DIY Face Masks for Pop Culture Fans

Surgical face masks are becoming compulsory so lets have fun with it

Naruto Inspired Face Mask. *The final product will look different if you’re DIYing it.

*Disclaimer: There’s a few affiliate links within this article because somehow I got to feed my home plant addiction while being furlonged by my employer.

Surgical face masks are being introduced across the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe. Some places it is compulsory for every citizen to be wearing face coverings when outdoors whilst others it’s strongly recommended. WHO’s stance on face masks have flip-flopped as this crisis has unfolded but one thing seems quite clear to me. Face masks will become a common accessory from now until the vaccine is ready.

It is looking like a vaccine won’t be ready for up to 18 months even if we find shortcuts to protect our most vulnerable citizens. The behavioural response to this predicament will be face masks being a fashion accessory similar to how many do not live their homes without their watches. This is an opportunity for pop culture fans to turn this functionally necessary piece of clothing into a personalised fashion item similar to customised phone cases.

This post will walk you through how you can convert your anime t-shirts or scarves into DIY face masks. I’m sure there will be official pop culture face masks coming soon but in the meantime making your own wouldn’t hurt and offers you more options to choose from.

You can watch this 45 second video on how to make a face mask out of a t-shirt or scarf.

There are a few benefits of converting your favourite geek/pop culture merchandise into face coverings.

  1. You dictate the style of face covering
  2. It is easier to wash your face coverings than throwing away disposable ones or expensive face masks
  3. It’s more environmentally friendly than using the disposable ones
  4. Comfortable depending on material used

Now you’ve seen the video here are my recommended anime-style shirts or scarves you can convert into anime face masks. Let me know at rarelootstore on Instagram if you manage to do it!

I’ve picked the pattern based anime scarves and t-shirts to be converted into face coverings. This is because patterns give you more flexibility in terms of adjusting your face mask. It’s better than spending a lot of time trying to squeeze on the design in the exact spot you want.

This is a full scarf. Imagine how many face coverings you can make!

Note: The best thing with buying a whole scarf is you can cut it into 2–3 face coverings to get more value for your hard earned cash.

  1. Naruto Akatsuki Red Cloud Pattern Scarf
  2. Demon Slayer Tanjirou Kamado Haori Pattern Scarf
  3. Demon Slayer Zenitsu Agatsuma Haori Pattern Scarf
  4. Demon Slayer Giyuu Tomioka Multi-Pattern Scarf
  5. Demon Slayer Giyuu Tomioka Two-Pattern Scarf
  6. Demon Slayer Nezuko Kamado Dress Pattern Scarf
  7. Demon Slayer Shinobu Kocho Poison Pillar Pattern
  8. My Hero Academia Colourful Miniture Cartoon Doodle Scarf
  9. My Hero Academia Coloured Mini Characters Scarf
  10. Fairy Tail Cat Faces Pattern Scarf
  11. Popular Japanese Food Scarf
  12. Sushi Time! — Pattern Scarf
  13. Yugi-Oh Card Pile Pattern Scarf
  14. Studio Ghibli Totoro Soot Sprites Pattern Scarf
  15. Haikyuu Faces Karasuno Team Scarf
  16. Digimon Faces Pattern Scarf
  17. Sailor Moon Pixel Art Pattern Scarf
  18. Sailor Moon Wands Pixel Art Diagonal Style Scarf
  19. Anime Inspired Eyes Pattern Scarf
  20. Pokemon Balls Pattern Scarf
  21. All You Can Eat — Japanese Food Pattern Scarf

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