Fish face mask

Make this fish face mask with the free template by Kindai University

Protect yourself with this realistic-looking tuna-shaped face mask you can make at home

Kasey Furutani
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Kasey Furutani

There are plenty of ways to get creative, fill your afternoon with fun activities and also protect yourself from Covid-19 coronavirusFace masks have been all the rage: you can DIY a no-sew mask, buy one made from vintage kimono or even create a face shield from a plastic sheet. However, if you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching than a regular old cloth mask, try your hand at this DIY fish mask.

Resembling the shape of Japan’s favourite seafood, this mask consists of a tuna head sticking out of your face and a tail secured to the back of your head. Created by Kindai University in Osaka, which is the first institution in the world to successfully farm-raise bluefin tuna, this mask is completely free to make. The template is available as a free PDF, so just print it out on A3 paper and gather your supplies: a regular face mask (which will be attached to the inside of the fish head and acts as a filter), scissors, and tape or glue. 

Here are some examples of the completed project.

Even though we are encouraged to stand one tuna apart for proper social distancing, this mask isn’t long enough to give you the required two metres of space. Still, the next time you go outside, you’re sure to get a laugh, or at least a few stares. 

Download the free template here

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