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Well,in a similar way as our DIY Hand sanitiser review, we have now come across an idea to Make a Face Mask at Home. Again we had no real intention of trying to take advantage of the Coronavirus situation but with the shortages of face masks around, this was a relevant opportunity to save money and at least offer some sort of protection.

Here at Potters Magical Money, we cannot actually take credit for the DIY face mask idea. It was once more brought to our attention whilst doing some research for our sister site at Potters Part Balloons. A friend of ours, River City Balloons from Tennessee recently posted their balloon face masks on social media, and we had to give it a go ourselves.

Face Mask HeaderThey will be fun to make and will keep the kids entertained for an hour or two. Additionally, there are multiple options for patterns and colours and you could just possibly start a new fashion trend.

They are also environmentally friendly, in that they can be thrown in the washing machine washed and re-used.

Let’s give it a go and make our very own face masks at home but also address some important questions, like are they safe? and will they actually save you money?


The Covid-19 Threat and DIY Face Masks.

As we stated in our hand sanitiser post, we at Potters Magical Money are not here to instill a sense of panic into people or to pretend we are medical experts and to offer any sort of opinion on the virus itself.

Our own opinion is irrelevant in this situation. It seems apparent that the medical fact are incomplete at the moment and it would be irresponsible of us to offer anything other than the standard basic advice.

So let’s get an important disclaimer out the way! These face masks are not medical grade by any means at all. There is no recommendation or endorsement from any medical experts or medical organisations. We are definitely not suggesting any of these face masks will protect you against spreading or catching covid-19.

Although, of course, anything that covers your mouth and nose will offer some protection.


Face Mask Options

Face Mask ExampleThere are multiple face masks on the market for lots of different reasons. From cloth sterilised surgical masks, to purpose made masks for specific industries and from made-to-fit dust masks with ventilators to throw-away dust masks.

We are not going to pretend to be experts in all the different types of masks or even attempt to do any research and advise you on what mask is the best for covid-19. If you are a medical professional or working in any type of environment where you are in regular close contact with lots of people then we suggest you discuss it with your employer and take the necessary steps to get the right PPE for you.

The DIY face mask we are suggesting here is mainly for fun purposes but will offer some limited protection.


Make Your Own Face Mask – Materials

So what you will need to make your own face mask at home.

Please note when coming up with this list we have considered sizing for adults. We suggest reducing the size by about a quarter for kids masks.

  • A4 Paper – 1 piece
  • Material (preferably cotton) – Maybe an old T-shirt – A4 Sized
  • Knicker elastic – about 12in
  • Sewing kit, Hemming Tape, Hot Glue Gun or Glu Dots
  • Household Iron
  • Pencil, Chalk (or Taylor’s Chalk)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


Make Your Own Face Mask – Instructions

Step 1 – Create a Template

Firstly, a bit of simple origami. Take a piece of A4 paper, and place it on top of your material. Draw around the paper with either your pencil, chalk or Taylor’s chalk. Set aside your material for the next step.

Face Mask TemplateDraw a straight line on the A4 paper at every inch interval going down the paper.

Pleat the paper by folding it alongside the lines as follows:-

  • The first line should be folded horizontally forwards, so the fold points towards you.
  • The second line should be followed backwards
  • The third line should not be folded, thereby leaving a gap before you commence folding.
  • Repeat the above process for every three lines until you get to the bottom of the paper

Finally, use an iron, to flatten the template. Warning hot!!!! Ensure kids are supervised at all times or even better get the adults to do this bit!

Step 2 – Setting Out Your Mask

Face Mask Material


Take the material that you have previously drawn on and cut it out, so you have a piece of material A4 sized.

Cut your knicker elastic into two pieces, each 6 inches long.

Use your paper template with the material. Pleat the material in the same way as you did with the template, using the template as a guide. Iron (adults job again) each pleat as you go with a hot iron.



Step 3 – Construct Your Mask

Fold the pleated material at each end allowing for an 1/2 inch over hang.

