DIY Decorative Privacy Window Film

4 Materials
1 Hour

I needed a way to get privacy without sacrificing light, so I came up with this handy hack!

To start this project we need a roll of film. I used a non-adhesive cling film, which makes it a great temporary solution for privacy and a great solution for renters to make my decorative privacy window film.  

Instead of just applying it to the window, I went ahead and rolled it out and created a design. I used a cutting mat because its grid lines made the process much easier. You can also just use a ruler.  

I started by cutting a sheet of film just a little bit larger than the size of my glass.  

There are two sides to the window filmI used. There was a frosted side, and a clear carrier sheet on the back. I placed my piece down with the clear carrier sheet on the table and held it flat with some painters tape.  

Using a pencil, I sketched a design onto the film that I could cut out. You want to make a design with simple, straightforward lines that you can cut apart easily.  

Next, I used a craft knife (you can use scissors) to slowly cut out each piece. I just ran my knife along all the pencil lines I had drawn. As I sliced the lines I left all of the pieces in place but just separated them a little bit.  

With everything cut out, I took the whole cutting mat over to my window. I wanted to leave all of the pieces in the right order so didn’t want to pull them apart yet.  

To apply the film to the window, first I made sure it was nice and clean.  

Next, I sprayed the window with water. This window film adheres to the window through static cling, but adding some water to the window helps it stick really well.  

Then I grabbed the first cut piece. I started at the bottom and peeled off the clear carrier sheet from the back and then gently placed it onto the window.  

I found it helpful to have something I could smooth it out with. I used a little craft scraper but you could also use a credit card.  

Once I had the first piece in place, I went on adding one piece at a time. I wanted to allow a little light to shine in so I left about a quarter of an inch of space between each piece.  

I also cut this piece of window film a little bit bigger than my window so at the end I just used my craft knife to cut off the edges. Be very gentle that you're not pushing too hard and damaging your frame, or the caulk, or any part of your window.  

The final step for my decorative privacy film was to wipe away any excess water. I did this after I smoothed out any bubbles left in the film. The easiest way to get rid of the water was to just grab a paper towel and blot it all.  

I now have some privacy in this bathroom and I love it. What I love is that some light does filter in, but at night, when the light is on in this bathroom, people aren't going to be able to see in. 

This is also a temporary solution. So I can pull these pieces off whenever I need to. I hope this gives you an inspiring new idea to make your own decorative privacy window film. 

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  • Bry Bry on Jul 06, 2022

    Good idea and very attractive design.

  • Melissa Galindo Melissa Galindo on Jul 06, 2022

    I just ordered the already designed cling ons with flower design and holographic cut leaves,I love it!you can't see in day or night!Got mine on Amazon.