Frida Kahlo Head Vase

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.

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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)

Paint Brushes



Black Crepe Paper


Glue Gun (and glue!)

Black Acrylic Paint

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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.

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Here are some other ideas for head vases 🙂 Which one is your favourite?



  1. 15th May 2017 / 1:16 pm

    What a great read. Love this post. Love the pictures. Love the step by step instructions.

    • 15th May 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you Annika, I’m glad you enjoyed it! We had so much fun making them 🙂

  2. 15th May 2017 / 4:40 pm

    You’re so creative! I didn’t know it was Chelsea flower show soon!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thank you – I found this little artsy project so relaxing and fun. Yes, almost time for the Chelsea Flower Show again, its a wonderful event – have you been?

  3. 15th May 2017 / 5:19 pm

    These look gorgeous! I love the one on the middle. Nice step by step tutorial for making these 🙂 I bet you had so much fun!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:38 pm

      Yes, we had so much fun and it was super relaxing as well – should do this kind of stuff more often. My friend Ana Laura made the one in the middle, its incredible!

  4. 15th May 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I am in LOVE with this post!! Bookmarked this and I cannot wait to attempt to make the Frida (my fave) vase for my flat!

    The photos and outcome are so stunning, not to mention how simple the steps are!

    So glad I found your blog, I’ve followed you on insta, I just can’t get enough of your content 😻

    • 15th May 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Mollie! That’s really kind of you to say – you just made my day!

  5. juliemtms
    15th May 2017 / 6:44 pm

    This is a really neat idea…so different than anything I’ve seen out there! And btw I’d love your recipe for the agua fresca!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:40 pm

      I would love it if it was my idea, but I spotted this on another blog (linked on the post) and we made our versions of it. I will definitely post a recipe for the aqua fresca soon 🙂

  6. 15th May 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I like more the blue vase, though the others are not at all bad. You explained very well every step for those who’d like to try it. Great photos!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you Perla – the blue one is incredible, my friend is so artistic xx

  7. SofarsoSabine
    16th May 2017 / 7:57 am

    What a great guide. Easy to follow and so lovely to see the result!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you Sabine x I couldn’t have done it without Riz’s-and-Ana Laura’s help 💗

  8. helenevlacho
    16th May 2017 / 9:12 am

    What a wonderful post and DIY. These photos are so beautiful and your instructions very understandable. Well done!

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you Helene, I’m so glad you like it 💗

  9. 16th May 2017 / 10:33 am

    What a lovely post, dear! This looks so artistic – incredible. Well done. 🙂

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:45 pm

      We had so much fun – thank you Zana 💗

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you Samantha 💗 That makes me feel great to know that you feel that way! Let me know how you get on and please send me a picture of your vase xx

  10. 17th May 2017 / 1:07 am

    Wow…this involves lots of creativity….I like the blue vase

    • 17th May 2017 / 10:48 pm

      The blue one is stunning isn’t it – my friend Ana Laura made it and she is so creative xx

  11. 17th May 2017 / 8:56 am

    Oh wow beautiful! I love the middle one and the one in right side the most but they all sure are gorgeous, great job! 🙂

  12. SofarsoSabine
    17th May 2017 / 8:59 am

    Oh, by the way! I am thinking to start to make that blue vase. It looks beautiful and I love that the eyes are closed.

  13. 17th May 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Thank you Nora, I’m so glad you like them 💗

  14. Anonymous
    9th July 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Hi there! Wondering if this vase is top heavy? Thanks!

    • 9th July 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Hi! Not really, you can use any size jar (that fits) inside – just scoop out and make it sit in the middle. I found it to be quite sturdy. xx

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