How to make a nurse's hat out of paper for a costume

Updated November 21, 2016

Nurse costumes are popular with little girls and big girls alike. They are also easy to make; all you need are a white tailored dress or some second-hand scrubs from the local charity shop and a toy stethoscope and you are dressed as a member of the medical profession. A paper nurse's hat is easy to make and will keep people from mistaking you for a doctor. Adults and school-age children (with some supervision needed for the early elementary school age kids) can make a nurse's hat quickly.

Fold your 21.25 cm by 27.5 cm (8 1/2 by 11 inch) paper in half lengthwise so it is now 10,6 by 27.5 cm (4 1/4 by 11 inches). Fold the folded edge a third of the way toward the unfolded edge. Turn the paper over so the extra fold is face down.

Turn in the sides. Fold the unfolded corners down to make a triangle. Fold them only as far as the fold on the other side of the hat. Using the triangles as a guide, fold the sides of the hat in toward the centre. Turn the paper over to see your hat.

Decorate the hat. Use a black or red marker to draw an equal-armed cross on the front of the hat above the fold. Colour half of the original folded edge with the marker.

Place the nurse's hat on your head, and use hair clips to secure it in place.

Things You'll Need

  • White 21.25 cm by 27.5 cm (8 1/2 by 11 inch) piece of paper
  • Black or red marker
  • Hair clips
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