23 ways to channel your inner Frida

Get our top tips for re-creating the style of late Mexican painter and selfie-extraordinaire Frida Kahlo this Halloween. 

Halloween is fast approaching and us craft-minded creatures will be raiding our wardrobes before we know it. This year, why not go sassy instead of scary and bring out your colourful creativity in the style of Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo costume

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Get our top tips for re-creating the style of late Mexican painter and selfie-extraordinaire Frida Kahlo this Halloween. Channel a 21st century Frida with bold floral prints and dark lipstick. Flower crown from Rouge Pony.

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Get our top tips for re-creating the style of late Mexican painter and selfie-extraordinaire Frida Kahlo this Halloween. For a simple outfit, pair a ruffled dress with a bold tassled kimono and a floral headband. Via Etsy.

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3. Unmistakable classic Kahlo can be created with lashings of gold jewellery against black layering and gypsy skirts. Via Whatiwore.

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4. Turn Fab Ciraolo’s ‘Hipster Frida Kahlo’ illustration into a costume by mimicking her makeup whilst wearing jeans and a tee.

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5. Bold stripes and Mexican folky colours made Frida stand out and inspired contemporary designers. Channel Lena Hoschek’s modern take on the artist.

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6. Dust off your bardot tops and maxi skirts and combine with a shawl for a cute and current Frida look as seen on Anna Adamska.

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7. It doesn’t just have to be you that can enjoy Frida’s style, wrap your pooch in a vivid scarf and scatter them with flowers like this fierce canine. Via Pinterest

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8. Wind yarn to create a doggy wig this Halloween, and finish with a smudge of eyeliner. Jaderbomb shows you how here.

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9. Oh Happy Day show us how to turn our little mini-me’s into the famous artist, complete with a strong brow.

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10. Alternatively, source a cute little embroidered dress for your tiny tot for a look as created by Gina Lee, seen on her 2 year old Willow.

Halloween party decor

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11. Alisa Burke’s painted pumpkin is something we want for our houses this Halloween! Painting the pumpkin is a lovely alternative to carving and paper flowers gives it the Frida touch.

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12. A Frida Kahlo piñata is the best way to excite your inner child (or your actual child) this Halloween. See Denise Cortes’ tips on how to make your own.

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13. Forget apple bobbing, this year get yourself stuck into this Mexican day of the dead Kahlo cake. Three layers of happiness in one! Via Cake Central.

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14. Mexican rugs and flowering cacti make perfect table decorations (and co-ordinate perfectly with that cake…). Via 100 Layer Cake.

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15. We love these giant paper flowers of various colours, and you can find the tutorial here on Hostess with the Mostess. Decorate your walls, your table, your door, your head, your dog… The possibilities are endless!

Last-minute Halloween costume

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16. For last minute accessories, turn a simple scarf into an eye-catching Frida shawl with appliqué and embroidery, as seen in Queenieandted.

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17. Whip up a couple of crochet roses and secure to a headband, like Karen Abarca from Knit by Pearl.

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18. If you’re not quite brave enough for a bold eye-liner brow, create these cute, quick paper masquerade-style eyebrow-on-a-stick! Via Hostess with the Mostess.

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19. Become a walking self portrait by crafting a quick colourful picture frame to carry around with you. Via A Clover and a Bee.

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20. Beads, flowers and charms can easily be sewn onto a simple knitted band, like this necklace from Amatzolli, to create a personalised Frida stand out necklace.

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21. A simple brooch can be transformed for your costume with a beautiful picture of Frida herself. Use it to pin your shawl in place! Via Vee Accessories.

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22. Be different from the flower crowd and make a pom-pom headdress instead. A Subtle Revelry shows you how to do so.

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23. And for a more tactile flower headdress, make them out of felt like this one from Delia Creates.

For more Halloween ideas check out our not-so-creepy Halloween pinboard

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