How to make a nurse's cap

Written by deborah h. schreiben | 13/05/2017
How to make a nurse's cap
Make a nurse's cap from stiff, white paper (Deborah H.)

Although nurses today are most often seen in scrubs, and the traditional white cap that a female nurse earned as part of her training is all but obsolete, the nurse’s cap is still instantly recognisable. You can quickly and easily make a cap for a costume out of card stock, a stiff, white paper. Usually, a nurse was awarded a stripe for her cap upon graduation from nursing school. Putting a ribbon stripe across the brim of the paper cap gives it the most authentic appearance, but a red cross also could be drawn onto the front of the cap for a fun look.

Fold up the long edge of the card stock 3 inches to make a flap.

How to make a nurse's cap

Cut an 11-inch piece of ribbon, and glue it along the top of the flap, 1/4 inch from the top edge.

How to make a nurse's cap

Flip the paper over so the flap and the ribbon are facedown. Fold the top corners down to meet at the centre of the bottom edge of the paper. Overlap the two corners slightly, and glue at the bottom to hold the two corners together.

How to make a nurse's cap

Fold the top point down 1 inch. Glue in place.

Gently bend the cap into a rounded shape to sit comfortably on your head.


Use bobby pins to secure the hat to your hair.

Things you need

  • One piece of 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Red marker (optional)
  • Bobby pins

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