How to Make Your Own Nurse Costume

Updated July 20, 2017

Nursing long has been a proud calling; for years it was one of the few professional options for bright young women. Entire religious orders were dedicated to nursing, and nurses were the first women on the battlefields of modern warfare. For decades nurses were immediately recognisable in their clean white uniforms and crisp white caps. Even today, when most nurses have gone to comfortable and practical scrubs, it often is this traditional look we think of when we think "nurse".

Draw a zigzag chart on a piece of card stock and put it on the clipboard.

Cut a 1-inch-by-3-inch piece of white card stock. Write your name followed by "R.N." in black, block letters on the front of the card. Tape the safety pin to the back of card. Pin it to the front of the blouse or dress.

Hold a sheet of card stock sideways so that it is wider than it is high. Fold the bottom third up over the front. This is your hat brim. Flip it over.

Fold the top two-thirds into a point. You should be seeing a triangle over a long rectangle. Fold the top inch of the point to center back. Tape the point to the back loosely so the hat will open up a bit. This is your hat crown.

Flip it back over. Draw a red line across the brim about an inch from the top edge. Open cap and pin into your hair with hair clips.

Put on your dress, stockings and shoes. Wear the stethoscope around your neck or keep it in your pocket and carry the clipboard.


For a more old-fashioned look, wear a white bib apron over a blue dress. Add a little lace to the brim of the cap.

Things You'll Need

  • White dress or white skirt and blouse
  • White tights or stockings
  • White shoes
  • 3 letter-size sheets of card stock
  • Roll of Sellotape
  • Narrow-tip black marker
  • Wide-tip red marker
  • Safety pin
  • Clipboard
  • Hair clips
  • Toy stethoscope
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About the Author

Kathy Bellamy was a writer/producer for the Eternal Word Television Network for 17 years. She developed and scripted many of the short interstitials on the lives of the saints, educational segments for children’s programming and on-air promos.