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How to make a paper nurse's hat

Updated July 20, 2017

Most nurses don't wear caps anymore, but they are still a recognisable symbol of the nursing profession. With this cap and a piece of blue or red material as a cape, your aspiring nurse will be ready to treat the next patient.

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  1. Fold a sheet of white paper in half width-wise so that it measures 8 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches. Place the paper on your work table with the fold on your left. Beginning at the upper left corner, measure in 1 1/2 inches and make a mark. Measure along the left fold down 3 1/2 inches and make a mark. From that mark, measure in 1 1/2 inches and make another mark. Draw a line from that mark to the mark at the top left of the paper.

  2. Measure in 1 1/2 inches from the upper right corner and make a mark. Measure down 3/4 inches from the upper right corner and make a mark. Make another mark where the last two lines intersect, 1 1/2 inch in from the right and 3/4 inches down from the top. Draw a line from the top right mark to the intersection mark, and from the left edge mark to the intersection point. Measure in 1 1/4 inch from the lower right corner of the paper and make a mark. Draw a slightly curving line from that mark up to the mark on the upper right side of the paper.

  3. Cut the paper along the lines you made and lay the paper down again the way it was. Now measure up 2 1/4 inches from the bottom left corner and make a mark. Measure down 3 inches from the upper right corner and make a mark. Use a pencil to draw a gentle curve using these last two points as the endpoint. Do NOT cut along this line. Gently fold the paper along the curve and make a light crease.

  4. Unfold the paper. Measure up 1 1/4 inches from the bottom left corner and make a mark. Repeat for the right corner. Draw a line using the two marks as endpoints. Fold the paper back along the line. This is the edge of the front brim of the cap. Returning to the curved crease, gently crease it upward along its length. This makes the curve behind the brim that rests on your head.

  5. Look at points A, B, and C on diagram 4. The goal is to gently fold and curve the left side of the cap so that point A is on top of point B, then fold the right side gently until point B is on top of point A. Staple where the three points meet on the back middle flap. Use a red marker to make a cross in the centre of the front brim, if you like. You can also colour a blue or red stripe along the top edge of the brim. Attach with hair clips or hair clips.

  6. Tip

    To make a larger, adult-sized hat, use an 11-by-14-inch sheet of paper or posterboard.

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Things You'll Need

  • 8 1/2- by 11-inch sheet of white paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Stapler and staples, or double-sided tape
  • Red, blue markers (optional)

About the Author

Karen Harrison has been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years, and has written for both local and national newspapers and magazines, including medical specialty publications and mainstream media. She is the recipient of a Jesse H. Neal Award, the most prestigious and highly sought-after award in the business media industry.

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