How to Build Foam Filled Latex Bodies for Halloween Props

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Bodies and body parts create a spooky atmosphere for Halloween decorating, theater and events. The same liquid latex used by professionals to create fake bodies can be used by amateurs in their own home to create creepy body props that are sure to disgust and delight October guests.

Things You'll Need

  • Mannequin or body model
  • Two pairs pantyhose
  • Liquid latex
  • Disposable paintbrushes
  • Plastic wrap
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair dryer
  • Talcum powder or corn starch
  • Upholstery foam
  • Acrylic paint
  • Body decorations, including clothes, wigs, fake blood
  • Choose a mold for your props. For most body parts, a mannequin or willing human model is best. If using a person, prepare his skin by removing body hair and applying a coat of petroleum jelly. Cover skin or the mannequin surface in plastic wrap, then petroleum jelly. Use a mannequin head or wig stand for the head.

  • Stretch pantyhose over the model or part you want to reproduce. For arms and torso, use oversize hose and cut a hole in the crotch area for the head.

  • Apply a layer of liquid latex to the stretched pantyhose. Paint it evenly over the nylon using your disposable brush.

  • Allow latex to dry. Speed this process along, if you like, using a hair dryer.

  • Apply additional layers. When finished, the latex should be about an inch thick in all areas.

  • Remove latex-covered pantyhose. Even when dry, the latex will stick to itself somewhat. Apply a light dusting of talcum powder or corn starch to prevent this.

  • Stuff pantyhose with pieces of upholstery foam. Shred the foam into the smallest pieces possible for small areas like toes and fingers.

  • Attach body parts to one another. Glue them together with wet liquid latex for a seamless look or sew them together with thick, black thread for a creepy, "Frankenstein's monster" effect.

  • Decorate the body prop. Paint with acrylic paint and dress in any clothes, wigs, shoes or hat you'd like. Attach pieces of clear plastic from a pop bottle for finger and toe nails. Apply fake blood from a costume and magic store; spray this with hairspray or lacquer to secure.

Tips & Warnings

  • A foam-filled body part will look good sitting on its own but will look fake if it needs to be lifted or tossed around. In these cases, consider filling your body with items like sand, a few stones or water balloons.
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