Every so often, a new product appears in the PhotoBox office that we know we’re going to have a lot of fun with. Our retro prints launched earlier this year, and since then, we’ve been coming up with different ways to display them
Our latest decoration idea – a retro print rainbow! This is the perfect way to decorate a uni room, or rented flat that you can’t otherwise add your own permanent splash of colour to. To create the retro rainbow, you’ll need…
Retro prints – we used 48 prints, but it’s worth deciding how big a space you want to fill first
A tape measure / spirit level – optional, but will ensure you end up with a straight design (unlike us!)
We began by figuring out roughly what size we wanted our print – with quite a lot of wall available for us to fill, we decided to go with an 8 print x 6 print rectangular design.
To figure out how many prints you’ll need in each colour, simply draw your design roughly on paper, and separate with diagonal lines to represent red, orange, yellow, green. etc
Based on our design, we knew that we’d need around 3 ‘red’ prints, 7 ‘orange’ prints, 12 ‘yellow’ prints and so on. As long as you’ve decided the size of your design, this will be easier than it sounds!
Once you’ve sussed out how many prints you’re going to need in each colour, it’s time to start finding the photos!
We used a variety of different sources for this – first off, we went through our own albums to check what we already had, as well as asking a few friends to share their favourite colourful shots with us. After that, it was time to hit the streets and create our own colourful photos – it’s surprising how many colours we managed to tick off in an afternoon!
Top tip: If you’re stuck for certain colours, you could try searching on Flickr – just make sure you use the ‘copyright free’ filter!
Once you’ve ticked off all the different colours, you simply need to create an album on your PhotoBox account and upload the images there. You can then select ‘retro prints’ and use our studio to easily create your prints – you can even add text if you like.
The easiest part! Once your prints have arrived through your letterbox, you can get sticking…
Top tip: Check, check and check again as you add each print to your design. There’s nothing worse than a wonky rainbow…trust us!
This idea isn’t just limited to a rainbow theme – you could try and mix of colours! Let us know what theme or combination you’d try in the comments below for a chance to win your own 24 pack of prints…