Woman Uses Elmer’s Glue to Make Windows ‘Non-See Through’

One woman revealed a TikTok-inspired hack for making your living space a little more private: Coat your window with Elmer’s glue.

The video was uploaded by TikTok user Helly (@hellysangel), in which she shares how to make your windows “non-transparent”. In the video, Helly dumps a container of Elmer’s glue into a tub of paint before rolling a sponge roller over the glue.

Your strategy on how to do this effectively? “Put it all the way on the edge and then just wipe it off later,” she advises.

First she paints the window in horizontal strokes and then diagonally. Throughout, she gives tips on how to “mix” it better. After her job is done, she reveals her masterpiece – her entire window is covered in glue, making it appear matte and opaque.

@hellysangel Elmers glue window film #elmersglue #window #hellysangel #diy ♬ Original sound – helly🍒

During an interview with the Daily Dot via Instagram direct message, Helly said she was inspired by TikTok. She did this to prevent people from seeing through her room in her apartment. The video was viewed 33.4 million times in one day, with viewers praising the creator’s work.

“It looks really good,” praised one viewer.

“It looks like cincilla glass, very chic,” said a second.

“Why does it look so good,” praised a third.

However, most people disagreed with the trend, pointing out the technical flaws of the “hack”.

“And how do you wash and clean your window?” asked one user.

“So now you can’t see out the window anymore either,” remarked a second.

“Yes, wait until the summer heat when the sun shines on your window. A mess waiting to happen,” said a third.

Others shared alternative ways Helly could have gained privacy without having to use a whole canister of glue.

“Bro, just get some disposable film. It looks cleaner and better. You can see out but not in,” one person recommended.

“There are window covers you can get on Amazon for less than $10 that do this,” commented a second.

“Blinds, curtains or they literally sell stick-on window coverings that make them opaque,” noted a third.


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*Initial publication: April 9, 2023 2:26 pm CDT

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