What better way to celebrate Chelsea Flower Show arriving in town (23 – 27 May) then with a huge bouquet of blooms. I won’t be visiting the show this year, but you can read about my visit last summer here. I’m a huge fan of Frida Kahlo’s art and her vibrant signature style – and therefore, she is the inspiration for this little crafty project. I found this tutorial for a Frida Kahlo Head Vase from Brittany Watson Jepsen, the creator of one of my favourite blogs, The House that Lars Built. Most of the instructions wording is by her as well and you should check out the step by step images with directions over at her blog.
I decided to order the materials and invite a couple of girlfriends for an afternoon of arts, crafts and Mexican Agua Frescas.
Kahlo would centre-part and braid her long black hair into a tight bun and accessorise it with headpieces and flowers usually from her native country. In this project, we will be using a styrofoam mannequin head and real flowers.
Styrofoam mannequin head (get one from Amazon here)
Sharp knife or X-Acto
Jam Jar (or any glass cup)
Newspaper / Silk paper
Deco Mache Varnish
White High Gloss Spray Paint
Acrylic Paints (of your choice)
FOR THE HAIR:
Black Crepe Paper
Glue Gun (and glue!)
Black Acrylic Paint
Step 1: I chose to cover my head with newspaper and Deco Mache varnish because I didn’t want to see the styrofoam texture. Paper mache would work as well.
Step 2: Use your white spray paint to coat the head a few times. Let it dry completely.
Step 3: Trace around a glass cup to create the right size hole for your vase.
Step 4: Use your X-Acto or knife to cut the circle.
Step 5: Take out the excess of the top of the head. Place the cup in the hole. This will be where you place your flowers or plants so it doesn’t make contact with the styrofoam and mould.
Step 6: Cut the crepe paper into small strips about 3′ long and braid the strips into one braid.
Step 7: Glue the braid onto the head.
Step 8: Paint the back of the head black. Paint another layer if necessary. Let it dry.
Step 9: Paint on a face resembling Frida Kahlo with acrylic paints. Paint a thick unibrow (essential!), red lips, and lots of rouge.
Step 10: Add a little water to the cup and arrange your flowers.
Here are some other ideas for head vases 🙂 Which one is your favourite?