Tutorial: Facemask Lanyards

A lot of schools have recently released their new guidelines for how going back to school this year is going to look. Can you imagine what you’d think if you told yourself a year ago that you would be buying facemasks as the newest 'essential' on your back-to-school supply list?! Not only that, but you'd also be trying to figure out ways to keep your kids from losing them at school?!

If you’re a mom, you know it's only a matter of time before the facemasks that you bought your kids start to go missing. It’s like mittens or socks. They’re guaranteed to disappear. But mama, we’ve got you.

Enter: Facemask Lanyards. Yep. We can’t believe it either.

It’s as easy as you hope it is - trust us! Not only that, we’ve developed three different styles, and we can’t wait for you to try them out!

Full tutorials are below, and as always we LOVE seeing your creations! Make sure you tag us in your photos on Instagram using #createdwithcarasupply!

STYLE #1: Teacher/Adult Single Hook Lanyard

Our teachers are real life superheroes. Obviously.

But sometimes even superheroes need to be hands free, and masks make that difficult! This single hook lanyard is an awesome multi purpose necklace lanyard that easily clips onto a mask when it's not being worn. Even cuter - we've made it into a pencil design!! Perfect if you are a teacher heading back to school or an awesome gift for your children’s new teacher!

For extra safety, we’ve used a breakaway clasp on this lanyard!

1. Gather up your supplies, which can all be purchased from our shop! You’ll need:

- 7 mini abacus beads (1 cotton candy, 1 grey, 4 sunshine, 1 wheat)

- 1 black diamond bead

- breakaway clasps

- 1 x 60” length of cording

- 1 silver lanyard clip

2. Fold your cording length in half. Create a loop knot onto the lanyard hook.

3. Taking a lighter, melt the two ends together and fuse them. Make sure you have about 1” of cording that has been fused and is hardened.

4. Thread on your beads in the order that you see them on the first image.

5. Once all your beads are pushed up to the lanyard clip you can tie a knot up against the last pink bead if you prefer. Next, pull apart your fused cord.

6. On each half of the cording, slide on an end of your breakaway clasps, securing it with a knot and melting the end for additional security. Voila! Easy to make this stylish and practical facemask lanyard!

STYLE #2: Double Lanyard Mask Holder with Bead Accents

Make it *almost* impossible for your kids to lose their facemasks! This double lanyard mask holder has been the most popular style we’ve seen around so far! This lanyard is double stranded the entire length, so it's durable and strong.

We’ve used a breakaway clasp on this lanyard to ensure an extra layer of safety.

We LOVE the opportunity to add some character to your masks. You could add a name, fun accent beads - the options are endless! These are great ways to make your child's mask personalized and easy to find. Just remember, too many beads could make the lanyard a bit too heavy and pull on your little one’s ear elastics!

1. Gather up your supplies, which can all be purchased from our shop! You’ll need:

- 8x 9mm beads

- 2 accent beads

- breakaway clasps

- 2 x 60” length of cording

- 2 gold lanyard clips

2. Fold your cording length in half. Create a loop knot onto the lanyard hook.

3. Taking a lighter, melt the two ends together and fuse them. Make sure you have about 1” of cording that has been fused and is hardened. Start to thread your beads.

4. Make sure that you don’t thread too many beads to ensure that your mask holder doesn’t begin to pull down on the earpieces when attached to your child’s mask. We found 4x 9mm beads and an accent bead a good weight for our mask elastics.

5. After your beads are threaded, push your fused end through your breakaway clasp as well.

6. About 6” down from your beads, tie a very tight knot in your cording. Trim your cord ends to be very short, and melt the knot and end with your lighter.

7. Pull the breakaway clasp up onto the knot (*this may be difficult with one end of the breakaway clasp, but with some careful, firm pulling, the knot should settle safely inside the breakaway clasp).

8. Directly under your beads, loop another knot to keep those beads secure. This will prevent the beads from moving around on the lanyard cord.

9. Repeat steps 2-8 on the other side, making sure that you use the matching end to your breakaway clasp.

STYLE #3: KAM Clasp Fabric Ribbon Holder

We wanted to come up with an alternative option for your kids that was extremely light weight and didn’t hang on the ear pieces of a mask. We love our colorful Oval Kam Clasps, and their secure closure was a winner for this mask holder!

These clips easily attach to the bottom corner of your face masks and sit securely. Ribbon makes this holder lightweight and a super quick craft.

1. Gather up your supplies:

- 2 Oval Kam Clasps

- 1 length of ribbon, 16” long, no wider than ½”

- Hot glue OR thread and a needle

2. Taking your length of ribbon, fold over ½” of ribbon and either hot glue or sew it down.

3. Turn your Kam Clasp over so the back side is facing up. Loop your ribbon in the hole with the finished side facing down.

4. Hot glue or sew down your ribbon by folding it down again about ½” onto itself.

5. Do the same to the opposite side of ribbon, making sure that you are keeping the finished side on the outside. Make sure your ribbon is securely sewn/glued/fastened to the KAM clasp.

6. Clip the Kam Clasps to the bottom edge of the mask.

We hope these easy and stylish facemask lanyard holders are a quick and easy way for you to spruce up your mask accessories! The mask lanyard personalization will prevent them from getting lost or mixed up with other masks, as well as ensure there is a fun and practical way to keep your mask close by during the school day!

*The products, materials, and supplies sold by Cara & Co. Silicone Craft Supply are intended for use by adults and should never be left unattended with a child.

**Small objects and beads can present choking hazards to young children. Never leave a child unattended with beads or other products. Always dispose of any damaged product. No product is completely indestructible, and fully formed teeth could potentially damage product if chewed aggressively, so responsible attentiveness is needed for any user or purchaser. Customers should always inspect and monitor their products, discontinuing use at the first sight of damage.

***Once our products have been sold and shipped to our customers, Cara & Co Silicone Craft Supply Inc., waives all responsibility and liability from the use of our products. Customers are responsible that their final products made from our supplies meet the appropriate safety requirements for their region. Our buyers understand that by purchasing our products or using suggestions from the above tutorial, the buyer assumes any and all responsibility and liability for the use of the products.

****Cords, clasps and pacifier clips are not intended to be chewed on and may present choking hazards.

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