Create your own Face Mask

Last updated: May 22, 2020, at 9:59 a.m. PT

Originally published: May 21, 2020, at 4:44 p.m. PT

Woman wearing a mask giving thumbs up

Exploring how youth and teens can engage in social responsibility is a large part in our programming at Camp Orkila. One way everyone can be socially responsible while communities begin to reopen is by wearing a face covering when going out in public. It has some benefits for you as an individual, but its greatest benefit is how it can limit the spread of germs between others.

You can read more information about how face coverings can be helpful in reducing the spread of COVID-19 on the CDC website.

Materials Needed

  • Two elastic bands (rubber bands or elastic hair ties work well.)
  • A square piece of fabric about 18’’x 18’’ (a bandana works great or a t-shirt that you cut in the shape of a square would also work well.) If you want a softer alternative to the rubber bands or hair ties, you can cut a section of a tube sock and use that as a replacement for your ear loops 
Supplies needed to make a homemade mask, a bandana and hair bands


1. Open and lay your bandana or fabric on a flat surface. Then fold the fabric in large folds of 3-4 inches, meeting in the middle so that it looks like an open book. 

Folded Bandana and Rubber Bands

2. Place elastic bands on each end of folded bandana, with about an eight-inch space in the center, between the bands.

Bandana Folded into shape of face mask

3. Turn ends in towards the center of the folded bandana and then place one end into the book folds you created in step 2, pocketing one end into the folds of the other.

4. Position elastic bands at the edges so they can wrap around your ears and hold the mask in place.

5. Show off your new, homemade, badge of social responsibility by tagging Camp Orkila on Facebook and Instagram!


Source: This face covering is an iteration of one found on 5 Minutes for Mom blog.

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