Where do you find inspiration for your outdoor projects? Walking around your neighborhood? Flipping through magazines? Scrolling through Instagram? Pinterest is an amazing place to organize all of those pieces of inspiration and find many, many more. If you’ve never used it before or tried but not quite gotten the hang of it, check out our tips and tricks for getting started on Pinterest. 

Create an account.

You can do this in just a click or two by logging in with an existing Facebook or Google account. If you don’t have either, all you need is a valid email address.

Make some boards.

Think of Pinterest as a collection of virtual bulletin boards, the 2021 answer to tearing a page out of a magazine and sticking it in a desk drawer. To keep all of these ideas organized, you’ll want to create a couple of boards to start with. You could create a board for each season or one for each section of your yard. These boards can be as broad or as narrow as you want, and you can easily move pins later on if you want to. You can create up to 2,000 boards so there’s no need to be stingy here. 

Start pinning.

In the world of Pinterest, a pin is an idea made up of an image, description, and link back to the image’s source online. There are a few ways to populate your boards with pins. When you see a pin you like on your home page or through a search, you can save it to one of your boards. Just hover over a pin, select the board you want to save it to from the drop-down menu to the left, and click the red “Save” button. You can also create pins by uploading your own content or saving content from a website. To do either of these, from your home page you’ll click on the plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner and follow the instructions. 

Search smartly.

The search bar at the top of the page is an important tool in finding pins. Type in a few keywords for what you’re looking for. By default, Pinterest will search all of the pins on its site for this term. After this initial search, a drop-down menu will appear to the right of your search bar. Use this menu to refine your search. You can look up boards, people, or your own individual pins. As your boards get more populated, you can also use the “More Ideas” button at the top of a board to find suggested pins based just on the content in that specific board. 

Utilize browser plug-ins.

All of the major internet browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari) play well with Pinterest. Just do a quick Google search for the name of your browser and the phrase “Pinterest button.” Follow the instructions to install the extension. Now, when you navigate to almost any website there will be a way for you to save that content as a pin. Just click the Pinterest P in your extension toolbar, select the images you’d like to include, and select the board where you’d like to save the pin. Even easier, you can hover over a picture with your cursor and pin it from the Pinterest P that pops up in the left-hand corner. Click on the magnifying glass in the right-hand corner to see more content like that photo already on Pinterest. 

Play favorites.

Tap the star below a saved pin to mark it as one of your favorites. In the top right corner of each board, there is an icon with two slider bars. Click on that icon to switch your view to Favorites only. Now you’ll see just the content you love the most. You can also switch between a standard or compact view, depending on your preferences. 

Take note.

Each of your boards has a section where you can make private notes. This could be a checklist or a note to self about what content to look for, or anything that you want to include that doesn’t have an image or website associated with it. You can also make notes on each of your individual pins. This is a great place to add more information about materials you need to complete that idea, where it might look best in your yard, or any questions you might have for your landscaper. Your notes are always private but comments are public. 

Minimize notifications.

Like most social media sites, Pinterest can go a bit overboard on notifications. They really want you to know when someone has interacted with any of your content, or when someone you follow does just about anything. Your e-mail inbox can also become overrun with Pinterest notifications. Luckily, there’s a quick way to restore calm to your home page and inbox. Click on the drop-down arrow in the very top right of your page. Select Settings, then select Notifications from the menu on the left. From here you can turn on and off notifications that you see on Pinterest, in your email, and by push notification. 

Follow PALG.

Follow our Pinterest page to see what we’ve been pinning. We have boards to inspire you for outdoor living, lighting, plantings, water features, fireplaces, and more. See something you love on Pinterest? Send it our way and we’ll make it a reality in your own outdoor space!