Health and Fitness

Here's How to Make Your Own N95 Masks

It only takes three steps.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought upon a shortage of medical supplies. One, in particular, that's in high demand is the N95 respirator. An N95 mask not only has the ability to filter out splashes, sprays, and splatter, it can also keep out 95 percent of airborne particles.

Sabrina Paseman, a former Apple designer, has recognized the need for N95 masks and is using her knowledge and experience as a mechanical engineer for an easy hack. Together with former colleague Megan Duong, the two have set-up a project called Fix The Mask to make surgical masks as effective as N95 masks.

The real project of Fix The Mask, however, is to create an open-source surgical mask brace. This design hopes to improve the sealing and filtration of standard surgical masks. Since that project is still pending, Fix The Mask has offered a DIY surgical mask brace as an immediate solution.

Here are the materials you need and the simple steps to improving a surgical mask:


  • 1 rubber sheet
  • 1 printout
  • 1 marker
  • 1 pair of scissors


1| Cut out the stencil from the print-out.

2| Trace stencil onto the rubber sheet with marker.

3| Cut mask out from rubber sheet.

Watch the video below for a more detailed look.

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