How Do you Make a Face Mask

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What the heck has Coronavirus or Covid-19 got to do with party balloons! Absolutely nothing or at least that’s what we thought until yesterday! We were informed you can make a face mask using the standard materials we use in balloon decorating. Wow! So we are going to dedicate a few hours to writing a post that may just help you during this pandemic and explain How do you make a mask using balloon materials.

First of all, we are not going to take credit for the balloon face mask. The idea actually came from all the way across the Atlantic in Elvis Presley land, Memphis Tennessee. River City Balloons originally submitted a post on social media with their balloon face masks and we simply loved them and had to try it for ourselves.

Let’s state the obvious! These are not medical grade face masks! They are not recommended by any medical experts or endorsed by any national or international medical organisations. We are not being irresponsible and suggesting these will 100% protect you against catching or spreading the coronavirus.

Face Mask ExampleOn saying that, they will offer you and the people around some protection and if nothing else they will be fun to make and could give you kids something new to try during lockdown. The colour and pattern options are vast. You could really end up with a very trendy face mask! Let’s start a new craze! As a bonus, they can be hand-washed and re-used. We wouldn’t recommend putting balloon latex in your washing machine!

Here at Potters Party Balloons, we will not recommend anything that we haven’t tried ourselves or at least found good reviews for. So let’s have a go and try to make our own face masks in 3 easy steps.


Your Bits and Pieces

Let’s take a quick look at what you will need to make your own balloon based face mask. The size we are aiming at are for adult face masks. For your kids, I’d suggest cutting the sizes down by about a quarter.

  • An A4 piece of material (preferably cotton) – An old T-shirt will do
  • A piece of paper to make a template
  • A 260q modelling balloon
  • Glu dots or Hot Glue Gun
  • Standard Household Iron
  • Chalk or Taylor’s Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


Make a Template

A little bit of very basic origami.

Grab an A4 piece of paper, and place it over your piece of material marking (with chalk) where you need to cut to make the material the same size as A4.  Now put the material aside.

Face Mask TemplateMake a mark approximately every inch down the A4 piece of paper.

Now let’s pleat the paper! At the first mark, fold the paper horizontally forwards, so the fold points towards you and then fold the paper backwards at the second mark.

Do Nothing at the third mark. i.e. leave a one-inch gap before you start folding again.

At the fourth mark, fold the paper horizontally forwards and then fold the paper backwards at the fifth mark.

Repeat the above until you reach the bottom of the paper.

Adults – Use a warm iron, to make the template completely flat. One template complete!


Prepare Your Material

Face Mask MaterialLet’s get prepared! Set aside a clear area on a table and get all your materials ready.

Cut your material or old t-shirt where you have marked out, resulting in an A4 sized piece of material.

Cut your 260q modelling balloon into 2 identical lengths. i.e. cut it in half.

Using your template, against the material, fold the material in exactly the same manner as you did with the template. After each fold, use a warm iron to make the crease permanent. Make sure it is adults using the iron!



Assemble Your Mask

Face Mask Assembly


Now let’s get it fitted together.

At each end of the material fold over about 1/2 inch towards the back. Turn the mask over and glu-dot or use a hot glue gun to seal the sides. Kids can use cool glue guns if supervised.

Loop the piece of 260q balloon and attach the two ends to the back of the material on one side, with either glu-dots or a glue gun. Repeat for the other piece of 260q balloon on the other side of the material.


Your New Trendy Look!

Boom your done! And you haven’t even had to blow a balloon up!

Face Mask CompletePut your mask on your face, take a photo and share it on social media to all your friends.

Let’s share our ideas. Even in lockdown, there is no reason why we can’t share, talk, or video chat. Let’s give each other a laugh and make each other smile.

Congratulations on making your very own trendy face mask.

Please remember these face masks are not medical grade etc. But they can be hand-washed and re-used!

If you’d like to try out any of our other ideas here at Potters Party Balloons, please take a look around our site. With Easter around the corner, why not consider our Easter Bunny Sweet Treat.

