Tutorial: How to Create Pinterest templates in Canva

How to Easily Create Pinterest Templates with Canva (+PDF)

So you’ve heard all the buzz about Pinterest templates that can be used in Canva and you’ve decided you want to create your own, right? I’ve got you covered! I was thinking the same thing not too long ago. Canva has been my go-to for all things graphic design but I can easily spend hours nit-picking fonts and other design elements.

That’s where templates come in. Templates allow you to quickly switch out photos, colors, and words without having to start from scratch. You can create multiple pins with the same general vibe (and brand!) in no time at all!

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What is Canva?

Canva is one of the best design platforms for bloggers with little to no graphic design knowledge. When I first started using Canva, I had NO IDEA what I was doing. But that’s the beauty of it.

Canva provides templates for anything you want to create – from Pinterest graphics to social media templates and even documents (handy for making downloadable PDFs for your opt-in freebies ๐Ÿ˜‰). Simply choose the item you want to create – for our purposes today, we’re going to choose a Pinterest Pin – and Canva will automatically size it for you.

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Wait, didn’t you just say Canva has its own templates?

I did, yes. Remember, Canva has everything. Thousands of ready-to-customize templates that you can easily use to make pins.

Canva dashboard, how to create Canva templates for Pinterest

BUUUUUT …

If you don’t want to use the same Pinterest templates that EVERY single Canva user has access to, making your own is a fantastic alternative! Plus, with the ability to sell them on Etsy, you could create quite the little side hustle!

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How to Create Pinterest Templates in Canva

How to create Pinterest templates in Canva
A screenshot of the Canva Dashboard, where you will start your Pin-Making journey!

1. Create a design

To get started making your Pinterest templates, you’re going to first want to create a new design in Canva. You can do this one of a few different ways – by clicking on the Pinterest Pin button (see the image above), by typing “Pinterest Pin” into the Search bar, or by clicking “Create a Design” and choosing Pinterest pin out of the dropdown.

I recommend using the 1000 x 1500px size for your Pinterest templates (and lucky for you, so does Canva!)

๐Ÿ‘‰Tip #1: Make sure to name your design

This might not seem like that big of a deal but the more you use Canva, you’ll end up with a LOT of designs. I like to keep my design names simple – from the example below: Pinterest Pins BLUES (because I create batches of pins that all have the same or similar colors).

Pinterest pins template for use with Canva
Always make sure to name your Pin templates!

2. Design your Pinterest templates

This is the creative part I love! Now that you have a blank slate, it’s time to create your templates. You can draw inspiration from other templates or pins you see, but don’t copy. That’s not cool.

๐Ÿ‘‰Tip #2: Use Canva free elements

If you’re a Canva lover, you probably already know how amazing their Canva Pro subscription is (seriously, it’s one of the few expenses I will justify in the beginning). But the best way to make your designs accessible for users at ANY experience level is to make sure you’re only using Canva’s free elements.

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Here are a few examples of templates I’ve created using Canva (all elements in these templates are available with a free Canva account).

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Canva Pinterest template pin
Canva Pinterest template pin

Alone, those templates don’t look like anything special. But by adding a stock image (or your own photography), changing the words on it, and maybe even switching out a couple colors to match your brand (less than 5 minutes of work), here’s what you can create …

Badass Book Bloggers group pin
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For the Badass Book Bloggers pin, I changed out the script font for one I absolutely love (that I purchased from HelloYou Designs – the same company that makes the theme I use for this blog).

A lot of bloggers choose to use a few brand colors in their pins and the result is very cohesive and stunning. Personally, I like to pull colors from the stock photos I’m using (and Canva makes that so easy with their suggested colors!). I think it gives the whole graphic a more complementary feel. Plus, I love colors ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’d get bored with just a few.

Side note: I do have my brand colors in Canva’s Brand Hub for easy access. If I find a photo that pairs nicely with my brand colors, I’ll use them.

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๐Ÿ‘‰Tip #3: Use Grids and Frames

I love using Canva’s grids and frames (as you can see in the examples I shared) when I create my templates. It’s super easy to pick a stock photo and drag and drop it. Easy peasy. Trust me, I’ve used photos as a background and adjusted them until they were JUST RIGHT. Grids and frames are easier.

Side note for Grids and Frames: If your photo isn’t positioned just the way you want, you can easily fix that by clicking “Edit Photo” and using the Crop feature to adjust the positioning.

๐Ÿ‘‰Tip #4: Always test your templates

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If I’m creating templates to offer as freebies or sell on Etsy, I ALWAYS test them out first. I won’t offer anything I’m not 100% willing to use myself (and a pin can look so different once you add photos and different text, so it’s a good practice to test first).

3. Share your Pinterest designs as a template

How to create Pinterest templates in Canva

Canva makes sharing your designs as a template super easy! Do you see that little button in the image above? The one that says Brand Template? Once you’ve created your template(s) and are ready to share them with the world (or at least your blogger friend), you click Share -> then click Brand Template.

Brand Template Canva pinterest pin

4. Create your Thank You doc

Once you have your clickable template link, all that’s left to create is a PDF or Google Doc. You’ll share this once someone purchases your templates or signs up for your newsletter list.

On your Canva dashboard, click on Doc. This will create a blank document for you. You can customize your PDF any way you want but I like to add a brief thank you note, my brand logo, and links to my social media and website. Of course, you’ll also want to add the link!

To add the template link to your document, simply add some text (it can be as simple as “Click here to download your Canva template”), highlight it and click the link button. Type in the template link that you copied earlier (in the Brand Template step) and hit enter. Now you have a clickable link!

(I’m embarrassed to say it took me a REALLY long time to figure out you could add clickable links to PDFs)

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Ready to sell your Canva templates?

Once you have your Pinterest templates and your PDF/Google Doc with the clickable link (and a very nice thank you message!), head over to Maliha’s blog and check out her very IN-DEPTH post about how to create your Etsy/Creative Market shop, price your items, and start making side income!

Side note: If you’re creating a kick-ass pin (not a template), you can click the little Pinterest button right next to the Brand Template one and schedule directly to Pinterest. I told you Canva was awesome!

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And a few final thoughts …

Now that I’ve given you the tools you need to create your own Canva Pinterest templates, go stretch your creative legs and get designing! Remember that you don’t need to be a professional graphic designer to create click-worthy pins and templates. If I can do it, so can you!

๐Ÿ‘‰Want more Canva tips? Follow me on Pinterest! Happy pinning!

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23 Comments

  1. Thank you! I have been wanting to make better pins as I’ve been using Pinterest more often. I do love Canva!

  2. Great post! I have been wanting to learn more about Canva for some time now. I do use Pinterest a lot, so I need to really learn this. Now I will know where to start, thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Your step-by-step guide to creating templates in Canva has demystified the whole process for me. The idea of using templates to maintain brand consistency across pins is something I hadn’t fully considered, but now it seems so obvious.

  4. Great tips Megan. I do use Canva but learned a few cool new things from your post that I intend to put to use for my next pins..

  5. Canva really help all of us to do things easily and faster. This post is great because there are still information I didn’t know about, and this helps me to know it.

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