How to Create Blood Stains

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Nothing makes a haunted house more eerie than blood stains on the furniture, bloody footprints on the floors and spatters of blood on the walls to portend the doom of soon-to-be victims. Though the art of creating fake blood has been perfected by Hollywood gore masters, it is also quite easy for the average Halloween enthusiast to make at home. Follow these steps to create your own blood stains.

Things You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Red food coloring (2 tsp. per cup of blood mixture)
  • Blue or green flood coloring (2 to 5 drops per cup of blood mixture)
  • Corn starch or uncolored gelatin, if desired
  • Check for stain resistance. Make sure that any material you plan to spatter with fake blood will be stained only for the duration of your spooky event and that the blood stain will not linger. Check fabric content of any clothing or furniture you plan to stain with blood or test a small spot in an inconspicuous location. If you are still unsure, keep blood stains on concrete or outside where they can be easily washed away.

  • Gather all materials before beginning. Once you begin mixing the blood, you will need to mix it thoroughly to ensure a proper consistency, and you will not want to stop to get something you forgot.

  • Wear rubber gloves when mixing and distributing your blood stains. Nothing will ruin the effect of your bloodstained gore-fest more than having cherry-red hands from mixing the blood. Gloves can be found at most pharmacies and grocery stores.

  • In a large container with a tightly sealing lid, mix the corn syrup and the water. Use a 2:1 ratio of corn syrup to water for every cup of blood mixture you make.

  • Add the food coloring. You may want to add the food coloring in half-measurements at first to obtain the color you want. Start with 1 tsp. of the red and just a few drops of the green or blue, then gradually add more as you see fit.

  • Shake the container vigorously after each addition of food coloring. Shake until the corn syrup and water have blended well together, and the food coloring has given it an even color. If there are any streaks or puddles of uneven coloring, keep shaking!

  • Add corn starch or gelatin mixture if desired. These additions will give your blood a more lumpy or grainy texture and will make it seem to be congealing wherever you apply it. As with the food coloring, add these ingredients a teaspoonful at a time to your mixture until you achieve a realistic-looking consistency.

  • Apply fake blood to the area you want to stain. Use a variety of objects to apply the blood for a scarier effect. Some options include a paintbrush, the bottom of an old shoe, a spoon to create a trail of droplets, or your own hands!

  • Leave enough time for your blood stains to dry. Blood stains should be applied at least 2 hours before people will be coming in contact with them to avoid transfer onto skin or clothing.

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