In these days when the masks are in shortage and the prices are skyrocketing, making your own fun and easy no sew one use face masks, is one solution you can do yourself to help out!
These fun and easy no sew one use face masks are one effective and inexpensive way to keep you and everyone around you safer. And what is more, you can make your own one use masks with different colours and patterns anytime as long as you have some napkins and some string in the house!
Remember that these napkin face masks are simply tissue paper, which is not medical grade or sterilised! However this particular masks are good for maybe up to 2 hours use when you need to quick supermarket run or just a walk outside!
You can of course use any other materials such as paper filters or fabrics to do your own masks! And let’s leave the medical grade face masks for doctors, nurses, first line health responders and workers who need them more!
DO MASKS ACTUALLY WORK?
Yes and no! It depends on the quality of your mask and your situation. IF you are sick or think you might be a carrier, you should definitely use the mask at all times when going out or interacting with people!
Surgical masks can help contain the spreading of the virus if you are a carrier and can also help protecting you from airborne diseases such as coronavirus if they are made from proper materials! A simple paper tissue mask will not give you the same protection as the surgical or tickly woven cotton mask. One way to test material is to blow through it. If the air passes through, the masks are more or less useless. Oppositely, if the air does not pass through the masks will work, however, maybe not 100%!
Coronavirus mainly transmits with fluids which we ingest. Now, these could be tiny amounts we don’t even see or notice with our bare eyes! If we touch our eyes, face, mouth or nose with infected hands, we will most probably get the virus. The same goes if we are in the vicinity of an infected person who is sneezing or simply talking! Here is where the masks come in handy. Because our face is mainly protected, this helps minimizing the chance of infections. You should not wear one-use mask for more than 3 or 5 hours and definitely dispose them properly and carefully with disinfecting your hands afterwards.
Remember that these tissue paper one use face masks are simply a bit better protection than not having anything. However, by wearing any mask, does not mean you are fully protected from getting the virus. Nevertheless, you should always wear one if you are coughing or sneezing.
WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR OWN FUN AND EASY NO SEW ONE USE FACE MASKS?
Help the environment
Because these one use face masks are made from simple tissue paper, they will have less impact on the environment after you dispose them.
Help the society
By making your own face masks you are not taking the limited amount of surgical face mask from the healthcare workers and the people who need it the most! Do your part and contribute to the society in any way you can!
Save on money
As you might have noticed, the prices of the masks are rising! If there is no need to buy your special masks, save your money and make your own stylish ones!
Protect yourself and others
As we said before by wearing any kind of mask, you will benefit from some protection against the virus. If you are sneezing or coughing, you should always wear the one!
Help to lower the curve and to contain the spreading of Covid-19
You might have the virus and not know it! Don’t risk spreading it around and giving it to all people at your supermarket or on the road. Wear the mask and safely dispose it immediately after!
And by wearing the one, you will help to lower the cure and hopefully eliminate the virus! However, the best way is to stay home with minimal interactions!
For your guests
Think of making your own face masks for the guests at your upcoming wedding. As we always say, after the restrictions are lifted that does not mean the virus is gone! By travelling and interaction with people there are more chances of getting the virus and also spreading it to others. If your wedding is happening in the time of this pandemic and you are thinking of having some guests, make sure you protect them and yourself! Offer them face masks and this is one of the fun ways you can be creative while making a difference.
Fun tip: Eventually you could order your own special uniquely printed napkins with fun taglines and your wedding logo. You can then use them for creating these fun and easy no sew one use face masks for your guests and also on your wedding day!
FOR THESE FUN AND EASY NO SEW ONE USE FACE MASKS YOU WILL NEED:
- Fun, colourful tissues or napkins of your choice. Preferably thicker or better quality ones.
- Scissors, preferably small pair
- String or ribbon or simply rubber bands
- Optional, hole puncher or a tool for making a small hole
HOW TO MAKE YOUR fun and easy no sew one use face masks:
Fold the tissue like a harmonica or the Z fold and press it with your hands. If your tissue is rectangular, then hold it on the long side and fold the shorter sides. Different sized napkins will make bigger or smaller face masks.
Hold the tissues at the folded edge and make a hole with your small pointy scissors or some other tool you have. BE CAREFUL here not to hurt your fingers or yourself while doing that!
Repeat the hole making process on the other side as well
Prepare your strings. Measure approximately the length of the string you need from your ear to your mouth and make the loop or double that length. Remember, it is better to make it a bit longer than too short. If you have the rubber bands, it will be easier to use as you don’t need to measure anything.
When you have the holes or the openings ready, you can insert the string or the rubber bands.
Using the string: Simply pass one end of the string through the hole at one edge of the folded tissue. When passed through, pull it till the middle to make sure that both ends are same length creating a loop. Then make a simple or half knot all the way down, to secure the string at the folded edges of the napkin. Then take the two ends of the string and make another knot, the overhead knot, with both ends of the string.
Using the rubber bands: Fold one rubber band on half and push one end though the hole on the edge of the folded tissue. You might need to use a tool to help guide the band through the opening if those are small. A toothpick will do! Again, be careful when pushing a point tool through the hole, as it can slip and hurt your fingers. After you have managed to push the folded rubber band through the hole on the folds of the tissue, pass one end of the rubber band under the other loop and pull. That will tie the rubber band to the napkin. Your rubber band should now be attached to the folded napkin at one end and the other should have one bigger loop which will go around your ear.
After you have done this for the both ends, take the folded napkin and carefully stretch it out from one side. Now try it on your mouth and around your ears. If the strings are too loose, you can simply make another knot at the end. If they are too small, cut it off and use a longer string. The rubber bands should easily stretch around your ears without any problems.
CONGRATULATIONS! You just created your own FUN AND EASY NO SEW ONE USE FACE MASKS. These fancy masks will protect you from immediate exposure which will contribute to minimizing the spreading of the virus and with that you just contributed to society!
At the end you can use any fabric with the same technique and sew the corners if you would like a mask that is better made, more durable and maybe even washable! Make a research on the best materials to use for better protection. Nonetheless, thicker cotton will also work best!
Wear your fancy face masks, offer them to your family, friends and guests at your future wedding! Protect yourself and others.
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