Cling Film Cutout Privacy Window!

7 Materials
3 Hours

We did a contact paper privacy window a couple years ago and the two most asked question were:

"Can this be done with cling film?"

"Can these be cut on a circuit cutter machine?"

Yes to both! You can check out the contact paper project here:

The difference between contact paper and cling film is that contact paper is adhesive-backed and cling film statically clings. Think of them as contact paper = permanent and cling film = temporary. Cling film cutouts are also reusable!

Also, cling film comes in about a kajillion designs and can easily be applied in one piece. You don't need to go through the trouble of cutting out any shapes to do this.

My lovely wife Mariko and I love art and the process of creating it. The goal of these privacy windows wasn't to do them as fast and as easy as possible, but to create something unique together.

Window cling films are also called decorative films and help block heat, cold and UV rays. We looked at local Japanese brands, but found them cheaper on AliExpress. The quality is the same as they both block 99% of harmful UV rays. Hooray!


The finished window!

Here's a roll of film we put on a circuit cutter. If you're doing this by hand. the easiest way to cut them out is to trace a pattern on the back with a permanent marker and cut out with a good pair of scissors.

You'll need:

-A spray bottle with 2-3 drops of dish soap.

-Squeegee or something like a credit card.

-Boxcutter or exacto knife or machete.


-The cutouts

Clean the window first!

These are really easy to put up. Just spray the window and the back of the cutout and then place the cutout on the window. It slides around easily into place.

*Make sure you have towels on the windowsill and extra towels on hand for the runoff.

Slide the cutouts into place and fold them into corners to fit. You'll cut away the extra later.

Squeegee time! Believe or not, but that little thing is a squeegee. Be sure to hold the cutout in place while you're pushing out the water.

You will have a ton of air bubbles! Get as many out as you can.

These easily cut, so mind that elbow grease. You don't want to damage the window or seal.

Push down the cutout with the ruler and run the boxcutter down.

This is the finished window with a sneak peek of my wainscoting project.

We had extra cutouts so did the door!

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1 question
  • Ivette
    on Apr 24, 2020

    Can I put this on my bathroom window or will they come off with the humidity from the shower? thank you

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  • Wendy
    on Sep 24, 2019

    Gorgeous!! And look at that wainscoting!

  • Joanie
    on Apr 24, 2020

    I love the Navy blue paint and EVERYTHING you've done. With the wainscoting and also the windows.....I'm in for this project. Great job!!

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