This is an inexpensive solution to add privacy to your windows while still allowing light through. This paper based window treatment is beautiful and has the added benefit of masking imperfections in the glass. We've used this method for our Makerspace, covering 3 storefronts which previously had visible scratches on the outside. The building has been around since 1931, so it's had plenty of time to collect imperfections.
It's non-toxic and easy to remove (read: kid friendly) and you can choose any color or design you wish!
Step 1: Window Measuring and Marking
After cleaning your window, its now time to decide how much of your window that you'll be covering. Those of you who wish to cover the entire pane(s) can skip ahead to step 2.
We wanted the top 22" exposed, so we measured down from the top of each pane and marked with painter's tape, checking for level.
Step 2: Preparing Your Materials
For the Paper: We cut various sizes of squares and rectangles, averaging roughly 6 inches on a side. There's really no wrong way to do this, though the smaller sizes are easier to apply accurately. You can also choose fractal pattern and other repeating crazy shapes and colors, but it's important to first test your tissue paper to make sure that the colors do not bleed.
For the Glue: Add 1TBSP Corn Starch to your measuring cup, then add 1 TBSP cold water and mix together with your brush. Once it has turned into an even consistency, stir in 3/4 cup boiling water. That's it, your glue is made and ready to apply to your windows.
Step 3: Application of Tissue Paper to Windows
Working your way from top to bottom across the window, apply/paint your glue on to the window in small segments. Carefully place your previously cut pattern of tissue paper onto the window. Note: It's difficult to move the paper once it has been placed, so take your time in placing and if it's crooked sometimes it makes more sense to throw it away and apply the next piece that's ready.
Once the tissue paper is placed correctly, apply glue over the top of the paper. Each of our squares have an overlapping seam of approximately 1/4".
The paper will become less transparent as it dries.
It's ok to have some overlap when your reach the border of the window. This can be trimmed later, after the paper has dried. Just be careful not to glue it to your window frame!
Step 4: Checking Your Work
Once your tissue paper is dried it's now time for the last bit of finish work. Trim any excess paper sticking out on the edges of the window with your utility knife. Mix up and add more glue if any corners need to be re-stuck after trimming the excess.
Remove Painter's Tape and clean up any excess glue with a wet rag.
Step 5: Conclusion
You did it! Let us know if you have questions or anything to add in the comments below.