorgeous girls hair accessories? If so, find brightly coloured bows, pins, and ribbons. Do you sew? Pin creative fabrics to your board. Do you paint? Knit or embroider?

Is your business clothing related? Maybe you buy and sell items online, like eBay. Decorate you 'office' with items that are related to your niche. Maybe it's baby wear, or maternity wear. Maybe it's designer handbags or accessories.

Are you into numbers? A bookkeeper? A Virtual Assistant? or a writer? What ever your passion, you will find images, links and ideas to suit your imagination.

Home Office Decorating Hints

Here are a few ideas to get you going

Furniture - Think about the items you would love in your dream home office. What kind of table or desk would it be? Glass, wood, 70's laminate? How about your chair? Do you want storage? Cubes..boxes or tubs? Would you love a comfy sofa to sit in whilst you get 'creative' or a pod chair?

Can't quite decide? If you like everything you see, just pin it. The benefit is that you can remove pins at anytime.

Bits and Pieces - Do you like wall art? Canvas with colour for inspiration or do you prefer sculptures? A desk lamp or a freestanding one? Don't forget your accessories. Pens, paperclips, writing pads, doodle pads. Anything and everything.

You may find it hard at first but once you get the hang of it you will have pinned possibly hundreds of items to your board. The best part is that re-pinning a pin from Pinterest (try saying that quickly) will carry with it the original home of the image. For example if you re-pin an incredible image of a filing cabinet by clicking onto the image you will be taken, most likely, to the home of that image; their website or at least a contact point. This can make your dream home office a reality!

Pin It

If something catches your eye, don't let it get away. Pin Pin Pin. No need to get magazines and rip the pages out or cut out items only to file them away and let them collect dust. Pin from the internet directly, re-pin from Pinterest, pin from a photo.

Alternatives to Pinterest

There are many alternatives to Pinterest available. Have you considered these?

Made For Pinterest Images

If you have a website, a blog or just publish online, using 'Made for Pinterest' images can be a wonderful way to have your word spread.

Once you get the hang of it you will end up creating boards for every room in your home.

Re-decorate your kitchen, the bathroom or your kids bedrooms.

Design your garden. Pick colour schemes for your home renovation.

Learn to cook, sew, decorate or learn a new skill.

Add, delete, move and dream. It is your perfect virtual pin board where you are in total control. You are the designer. You have no limitations.

Happy Pinning.

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    • shamelabboush profile image

      shamelabboush 5 years ago

      I started using Pinterest and I find it really useful and handy. Great idea.

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      It can get addictive. Watch out. :)

    • WD Curry 111 profile image

      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Sorry, I am remedial. I don't even have Facebook wired. I guess I will have to put this on my list of things to learn. I hope you don't mind that I checked funny along with the rest. I felt a low impedance wave of humor in your approach.

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      I love Pinterest!! Being able to have one place to save all the different things that catch my eye is fabulous!

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