3D Retro TV

We are throwing things back today with a fun, vintage papercraft. We’re talkin’ before the days of streaming, flat screens, or even remotes! Gather up some old-school paper and glue—it is time to make a 3D retro TV.

3D Retro TV


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I am actually old enough to recall these kinds of television sets! The first TV we had as a kid had the little dials on it. I remember having to get up and turn the dial in order to change the channel (which is probably the reason we always sat on the floor, directly in front of the TV). I also remember setting it to channel 3 in order to watch something on the VCR. So, this craft is a little homage to my childhood!

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How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D retro TV pieces.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.


Prepping the Main Pieces

2. Start by layering on the TV front pieces. Use foam tape to attach the knobs and frame for extra depth.

Use hot glue to attach the mylar piece to the inside of the box.


3. Next, layer the back wallpaper to the inside of the orange box. Attach the bunny ears to the small, green piece using the tab/slit provided.

Fold the green piece along the score lines, and attach the tabs: forming a small box.

Attach the box using the tab/slits provided on the top of the main, yellow piece.


Final Assembly

4. Fold in the edges of the orange box, and glue the tabs to the outside edges.

Then, fill your box with whatever decorations suit your fancy and glue the whole thing to the inside of the yellow box.

Fold in the sides of the yellow TV box, and attach the tabs.

Optional: Attach some legs to the bottom of your TV using small pieces of a dowel or a kabob stick, along with a generous dab of hot glue.

Cute and simple! You can’t go wrong with this craft.

You can also customize this project by putting something unique inside the TV display. A personal photo, someone’s name, or a favorite TV character would all look adorable in there!

3D Retro TV

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy putting this 3D retro TV together. And don’t forget to share your super cute, finished product with me on Instagram!

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3D Retro TV

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8 Comments on 3D Retro TV

  1. Julie
    September 8, 2021 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

    I have a thing for retro and this TV design you’ve created is just adorable–thank you!

    • Mandee
      September 8, 2021 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

      You and me both! I’m so glad you like it!! 😊

  2. auntie em
    September 8, 2021 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! I haven’t seen anything like this in an SVG before. Quite unique! We had a set like this in our living room for years. Thank you so much for sharing the nostalgia 🙂

    • Mandee
      September 8, 2021 at 1:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. It was definitely a fun, nostalgic one to design. 😊

  3. Marie Andersson
    September 8, 2021 at 5:20 pm (3 years ago)

    A reminder of my childhood! We had only 2 channels and the colorprograms was new. Going to make one to my father and see if he reminds it (his dementia is getting worse), He had 88-year birthday last friday!

    • Mandee
      September 9, 2021 at 9:35 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! Amazing how things have changed. Happy Birthday to your father!!

  4. Maria E Talavera
    September 12, 2021 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I had so much fun making it, Thank you!

    • Mandee
      September 13, 2021 at 11:30 am (3 years ago)

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear. 😊


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