A nurse outfit is one of the most popular costumes for Halloween. However, if you buy your costume, you may end up spending quite a bit more than you would like. Fortunately, a DIY nurse costume is fairly simple to make. In fact, you may already have some of the materials and supplies you need on hand.
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Basic Halloween Nurse Outfit
You can make the basis of the nurse Halloween outfit from a white dress or a white top and skirt. Then wear some white pantyhose and white shoes. You can make this a sexy nurse Halloween outfit by putting on a short dress or miniskirt and white fishnet hose. Another sexy nurse costume idea is to wear a short white vinyl or satin dress and thigh-high stockings with garters.
Make some white crosses out of fabric and glue them to a circle of red felt fabric. Glue these to the lapels of your top or to the front of your skirt. If you can sew, you could also add some red piping to the front of the nurse's outfit.
Make a Nurse's Cap
Things You'll Need
Nurse's cap template
Cereal box cardboard
Permanent markers (optional)
Adjust the Template
Adjust the size of the template image to fit half a piece of 17-by-11-inch cardboard from a cereal or gift box.
Fold, Trace and Draw
Fold the cardboard in half. Place the template on top of the cardboard so the right edge aligns with the fold in the cardboard. Trace around the edges. Then draw a dotted line along the chipboard to match the dotted line on the nurse's cap template.
Now the Other Side
Unfold the chipboard, reverse the template and draw the dotted line on the opposite side. Then score along the dotted line on the cardboard using a craft knife, but don't cut all the way through.
Cover With White Fabric
Glue white fabric to the cardboard and let it dry.
Fold the Cardboard
Fold the cardboard along the scored line so the front flap folds upward. Fold the center back flap down. Fold the side flaps inward so they overlap the back center flap.
Embellish the Cap
Make a small red fabric cross and attach it to the front of the nurse's hat. If you prefer, decorate the cap with permanent markers instead of cutouts.
Accessorize Your DIY Nurse Costume
An important accessory for the DIY Halloween nurse is a stethoscope. You can buy one from a costume shop. Or head on over to the local department store. You can find a child's doctor play set, which will include a toy stethoscope. The play set will probably also come with a nurse's black bag as well as a toy hypodermic needle.
Other nurse Halloween costume accessories you might want to add to your costume include white gloves, a clipboard and pen, pill bottles, a white apron, Wipe a little red paint or lipstick on the costume, apron and gloves to give the appearance of blood smears or spatters.
You can also vary the appearance of your DIY nurse outfit by wearing wearing red shoes or by attaching small red fabric crosses to the white shoes.