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Get Creative Using Retro Paper

Get Creative Using Retro Paper

Posted by Olivia Sum on

The term retro has been in use since the 1970`s, a retro style is anything imitative or derivative of trends, music, fashion, modes or attitudes of the recent past, typically 15 to 20 years old. This trend is great when it comes to decoration, you can really have fun re-creating a room from a past era.  If you`re into arts and crafts there are many ways to get creative.  Have a look at to find a design of your choice of retro paper.


Choose From a Variety of Designs with Your Retro Paper

Here is just a small selection of retro designs:

  1. Retro sweet paper – from cola cubes to sherbet dib dabs to Palma violets.
  2. Retro flower paper – pansies, daisies, gypsophila all create a wonderful retro effect.
  3. Retro butterfly paper – a selection of psychedelic butterflies in print looks fab
  4. Retro records paper – when records were all the rage before CDs or MP3s

Upcycle Some Furniture with Retro Paper

One of the easiest things to do with a fabulous unique retro effect in arts and crafts is to decoupage furniture.  Using your retro paper which you can find at simply cover the piece of furniture you choose in the design of your choice.  There are loads of styles of furniture from an old cabinet you want to spruce up, or it could be something simple like a light switch.  Glue the paper to the furniture using a suitable adhesive and then varnish with clear varnish for a long lasting effect.  I love this design of a retro butterfly chest of draws, the colours are fantastic, and this item of furniture would look great in any room.

How to Make Bunting using Retro Paper

Bunting is a creative way to liven up any room, I think whale bunting would look great to match along with your child`s nautical themed bedroom.  Just follow these simple steps and away you go.

You will need

  1. Retro Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Adhesive
  4. String
  5. Cardboard
  6. Hanging hooks

Simply cut your cardboard into matching triangles however large or small you wish.  Next cover and glue your retro paper to the triangles creating a fabulous funky effect.  When the glue is dry prick holes in the corner of each triangle and then thread the string through each hole.  Now your bunting is finished use the hanging hooks to attach to the ceiling and voila your very own retro paper bunting.

Making Fancy Coasters Using Retro Paper

On a cold winter`s day who doesn`t love a nice hot drink, but you don`t want to spoil your newly upcycled furniture by leaving a tea stain.  So why not make your own retro customised coasters to go with your retro coffee table.  Simply use some adhesive to glue your chosen retro paper to the coaster.  When you are happy with it some clear varnish painted over it will act as protection for longevity

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using your retro paper for design ideas so why not try them out today.

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