Homemade Micro-particle Virus Face Mask




Introduction: Homemade Micro-particle Virus Face Mask

I don’t think they can be found anywhere, so I decided to make a homemade, disposable micro-particle face mask. I’m not going to pretend this is a certified face mask that will save your life, but I’m bored. Make sure you use a filter rated for virus filtration. I can’t go anywhere or do anything so... have at it. For novelty purposes only 😉.....


Old cotton shirt, hot glue gun, mircoparticle air filter (minimum MERV 11 rating for viruses, microbes), scissors. Optional: rolling pin for flattening the filter.

Step 1:

Cut hand width piece of cloth from bottom of shirt.

Step 2:

Cut piece in half. This will allow you to make 2 masks. Keep the fabric folded lengthwise.

Step 3:

Cut two strips about the width of your thumb. Leave about a hand-width piece of fabric uncut. When you unfold the fabric it should look something like the you see in the photo.

Step 4:

Cut a piece of the filter to match the width of the face mask fabric. Trim the cardboard off and roll it flat.

Step 5:

Hot glue filter to fabric with metal mesh side down. You may need to trim small pieces of metal off of filter fabric. This will keep the the mesh from cutting or irritating your skin.

Step 6:

Step 7:

All done! The metal mesh attached to the filter allows for a moldable personalized fit.

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    Question 2 years ago on Step 7

    You look pretty young, and capable. Wondering if an older person could breath through this mask? I've heard that a filter based mask can not be "tolerated" for very long due to a poor breathability factor.


    2 years ago on Introduction

    I'm pretty lazy, so this really hit the mark with me. Might I suggest in step 3, instead of cutting away the extra material, fold it over the filter and glue the top and bottom seams. This will make it more comfortable sitting over your nose and mouth.


    Reply 2 years ago

    Great idea. Thanks for contributing!