My immediate thought was something simple and inexpensive like putting up some privacy film because I had seen some images of it on the web and it looked nice... but I tried it out and I quickly was irritated because it was completely blocking my view of the front porch... and the person knocking on the door...no good. So, I did a LOT of google searching for other ideas.
- The pattern was wayyyy to large for my tiny windows (about 10" x 6")
- The tutorial calls for contact paper but I wasn't sold on this because it's essentially a 'sticker' and hard to take off/ replace or relocate.
So to make this work for my window, I shrunk the template provided to a size more appropriate for smaller windows (file below)
**Photo credit Seventh House on the Left
Time: An afternoon (anywhere between 1-5 hrs depending on how fast you are at cutting)
Size of window: this depends on the size of the film (1 below) that you purchase. We were able to cut enough for 6 - 10"x6" windows with some extra materials with the materials we purchased.
- Etched Glass Window Film ~$18 (can substitute contact paper but I think this works much better)
- Pair of Scissors
- Printer and ink
- Template (link to pdf below)
- Squirt bottle with water
- Card Stock Paper (optional- see explanation below)
- Cut backing to 8.5 x 11” (try using a framers square for this)
- Print the template above on the paper side of the backing**
- Cut out shapes
- Spray glass with water
- Stick and squeegee to remove air bubbles.
** alternatively you can just print this on a 8.5" by 11" piece of card stock to create one stencil, use a marker and trace it on the paper and cut it out. This is a less preferred method in my opinion because it is more time consuming.
So, what do you think? I LOVE it. In fact, it's my favorite thing I've ever DIY'd. People who come over ask me where I 'bought' the decals - or where I got it installed from. ME- that's who designed it and built it. That always makes me feel good :).