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How to Create an Oozing Fake Wound

The cost of acrylic paint and corn syrup? Minimal. Freaking out your friends beyond all reason? Priceless.


  • Step 1: Smear on latex Smear on a generous layer of liquid latex with a cotton swab in the desired shape and size of your wound. Three to four inches will look realistic.
  • TIP: Go to any Halloween or party supply store to find liquid latex.
  • Step 2: Create the gash Use a toothpick to score a line in the center of the latex, which will become the bleeding gash. Let it dry for a few minutes, and then use a toothpick to open up the gash even more, creating a jagged, uneven line and curled-up edges.
  • Step 3: Blend in bruising Use a cotton swab dipped in a tiny drop of purple paint and dab it around the outer edges of the wound to create a bruised look.
  • TIP: Use a stipple sponge for an even more realistic look when applying the paint.
  • Step 4: Create scrapes Dip another cotton swab in the red and brown paint and dab around the opening of the gash. That will create the look of scraped skin.
  • Step 5: Mix and apply blood Mix the fake blood by combining the corn syrup, red and blue food coloring, and dish soap. Use a toothpick to apply a thin layer of blood to the gash.
  • TIP: You can also use ready-made fake blood gel.
  • Step 6: Get gory Go over the gash again with a blood-dipped cotton swab that is saturated to fill the gash completely and create oozing gore.
  • FACT: More than 100 gallons of fake blood were used in the film Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

You Will Need

  • Liquid latex
  • 2-3 cotton swabs
  • 2-3 toothpicks
  • Purple
  • red
  • and brown acrylic paint
  • 2/3 c. white corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. red food coloring
  • 2-3 drops blue food coloring
  • 2-3 drops dish soap

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