Make a floral headband for a Frida Frida Kahlo costume or even as a bridal wedding headpiece. It’s easier than you think with just a few supplies available at most craft stores.
It’s fun having creative friends, friends that love colour and irreverence and fun. Friends that make art and think it’s awesome when you show up to their exhibition opening night dresses as Frida Kahlo.
The art exhibition had a Day of the Dead theme (Dia de los Muertos), so we fit right into the riot of colour.
Our costumes were easy to put together with clothing and accessories we already had at home, I only had to make the Frida headbands.
I gathered the most colourful flowers that my local dollar store floral section sold, and lucky for me I already had some plain plastic headband blanks.
You can use any old thrift store headbands for this project as most of it will be covered with flowers and tape anyway.
Making a Frida Kahlo flower crown didn’t take very long, and Emma really enjoyed helping me choose the flower colours and bend the stem wires.
If you want to make a floral headband for your own Frida Kahlo costume, a floral crown as race day headwear, or something pretty as a bridal wedding headpiece read on…
You will need:
- artificial/silk flowers with wire stems (I used 3 bunches for 2 headbands)
- Wire cutter pliers
- plastic headband blank
- electrical adhesive tape (I had this laying about, but do recommend it as its very adhesive and has just the right amount of stretch)
How to make a floral headband:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Trim the stem of your flowers about 5cm (2″) down from the head.
3. Wrap you tape over a small section of the top (crown) of the headband.
4. Bend the stem of the flower to a right angle
5. Starting from the middle top, lay a flower on the headband and wrap tape around to fasten. Do this one flower at a time with the stem of the flower facing down towards the ends of the headband.
6. Stop adding flowers about a third of the way down. When you are satisfied with your arrangement keep winding the tape around to the end of the headband. Trim excess at end.
7. Repeat on other half of headband.
8. Arrange the flowers to finish.
Obviously I’ve chosen lovely bright coloured flowers just like Frida would have worn, but you can use exactly the same technique to make headpieces for a wedding or to match a race day outfit, just choose different coloured flowers.
If you have long hair, braid it and pin it up to cover some of the headband, forming a braided crown around the back of your head.
I must admit my eyebrows need some work though, I really didn’t commit fully Frida’s signature facial hair.
Pair the floral headband with a traditional embroidered Mexican blouse to complete the look.
Emma really looked super cute and I couldn’t resist sharing these photos.
She rarely poses for photographs but was so thrilled to be a ‘flower princess’ that she was happy to let me snap a few shots.
I actually blew one up to poster size and hung it in my office area. You can see Emma’s Frida Kahlo portrait here.
I’ve re-worn this headband so many times for various occasions, including a Halloween skate party where I put together this Dia de los Muertos ensemble.
I picked up this Mexican embroidered blouse from a thrift store and wear it all the time (not just for dress-up). You can find similar embroidered blouses here in Etsy.
What will you dress up as this Halloween or Day of the Dead?