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How to Make a Gory Fake Wound or Scar With Glue and Cocoa

Stephanie Das enjoys making DIY Halloween crafts and effects, from fake scars and blood to dry ice and scary scarecrows.

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Recipe for Homemade Scars and Wounds

This is a recipe for homemade fake wounds and scars. It is a great way to look gross and to have the scariest costume at the party! If you're planning on dressing up as a zombie, a dead person, or a ghost that died violently, consider making a realistic-looking scar or wound with simple ingredients like glue and cocoa that you probably already have at home.

What You'll Need:

• A bowl

• Toothpicks

• Cotton balls or swabs

• Small paintbrush

• White glue (like Elmer's)

• Toilet paper or facial tissue

• Cocoa powder

• Red food coloring

• Flour

• Fake blood

Instructions for Making a Realistic Fake Wound

1. Make fake blood by mixing 1 cup corn syrup, 1 tablespoon water, 2 tablespoons red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring. Set aside.

2. Squeeze a dollop of glue into a bowl and add red food coloring.

3. Mix with a toothpick and add some cocoa powder to darken.

4. Separate tissue or toilet paper into single layers and tear into small pieces.

5. Dab the area where you want the fake wound with glue.

6. Arrange the bits of tissue on top of the glue.

7. Mold and shape the sticky tissue so it looks like the shape of a wound or scar.

8. Sprinkle cocoa powder around the edges to darken the wound.

9. Top off with fake blood.

10. Gross people out with your fake wound!

Step-by-Step Instructions With Photos

For a visual explanation of the steps listed above, check out the series of photos below!

1. Squeeze a dollop of glue into the bowl and add red food coloring.

A drop or two of red food coloring will usually do.

A drop or two of red food coloring will usually do.

2. Mix with a toothpick and add some cocoa powder to darken.

Start with a little cocoa powder. You can always add a little more to make it darker.

Start with a little cocoa powder. You can always add a little more to make it darker.

3. Separate tissue or toilet paper into single layers and tear into small pieces.

Make sure the tissue is one layer thick and tear so some pieces are small.

Make sure the tissue is one layer thick and tear so some pieces are small.

4. Dab the area where you want the fake wound with glue.

Use a cotton ball or swab apply a layer of glue.

Use a cotton ball or swab apply a layer of glue.

5. Arrange the bits of tissue on top of the glue.

Arrange them around the outside of the "wound," leaving the middle area more open.

Arrange them around the outside of the "wound," leaving the middle area more open.

6. Mold and shape the sticky tissue so it looks like the shape of a wound or scar.

Let the glue dry a bit and continue to shape and raise the edges so that the wound looks jagged and gory.

Let the glue dry a bit and continue to shape and raise the edges so that the wound looks jagged and gory.

7. Sprinkle cocoa powder around the edges to darken the wound.

This gives the appearance of cut flesh.

This gives the appearance of cut flesh.

8. Top off with fake blood.

Use a paintbrush to apply. Start with a little and add more to create a realistic look.

Use a paintbrush to apply. Start with a little and add more to create a realistic look.

9. Gross people out with your fake wound!

Dab more fake blood around the edges to give it an extra-gruesome look.

Dab more fake blood around the edges to give it an extra-gruesome look.

Optional: Add wire or paper clips, like you're trying to hold the wound together.

How Will You Dress Up?

These two zombies love each others' fake wounds!

These two zombies love each others' fake wounds!

Comments

Taylor on October 18, 2019:

This was great on my cosplay!!! I love it.

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on June 08, 2019:

Very easy to take off! Just rinse with water. You might need some soap to get the coloring off!

You can use this on your neck/face, obviously being careful around your eyes and mouth.

You can make fake blood, check out my article on that: https://hubpages.com/holidays/How-to-Make-Fake-Blo...

It might take some artistic talent to make it look very very real, so recruit your artsy friends if you're not certain you can make it look the way you want!

Thank you to everyone for commenting, I hope this comes in handy next Halloween or any time in between that you want to do something disgusting and gory ;D

gabe on April 28, 2019:

how easy is it to take off

aah on October 31, 2018:

can I use on my neck/face?

Amanda on October 23, 2018:

Hi, looks great, can you use this on your cheek. Does it wash off ok.thanks

laia on October 07, 2018:

this is really cool do you think it will work without fake blood or can u make fake blood

koikoi on September 17, 2018:

awesome,......this is very great idea due with drama, making films.... it looks so strange

matifa on April 25, 2017:

wow .. this really looks cool .. it will really scare the heck out of my friends .. I'm gonna try this myself really looks cool .. love the idea .. thanks so much for the hub .. and by the way .. my question is only that .. what can I use or substitute fake blood with ? because we don't have that here .. I'll be waiting for your reply .. thanks again :)

Brooke on October 22, 2013:

Mine didn't end up looking like that :/

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 09, 2011:

Thankyou, @ moonlake & @ whipitgood- I appreciate your comments!

whipitgoodxx from Tewksbury, MA on October 09, 2011:

wow, this is a great hub!

moonlake from America on October 08, 2011:

This really looks real. Good hub and good information. Vote Up.

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 08, 2011:

Yea, my boyfriend didn't believe that it was fake when he first saw it. Thanks for commenting!

pinkish on October 08, 2011:

nice! It looks so real.. Great for halloween!

Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 08, 2011:

Nice, thanks! Its all glue and food coloring

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on October 08, 2011:

Wow! This is totally disgusting... two thumbs up! That is a really realistic wound. I am going to bookmark this for future use. Cool hub and voted up!