How to Make a Samba Costume

Updated March 23, 2017

Wearing the right costume for a dance party can make a real difference between an average night and a great night. Designing your own samba costume will give you the opportunity to be creative and to save a lot of money. A samba costume needs to be colourful and needs to suit the theme of the event where you want to wear it. A combination of bra tops with short trousers or skirts is a common Samba costume; add some glittering items, feathers and a shiny belt to personalise it.

Wrap a feather boa around the bikini waistband and sew it on. Let the ends of the feather boa hang over your knees. Sew a shiny belt below the feather boa around the waistband.

Glue small coloured feathers onto the bra part of the bikini using the instant glue.

Decorate the bikini and the belt with shining jewellery, such as earrings, necklaces or bracelets. Fasten the jewelery onto the bikini bottom and the belt using the needles and the thread. Do not use sharp jewellery that can prick your skin or belly.

Fix three large colourful feathers into your hair using a hair grip.

Wear additional jewellery on your neck and wrists. Avoid wearing large earrings, as in the heat of dancing you may rip the earrings out of your ears.

Wear make-up that goes with the colour of your costume. Wear high-heeled shoes.


Get together with your friends and share ideas and help each other out making a samba costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Bikini set
  • Feather boa
  • Shiny belt
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Small coloured feathers
  • Instant glue
  • Jewelery
  • Three large feathers
  • Hair grip
  • Make-up set
  • High-heel shoes
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Janos Gal has been writing since 2008. He wrote for the "Global Journalist" magazine in 2008 and for the "Estrella de Arica" daily in 2009. Gal has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, honors, in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University.