Flair Squares

flair squares

patchwork quilt wallpaper

yup, get this look with vintage Flair Squares

In the wake of my epic office craft room remodel — with its 277 square patchwork quilt of vintage wallpaper hand cut by moi — Hannah turned me on to Flair Squares. Looks like Flair Squares were precut, prepasted 12″ wallpaper squares made and sold by Dupont, sold in packs of 15 squares. I found an ad for Flair Squares for 1980. So let’s guess: 1970s into the 1980s. You know I love these to heck. How can I not love designs called Mums Galore, in fab 1970s colors. Above: Mums Galore, one pack of 12 for $10 from vakvar on etsy.com.

flair squares strawberry patchAbove (as if there were any doubt): Strawberry Patch Flair Squares — Four packages of 15 squares, $10 per package — also from vakvar.

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Above: Two packs of Wildflowers from Daisy’s Attic for $12.

flair squares dupongAbove: Old Country Flair Squares, two packages for $10, from Repurposed Vintage.

bamboo wallpaper flair squaresAbove: A yellow bamboo pattern, two packages available, $9.35 each, from PorkyPieDesigns.

flair squares easy plaidFour packages of Easy Plaid, $25 take all four, from iprefervintage. Well, we do, too! 😉

flower power flair squaresAnd: There is another one (???) package of this pattern — Daisy Daisy — $5 per square (???) — from AuntBonniesCloset. Daisy Daisy! You know I love my flower power!

Okay. So the way I count it, there are about 16 packages available in just these (easily found) listings. That would be about what it took me for my whole room, although I did use an even greater variety of designs. I basically kept adding designs until I felt I had “the mix right.” A good thing about these Flair Squares:  I think all these colors would actually harmonize well together — in a crazy 1970s patchwork quilt way, of course..!

More photos from vakvar’s listing provide more information and inspiration:

flair squares instructionsAbove: I would not trust that the “pre-paste” would still work. I believe that some of the vintage wallpaper I used was pre-pasted. We didn’t even try that route. We used our own wallpaper paste — see my detailed instructions,  how we hung the vintage wallpaper. So far so good, the stuff’s not peeling off. Yet. Argh.

flair square installationhehehehehehehehe

If — unlike me — you do not have some 300 rolls of vintage wallpaper hoarded in your basement waiting to be cut into squares or otherwise used for undetermined future projects — or, if you don’t want to start hunting down wallpaper — or, if you don’t want to spend hours cutting squares —  BUT, you want to make a patchwork quilt accent wall or backsplash or entire room like I did, now you know about Flair Squares.

Many thanks to all these etsy sellers for giving me permission to feature their photos, and to Hannah, who discovered these. Note, I did find Flair Squares on ebay, too, but at this moment, etsy is the better source.

More flair square finds

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Vintage Dupont Flair Squares from Ebay seller crazy4rock.

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Comments

  1. Jay says

    Blast from the past! I remember sticking these up on a wall in the kitchen of my parent’s neighbor. Hmmm… probably 1979 or 80. Might have been Wildflower, I seem to remember a lot of yellow and orange on them.

  2. hannah says

    Well, I noticed when I logged on to Etsy after getting home from work that several of the Flair Squares I’d been watching had sold! And, that’s all good. I wasn’t planning on buying, just wanted to note when they did sell. Congratulations to the lucky buyers!

    Thanks for the recognition via a ‘shout out’ Pam! 😀

    The way I found these was not by searching brand name, or DuPont, or wallpaper. But by doing a simple NOS search for one of my treasury’s. And viewing page after page. I’d never seen them either, even though that’s the era I was raised in. So, they were new to me too! Now, I actively keep an eye out for them. For the right price and the right pattern I think I might want in my kitchen.

    I’ll be interested to hear back from the buyers how the glue held up and what they might have had to use to supplement it.

  3. Jen says

    Oh the memories. I was about 19 years old when I put up some bright green bamboo patterned wallpaper squares in my first apartment. It was still up when a friend rented in the same place years later and mocked it. I denied any involvement.

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