How to Make an Acrobat Costume

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Things You'll Need

  • Lycra leotard
  • Lycra tights or leggings
  • Sequins
  • Gold braid
  • Fabric glue
  • Ballet pumps
  • Short lycra or tulle skirt
  • Long, colorful ribbons
  • Bright theatrical makeup
  • Balls, hoops, ribbon wands
  • Medal on a ribbon

If you need an acrobat costume for a costume party or a school or theater production, you may already have the items you need in a closet, especially if you like to dance or perform gymnastics. Acrobats wear tight-fitting lycra or spandex clothing to display the shapes their bodies make to the best advantage as they perform their acrobatic moves.

Wear a tight lycra leotard and tights or leggings in a matching or contrasting color as a base for your costume.

Glue sequins or gold braid to your costume with fabric glue to add sparkle for a circus acrobat costume.

For girls, add a short lycra or tulle skirt in a coordinating color. Go barefoot or wear ballet pumps.

Tie long, colorful ribbons to your wrists. Tie long hair back away from your face in a ponytail. Tie matching ribbons around your ponytail, leaving them hanging down in long strands. If your hair is short, attach them to a tight-fitting headband.

Apply bright, theatrical makeup or face paint quite heavily, as it would be applied for a stage performance. Concentrate on colorful eyeshadow and lip color.

Carry balls, hoops and ribbon wands as accessories.


  • Wear a medal on a ribbon around your neck to look like a prize-winning acrobat or Olympic gymnast.


About the Author

Based in East Sussex, Caroline Repchuk has been writing and editing children's books and art and craft features since 1990. Her classic Christmas book, "The Snow Tree," is published by Dutton and her features have appeared in "Art Attack" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Leeds University.

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