How to Make a Hat Like Nurse Ratched's

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How to Make a Hat Like Nurse Ratched's
Nurse Ratched wore an old-fashioned paper cap. (Nicholas Eveleigh/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Nurse Ratched is the antagonist of the book and movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a classic story about the patients in a psychiatric ward. Ratched, a former army nurse, is a chilling and sadistic character; she holds a high position as head nurse of the psychiatric ward, but abuses her power by psychologically manipulating her patients and destroying their self-esteem. In the movie, Ratched wears a small paper nurse's cap, as was customary at the time. Though most nurses don't wear the traditional paper cap, it is easy to make one yourself for a Halloween costume, theatrical production or just for fun.

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Things you need

  • Heavy duty 8.5 by 11 inch white paper
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Fold and crease the white paper horizontally.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper one third of the way down, starting from the top of the crease. Make another sharp crease.

  3. 3

    Turn the paper over with the folded side down

  4. 4

    Bend the bottom corners up to make a triangle on each side. Leave 2 to 3 inches of space between the two folded corners.

  5. 5

    Fold the two sides in to make the sides of the hat.

  6. 6

    Turn your paper over.

  7. 7

    Attach the hat to your head with hair clips.

Tips and warnings

  • These instructions are meant for a child's hat. You can use a larger rectangle of paper if necessary.

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