Make your own quick and easy DIY Paper Towel Face Mask.
Disclaimer: I have no medical credentials and this is not medical advice. This is merely an idea for making your own face masks. Please use your own judgement when making or wearing this face mask.
These are strange and unsettling times – something most of us have never before experienced.
We all want to keep our families and ourselves safe, and one thing that may help is wearing a face mask.
Because we want all the manufactured face masks to be available to health care workers, we don’t feel comfortable using them for ourselves.
I have seen on Facebook and Youtube various ways to make DIY Paper Towel Face Masks, using just a paper towel, 2 rubber bands, and 2 staples.
These are probably not as good as medical ones, but they may help in keeping viruses and bacteria from spreading.
1 Paper Towel (2 ply, about 6 inches x 11 inches)
2 Rubber Bands (the size I use is #32, 3 x 1/8 inch)
Stapler and 2 Staples
How to Make a DIY Paper Towel Face Mask
If your paper towel is thin, use 2 of them, laying one on top of the other before fan folding and fan folding them together.
1. Using a paper towel, lay it so the long way is horizontal. Fan fold it, making the folds about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch each.
Make sure the top and bottom fold are both folded in the same direction so the mask will cup your face from the top of your nose to just under your chin.
2. Keeping the fan folded, place a rubber band at one end.
Fold the end of the fan over the rubber band just enough to allow a staple, then staple the paper towel in place. Try not to staple the rubber band.
Repeat at the other end of the fan.
3. The face mask is finished.
4. Open it and put it on with the paper towel edges against your face.
Wrap the rubber bands around your ears.
If your child resists wearing a mask, show him / her one of these photos of this Tiger wearing a face mask.
You can also put a face mask on one of his or her stuffed animals.
We made several of these Paper Towel Face Masks, folded them in half and put them in a ziplock bag to keep in the car for when we need one.
After using the mask, throw away the paper towel, but save the rubber bands.
We are accumulating the rubber bands to clean and reuse for more face masks. You will go through them very fast.
Pony tail elastics might work if you can’t find rubber bands.
I love that the rubber bands I used are made in America!