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How to Fold a Nurses Cap

A nurse's cap is a simple, triangular hat that is an easy-to-recognise career icon for the nursing profession, much like a fireman's hat is an icon for the firefighting profession. Individuals will quickly recognise what you are attempting to dress as when you wear the cap. It is easy to learn how to fold a nurse's cap out of paper to complete a Halloween nurse's costume.

Orient the first page of card stock horizontally, with the longest edge facing you. Fold the card stock in half.

Fold the fold a second time, but only 1/3 of the way down the page of card stock.

Pick up the folded card stock so that each of your thumbs is on each side of the top folded edge of the page. Gently push your hands together to bend the paper upward so that there is a small indentation where your thumbs are pushing into the card stock. You will now have a rough triangle-shaped piece of card stock.

Fold each end of the card stock inward to make the ends square.

Cut a 1-inch-wide strip off of the second piece of card stock. Color it red with the felt marker and allow it to dry for a few seconds.

Fold the red strip in half horizontally. Lay it across the top of the hat brim. Secure with staples. If you wish, you may also colour in a red cross on each side of the nurse's cap to mimic the insignia of the International Red Cross.

Punch a hole at the bottom of the hat on each side and thread some red yarn through it to tie the hat onto your head.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch pages of white card stock
  • Standard office stapler
  • Red felt marker
  • Paper hole punch
  • Red yarn
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Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.