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How to make a nurse's cap

Updated April 17, 2017

Although nurses today are most often seen in scrubs, and the traditional white cap that a female nurse earned as part of her training is all but obsolete, the nurse’s cap is still instantly recognisable. You can quickly and easily make a cap for a costume out of card stock, a stiff, white paper. Usually, a nurse was awarded a stripe for her cap upon graduation from nursing school. Putting a ribbon stripe across the brim of the paper cap gives it the most authentic appearance, but a red cross also could be drawn onto the front of the cap for a fun look.

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  1. Fold up the long edge of the card stock 3 inches to make a flap.

  2. Cut an 11-inch piece of ribbon, and glue it along the top of the flap, 1/4 inch from the top edge.

  3. Flip the paper over so the flap and the ribbon are facedown. Fold the top corners down to meet at the centre of the bottom edge of the paper. Overlap the two corners slightly, and glue at the bottom to hold the two corners together.

  4. Fold the top point down 1 inch. Glue in place.

  5. Gently bend the cap into a rounded shape to sit comfortably on your head.

  6. Tip

    Use bobby pins to secure the hat to your hair.

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Things You'll Need

  • One piece of 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Red marker (optional)
  • Bobby pins

About the Author

Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.

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