Good luck and have fun and most importantly stay safe! Please take this chance to bookmark our site and return to us for some more tips and ideas here at Potters Party Balloons.

18 thoughts on “How Do you Make a Face Mask”

  1. Hi there! Thanks for sharing such an astonishing article with us. This is extremely important to me because of the process of making face mask. As we know nowadays, we are going through the covid-19 which is dangerous for our health for the reason masks are important and you have shared “how to make masks” everything step by step.

    Obviously, I will share this article with all Networks so that they can get information on how to make mask at home.

    • Please remember these are not medical grade masks. They offer only limited protection. Feel free to share our post but please stay safe 

  2. The steps for Creation of a face mask are pretty easier than I give credit to…..I really thought it would be a difficult task to carry out….thanks so much for putting up such a nice article… Am so going to practice and surprise my family and friends with it while I distribute it

    • Yes they really are very simple to make.  Enjoy creating your face masks and I hope your friends and family like them,

  3. First of all, thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful and informative article.

    At present, there is a lack of face mask worldwide to attack any coronavirus. And some unscrupulous traders, sell face masks for much higher prices. That’s why I was looking for an article like this for a long time about how I can make a face mask. After reading your article, I’ve learned a lot about how to make face masks and have benefited a lot.

    Once again, Thanks again for sharing this informative post. I will share the post with others. 😊

    • HI… Its great that you liked our post and thank you for your kind comments.

      covid-19 is certainly worry and the last thing we need is unscrupulous traders taking advantage. 

  4. Hi Lawrence! Thank you very much! I like how they look and most important of all they’re effective.

    I have a lot of pieces and cool colored cotton cloths that would make nice masks. I like DIY stuff, but in this occasion it’s a necessity.

    I’d like to craft one an send you a link to a pic on my Instagram account with me wearing it. Would it be OK?

    • Hi Ann, That would be absolutely brilliant. I am glad that we have inspired you and look forward to seeing your photo.  

  5. Great ideas, love it. Even though these face masks are not medical grades, they can be used when someone has a sensitive nose and allergy.

    I have every material needed for the face mask. My children will be so happy if we can do the face mask together.

    Thank you and I will bookmark your website for more tips 🙂

    • If we can entertain our kids at this difficult time as well as protect them slightly then we are winning. Let us know the result after your children have tried to make their own face masks.

      Thank you for bookmarking our site, feel free to comment again or request an specific article.

  6. Thank you so much for first giving you such an important post. We all know about the coronavirus epidemic. We are all struggling with this coronavirus. The face mask is the main thing for the fight against coronavirus. Your article will be of benefit to us all at this time, because of the lack of face masks in all countries now. So if we could make this face mask at home, nothing could be better than that. you discussed your post, how to make a face mask step by step. Great Article and I appreciated you. I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I’ll also try this. If you don’t mind, I would like to share it on my social media. Thanks

    • Great that you like our post and are going to give it a try. let us know the results and of course you are very welcome to share our posts on social media.

  7. I would love to create a website like yours as the template used is really nice, simple and brings about clarity of the write ups, but then you wrote a brilliant article on how to make a face mask. the clarity that you angaged in explaining the processes is awesome. this is really detailed. thank you

    • Glad you like the site and our article.  Feel free to follow us on social media etc and if you want us to do a specific article we will certainly try.

  8. An article of this quality takes a lot of time and energy to develop especially when it has to reach out to people with useful information. i also commend the beautiful website that you have created with nice templates. it is necessary to learn our to do this now since the price of face masks as gone up in a short while.

    • Yes the price certainly has gone up and they are also in short supply. Remember though that these are not medical grade and will only offer basic protection

  9. Hey, I enjoy and learn a lot while reading you article on face mask. Your step by step guide for making a face mask is very useful for everyone. Anyone create such lovely mask at their home. We can wash and reuse this mask. Now I know it is not a medical grade mask but it is reusable mask. Thanks for sharing such lovely tips. I hope everyone will try it.


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