How to Make Custom DIY Privacy Window Film in 4 Easy Steps

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Are you searching for a way to add a touch of elegance and privacy to your living space without sacrificing natural light? Look no further!

In this post, I will guide you through a simple and creative DIY project on making your own decorative privacy window film. Not only does this solution provide a stylish aesthetic to your windows, but it also enhances your home security and privacy.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

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Whether you're a renter seeking a temporary solution or a homeowner looking to customize your space, this project offers the perfect blend of functionality and design.

So let's dive in and discover how you can transform your windows into stunning focal points while maintaining a sense of seclusion and tranquility.


  • Roll of non-adhesive cling film
  • Cutting mat or ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Water spray bottle
  • Craft scraper or credit card
  • Paper towel
Roll of non-adhesive cling film

1. Prepare the Film

To begin this project, you'll need a roll of film. I recommend using a non-adhesive cling film, as it offers a temporary privacy solution that's perfect for renters.

Grid lines on a cutting mat provide ease and precision

Instead of simply applying the film directly to the window, take the extra step of unrolling it and creating a unique design.

For ease and precision, a cutting mat with grid lines is highly recommended, although a ruler can also do the job effectively.  

Sheet of film cut slightly larger than the glass size

2. Cut the Film

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

Window film with frosted side and clear carrier sheet placed flat on a table using painter's tape

There are two sides to the window film I 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 painter's tape.  

Design sketched on film with pencil, featuring simple and easily cut lines.

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.  

Craft knife used to cut out pieces on the film, following pencil lines.

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.  

Cutting mat with cut-out pieces taken to the window while keeping them in the original order

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.  

Clean the windows

3. Prepare the Window

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

Spray water on the windows for better adhesion

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.  

The first cut piece of film being peeled off the clear carrier sheet and carefully applied to the window

4. Apply the Film to the Window

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.  

Using a small craft scraper to smooth out the film

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.  

Adding one piece at a time, leaving a quarter-inch space between each piece

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.  

Excess edges carefully trimmed using a craft knife

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.  

Smooth out any remaining bubbles

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.  

Bathroom privacy with filtered light

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. 

DIY Privacy Window Film

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. 

More DIY Home Security Ideas

Interested in making it difficult for intruders to gain entry into your property? Our post on 7 DIY Home Security Ideas: Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Privacy provides valuable insights!

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