How to Dress Up Like a Cheerleader

By Sarah Morse ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Short skirt
  • Exercise shirt
  • Construction paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Trash bag
  • Permanent marker (optional)
  • Tape
  • Hair band
  • Bow
  • Makeup
  • Body glitter

Dressing up like a cheerleader is certain to get you a lot of attention at a costume or Halloween party. Buying a costume from the store is not necessary and sometimes expensive. You can put together a cheaper costume by using items from your home and buying some pieces if necessary. With preparation and forethought, you can make your costume in a day.

Buy a short, preferably pleated, skirt and a sleeveless top that is the same color. Solid colors are best. Exercise shirts are great tops for cheerleading outfits because they are fitted and sometimes even show a little belly if you are going for that look. Make sure you have white athletic shoes and white socks to complete the outfit.

Decide which team you will represent. Use construction paper to make the letters for that team. Cut them out and glue them onto your shirt with a hot glue gun.

Make pom-poms as an accessory. Find plastic trash bags in the color that you want. If you cannot find the color, take a permanent marker like a Sharpie and color each bag. Stack 10 to 12 bags on top of one another and fold them in half lengthwise. Cut off both the bottoms and tops of the bags. Now cut the bag into strips of whatever width you would like, starting each cut from the folded edge. Gather the strips at the folded end and wrap tape around them for a handle.

Pull your hair into a ponytail on the crown of your head. Apply hair spray to all stray hairs and make sure the ponytail is perfect. Either curl the hair or leave it straight, but tie a bow about an inch thick around the hair band for a finished look.

Apply lots of makeup to your eyes and cheeks--but not too much, or you will look ridiculous. Use eyeliner, eye shadow, blush and lipstick. Add body glitter to the spaces between the outside edges of your eyes and your hair line. Consider putting some glitter in your hair for extra glitz and glamour.

About the Author

Sarah Morse has been a writer since 2009, covering environmental topics, gardening and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a master's degree in English and a master's degree in information science.