How to Make Custom Pinterest Board Covers with Canva

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Learn how to make Pinterest board covers with Canva to showcase your brand identity and influence your target audience to follow you on Pinterest.
How to Make Pinterest Board Covers

Do Pinterest board covers matter?

Let’s be honest — The past few years have been a wild ride and not just with everything going on in the real world, but in the Pinterest marketing world too.

But even with all the changes, Pinterest is still a great place to attract free, organic traffic to your blog or product.

Followers weren’t  \important on Pinterest in previous years, but to compete with other platforms and keep more users from clicking off the site, Pinterest is providing 2 incentives to entice creators to jump on the idea pin bandwagon:

  • more impressions (showing your idea more often in search)
  • more followers (Pinterest shows a follow button after your idea pin finishes and users can click on your logo to view your profile)
How to Make Pinterest Board Covers

So what does any of this have to do with Pinterest board covers?

Similar to crafting eye-catching Pinterest pins, creating aesthetically pleasing cover images for each of your Pinterest boards shows the pinner clicking over to your profile that you’re a professional. You care about your branding and took the time to make it attractive.

All that to say, Pinterest board covers matter more now than ever.

Custom Pinterest Board Covers

How to make Pinterest board covers with Canva

Whether you’re using a free or Canva Pro account, creating gorgeous Pinterest board covers is a breeze.

Before we begin — take the time to perform Pinterest SEO keyword research and update all your Pinterest board titles and descriptions with top-performing keywords.

After all your Pinterest boards are fully optimized, it’s time for the fun to begin!

Pinterest board cover size

In 2023, the Pinterest board cover size is 600 pixels x 600 pixels.

pinterest board covers size

Custom Pinterest board cover ideas

Use your Pinterest boards to weave a cohesive brand identity for your Pinterest profile that creates brand awareness.

Depending on your niche, you could add an eye-catching Canva element to each of your board covers that’s relevant to each board. For example, a flower pot if the board is about growing flowers.

Pinterest board cover best practices:

  • Use quality keywords that reflect what the board is about. Keep it simple and to the point!
  • Use Canva fonts that are easy to read as a pinner quickly scrolls through them
  • Use a Canva color palette that your target audience recognizes as unique to your brand
  • Use an attractive Canva background to grab your target audience’s attention

There are so many creative ways that you can customize your Pinterest board covers to show pinners you’re worth following.

In a creativity funk?

When you sign up for my monthly Canva tips, tricks, and templates newsletter below, I’ll send you a free Pinterest board cover template that includes 5 different boho-inspired custom images for you to choose from and customize to your brand.

I made all of the Pinterest board covers on my Pinterest profile identical, but feel free to play around with colors and elements that match your brand’s aesthetic.

How to change Pinterest board covers

Now that you have your tailored-to-your-brand board covers made, it’s time to get them uploaded and added to your Pinterest profile.

Simply click the “Create Pin” link at the top of your Business Hub and upload each board cover image as individual pins.

Should you add a title, description, and link? — I like to add a title, description, and link that directs to the board itself since they’ll likely still show up on the home feed.

Save each of your Pinterest board covers to their corresponding board, otherwise, this would have all been for naught.

how to add pinterest board covers
I am a verified merchant on Pinterest, so my “create a pin” screen may look different from your own.

After all of your board covers are uploaded to each of your Pinterest boards, head over to your Pinterest profile’s “Saved” tab.

Click the tiny pencil in the right-hand corner of each board and select the board cover image that you saved to that specific board.

Change Pinterest Board Covers

Ta-da! You’ve now changed your Pinterest board covers!

Did you use one of my free Pinterest board cover templates?

I’d love to see how you customized it! Tag me in your Instagram stories:

To change the front cover of your Pinterest board, you can follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Pinterest account and go to your profile page.

  2. Hover over the board that you want to change the board cover for.

  3. Click on the tiny pencil that appears.

  4. Click on the “+” in the square under board cover.

  5. You’ll now see a grid of images from your board. Select the image you want to use as the new board cover.

  6. You can adjust the crop of the image by clicking and dragging the edges of the selection box.

  7. Once you’re happy with the new front cover image, click “Save changes” to apply it.

Your Pinterest board now has a new front cover image! Keep in mind that Pinterest may take some time to update the image, especially if you’ve made a lot of changes to your boards recently.

The recommended Pinterest board cover dimensions are 600 x 600 pixels.

Here’s how to make a Pinterest board:

  1. Log in to your Pinterest account or sign up for a new account if you don’t have one.

  2. Click on your profile icon in the right-hand corner of your business hub or home feed. 

  3. Under the “Saved” tab, select “Create board” after clicking on the “+” in the right corner.
  4. Enter a name for your board that best fits the type of content you want to pin.

  5. Choose whether you want your board to be public or private.

  6. Click “Create” to create your board.

  7. Edit your board by clicking on the pencil icon in the top right corner of your board and add your description.
  8. Start adding pins to your board by clicking the “Save” button on any pin you want to save.

That’s it! You have successfully created a Pinterest board and started adding pins to it.

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I was really struggling with how to create interest boards and even if I should be using them! This was an incredibly useful guide which i have bookmarked – thank you for sharing your insights xxx


Hi Melody,
Thank you for this lovely guide. I am trying to up my Pinterest game, you know, get more serious with my strategy. I’m looking to create beautiful covers for my Pinterest boards using Canva, and I came upon this guide. And I just love how gorgeous and artistic everything is on this article. You are such a creative soul <3

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