Actor Colin Hanks knows a thing or two about coronavirus. His parents - Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - were some of the first celebrities to publicly acknowledge that they had contracted the deadly virus. So, it wasn't a big stretch to think that the 42 year old father of three wants the rest of the family to be as safe as they can during this pandemic.

Since new CDC guidelines are now suggesting that we wear a non medical cloth face mask for protection every time we step outside the house, Colin stepped up to the plate on his Instagram account (below) to show fans how to make one yourself at home.

And FYI - the Japanese Creations DIY Blog has a video tutorial below and it has already received over a million and a half views

 

 


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How to turn your kerchief into a face mask. Don’t forget to put you kerchief in the washing machine afterwards!

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So I have been experimenting a bit with the kerchiefs as face masks, and thanks to some helpful suggestions, I have a few updates. First, as some of you may have noticed, once you put the elastic ties around your ears, they tend to push your ears forward a bit. This can be fixed by adjusting the ties a little further away from the center. An added bonus is that cuts down on the amount of fabric at the end that gets folded towards the center. Second, and perhaps most helpful, was something suggested by a nurse. As I was wearing my mask today I noticed my ears started to get sore after a while due to the nature of the elastic ties being a bit think and pulling on my ears. So, I took some string and cut two 10 inch pieces, tied them off, and used those instead of the elastic ties and found this to be MUCH more comfortable and wearable for longer amounts of time. Really recommend this. I cannot remember who made the suggestion but it really helps Also, the reason I chose this particular folding method, was that you could adjust the folds in the front of the mask to help cover your face a bit more. However, I have read that once you are out, you should not touch the front of your mask. So be sure to try and get it as comfortable as possible before putting on gloves and heading out. And finally, wash your kerchiefs! Don’t forget to add it to the wash at the end of day. I included the same instructions from the other day in this post, so swipe for step by step instructions. And of course, feel free to pass along. Hope this helps. Stay safe everybody!!!

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