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The world rejoiced when Pinterest launched secret boards. Finally, pinners had place to pin all of those pins that they wanted to keep private.

How to Get More Than 3 "Secret" Boards on Pinterest

Secret boards quickly became a sacred place for brides to keep their wedding inspirations from prying eyes and for parents to plan family vacations.

For business owners, secret boards can serve many purposes:

  • Collaborating with clients (Perfect for designers)
  • Collaborating with co-workers or business partners
  • They’re a great place to curate helpful business related information that could bore or distract Pinterest followers. (Think tax information or business tips)
  • A place to collect all of those cute cat pictures 😉


Well, the WORLD might not have “rejoiced” at the announcement of secret boards but there was definitely a grumble when people found out that they could only have 3.  Currently, it’s possible to have up to 350 public boards; a measly 3 private boards just didn’t seem like enough.

The way to more “Secret” boards

Notice I said “secret“? These boards aren’t visible to your followers but they aren’t 100% private either. These are private group boards. They’ll only be visible to you and the person or people invited to them.

The image below shows a row of secret boards on a Pinterest account. Notice how there’s more than 3? As with regular group boards the secret group board will be indicated by a silhouette of people in the top right hand corner.

Adding secret boards on Pinterest


Example: You have used all 3 of your secret boards and you need one more to pin ideas for an upcoming website redesign you’re planning. Find a business partner or a trusted friend who hasn’t used all 3 of their secret boards ask them if they would mind creating one and share it with you.  It’s good to have friends you can share secrets with, right?

To do this, your friend or business partner will need to create a new secret board by scrolling down to the bottom of their account and clicking the box that says create a secret board. A pop-up box will appear that will ask for information about the board. The only required information is a board name.

How to create a secret board on Pinterest


After the board is created, your friend will need to invite you to the board. As with regular group boards, you must be following at least one of each other’s boards for your name to show up in in the who can pin box.


Invite to secret group board


Once the invite button has been clicked, you’ll get an invitation to join the secret board. The invitation will appear in the notifications area of your Pinterest account. Accept the invitation and refresh your browser. Your new “secret” board will be sitting nicely next to the others ready for you to pin to.

Pinterest Secret group board invitation


This method works well if you regularly collaborate with clients on secret boards. If possible, ask them to create the board and invite you to it. This increases the number of clients you can collaborate with on Pinterest through secret boards.

Words of caution

Only collaborate on secret boards with people you trust. They can choose to delete, make that board public, or invite other people at any time.

Have any other ideas of how secret boards can be used? Share them in the comments below.






Cynthia Sanchez is a Pinterest marketing consultant and expert. Cynthia created, one of the early leaders in Pinterest education for businesses. Contact Cynthia on LinkedIn:

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    Hi Cynthia, Great idea. I have run into this issue and wish that Pinterest let us have a few more private boards.

    I’m thinking that you could set up a second Pinterest account with a separate email address and use that for secret group boards. For example, you may have a personal Pinterest account for fun stuff such as recipes and fashion and a business one for your professional interests.

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      I agree, separate accounts can be great to keep a nice line between the fun stuff and business stuff. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    Very useful article. Thanks for posting. I don’t know if Pinterest really likes me or something, but it actually let me make *five* secret boards for some reason. I am a writer and am making boards that have pictures of my characters’ favorite things or images of what I envision the setting to look like. I hope to make them public once I get my novel published.

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      Hi Tiffany, Pinterest just expanded the number of private boards you can have so people can create gift list boards for the holidays that they can keep secret from everyone!

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        Hi Carolyn, isn’t great that we now have more secret boards! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

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    I am using for all my secret pins now. It is fabulous. You can lock or unlock any of your catagories. You can “clip” from Pinterest. You can put the “” in the toolbar as “pinterest.” I still love Pinterest. But Clipix is great for all my private/secret pins.

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