In this article, we have provided tutorials and patterns on how to make a face mask with a paper towel. Face masks made from paper towels are easy to do and does not require sewing. You can make them in just a few minutes. However, they are not reusable, and you need to dispose of them after use. Check out the rest of the article below for more information.
How to make a face mask with paper towel? You can make a face mask with a paper towel, staplers, masking tape, and rubber bands. You can fold it three times to create a three-layer mask, but make sure that you can still breathe when you put on the mask. Place rubber bands or hair ties are each side and secure it with a stapler or masking tape.
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Paper towels quickly get wet, so as an added protection, you can wear a transparent file around your head. You can also place coffee filters or other filter inserts in between the paper towels. Check out the article below for the video tutorials and patterns.
How Do You Make a Mask Out of Paper Towels and Rubber Bands?
A face mask using a paper towel and rubber bands is easy to do. It will take just a few minutes to make this disposable face mask. This tutorial is shared by the Crafty Journal site. It is an easy tutorial on how to make a face mask with three materials that you can easily find at home. According to the site, you can make several of the paper towel face masks and place them in a ziplock that you can easily access when you need one. Check out the instructions below.
- Paper Towel (2 ply, about 6 inches x 11 inches)
- 2 Rubber Bands (the size I use is #32, 3 x 1/8 inch)
- Stapler and 2 Staples
- Lay the paper towel, so the long way is horizontal. Fan-fold it (make the folds about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch each)
- Make sure the top and bottom fold are both folded in the same direction so the mask will cup your face from the top of your nose to just under your chin.
- Keeping the fan-folded, place a rubber band at one end.
- Fold the end of the fan over the rubber band just enough to allow a staple, then staple the paper towel in place. Try not to staple the rubber band.
- Repeat at the other end of the fan.
You can also check out this article that tackles how to make a face mask with rubber bands for more tips and tutorials. We have shared different patterns of making a face mask using various materials and rubber bands.
✅ Video – How to Make Improvised Paper Towel Mask
Esco Life Science shares the video below on YouTube. It tackles how to make a face mask using a paper towel, rubber bands, and a stapler. The video follows the same steps above. It takes only a few minutes to do this face mask, and it stops you from involuntarily touching your nose and mouth. Watch the video below for the demonstration.
You can also check out this article about how to make a pleated face mask. We have shared tutorials and patterns that you can use.
Do It Yourself Paper Towel Face Mask
Another way to create a face mask using a paper towel is to use elastics for the ear loops. You can be as creative and thorough as you want when making the mask. To make sure that it will not easily tear, you can use double-sided tape to secure the edges of the face mask. Below is a video tutorial shared by Crafty Daily.
We have also written this article about how to make a face mask without a sewing machine. We have shared patterns and tutorials that you can use. Check out the article to know more about the kinds of materials that you can use for a no-sew face mask.
✅ Video – Face Mask by Paper Towels Tutorial
Crafty Daily shares the video below on YouTube. It shows how to use paper towels in making face masks. Use double-sided tape to secure the edges of the paper towel so that it will not tear. The paper towel is then folded like a fan to create pleats. Dab a small amount of glue into the edges to secure the pleats in place. A piece of elastic is then attached on each side using a stapler. Check out the video below for the tutorial.
If you are interested in making reusable face masks, check out this article about face mask tutorials and patterns. We have shared various tutorials and patterns for every skill level. There are tutorials for those who would like to sew their face masks. Also, there are no-sew patterns for those who would like to make a quick and easy face mask.
No-Sew Paper Towel Face Mask
You can also create a face mask by combining various materials like paper towels, A4 printer paper, and tissue paper. You can use the materials to create a 5-layer face mask. It is an easy face mask that you can make in a few minutes. The printer paper and tissue paper will provide additional protection and will act as filters. Check out the video below shared by Dr. George Yang on YouTube for more tips and information.
- Paper towel select-a-size 5.5-6 x 11” wide or full-sized 11” wide or Multi-fold 9.25” x 9.25”
- A4 printer paper 8.5”x11”
- Kleenex tissue
- #19 Rubber bands 3 1/2” x 1/16”
We have also written this article that tackles activated carbon face masks and filter inserts. We have shared a list of the best products that you can choose from.
