Daily Archives: January 15, 2013

Easy DIY Window Privacy Film – Week 2

I was eyeing cute window privacy films made by Brume. I love the window film called “Cutlery,” which looks like this:

Window Privacy Film

Brume Window Film Cutlery

 

But that “Cutlery” window film costs $75 for one 21.5 inches by 31.5 inches (or around 55 cm by 80 cm). Times that by two, it would cost me over $150, plus shipping costs (if they even ship to the US).

A better alternative is to DIY a custom window privacy film for less than $20!

Here is the kitchen window before:

Kitchen Windows BEFORE

Kitchen Windows BEFORE

A very ugly sight of the neighbor’s fence along with overgrown weeds, which I no longer have to look at!

Kitchen window looks like this after this easy DIY:

DIY Window Privacy Film

DIY Window Privacy Film

 

For this easy DIY, you will need:

  1. Frosty contact paper (I bought the Contact Paper Frosty 18″ x 24′ for $7.47)
  2. Black contact paper for the cutouts (I bought the Black Faux Leather Contact Paper 18″ x 15′ for $7.47 – it’s a beautiful textured black contact paper)
  3. Pen or marker
  4. Pair of scissors or utility knife or razor
  5. Measuring tape or ruler
  6. Stencils. You can download the heart cup stencil and “ENJOY” letters right here:
    DIY Kitchen Stencils

Steps:

  1. Start by cleaning your window thoroughly. I use an ammonia based window cleaner to avoid any streaks.
  2. Measure your window with your measuring tape or ruler. My kitchen window is split into two 21.5 inches by 31.5 inches windows.
  3. Based on your windows’ size, decide what layout you will use with your contact paper.The contact paper I bought at Home Depot is 18 inches wide. My kitchen windows were bigger by a couple of inches! Therefore, I ended using this layout to create seamless unity between my contact paper pieces.

    Kitchen Windows Layout

    Kitchen Windows Layout

  4. Decide the size of your stencils. Try out two to three sizes and place them on different angles on your window to see what looks best on your window.
  5. Cut out your stencils from your paper printout using either a pair of scissors or utility knife. If using a pair of scissors to cut the heart shape, just fold the cup in half and cut following the line like this:
    Heart Cup Stencil

    Heart Cup Stencil

    For the handle and letter “O,” you can use this same technique if you are using scissors. For the handle hole, just cut at an angle so your handle doesn’t come out round. Save your little heart cutout if you are going to use it as part of your stencils.

  6. Using your paper cutouts, trace onto the paper side of the contact paper. Make sure you use the inverse side of the letter “N” and “J.” Also, depending on which side you want your cup’s handle to face, trace it the opposite direction.

    Heart Cup Stencil

    Heart Cup Stencil

  7. Cut out your stencils that will go on top of your frosty contact paper using the same technique as #5.

    Heart Cup Stencil

    Heart Cup Stencil

  8. Cut out the frosty contact paper based on your windows’ size and layout and start sticking it to the window beginning with one of the bottom corners. Stick the contact paper to the window slowly. For any bubbles, just gently rub it with your fingertips. For any lining up problems, gently pull it away from the window to redo.
  9. Once you have your windows covered with your frosty contact paper, you are ready to place your stencils wherever you wish and you can stand back and admire your windows 🙂

 

Wasn’t that easy? And we still have a lot of contact paper left for other uses. So really, it’s even less than $20 for this DIY window privacy film! Share your windows in the comments section; I would love to see how it turned out!

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PS: In case you missed the downloadable heart cup stencil link above, here you go:
DIY Kitchen Stencils