How to Make a Nurse Costume Using Materials at Home

by Steve Sparkes
A paper nurse's hat will make the costume immediately identifiable.

A paper nurse's hat will make the costume immediately identifiable.

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Making a nurse costume out of materials you have at home will take less than an hour, so it is a great choice as a last-minute costume for bachelorette parties or Halloween. Putting together an outfit out of things you already have also saves the cost of an expensive ready-made costume or new materials. A quick search of most households should yield the essential ingredients for a nurse's uniform.

Items you will need

  • Cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • 8 1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper
  • Red marker
  • 1 yard 1/2-inch-diameter plastic pipe
  • Corrugated card
  • Craft foam
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Pencil
  • Silver and black pen

Paper Nurse's Hat

Step 1

Cut two 1 1/2-inch wide strips of cardboard lengthwise from the front or back panel of a cereal box.

Step 2

Staple the two strips together at one end and wrap the long strip around the wearer's head.

Step 3

Hold the strip where it overlaps and slip it off the wearer's head. Staple it together to make a headband.

Step 4

Lay the sheet of paper on the work surface with one long side nearest you.

Step 5

Fold the paper up to within 1 ½ inches of the top.

Step 6

Turn the paper over left to right. Fold the top corners in by about 30 degrees and turn the paper over again.

Step 7

Draw the outline of a cross with equal length, ¾-inch wide arms on the front piece of the hat in the center.

Step 8

Color in the cross with a red marker.

Step 9

Fix the hat-shape to the headband with the stapler.

Homemade Stethoscope

Step 1

Cut 1 yard of 1/2-inch diameter plastic tube into one half and two quarters with scissors.

Step 2

Join the tube together in a Y-shape using clear sticky tape.

Step 3

Tape or glue a 1 ½-inch diameter corrugated cardboard circle to the bottom of the Y-shape and two 1/2-inch-diameter circles of craft-foam to the tops.

Cardboard Nurse's Fob Watch

Step 1

Draw the outline of a nurse's fob watch on card.

Step 2

Color the short strap and the outline of the watch face in silver or gray.

Step 3

Mark out the numbers on the watch face. Remember that when worn, the watch face is upside-down when you look at it straight on---the wearer looks down at it and sees the numbers the correctly.

Step 4

Cut the watch out and pin the strap to the nurse's top with a safety-pin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear a white t-shirt, top or blouse; a tennis skirt or other white skirt; a pair of white tights and a pair of white trainers or slippers as the base of the costume.
  • If you can't find a white skirt and tights, wear white trousers. Pale blue or green pajamas and blue or green shoes is an alternative to the white costume.
  • For the craft parts of this project instead of a stapler, use paper glue, and replace the red marker with crayon, paint or colored-pencil.
  • Use old electrical cable, wire cutters and duct tape for the body of the stethoscope, rather than plastic tube, scissors and clear sticky tape.
  • Circles of corrugated cardboard or flattened balls of modelling clay are suitable alternatives to the foam stethoscope earpieces.
  • Color the watch face outline and strap with a gray pencil or crayon if you don't have a silver pen.

About the Author

Steve Sparkes started writing professionally in 1982. He was a journalist and photographer for "The New York Waste" magazine for a decade. Sparkes has a diploma of art and design and a Bachelor of Arts in history of art from the South-East Essex School of Art. He also has a Master of Arts in photography from the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts.

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