How to make do-it-yourself mosquito nets

How to make do-it-yourself mosquito nets

Le mosquito nets represent an indispensable tool for the summer, but how to make them with the do it yourself? This is one of the questions that many ask themselves with the increase in temperatures and, consequently, with the increasing appearance of these annoying insects.

The installation of fixed or mobile mosquito nets can have very high costs, even prohibitive, therefore theself-production it is a good resource for finding relief on warm late-spring and summer nights. But what instructions to follow?

Fortunately, effective mosquito nets can also be made with recycled materials that everyone keeps at home. A smart way not only to beat the disturbance caused by these ravenous insects, but also to respect the environment by giving a second life to objects that, otherwise, would end up in the waste.

Do-it-yourself mosquito net: what can we recover

As mentioned at the beginning, mosquito nets can be made with numerous materials that everyone commonly keeps at home. This is because, in essence, it is about creating a simple one physical barrier to insects, capable at the same time of guaranteeing the passage of air. To get a beautiful do-it-yourself mosquito net, we can use:

  • Wood profilesthrough the reuse of old skirting boards, pallets and furniture parts that are no longer useful;
  • Tightly meshed netssuch as lightweight cotton fabrics, plastic or fabric bags for storing food and other items, synthetic fibers in non-woven fabric and many more;
  • Buttons, clips and magnetic tags;
  • necklace vinyl, fabric glue, nails and wire.

Why use recycled materials

Many will wonder why to use recycled materialsperhaps forgotten in some hidden corner of the house, when most of the necessary items are found in any DIY store or hardware store.

It is useful to recycle the most varied materials for environmental reasons, thus reducing its impact. Many of these objects, such as synthetic fibers in non-woven fabric or nets, are in fact not recyclable in any other way.

Once you are thrown among the wastetherefore, they risk remaining in landfills for years, polluting the soil and also releasing substances potentially harmful to nature.

How to make do-it-yourself mosquito nets

Mosquito bites

Making do-it-yourself mosquito nets is very simple and, above all, rewarding. Not only because it will be possible to put into practice the useful rules of creative recycling, but also because it will be possible to give vent to both manual skills and imagination. Here are five easy alternatives to make at home.

DIY mosquito nets in cotton or jute net

Cotton mosquito net

Le cotton nets they represent one of the most common waste inside the house. They are often used to preserve citrus fruits, but also to wrap precious objects. The same goes for the milliona fabric used mainly in agriculture and fruit and vegetables, a resistant and effective fiber, unfortunately much underestimated today.

The first step is to evaluate thewidth of the meshes, should not exceed three or four millimeters per side, so that the holes are not larger than the mosquitoes themselves, thus facilitating their entry into the house. At this point, the size of the window to be covered is measured and the mesh available to you is cut out respecting the shape of the window itself.

If you want to create a mobile or temporary solution, you just need to sew two large buttonholes – one upper and the other lower – where you can thread classic rods for curtains, to be placed on the window. If, on the other hand, a fixed structure is preferred, a profile is made with recycled wood – such as an old skirting board – and fixed it outside the window, placing it on the sill and fitting it with the side and upper masonry of the frame.

DIY mosquito net in aluminum

Aluminum mosquito nets

Nets made of cotton, jute and other natural fibers are very resistant, but can be subject to the action of atmospheric agents. The wind can easily deform them, the sun discolours them, while rain and hail risk causing holes and cuts. Using a more resistant material for the barrier of your mosquito net, such as thealuminummost of these obstacles can be overcome.

Le net in alluminio of salvage are found in many objects already abundant in the home. For example, they are used for the filter panels of the extractor hoods in the kitchen or, again, they can cover electronic devices – for example speakers – and various household appliances.

Once the aluminum mesh has been recovered, making sure that the meshes are no larger than 3-4 millimeters per side, they are flattened. To do this, you can help yourself with weights – boulders, or heavy books: place the net on the ground, place the weights and leave everything in the sun for 24-48 hours. The action of the sun will make the aluminum itself softer which, due to the effect of heat and weight, will stretch.

At this point, net squares are cut as large as the windows to be covered and, on all four sides, a wooden profile is fixed, taking advantage of old baseboards or boards made from pallets for packaging.

DIY mosquito nets in fabric

Tissue

It is not always easy to find cotton or aluminum nets with the right meshes. If you choose options with too large holes, you risk that mosquitoes will pass through them, nullifying their usefulness. If, on the other hand, they are too narrow, the effect is to slow down the recirculation of air between internal and external environments, a fundamental necessity, especially on those particularly sultry days. What to do then?

Everyone in the closet keeps old textiles for the house or scraps of very light fabric, almost impalpable, so to speak, those breathable fabrics and soft that are used for the production of scarves. They let the air pass, limiting it only partially, while their textures are so small that they block any type of unwanted insect.

Also in this case, we can proceed in two different ways:

  • Curtain mosquito net: for those who simply want a temporary solution or one that is easy to move, curtains can be made to be used as mosquito nets. Simply cut the fabric to size, sew large buttonholes on the top and bottom and thread on curtain rods. It is important that they are present on both sides, to keep the mosquito net taut;
  • Fixed mosquito net: in this case, the procedure is similar to the previous ones. The fabric is cut to size for the area to be covered and a profile is created from recycled wood. After that, the mosquito net will be placed on the external portion of the window, resting it on the sill and fitting it with the side and upper walls;

Magnetic DIY mosquito net

Magnets

In vogue in recent years, the magnetic mosquito net it is the ideal solution to combine the stability of a fixed solution with the practicality of mobile mosquito nets. Often used for French windows, it provides a central slot that allows you to enter and exit the rooms without removing the mosquito net, thanks to a magnetic closure.

For this project it is necessary to recover:

  • Recovery net or cloth, of the appropriate size of the window;
  • At least twenty of magnetssalvaged from old toys, electronic devices, drawer closures and much more;
  • Aug and Phylum;

We start by cutting the fabric or the net to the size of the window, obtaining it two portions, indicatively of the width of the right and left doors. Better to leave a few centimeters more, however, to sew the edges.

At this point, upper slots are created on both portions, so that curtain rods can be inserted to hang the mosquito net. We then proceed to create the lower and external side edges, while an extra step is needed for the internal one.

With the hot gluevinyl glue or fabric glue, will stick i magnets along the internal vertical cut of the portions. On one portion the magnets must be arranged with the negative pole outwards, on the other outwards, this will ensure that the magnets attract each other.

Once the glue has dried, the missing edge can be made, thus covering the magnets. The mosquito net is ready to hang.

DIY mosquito nets in TNT

Non-woven fabric

Il TNT – il non-woven fabric – it is a light and breathable synthetic material, which everyone has come to know during the coronavirus pandemic: it is in fact the fiber with which the masks are produced. Building a mosquito net starting from recovery masks would be an impossible idea, because it would take dozens of them and the final result would be very poor.

But not everyone knows that TNT is a more present material in the home than one might think. In TNT, for example, those are made protective cloths where monitors and televisions are wrapped in their packages, but also washing machines, refrigerators and many other large appliances. So it is very likely that in the house there are portions of generous sizes, to cover the windows.

The mesh of the TNT is very tight, so it can have a mildly blocking effect on air currents, however, it lets the light through well. The mosquito net can be made with the methods already seen: both in curtain mode, therefore with slots for the rods, and with a wooden profile for fixed assembly.


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