In case you haven’t heard, wearing a mask is all the rage these days! As New York begins to reopen businesses, we must continue to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19. While we all practice social distancing, wash our hands, and minimize physical contact, one of the most important steps to continually protect our community is wearing a mask anytime you leave home. 

 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it fashion! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or brand new to DIY, there are plenty of ways to personalize your face coverings. Take a look at a few of these options below:



For the Glamorous

Remember bedazzlers? Turning old t-shirts from bland to fab was an amazing craft of the early 2000s. But those gemstones have made a recent comeback in the age of social isolation. So if you’re feeling glamorous and want your mask to reflect your inner diva, why not bedazzle away? Get creative with sparkles and designs, there’s no wrong way to shine!



For the Artsy

If you’re a fan of the visual arts, then use this new piece of clothing to express yourself. Grab fabric paint or markers, and replicate Starry Night on that CDC-approved cotton mask. You can make a day of it! Paint your heart away, designing different pieces for every mood or outfit in your closet. 



For the Prankster

This government-mandated safety precaution is a perfect time to punk your friends and family! There are plenty of iron-on fabric patterns available to prank everyone that glances your way. Giant spider prints, odd handle-bar mustaches, even Mrs. Potato Head lips are available to simply cut out and attach to your mask using heat-based adhesive. You’ll be the talk-of-the-town, as everyone does a double-take at your costumed mask.



For the Wild

We have extra time these days to get crafty. So if you have a bit of a hippie-side, it’s time to break out the tie-dye. Throwback to your childhood summer-camp days, and go wild with bright colors. There’s no wrong way to tie-dye, so make sure to give yourself plenty of options. And have fun!



For the Experienced Seamstress

If you have a background in fashion, or simply love making your own clothes, then you’re certainly ahead of the mask-making game! You’re able to pull together different types of fabric, create satin lining, or even customize your face covering with hand-stitched embroidery. Use this pandemic as an opportunity to explore outside of your normal comfort zone. Play with different textures, designs, and patterns. Enjoy cultivating new, one-of-a-kind masks for you and your friends.