What Is Pinterest? A Tutorial

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Over the holidays, I was talking to some relatives about Pinterest and was trying to explain how cool and addicting it is. They just didn’t seem to get it though – until I brought them to the computer and showed them. Then there were “oohs” and “aahs” all around.

PinterestFor this post I blurred out member names and avatars for privacy.

I remember when I first started on Pinterest, I didn’t get it and had no idea what I was doing. It’s actually not that difficult of a concept, but sometimes for a beginner it can be a little confusing. I’m now officially addicted to Pinterest, so I thought I’d write up a simple tutorial and help others enjoy the fun.

What is Pinterest?

In their help page, Pinterest says it best:

What Is PinterestOnce you open a Pinterest account you can browse all of the “pins” which are images and videos that your followers have pinned. So it’s like a Facebook wall or Twitter stream, but for pictures and video clips.

And even better, there’s no real interaction required. You can sit back and look through thousands of recipe ideas, holiday decorating suggestions, inspiring quotes, diy projects and you don’t have to say boo to anyone.

You can create boards for all kinds of things. Here’s a look at some of mine:

Pinterest Boards

First Things First

Signing up for Pinterest – to sign up for Pinterest you need an invite. You can request one on the Pinterest home page or feel free to leave me a comment below requesting an invite, I’ll be happy to send a few if there’s interest.

After you’ve been invited to Pinterest, you need to set up a profile. First, you must sign in through your Facebook or Twitter account.

Setting up your profile – creating your profile is simple. Just fill out the information requested, upload a picture of yourself, and you are ready to start browsing!

Pinterest ProfileWhat Is A Pin?

Your Pinterest home page will be filled with lots of thumbnails of pins (see the first image in this post). A pin is an picture or video that someone has added to Pinterest. If you click on the pin, a new page opens up with more information telling you a bit more about the pin including: how it was pinned, who likes it, and who repinned it.

Pinterest PinPinterest Pin

The fun part of Pinterest is that every pin is linked to the site from which it was found. So if you see a picture of a recipe you’re interested in, you click it (and it opens like the turkey pancake pin above), then click it again and you are taken right to the original site.

2 Wired 2 TiredClicking the Pin picture opens the link for the original site.

One recommendation I make here is when you are on the home page with all the thumbnails and you see a pin you like, right click the image first and then open it in a new tab or window. That way you can go right back to where you were after you’re done checking out that recipe, craft idea, or up-do tutorial and won’t lose your place.

What Is A Board?

A board is just like a bulletin board or folder. It a place to store and organize all of your pins. When you start out Pinterest creates 5 boards for you:

  • Products I Love
  • Favorite Places & Spaces
  • Books Worth Reading
  • My Style
  • For The Home

Feel free to change the names of those boards by clicking the edit button below each board. And, of course, add new ones as you like.

Here’s a look at my Christmas Board:

Pinterest ChristmasPeople have Boards dedicated to everything imaginable including: holiday ideas, Disney trips, cupcakes, hair ideas, fitness inspiration, shoes, coffee, beauty tips, Elf on the Shelf ideas, photography tips, cats, dogs, bucket lists, kid stuff, craft ideas, diy projects, and much, much more.

What Is A Repin?

Whenever you like something that someone has shared in Pinterest and you want to save it to one of your Boards, simply click the “Repin” button at the top of the image. If you are viewing a thumbnail of the image hover your mouse over the image and the “Repin” button will show up, if you’ve opened the image in the full-size view the “Repin” button will be at the top.

Pinterest Repin

After you click “Repin” a new box will pop up with the image in it. Select which Board you’d like to save it in, change the description if you’d like or leave it the same, and then click “Pin It.”

RepinNow that pin is saved to your Board for later reference. Pretty simple!

The pin will also be shared with your followers and it will retain the link, so if anyone clicks it they will be taken to the original site too.

Liking A Pin

If you click “Like, the pin will be added to your Likes – it will not be added to your Boards.

How To Get More Pins To Appear

When I first started on Pinterest, I only followed a few people. I became frustrated because nothing new ever showed up. Then it hit me, the more people I follow the more pins I’ll see.

Also, another way to see new pins is by hovering over the “Everything” tag just below the Pinterest logo on the home page. All kinds of categories pop up and you can browse pins in every category there as well. These are pins from everyone on Pinterest, not just those you follow so you’ll see a wide variety here.

Pinterest Categories

You’ll notice there’s also a “Videos” tag if you just want to browse videos and the “Popular” tag is always fun too. It’s full of pins that many people have repinned, so you’ll find lots of great ideas there. There is also the “Gifts” tag with a wide variety of gift ideas broken down by price.

