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

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How to make a nurse's hat out of paper for a costume
You can make a traditional nurse's hat out of paper. (The beautiful nurse image by Hunta from

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.

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Things you 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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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

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