How to make a paper gas mask

Updated July 20, 2017

Gas masks are used to shield soldiers and civilians from the hazards of chemical weapons used during wartime. In World War One, the Germans used Mustard Gas to inflict hundreds, if not thousands of fatalities on Allied Forces. Mustard Gas is orderless, very fatal when inhaled and takes about twelve hours to take full effect. The gas mask has undergone advancements over time to make it more reliable and safe. Use simple craft supplies to create a gas mask that resembles the first version used by soldiers in World War One.

Trace an outline of a gas mask onto the cardex with a template that has been downloaded from the Internet. To make your own template, look at a picture of a gas mask and trace the face-shape onto the cardex, making two circles with 7cm diameters in the eye areas and one circle with 9cm diameter in the mouth and nose area.

Cut out the mask, eye holes and mouth hole.

Cut out two circle pieces of cellophane, each about 10cm in diameter, and use the tape to stick the cellophane onto the back of the mask, covering the eye holes.

Cut out a 30cm long by 5.5cm wide rectangular piece of cardex and bend it into a bracelet shape, taping it together to form a cylinder. This is the nosepiece cylinder.

Cut a circle with a 10.5cm diameter out of the bubble wrap and line the perimeter with pieces of the clear tape.

Place the nosepiece cylinder into the middle of the bubble wrap and pull the bubble wrap through until the cylinder covers the parts of the tape that are stuck to the end of the bubble wrap.

Cover the mouth and nose hole with the bubble wrap, inserting the sticky ends of the tape through the hole and sticking them onto the mask to secure the mouth and nose guard in place.

Cut a 15cm long piece of shirring tape and use the tape to stick it to either end of the mask, halfway up the edge of each eye hole.

Try on the mask, using the elastic to hold it in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Green or black cardex, size A3
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane
  • Clear tape
  • Bubble wrap
  • Shirring elastic
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Nina Snow has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her varied work experience ranges from entertainment production to food criticism to retail administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts from Yale University.