Masks On

2020 has been a year full of surprises, changes, and new habits. The new normal many of us have had to adopt is wearing a mask or cloth face covering. Mask etiquette can be tough at times, I mean where do I put my mask when I’m eating? How do I appropriately remove it while keeping it clean to put back on?

My partner recently informed me that at lunch the other day, he didn’t know what to do with his mask. He didn’t want to set it on the table at work because he thought of the potential germs on the table. When he settled with resting the mask on his leg, it ended up falling on the floor. Luckily, he was able to swap out his floor fallen mask for a paper one that was provided by work, but he’s not the only one who’s had this trouble. I offered the idea of adding a clip to his lanyard he has to wear at work or even creating a mask chain for him.

As students have gone back to campus or school, I’ve noticed many wearing handy mask chains that allow for hands free, off-the-face handling. Some of these are even so stylish they include a name to stay organized or fancy beads. Since so many of us have adopted wearing a mask full time in work settings and have to deal with how to properly handle masks when they are removed from our faces. A mask chain can offer a hands free solution to what to do when there are the times you want to drink your coffee or eat your lunch.

Today I will cover how to make your own mask chain. This very simple process can be fun to include your family members, even kids on. Having everyone create their own can be a fun pandemic activity to help in normalizing situations. There are so many ways to make a mask chain your own, but I’ll share some tips on how to begin.

Add a personalized touch with letter beads

Items needed:
String (I’ll be using a sturdy cotton string)
Beads (I chose seed beads and am going to include some letters on mine)
Hooks (I chose lever back earring hooks, why? They offer an easy and less costly solution than a clip.)

Only three supplies needed to get creating

The steps to create your own mask chain are so simple, this is a great project to do with the whole family.

The first step is to choose the beads, string, and clasps. Make sure your string is sturdy and that the beads can fit on the string. I chose simple seed beads, cotton string (I doubled it up), and lever back earring clasps. The reason for choosing lever back earring clasps? They are much more cost effective than a single clasp, connect easily to one another, and are sturdy.

The second step is to measure the length of string, for mine, I chose 20″. After tying to my clasp, I strung my beads and even added my name for a little bit of pizazz. This project can modified to any taste. For a more masculine approach, you can utilize faux leather cord. For a fancier look, just simply use a matching chain and attach to the clasps with needle nose pliers. Have fun with the project and share what you make. I’d love to see how you create along with me!

I hope this post inspired you to create. Look forward to the next post as things get more seasonal and bit spooky.

Samples of other combinations, make it your own!

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