Make Your Own Easy Disposable Face Mask

With the Covid-19 Pandemic in full swing - and face masks in extreme short supply - and now mandatory in some public locations - we were looking at a few different tutorials to make your own, and I've created this from a hybrid of ideas out there.  It literally takes just minutes, costs practically nothing, and uses things you already have around your house.


1 sheet of paper (8.5" x 11")
1 Pen (or pencil, etc...)
1 Ruler
1 pair of Scissors
1 Stapler (with 6 staples)
2 Elastics (or the ties of your choice)
1 sheet of Paper Towel

Step 1:
Cut a strip of paper lengthwise, the width of a ruler.

Step 2:
Staple eleastics to the ends of the paper strip.  (Or string, ribbon, laces, or whatever you are using)

Step 3:
Take your paper towel and fold it in half lengthwise.

Step 4:
Placing your ruler in the center of the folded paper towel, fold both sides to the middle and fold back from the middle - making a zigzag fold on both sides.

Step 5:
Open the paper towel and place your strip of paper inside, where the ruler was, and fold back over.

Step 6:
Pinching the folds back into the strip of paper on the ends, place a staple to secure the folds.
For a larger mask, staple 3 folds to the strip of paper , leaving one fold on one side unstapled.  For smaller mask, staple all four layers on both ends.

Whola!  You have a disposable face mask!

It takes minutes to make, super simple, and I plan on making up some to keep in my car - so I'll never forget to bring any.