For those of you that know me well, know that I love everything Frida. Remember my Frida Mezkahlo Margarita and you can also see a Frida painting here in this Sweet and Savory Crepes blog post.

For those of you who may not know who Frida was or why she is celebrated by Latinas, and a hero to many, here is a brief overview.

Frida Kahlo was an artist born in the city of Coyoacán, Mexico in 1907. At the young age of 18 was severely injured in a bus accident. Due to her injuries, she was mostly in pain and discomfort, which have been controversially depicted in many of her paintings.

You may know her best by her self-painted portraits typically wearing a flower crown. She was unashamed of the way she looked, emphasizing her heavy eyebrows and mustache purposely defying beauty norms and gender roles. She was unapologetically bisexual and was married to another famous artist, Diego Rivera.

Thrifty Rehab has created this colorful DIY as a small tribute to a colorful, beautiful, iconic renegade.


  • Tassels
  • Skull beads
  • Flower beads
  • O rings 4mm
  • O pins
  • Chain
  • Thread
  • Earring
  • Glue gun
  • Plyers
  • Round tip plyer
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors

Slide one flower bead along with one skull bead onto the o pin with the o positioned where the neck would be. Use the glue gun to secure and ensure that the flower bead is aligned with the skull bead. Use the wire cutters to clip the excess wire from the o pin. Use the round tip plyers, create another o ring out of the pin to secure the actual earring.


The tassels we bought came wrapped with gold thread however we wanted to color coordinate ours differently, so while still wrapped, we wrapped each tassel with our own colored thread. We then carefully removed the gold thread.

To simulate arms, we cut our chains to be 8 links long with a 4mm o ring in the center for hands. Gently open the ring on the tassel and slide each chain on.

Open the ring on the tassel and attach the skull and flower. Finally open the o ring on the earring and secure. Repeat!

Photography: Jenna Sparks & Thrifty Rehab  / DIY: Thrifty Rehab