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

Updated on September 9, 2016

Recipe for Homemade Scars and Wounds for the Scariest Costume at the Party

This is a recipe for homemade fake wounds and scars. It is a great way to look gross! 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

• Toothpick

• 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

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?

Will you make a fake scar or wound this Halloween?

See results
These two zombies love each others fake wounds!
These two zombies love each others fake wounds!

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      matifa 4 months ago

      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 :)

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      Brooke 3 years ago

      Mine didn't end up looking like that :/

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

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

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      whipitgoodxx 5 years ago from Tewksbury, MA

      wow, this is a great hub!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

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

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

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

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      Nice, thanks! Its all glue and food coloring

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      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!