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 from vakvar on etsy.com. (now sold).

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, also now sold.

flair squares 1970s

Above: Two packs of Wildflowers from Daisy’s Attic on etsy for $12. (now sold)

flair squares dupongAbove: Old Country Flair Squares, two packages for $10, (now sold) from Repurposed Vintage on etsy.

bamboo wallpaper flair squaresAbove: A yellow bamboo pattern, two packages available, $9.35 each (now sold), from PorkyPieDesigns on etsy.

flair squares easy plaidFour packages of Easy Plaid, $25 take all four (now sold), from iprefervintage on etsy. 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


Vintage Dupont Flair Squares from Ebay seller crazy4rock. (now sold)

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  1. Jeanne L Clark says:

    I’m an old lady, LOL. 1980 I was a poor young newlywed artist. I went nuts for Flair Squares!! I used them in my rental homes (they were supposed to be easily removable). I did a bathroom wall with the seagulls, had the blue “quilt block” ones for a bedroom wall and *sigh* my favorite, the strawberry ones up there for my kitchen!! Thank you for bringing back memories!!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Awwww, so nice to hear from you. I am an old lady, too! 🙂 I love Flair Squares! I still have an ebay Saved Search for them — so seem them and all their glorious patterns daily!

  2. Gina Decker says:

    I did my bathroom with flair squares decades ago and they still look great. They are amazing.
    I would like to change the pattern. How do I remove the old ones?

  3. Pam says:

    Back in 1978 when I first got married, we moved into a single wide trailer from 1964. It had a kitchen with a turquoise refrigerator, stove and sink. The curtains were avocado with a border of turquoise so I did the backsplash in the Daisy Daisy Flair Squares. We sold it in 1980 but I think I still have a few squares in my basement. Darn – now I’m going to have to search for them through my many, many boxes just to see if they are still there.

  4. Charlotte says:

    I did a whole bathroom in the green ivy Flair Squares back in 1982-3. It went up easy, and stayed up nicely.

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