✅ Video – 2 Minute 5 Layer 3D No-Sew Paper Towel Face Mask
In the video below, Dr. George Yang demonstrates how to make a 5-layer face mask. He also shows how to cut the rubber bands into small size if you only have bigger sizes available. First, fold the paper towel in thirds for the outline. Place the printer paper and the tissue paper inside of the paper towel and fold it back into thirds. Fold the bottom flap halfway down and fold the top flap halfway up to create a split side in the inside of the mask. Place the rubber band on each side and staple it in place. Check out the video for the complete tutorial.
If you would instead purchase a face mask that you can reuse, we check out this article about the best reusable and washable face masks. We have gathered a list of the best products that you can choose from. They are your best option if you do not have time for a DIY face mask.
Face Mask with Paper Towel and Hair Ties
Another option that you can have when making a paper towel face mask is to use hair ties. The same steps used in folding and pleating the paper towel, but rather than using rubber bands or elastics, you can use hair ties. The tutorial below is shared by Francesca on her Seven Roses site. She shared how to make face masks with a paper towel and hair ties. Check out the instructions below.
- Paper towels
- 2 hair ties
- Take an adequate length of paper towels (3 or 4).
- Fold 1 inch on one side, then turn and fold the other side: an accordion fold.
- Proceed until all paper towels have been folded.
- Now, place elastic on one edge, staple it in place making sure to staple all the layers/folds as well. Repeat on the other side.
- Place the elastics over your ears; adjust your face covering making sure the mask fits firmly over your nose and under your chin.
We have also written an in-depth post about how to make a face mask with hair ties. Check out the post for more tips and tutorials. We have shared different patterns that you can follow.
✅ Video – How to Make a DIY Face Mask Using Paper Towels & Hair Ties
The video below is shared by Velcro on YouTube. It tackles how to make an easy face mask using paper towels and hair ties. Using Velcro is a good option if you do not want to use staplers to secure the hair ties on the paper towel. Simply fold the paper towel and place a Velcro on each side. Place the hair tie and secure it by closing the Velcro. Watch the video tutorial for the instructions.
Paper Towel Face Mask with Filter
You can also make a paper towel mask with filters. You can use a coffee filter, tissue paper, or even a piece of cloth for added protection. Place the filter in between the paper towel. After using, make sure that you also dispose of the filter properly. There are filter inserts that you can purchase, which can be reusable. On the other hand, some filters are not reusable and should be disposed of after use. The video below is shared by Jaeni on her YouTube channel. She shows how to make a paper towel face mask with filter.
✅ Video – How to Make a Face Mask with Paper Towels and Filters
In the video below shared by Jaeni, she demonstrates how to make a face mask using a paper towel. She is using an electrostatic cloth filter. Place the paper towel and put the filter in between. She is using an elastic band for the ear loop, but you can also use a rubber band. Use the tape to secure the folded area. Check out the video for the tutorial.
Another option that you can have if hair ties are unavailable is elastics. They are ideal for sewing. Check out this article that tackles the best elastic for face masks. We have shared a list of the best product that you can choose from.
What Are Other Alternatives Paper Towels?
If you do not have paper towels at home, you can also use tissue paper. Take note that most tissue paper is not that thick as compared to paper towels. Make sure that you make a mask with enough layers for protection. You can also place filters in between the tissue paper.
Is Paper Towel Good for Face Mask?
As compared to other materials like cloths and fabrics, paper towels are not that ideal. Paper towels can easily get wet, so you need to be extra careful when using them. Moreover, they can easily tear, and they are not reusable. However, if it is the only material that you have at home, it is better to use them than no mask at all.
Check out this article about how to sterilize a face mask for tips on how to clean your mask. We have shared different methods that you can follow.
Is there a Certain Brand of Paper Towel that I Need to Use?
You can use any brand of paper towel. On the other hand, make sure that you choose a thick paper towel. If not, you can fold it into many layers and insert a filter for added protection and to make sure that they are safe to use.
You have reached the end of this post that tackles how to make a face mask with a paper towel. You can use a method or pattern according to your preferences. It is also best that you insert filters for added protection. As compared to other types of DIY masks, paper towel face masks are easy to use and do not require much effort. You can even make a few face masks in advance and store them in a ziplock for future use. Thank you for reading!