How To Create Faux Frosted Glass Windows With Contact Paper

If you are a frugal homemaker who is looking for an inexpensive solution for adding privacy to your windows, like those at Sunrise Windows Ltd., you will love this project. Armed with ordinary contact paper and a pretty design, you can create faux frosted windows that are as beautiful as they are functional.

Choosing a Design

Before you begin this project, take the time to consider the design you prefer. Because you will be cutting shapes from clear contact paper, they will appear frosted while the area around the shapes will appear as clear glass. This creates texture and dimension to your design. You are free to choose the design you prefer, but here are some simple designs for you to consider.

  • Large Scrolls: Scrolls add elegance to the window and are suitable for an entryway or windows in doors.
  • Diamonds: Diamonds are easy to work with and can be laid out in a variety or patterns, especially if you choose several sizes.
  • Circles: Using assorted circle sizes give your window the illusion it is covered with bubbles. This playful design is ideal for bathrooms.
  • Leaves or Vines: You can’t go wrong with leaves and vines. Think trailing ivies and a delicate flower or two to create an enchanting bedroom window.
  • Stars and Moons: If you prefer a more mystical appearance, try covering the window with an assortment of stars and moons. This also works well in children’s rooms.

Creating Your Pattern

Now that you have chosen the design you like, it’s time to lay the shapes out to make a pattern.

  • Trace the shape onto the backside of your contact paper.
  • Cut out the shapes with a pair of craft scissors or a craft knife.
  • Sort the pieces according to size.
  • Cut a piece of packing paper or cardboard to the size of your window.
  • Layout your pattern on the cardboard to get the design you prefer.
  • Stand back and view you pattern from a distance.
  • Rearrange as necessary.
  • Take a picture of the layout. You may think you will remember how you laid it out, but it is easy to forget when you begin applying the contact paper to the window.

Applying the Design to the Window

Before you begin this step, print out a large image of your layout. Tape or pin it beside the window so you can refer to it as you work.

  • Wash and dry the window.
  • Mark the horizontal lines for the pattern on the window. You can use painter’s tape or a string pinned to the sides of the window. This works as your guide when laying out the design.
  • Peel back the top edge of the paper backing and press the contact paper in place. Gently peel away the paper as you apply the contact paper to the glass.
  • Smooth the contact paper with your hands to remove air bubbles. If the contact paper wrinkles or bubbles, gently peel the edge away from the window and re-position it.
  • Refer to your picture often and follow the pattern to place the remaining pieces of contact paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact paper can be difficult to remove.
  • According to This Old House, most modern contact paper has a water-based adhesive that can be removed with soap and water.
  • Older contact paper may have a solvent-based adhesive that may require scrapping it with a razor blade to remove the adhesive completely.
  • Consider the amount of space around the images, and keep them to ¼ to ½ inch to let in light while maintaining privacy.
  • Check quilt patterns, children’s colouring books and online craft sites for designs suitable for your frosted glass window project.

Decorating on a budget doesn’t need to be boring and this project proves it. Pick up a roll of clear contact paper at your local craft or hardware store and have some fun creating faux frosted windows for your home.

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