Capture the hallmarks of midcentury modern style, including retro colors and geometric shapes, with this simple DIY wall art.

By Katie Bandurski
August 29, 2017

Retro revival is real. From eclectic color schemes to bold prints, old-school style is making a comeback. Get in on the trend with this DIY midcentury modern wall art. 

This project is not only easy to make but also budget-friendly. You likely already have everything you need for the art, such as basic craft supplies and a collection of multicolored tissue paper. We made our project on paper cut to 18x24 inches, but you can adjust the size to fit your space.

What You Need

  • Kraft paper
  • Assorted tissue paper in 10 colors
  • Scissors
  • 18x24-inch art paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Decoupage medium spray sealer
  • Frame

Step 1: Prep and Cut Tissue Paper

Lay down a layer of kraft paper to protect your work surface. Then layer one sheet of each color of tissue paper. Fold paper in half and repeat, then cut into three sections. Cut a square with soft edges from the folded edges. It doesn't have to be perfect. Repeat with all sections.

Step 2: Lay Out Design

Lay out your 18x24 piece of art paper or cut a piece of thick white paper to your desired size. Arrange cut tissue paper on the paper. You can layer several tissues together or leave some single. Continue alternating colors and layers until you've achieved your desired look.

Step 3: Attach Tissue Paper

Once your design is complete, pull each layer of tissue paper off to the side, one at a time, and spray the back with adhesive. Place it back in its designated spot and smooth flat. Repeat until all shapes are attached. 

Step 4: Add Neutral Tissue

Arrange a piece of neutral-colored tissue paper (we used gray) over each section so they overlap. Repeat for each piece until you've achieved your desired look. Attach the neutral pieces to the colored pieces with spray adhesive and let dry.

Step 5: Seal and Frame

Seal the entire surface of your artwork with decoupage medium. Once it's completely dry, frame and hang art for funky wall art with midcentury inspiration.


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