Introduction: DIY Emergency Face Mask

In this Intructable you learn how to make an emergency DIY face mask.

The design uses easy to source components and a pair of scissors.

The choice of alternative material depends on what you have at hand. This article will help you choose.

The fabric should be used only a couple of hours then washed or disposed of according to local waste disposal guidelines.

Follow your regional guidelines to understand when it is recommended to use a facemask.

See the FDA Guidelines.

NOTE: This mask is not certified as a medical aid and cannot be used as a replacement. Consider all facts and use it on your risk. I can not 100% guarantee this mask will protect you. By making and using this mask you take full responsibility for misuse or wrong use of the mask for yourself and other people.


2x IKEA BEVARA Bag Sealing Clips or equivalent

2x rubber bands 5cm (2in) diameter

Non-woven cloth or fabric

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

Cut the material to form a rectangle 26cm (10in) hight and 17cm (6.5in) large.

This should fit an adult. Size accordingly to your face.

The more layers the better the filtration. However some fabrics might require more efforts to breathe.

2 to 3 layers is a good start.

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Place the sheet in front of you on a flat surface in "portrait" orientation.

Step 2: Fold the Right Side

Keep a clip near the cloth to ensure the dimensions are correct.

Start by folding the right side by more than a third.

Step 3: Fold Again

Fold again in half.

Step 4: Fold the Right Side

Fold the left side so the folded piece fits within the clip.

Fold in half again.

Step 5: Flatten

Crease the fabric with the flat of your hand. You can use an object to keep it in place for the next steps.

Step 6: Assemble the Mask

1- Open a clip and place a rubber at the extremities, so it does not get pinched in the central groves.

2- Place the folded cloth over the rubber band and clip.

3- Close the the clip.

4- Repeat for the other side.

5- Open the pleats, place the mask on your face and the rubber bands over your ears.