Also the search box at the top left is a great resource when you are looking for something in particular. I typed in Valentine’s Day and here’s just a few of the results:

Pinterest SearchHow To Add Pins

The easiest and most fun way to add pins is through the “Pin It” Button.

Pin It Button

You can put the “Pin It” button right in your internet browser toolbar. See it there below the home icon on my toolbar?

Pinterest BookmarkletNow whenever you are visiting blogs or other sites and see something you would like to add to Pinterest simply click the “Pin It” button. This will pull up all of the images on the site page and you select which one you like best. Next just type a description and then click “Pin It!” That’s it, you’re done.

It’s easy to install and instructions can be found on the Pinterest Help page here.


There are a two other things to know about Pinterest.

    • If you put the “@” symbol before the username of someone you are following it will mention the pin to them.
    • If you put the price of something in the pin description it will include the price in a banner over the image.

Pinterest Gift

That’s all you need to know about Pinterest! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments. If you’d like an invite also feel free to request one below. And if you are already on Pinterest you can follow me at I’ll be happy to follow back!

Happy Pinning!

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About Tired Mom Tésa

Tésa (pronounced Taysa) is a work-at-home mom who enjoys blogging while raising her family in Cleveland, Ohio. In between naps, Tésa enjoys writing about family life, giving back, food, tech, and travel.

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  3. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up
    plus the rest of the site is extremely good.

  4. I’m older and do not want to do facebook,twitter fact, I don’t even have a computer, I use my daughters on slight occasions. Can I maintain my privacy on pintrest or is this something everyone locates you and bothers you with nonsence? As I read this I sound like a recluse LOL I just like my peace & quiet, I socialize when I want to, not when others feel free to invade my peace.

  5. Cynthia Parker says:

    Please send me an invite. Thanks. I loved your tutorial.


  7. can you please send me an invite

  8. I’ve been trying to put the pin it symbol on by blog so people can post my articles to pinterest. I’m on and can’t figure out how to get it on my site. I have Twitter and Facebook already, but my sidebar doesn’t have a gadget for Pinterest. Any advice?

    Thank You!

  9. I just “fiddled” with Pinterest tonight and love the things I see. I am using my IPhone, if that matters. I never could figure out how to get directions to make some of the crafts. Can you tell me how or are there any? Thank you, I really miss good ole crafting shows on TV so I had heard of this site and thought I would see! Your babies will quickly grow to the point you aren’t so tired anymore and you will want to go back!! Thank you again! Sherry or better known as Bubbie by my 5 grandbabies!

  10. Please send me an invite

  11. Hi Tesa, thanks for writing this tutorial so I know what is pinterest all about. I’m working with my partner on the best social network project for humanity. As I can see you are already a tired mom.
    I tell you the truth about FB and Pinterest and these other websites, they will be out of Fad and will lose from most users. People just don’t have the time.Wait till my social network is out. You will be amazed. It is called My Humanity Social Keep in touch with me and I will make you a mutltimillionire one day. Our project once it is out could marginalize any industry we enter. It will be very disruptive company for sure.

    I truly believe people will abandon FB very fast. Our project will marginalize Google also with my new concept for search. I can’t even reveal it for you as this is company trade secret. This project is called The People’s Project. It will finally be able to improve and change the world.


  12. Please send me an invite. Thanks.

  13. Nice tutorial. Yes, a pinterest invitation would be great. Thank you, Tésa.

  14. Paula Pellecchia says:

    I loved your tutorial. Would you ease send me an invite. I’d love to get started!
    Thank you

  15. Is there any procedure to submit tag or keyword like StumbleUpon in Pinterest ?

  16. sam haught says:

    Please send me an invite and possibly an app to pinterest

  17. joan raff says:

    I would like to receive a invite to pinterest please!
    Thanks for the tutorial

  18. Linda Olenzek says:

    Hey Tesa thanks so very much for your pinterest tutorial. I have read about 3 of them so far and yours is the best because it was so easy to understand and you gave examples. I am rather computer challenged and you made it easy!

  19. Aubrey Pantin says:

    can you send me an invite to Pinterest? i want to know how it really works. thanks!!!

  20. Debbie Dykstra says:

    Please send me an invite to Pinterest—-Thanks a lot! Debbie

  21. Paula Quinn says:

    How do you resize the pin once it’s on your board?

  22. Hello there =] Thanks for this amazing review of Pinterest! I am sold. Please would you be able to send me an invite?

  23. Claudia scintu says:

    I would love an invite. Thanks so much.

  24. I’m already on Pinterest, but this was a great tutorial for someone just starting out :)

  25. Deborah Wood says:

    I would love to join this-not really sure what it’s all about but looks very interesting plus I’m a 60 year old Grandma with 2 of the most awesome granddaughters ages 2 1/2 and almot a year old-I’m BLESSED.

    Thank you for your time and I do hope I get this invite.

  26. Help! My Pinterest site keeps shrinking down to mobile phone size and the font is so tiny I can’t read anything. Can you help me turn it back to full screen size?

  27. Barbara Oakley says:

    I’d love an invite!
    I’m from Cleveland – Taught in Parma for 30 years.
    Moved to Florida 8 years ago and now I’m teaching PreK.

  28. Thanks for the tutorial! I just joined pinterest…and just started my blog about a week ago. Between, the two, my head is spinning! I’m also a Cleveland area “work at home” mom! It’s nice to connect!

  29. Jacki Holmes says:

    Can you please invite me to Pinterest

  30. THANK YOU! I have to send this to my family who can’t seem to get it either! I’d love for you to share:

  31. Great post & hope to try it out! Would like an invite if you have one to spare. Thanks.

  32. I had an additional question along the lines of the one posted by Nadine, I’ll try not to be confusing lol, but I can’t seem to find an answer to this question elsewhere.
    If I do some further organizing down the line and move pins to other boards, or to newly created boards, will this have any effect on the followers/likes/comments/repins that were already in place before I moved it? A for instance would be…I currently have a folder called DIY/Projects/Clever Ideas and the further I delve into Pinterest and add to the folder, I think I may want to break that up much further into new boards like Christmas Ideas, Photo Projects, Craft Projects, Clever Ideas (by itself), etc. etc. So if there are people following just that specific board of mine and then I change its name and perhaps move some of its contents to more specific boards I create, wouldn’t that effect things or no?

    • This is a great question. I just went in and played with some of my pins and boards that needed some reorganization anyway to figure out the answer. It turns out that if you use the “Edit” button and move a pin from one board to another, those that liked it and pinned it don’t seem to be affected. If you use the “Repin” button to basically copy a pin to another board, the new pin does not carry over the likes and pins.

      As for those following your boards, if you are simply changing the name I don’t think that’s going to affect anything. If you move the pins using the Edit button those following that pin through a repin or like won’t be affected. But if you move everything out of a board and divy it up into other boards and nothing remains in the original board then they won’t see anything either. Or if you delete that board than it will, of course, lose the followers as well.

      So my advice is to use the “edit” button to move your pins around and I wouldn’t worry too much about losing the followers on a board when you are reorganizing. It seems people always find things on Pinterest and your numbers will grow again quickly. On top of that your boards are for you and if they are organized to help you find things quickly than that’s pretty important in itself.

      Hope that helps!

  33. That explains it very well! I had heard about it and, obviously, it’s addictive!!!

  34. Oh my gosh! What an awesome post! I am giving you a pin, following you and ask if you will pin this up in my Saturday Pinterest Party! I think it will be a lot of help to those who have NO clue!!! Thank you!

  35. Kathy Blair says:

    Would love an invite. Thanks

  36. How can I move a pin from one of my boards to another board I have now created. New user and I only created one board. Now I realize that is not good and have created other boards so pins will be in correct catagory.Thanks for any help.

    • I had trouble with this when I first started too. If you go to your pins you can hover over the picture when it’s in the thumbnail version and you’ll see the “Edit” button pop up. Click it and you’ll be taken to a place where you can edit the description and the link. You’ll also see a drop down box where you can change the board here too. There is also an option to delete the pin there as well.

      You can also get to this edit screen by clicking the pin and opening it in full-size in Pinterest (don’t click through the link though). There at the top right below your picture it says “Edit” and “Repin.” Click the edit button and you’ll be lead to the same page as described above.

      Good luck and I hope it helps!

  37. can i get an invite. sounds like fun!

  38. miriam mcleod says:

    can i get a invite

  39. Please send me an invite this sounds so cool and very interesting. Thanks

  40. Please invite me!

  41. This looks like a great way to get organized. Saw a story about it on KPRC TV in Houston and found your site. You did a great job of explaining. Would you please send me an invite. Thanks!

  42. Could you please send me an invite? I can finally organize all my recipes and home decor ideas and throw out those ripped out magazine pages that I’ve been saving! Thanks!

    • I used to do that too! I had 3-ring binders full of inspiration ideas. It’s so nice to have everything online now. I think you’ll love Pinterest. I sent an invite. Have fun!