Now Turn the mask over and either: –

  • Sew the ends together with a machine
  • Hand-sew the ends together
  • Iron the hemming tape in between the ends (adults only)
  • Hot glue gun the ends together (kids can use cool glue guns)
  • Glu dot the ends together.

Face Mask AssemblyLoop one length of knicker elastic and attach it to the back of the material on one side using one of the above methods and repeat for the other piece of knicker elastic on the other side of the material.

Congratulations on making your very own face mask at home.


Is a DIY Face Mask Effective.

There’s no point making our very own face mask, if it’s not going to be effective for what we are trying to achieve.

But it is very important to state this is not a fully protective face mask. It will offer some limited protection against germ spread and dust.

It will be fun to make for kids!


Will the DIY Face Mask Save You Money.

Potters Magical MoneyThe easy answer, is Yes, but only for the purposes and effectiveness we have mentioned above.

The face mask we have given you instructions for above can be made from the everyday materials we have at home. An old t-shirt and a sewing kit etc. So in effect it can be made for FREE or at least as cheap as chips!

Additionally, these face masks can be machine washed and re-used.


What We Recommend?

As we have pointed out, we are not attempting to offer an opinion on Covid-19. Potters Magical Money are not qualified medics and definitely not politicians.

If you need a face mask for your job, then please discuss it with your employer and ensure you take the necessary steps to get the right PPE for you.

Face Mask CompleteMaking your own face masks at home can offer you some limited protection against covid-19 and can be a lot of fun to make for you or your kids. They can be made very cheaply or even for free and might just give you a little piece of mind in today’s world, especially considering the current supply shortage problem.

As always, Potters Magical Money will not recommend something that it has not tried out or found a genuine good review for. If you’d like to try out any of our other ideas here at Potters Magical Money, please take a look around our site and why not start with our hand sanitiser article.

Most Importantly stay safe, but also remember to have fun if you can. Please bookmark our site and come back to us for some more tips and ideas here at Potters Magical Money.

12 thoughts on “Make a Face Mask at Home

  1. Well this is a fun way to pass the time on a quarantine! I can only imagine my nieces having a blast tearing up some old t-shirts of their dad’s 🙂 I know it’s probably unnecessary to say but while sure, they are obviously not medical grade, they probably do stop a few air droplets from going around and have to provide better protection than nothing right?  Either way it seems like a fun way to spend a day with some young kids and we are all looking for diversions these days.  

    1. Spot on John.  A little protection is a lot better than no protection.  But importantly, the making of these may just keep us and our kids sane during lockdown.  Finding things to do, rather than sitting watching the news or scouring social media, is important for our brains and our stress levels.

      I just hope your nieces tear up their dad’s old t-shirts rather than his new ones.

  2. Wow….this is a very nice one on education and saving income…since the outbreak of this covid 19 pandemic there seems to be limited suppy of face mask to ppl…this piece of article goes a long way to saving people the stress of searching for face mask but rather create one or more for usage

    1. Coronavirus is certainly testing us. Face masks and other important things to keep us safe are in very short supply as you say. If we have done our little bit to help you stay safe and relieve some stress then we will be very happy.  But please remember to take the official advice also 

  3. Hi Lawrence! With all this about the COVID-19, I have been reading suggestions about materials that should and should not be used to create our own face mask.

    This mask is really simple and easy to craft and I see it’s effective. I’m glad I came across your post. I know I have all these materials right here at home.

    1. Hi Abel, these masks really are simple to make and cost nothing if you already have the materials. Whilst they may not be medical grade they will offer you some protection, which is better than none. Please stay safe and take care of yourself.

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    1. Please feel free to share our post on Facebook but importantly make some masks yourself, if you have none available. A little protection is better than none. Please stay safe in these worrying times

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    1. Cobid-19 has certainly sent a panic around the globe. It is a very worrying time, but we must concentrate on staying safe and keeping our sanity whilst in lockdown. So if can take on small projects like this it will help us. I am glad you think our article was useful and will be helpful to others.

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    1. If we can relieve a little bit of your stress and save you a bit of money, then we have done a good job. I am glad you like our website and our post.

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