How to Do Hippie 70s Party Decorations

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Many consider the 1960s as the decade of hippies, but the early '70s scene was full of flower power and counter-cultural leanings as well. Creating your own hippie-themed party decorations takes little time and can save you a lot of money. All you need is some tie-dye, appropriate lighting and brightly colored symbols of the era -- daisies, peace signs and smiley faces -- to transform any room into a '70s time capsule.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fabric dye
  • White fabrics (bedsheets, t-shirts and tablecloths)
  • Rubber bands
  • Gloves
  • Computer printer
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)

Tie-Dye

  • Dampen some white sheets, tablecloths and T-shirts with cool water.

  • Twist and spin sections of the fabric until tight. Wrap securely with rubber bands.

  • Wear latex gloves and prepare a fabric dye solution according to manufacturer's instructions.

  • Apply dye to damp fabrics by spraying or dipping. Refer to the fabric dye instructions and set aside for the recommended time.

  • Rinse with cool water until it runs clear. Wash and dry.

  • Hang the tie-dye sheets on walls and drape them over furniture. Hand out the T-shirts for people to wear and take home.

Stickers

  • Purchase sheets of blank sticker paper from an office supply store -- you can also get regular paper and simply use tape. Be sure to get paper that's compatible with your computer printer.

  • Load paper into your computer printer.

  • Create or download images of flowers, peace signs and smiley faces.

  • Print the images onto the paper -- reduce waste by sizing and spacing your images to fit.

  • Use scissors to cut out the images. Place them on doors, walls and tables around the party space.

Other Decorations

  • Place one or more lava lamps in the room to set the mood.

  • Hang beaded curtains in doorways and hallways.

  • Burn some incense -- patchouli is a recognizable hippie aroma.

  • Set out bean bag chairs and a shag rug.

  • Hang '70s music and psychedelic posters on the walls.

References

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