Make A Custom Face Mask With Your Printer!
Posted by Rob Errera on 07/01/2020
Today’s fun-with-your-printer project: Make a custom face mask!
Face masks are the new normal. Everybody has their own and everybody wears them (at least they should). Face masks protect us all.
But face masks don’t have to be boring. We decided to customize our drab cloth face mask with the beloved Toner Buzz logo...and the results were impressive.
This project was easy!
We simply took our Toner Buzz logo and flipped the image horizontally with our imaging software. You need to print the image in reverse.
We adjusted the logo size so it would fit on our face mask. The size we chose was about 4 inches wide.
Next, we printed the reverse image on some Avery Light Fabric transfer paper (#8938). We used our trusty Canon MX922 inkjet and the prints came out sharp and crisp.
We cut the image out with a pair of scissors. We weren’t too particular with this part, but the more background you can remove the better — especially in the empty spaces inside your letters, like Os, Bs, and Ds.
Turn Up The Heat
We used an iron on high heat — no steam — to iron the transfer paper cutout onto the face mask. It took about three minutes and — boom! — our Toner Buzz face mash was born!
The final product looks great and works great because we kept the logo on the smaller side.
Important Safety Warning
WARNING: The image transfer WILL impact the airflow of your face mask, so keep your image no larger than 20% of your overall face mask area so your mask continues to operate safely.
Upon further consideration, we should have used the wax paper transfer or some other method that applies the inks and/or toner directly to the fabric. This would have allowed the air to flow freely through our mask, while still proudly displaying our Toner Buzz colors!