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.
On 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
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.
Make 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
Let’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
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!
Put 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.