The CDC recommends wearing a face covering when going outside or in public for the foreseeable future. When looking to buy a face covering or supplies to make them, I found them very expensive and hard to find.
While searching the internet, I discovered a folded face mask by professor Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The smart face cover is made with a paper towel and secured with rubber bands and a staple. The design caught my eye because it was actually origami!
Her directions were straightforward, but the face mask was a bit too small for me. I found a rice paper sheet from my art stash, and the 12" x 18" size was perfect! Rice paper is fibrous, lightweight, and durable, ideal for a single-use face covering. To my surprise, it fit my face very well!
All you need to make this mask is one sheet of rice paper 12" x 18" or a white paper towel about the same size. You will need two rubber bands or pieces of elastic and some white glue or a stapler. I have folded several masks and keep them in my purse and car for emergencies or to give to someone who doesn't have a face cover. Just like you, I look forward to the day when everything returns to normal. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe and wear a mask in good health!
Click here for the face mask tutorial.
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Karen Parsons is an artist who loves to craft. Her years of experience as an author, designer, and instructor in the art and craft materials industry has allowed her to discover and share unique experiences in creativity.
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