  43. Dawn Hands says:

    Could you please send me an invite..? Thanks :)

  44. thanks for posting this on my FB page- great post!
    The only thing i’m stuck on right now is not being able to drag the pin it button on my iphone and ipad, which are what i’m exclusively using right now. someone said Pinterest hates Apple products and I am like ohNOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    • That’s interesting. I haven’t tried that. They definitely do need to make a way to pin from your apple products. I’m surprised there’s not a toolbar or button yet, but hopefully there will be one soon!

  45. Sent invites to everyone up to here. Have fun on Pinterest everyone! Let me know if you have any questions and don’t forget to follow me so I can follow back!

  46. Thanks for the tutorial. Very helpful. Will you send me an invite please?

  47. Angela McKeen says:

    Great tutorial! Would you please send me an invite?

  48. Hey! I would love an invite! This looks so cool! Thanks :)

  49. Have only just heard about Pinterest and was lucky enough to come across your tutorial, very helpful. If you can send me an invite that would be great. Many thanks

  50. I would love an invite!
    Thank you.

  51. Can I use my own pictures from IPhoto on Pinterest?

    • I’m not sure if you can use pictures from iPhoto since I don’t use it. There is an option to upload your photos though and the app also has a take photo option as well.

  52. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I so needed some tips I’m so lost. I repin’d a few but had no idea how to pin something that I liked from a website

  53. I would love an invite please. I have heard alot at Pinterest, but didn’t know exactly what it was all about until now. I enjoyed the tutorial and your blog, it has helped me greatly to understand it better. Thanks in advance.

  54. Excellent article about Pinterest! I’ve been wondering what its all about for a while but hadn’t taken the time to investigate it. I would love an invite =) please.


  55. Sandy Howard says:

    I would love an invite to this site, Heard about it from family and friends who made some of tne great recipes for family Chriistmas dinner, Tutorial is great and answered a lot of questions. Thanks.

  56. virginia roman says:

    pkease send me an invite. i love arts and crafts. thanks.

  57. Thank you for this! I recently joined Pintrest and have no idea what I am doing there. I needed a tutorial like nobody’s business :)

  58. Gloria murray says:

    Please send me an invite. Thanks

  59. I love your tutorial. I’ve been interested in it for sometime and had requested an invited but hadn’t received one. Could you send me one?

    Thank you so much! Love your blog!


  60. Please send me a invite. Loved your tutorial!

  61. I would love an invite. A few of my friends have been talking about it but I had no idea what exactly Pinterest was all about. Thanks for the info. It makes more sense to me now.

  62. I received my invite about 2 weeks ago and I love it. A coworker told me about it a few months back and I just said ok and that was it. I introduced it to a friend and he had the same response to. Loved it.

  63. Leanna Morris says:

    I’d love an invite to this website! Thank you very much!

  64. I would love an invite. i have requested one but still not received it yet. I spent hours and hours on Pinterest over the Holidays and have a list of things to do and such already. Thank you for the tutorial. I did learn a few things about it.

  65. Thanks for the tutorial. I love Pinterest and I never tried the video section and now I will. You know I love this site. It is my guilty pleasure and I have found a ton of great ideas and recipes.

  66. Great tutorial. I’m signed up but don’t really do much with it. I should get a move on!


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  3. [...] I came across Pinterest a few months ago via Twitter.  I wasn’t sure about it at first and with so many of these social media sites the best thing for me to do is join and have a go. So, I did.  Oddly, if you join you have to wait 24 hours or so for your invite!  It sounds extraordinary in this day and age but if you are invited by an existing member it’s quicker. Anyway once I signed in and started playing around with the site, even reading the instructions, I realised that this was not about saying what you had for lunch or where you had been but about interesting visuals – photos and videos of posters, fashion, design, architecture, interiors etc, etc, etc.  It’s a website for what people put on their pinboards, not on their wall at home but on their computer on the web where everyone can see it. Interesting as whatever you have pinned, could become viral.  I eventually found a lovely blog which describes what Pinterest is and how to use it: [...]

  4. [...] I came across Pinterest a few months ago via Twitter.  I wasn’t sure about it at first and with so many of these social media sites the best thing for me to do is join and have a go. So, I did.  Oddly, if you join you have to wait 24 hours or so for your invite!  It sounds extraordinary in this day and age but if you are invited by an existing member it’s quicker. Anyway once I signed in and started playing around with the site, even reading the instructions, I realised that this was not about saying what you had for lunch or where you had been but about interesting visuals – photos and videos of posters, fashion, design, architecture, interiors etc, etc, etc.  It’s a website for what people put on their pinboards, not on their wall at home but on their computer on the web where everyone can see it. Interesting as whatever you have pinned, could become viral.  I eventually found a lovely blog which describes what Pinterest is and how to use it: [...]

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