Thrift Store DIY Frida Kahlo Costume

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We love Halloween because it’s an opportunity for our girls to express their individuality and personality! Since buying a ready-made costume can get pretty pricey and limit you to only a handful of options, I challenged our teenager to create her own costume, using only pieces found at our local thrift store. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she was able to put together this DIY Frida Kahlo costume for under $5! Now that’s a great deal.

Frida Kahlo, born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon, was born in July of 1907 and was an incredible Mexican painter, known mostly for her self-portraits and portraits inspired by nature and Mexican artifacts. As a mother of three daughters, it’s so important for me to teach my girls about strong, talented women who were able to turn their dreams into success. I love that Lucia chose to honor Frida Kahlo and her own Hispanic heritage by choosing this particular costume as one of her looks. I am so proud of her.

teenage girl dressed up in a frida kahlo costume

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What You’ll Need for Your DIY Frida Kahlo Costume

Colorful Dress: Until Lucia found this dress, she wasn’t sure what her 2nd DIY costume was going to be.  But as soon as she found it, the colorful, fun nature of it immediately reminded her of Frida Kahlo. She was able to find this adorable floral dress for only $4.99.

Jewelry: In the majority of Frida Kahlo’s photos, she is wearing long earrings and a thick gold chain. Lucia had these pieces in her jewelry box already.

Floral Headband: Frida Kahlo almost always had flowers in her hair in her photos. You have a couple of options here. You can either buy some synthetic flowers at your local craft store or find a headband with flowers already on it.  Lucia had this particular headband already.

Makeup: Clearly it would have been a better idea to create a unibrow with a brown/black eyebrow pencil, but since Frida Kahlo didn’t actually have a unibrow, she just chose to accentuate it in her self-portraits, and because she’s a teenager and doesn’t want that photo on the internet, Lucia chose to draw thick eyebrows vs. the unibrow. She also chose a deep red lipstick.

She did a great job with her DIY Frida Kahlo costume, didn’t sh? Make sure to check out her DIY Thrift Store Kim Possible Costume as well!

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An inexpensive and fun costume idea. We got everything we need for a DIY Frida Kahlo costume at our local thrift store for less than $5.

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  1. I love that you give importance to teaching the girls about strong, talented women. Keep it up!

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  3. That’s amazing and I’m quite impressed with her creativity. She looks amazing in her Frida Kahlo costume.

  4. What an awesome costume! I love how it came out, and I am a fan of Frida Kahlo. It is nice to have a character like this versus a lot of the usual costumes.

  5. We’ve done a Frida Kahlo painting event at the library the last couple of years. And I know some of the staff have tried to dress like this. I will have to show them this. Looks amazing.

  6. You look super lovely…what a fabulous idea. This is a great outfit and put together well xx

  7. She is so beautiful and I love her dress it really looks good on her. The accessories look perfect with her outfit.

  8. She has created something which I find so nice and colorful. Great skill to acquire and feel proud of her creation. The perfect dress for Halloween. Congrats little girl.

  9. What an awesome idea you got! And it’s easy to make. I am trying this one. Thanks for this wonderful idea.

  10. What a fantastic idea! And all for an under $5 as well. Frida Kahlo is so inspirational and her costume always stands out. This is a stunning photo of your daughter, Kim as well

  11. This is such an inspiring outfit! I love that it’s also DIY. It’s giving me ideas for Halloween too!

  12. I think you can still tell who is dressed as without the unibrow. I will say though, that was Frida’s signature! 🙂

  13. This is a great idea for your girl. I’ve always loved art influences throughout the years.

  14. I absolutely adore thrift stores. The idea of creating a costume from there is even more exciting for me. It turned out phenomenal!

  15. Such a great idea for a costume! I love that you don’t have to spend loads of money either!

  16. This is an amazing costume and she is totally rocking the Frida Kahlo look! I love that she was able to find the dress for $4.99. What a steal!!!

  17. I though it really was Friday Kahlo. What a wonderful DIY costume. Pretty artistic and resourceful.

  18. This is a great costume idea. I think it turned out really nice. I love that it’s easier to make too. I think making your own costume is always a great idea.

  19. I love the floral vibes in this outfit, especially the red flower on the hair. That’s pretty cute!

  20. This Halloween costume from a thrift shop is simply genius! I love bright colors and makeup, too!

  21. What a cool idea! The costume really did turn out great and I love the use of easy-to-find pieces!

  22. She looks absolutely amazing! I love that she chose something to honour her heritage. Stunning xx

  23. What a great idea! I just love these photos! Your daughter looks amazing. I love the thrift store.

  24. That is a really good costume! The dress was a great base. She totally captured the Frida vibe with this.

  25. It is so great to dress up like a real heroine and role model. I had never heard of Frida Kahlo but she seems amazing

  26. She definitely did an amazing job creating a Frida Kahlo costume and only spending 5$. She looks so authentic!

  27. This is a beautiful DIY costume! I think something like this, that honors a powerful historical woman is not only educational, but is so unique!

  28. You know, you said something at the beginning that really changed my mind about things. Halloween is a great time to allow kids to show their personality! Love the pictures!

  29. That is an awesome costume. I love thrifing anyways, but getting a costume on the cheap is a bonus.