May 8, 2020

Learn How to Make a Bandana Mask from Kathryn Bernardo and Bianca Umali

No surgical masks to buy? No problem! Improvise your own and protect yourself from the COVID-19 Corona Virus.

During this pandemic, different health sectors are highly recommending that everyone must wear a face mask whenever going out in public, to stop the spread of the Covid-19 Corona Virus. It is only one of the many suggested practices to reduce your risk of being infected by the virus. For instance, if you are a carrier, wearing a face mask can prevent you from potentially transmitting the infection to someone else. According to experts, if everybody observes this preventive measure, it can prevent asymptomatic carriers from accidentally infecting other people because it can trap the virus inside the mask, instead of being inhaled by another person.

You may also ask though, how do I improvise my own face mask? As you may know, facing this pandemic also means shortage and overpricing of medical supplies. And with that, we are giving you this easy genius hack on how to make your own DIY, no-sewing face masks.

How to Make a DIY Bandana Mask

Using your handkerchiefs or bandanas is the easiest way to improvise your own face mask. Many are already doing this as an alternative to disposable surgical masks since the shortage and overpricing of medical supplies has occurred. To do this genius hack, you will only be needing 4 materials.

Materials Needed

  • Handkerchief or bandana (any piece of cloth; preferably cotton)
  • Rubber bands or hair ties
  • Scissors if you are cutting out from a cloth
  • Coffee filter (optional but recommended)


  1. Fold bandana in half.
  2. Fold top down and then fold bottom up.
  3. Place rubber bands or hair ties about 6 inches apart from each other.
  4. Fold each side to the middle and then tuck.
  5. Cut out a coffee filter and place it inside the folded part. (This step is optional but is recommended. Coffee filters are the best alternatives for it may prevent small particles from being inhaled)
  6. Gently wear the mask on your face. Make sure to cover both the nose and mouth.

Tutorial Video #1

You may also want to watch these DIY Bandana Mask video tutorials uploaded by Kathryn Bernardo and Bianca Umali on their Instagram account, reminding their fellow Filipinos to stay safe and take extra safety measures using the hashtag #LigtasPilipinas.

Tutorial Video #2

You now know how to create your own DIY bandana face mask! Remember, this is just one of the many suggested practices to protect yourself from the virus. You should continue regularly washing your hands and maintaining social distancing practices, while wearing your DIY face masks in public places. Again, if it is not necessary, do not go out. Stay home and stay safe!