With DIY face mask projects trending as everyone across the country tries to do their part to slow the COVID-19 virus, I figured I would follow suit. Of course, I put my own little spin on it in the hopes it might bring smiles to anyone I encounter when the need arises to venture out. After being inspired by an IG post from one of my favorite authors and influencers, a creation we born. Check out the how-to on adding a mustache or lips to your DIY face mask by using your Cricut.
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Inspo for Your DIY Face Mask
While scrolling through my Instagram feed I stopped at a particular post from the always inspiring Rachel Hollis. If you don’t already know of her, she is an author of several books including, Girl Wash Your Face and Girl Stop Apologizing (both highly recommended), speaker, and girl power advocate.
In the post she had stepped out wearing a regular medical style face mask to protect herself from possible contact of coronavirus. On the plain mask she had drawn and colored in a set of lips.
As usual her words were an uplifting message of positivity and kindness. You can see her post here and go ahead and follow her for more light humor and real life encouragement.
I had planned on making a few DIY masks anyway, since I finally had some time to breathe with my now homeschooling kids on spring break (thank you baby Jesus).
After seeing Rachel’s personal protection equipment I decided to not only add lips to my own DIY face mask, but a mustache to the one I would make for my hubby. I could easily do it with my Cricut. Now we will make quite the pair if we go out grocery shopping together.
Making a DIY Face Mask
There are a multitude of DIY face mask tutorials out there now so you can use which ever one you prefer to make your mask.
I used this one from YouTube and just altered it a bit to best fit myself and my husband.
Extra Tips for Making Your Mask
- I made ours reversible. On the side with my lips or mustache I used a solid color cotton piece of scrap fabric. For the middle I used flannel, and for the other side I used a cotton print.
- Measure before you sew. To fit both me and my husband correctly and comfortably I made my own elastic pieces shorter (4”) and his longer (6”). Also, my fabric cuts were 6”x 9”, while his was 7”x 10”.
Adding Lips or a Mustache to Your DIY Face Mask with Cricut
Step #1: Download the PNG images.
Click the image above to have both PNGs sent straight to your inbox and ready to upload into your Cricut Design Space.
Step #2: Upload the images into your design space.
After you have the images on your device click the upload button in design space and walk through the steps to add them into your collection of cuts.
Step #3: Size and cut.
Once you have your images in your design space adjust the size of each.
- For the lips: a good size is approximately 2” wide by 1” high.
- For the mustache: a good size is approximately 3.5” wide by 1” high.
When they are sized correctly click make. Here you can move them to different color mats if you wish based on the color you are making them. To do this just click on the particular cut you want to move and then click on the three dots in the left corner of the image.
It is not necessary to set the mirror image to on because these are both symmetrical cuts but you can if you wish.
When you are ready make your cuts. Be sure to set your machine dial to the proper material (i.e. if you are using regular iron-on or glitter iron-on).
Step #4: Iron on your lips and mustache.
- To determine the right spot to iron on my lips I put on my mask and marked where I wanted them to be.
- I did the same for the mustache by placing the mask on my husband and noting the best position, which was right under the first fold of his mask.
Place your lips or mustache in the spot you marked, cover with a layer of parchment paper, and iron on as you normally would.
I always like to peel back the plastic part after ironing and replace the parchment to give in another quick set with the iron.
Note: If you would like to iron the folds of your DIY face mask further you can do it prior to applying your vinyl or carefully using parchment as a barrier after.
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Hi, I’m Megan, the creative voice behind DIY Detectives. Within these pages you will find bits and pieces of my life as a wife to a former Marine and a mom to five kiddos. I love sharing all things from home life, wellness, and my journey as an entrepreneur. After all, life in general is just one big DIY project.