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How to Make a DIY Face Mask (With No Sewing)

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How to Make a DIY Face Mask (With No Sewing)The CDC is officially recommending that everyone wear face masks in public. Why? Because now there is evidence that coronavirus can be spread through talking and breathing.

So if you’re going out and can’t stay more than six feet away from others, you’ll definitely want to wear a face mask. Even standing six feet away from others might not be enough. And unfortunately, face masks are sold out everywhere.

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Disclaimer: The DIY face mask described below is not medical grade, and we can’t guarantee it will stop you from catching coronavirus. Viruses are so tiny that they can get through almost any face mask.

However, viruses are usually suspended inside tiny drops of spittle that people cough or sneeze out, and those droplets shouldn’t be able to get through the mask. Still, you’ll want to be very careful. Don’t touch your face or adjust your mask when you’re out.

And if you yourself are sick, you must wear a mask in public. The last thing you want to do is cough or sneeze around others and accidentally spread the virus. Wearing a face mask reduces the odds of your spreading it to someone else.

With all that in mind, you can make a mask that fits snugly against your face with items from around your home. It should only take about ten minutes. Here’s how to do it.

Note: These instructions are from a Youtube video by Jenny W. Chan. You can see the video at the bottom of this post.

Supplies Needed:

Face Mask Supplies

Steps:

1. Lay the sheet of paper over the paper towel. Fold the paper to fit the size of the paper towel, leaving a half-inch above the bottom of the paper towel.

DIY Face Mask Step 1

2. Cut the paper at the fold you made and set it on top of the paper towel.

DIY Face Mask Step 2

3. Grab the aluminum foil and rip a piece about the size of the cut paper.  Fold the foil into a 1-inch strip and place it on top of the loose paper, aligning it with the edge of the paper. You will repeat this step for the bottom of the paper.

DIY Face Mask Step 3

4. Use six strips of masking tape to secure the aluminum foil.

DIY Face Mask Step 5

5. Next, fold the paper and paper towel combo in half and then fold one half down about half an inch; this will create a Z-fold on the side.

DIY Face Mask Step 5

6. Take what you’ve created so far and place it face down on another paper towel.

DIY Face Mask Step 6

7. Now fold down the top and bottom of the mask and secure with tape on the outer-side edges.

DIY Face Mask Step 7

8. On the top center, fold a small zigzag on either side of where your nose is going to sit in relation to the mask. It will look like a small folded trapezoid shape.

DIY Face Mask Step 8

9. Try on the mask to create proper alignment to your face. Once you have the nose folds in a comfortable position, tape down these folds. Repeat these steps on the bottom for your chin.

DIY Face Mask Step 9

10. Fold the side edges down one more time for reinforcement, about ½ inch and tape down.

DIY Face Mask Step 10

11. With your hole puncher, or an alternative method, punch two holes on each side, one on top and one on the bottom.

DIY Face Mask Step 11

12. Loop a rubber band through the top hole, and the lower hole, and then tie them together. Repeat on the second side.

DIY Face Mask Step 12

Here’s what it should look like when you’re done:

DIY Face Mask Complete

If you’re still confused by these instructions, be sure to watch the video below to see how it’s done.

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8 Comments

  1. OkieGoon on April 22, 2020 at 9:46 am

    The estimated size of the coronavirus is 0.1 microns. Therefore N95 masks which filter 95% of particles at 0.3 microns is of questionable effectiveness. However, a virus might also ride around on a 0.8 micron water droplet or 1.0 micron dust particle, in which case the HEPA might well work.

    Here are the different levels of HEPA filters: (The higher the number following “HEPA”, the higher the level of filtration is optimum.)
    HEPA H14: pass up 0.005% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.
    HEPA H13: pass up 0.05% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.
    HEPA H12: pass more than 0.5% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.
    HEPA H11: pass a maximum of 5% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.
    HEPA H10: pass more than 15% of 0.1 micron particles per liter of air.

  2. Rich on April 7, 2020 at 9:46 am

    in ref to Marty says

    April 6, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I refuse to obey. I refuse to live in bondage like this, like China, over a fake virus. I will NOT comply. I will however choose freedom, AND defend it and my neighbors too.
    ***** YES you are free to choose …. some think Covid is a big deal, some don’t…. one thing IS for sure, can not trust the lamestream media…. BUT consider this…. When few if any wear a mask -those who DO have a mask on stand out [like robbers..] in this day and age, when most ARE wearing masks, would those without masks stand out just as much? This is a prepper site, is it not? regardless of your stance on Covid 19– don’t you want to blend in and be Grey man? Regardless of how bad [or not] this is we should ALL be washing our hands, covering coughs/sneezes and stay home if you are sick….

  3. Dana on April 6, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for this information. I just have one tip…I read that vacuum cleaner bags cut to size are 95% as effective as a medical mask. I don’t know how true this is, but it makes sense to me.

    • 2aWarrior on April 6, 2020 at 4:13 pm

      Dana, I believe you are correct. Your best choice for a ‘homemade’ mask would be to start with bags that are made for HEPA filter vacuums. They have a “non-woven” plastic fabric in them and make excellent WuFlu barriers.

      Good luck, be and stay safe; and avoid trolls like MARTY below. An ignorant, self-absorbed, self-centered liberal A$$#OLE. May he die a slow, painful and agonizing death, drowning in his own blood, puss and fetid bodily fluids…BEFORE HE INFECTS OTHERS!

  4. Marty on April 6, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I refuse to obey. I refuse to live in bondage like this, like China, over a fake virus. I will NOT comply. I will however choose freedom, AND defend it and my neighbors too.

    • Alan on April 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Of course, you don’t HAVE to wear a face mask, but wouldn’t you rather avoid getting sick? Thousands of people are dying every day.

    • Dtr on April 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Good luck, with that sort of mentality you need all the luck you can get. Just don’t kill anyone with your attitude

    • ME on April 6, 2020 at 8:06 pm

      Do what you wish! Where I come from we call that “thinning the heard!” Good luck…you’ll need it!

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