There is a shortage of professional masks to protect against Coronavirus, so making one of your own could be better than going without!
It will also help protect others from your coughs and sneezes if you get infected, so many governments now recommend that masks be worn outdoors. If you are interested in the science behind home made mask designs, you can read more towards the end of this page.
The design we are going to show you how to make is called the ‘Frame Mask,’ because it uses an external frame, allowing the mask to be much stronger and durable than many existing designs. You can see the You Tube guide here:
The frame is re-usable, and it uses cheap and quickly replaceable cloth as the filter. The frame pulls the mask into the face so it forms a better seal, and disinfects easily.
You can make it from things like fence wire and a milk carton.
To start with you need:
-A piece of fence wire about a metre long
-A clean and disinfected milk or juice carton with a moisture resistant inner coating
-Masking tape for temporary assembly
-Waterproof tape, e.g. Duck Tape
-Elastic strip for straps or similar
-Draught excluder if available for a more comfortable seal
-A lemonade bottle or similar
You can find the original template here. For ease of printing on A4, there’s a Google Docs version you can print directly.
Here’s how to make it:
We hope you find this mask design useful.
If you don’t have an empty milk or juice carton available, you can make one with a moisture-resistant bowl. There’s a quick guide on how to make this version here, on our You Tube channel, and a longer one here, using a cardboard bowl instead of the carton. However, please replace the masking tape used in this version with waterproof sticky tape, e.g. Duck Tape.
Before you make masks of your own, you might want to look at the articles below: