How to Make Latex Hands & Feet

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Latex hands and feet can be used as decoration props or as additions to a costume. You may also use latex hands and feet as part of an outfit. Latex material can be cut out in the shapes of hands and feet, or you can paint latex over items like latex gloves and shoes to bring out the shine in your latex creations. Making your own latex hands and feet requires basic materials and knowledge of whether you want to wear the hands and feet or use them as accessories to something else, like a fake skeleton.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex paint
  • Paint brush
  • Cotton balls
  • Latex toe socks
  • Latex gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Gardening gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Metal scraper
  • Plastic paint holder trays
  • Flat surface

Latex Feet

  • Put your gardening gloves on your hands and your safety glasses on your face to protect them from latex paint during this process.

  • Lay out your newspaper on a flat and dry surface, such as paved concrete. Place your pair of latex toe socks on top of the newspaper.

  • Take out your latex paint container, such as Sherwin-Williams, Valspar or Rust Oleum. Run the edge of your metal scraper against the top indented line of your container while repeatedly lifting upward to open your container.

  • Dip your paint brush into your latex paint container. Place one of your hands into one of your latex toe sock's foot openings and turn the sock upside down. Brush the bottom of the sock with paint until it's covered. Flip the sock over, with your hand still inside the sock's opening, and brush the top of it with paint until it's covered. Put the sock down, bottom side first, on top of one of your plastic paint holder trays to let it dry.

  • Dip your paint brush into your latex paint container. Place one of your hands into your second latex toe sock's foot openings and turn the sock upside down. Brush the bottom of the sock with paint until it's covered. Flip the sock over, with your hand still inside the sock's opening, and brush the top of it with paint until it's covered. Put the sock down, bottom side first, on top of another plastic paint holder tray to let it dry.

  • Follow the instructions included with your latex paint container to see how long it takes for the paint to dry. Cut off parts of your latex toe sock with your scissors once it's dry, if desired. Fill each of the socks with cotton balls, if you plan on using them for display purposes only, once they're dry. Otherwise, you can put on the socks when they're dry.

Latex Hands

  • Put your gardening gloves on your hands and your safety glasses on your face to protect them from latex paint during this process.

  • Lay out your newspaper on a flat and dry surface, such as paved concrete. Place your pair of latex gloves on top of the newspaper.

  • Take out your opened latex paint container and dip your paint brush inside. Brush the tops of both of your latex gloves completely with paint. Use your metal scraper to lift up the hand opening of one of the gloves and place it, bottom side down, in a dry place on your newspaper. Lift up the other glove with the scraper and place it, bottom-side down, in another dry place on the newspaper. Follow the instructions given with the container to see how long the tops of the gloves need to dry.

  • Flip both of your gloves over when they're dry to reveal their unpainted bottoms. Dip your paint brush inside your latex paint container and brush the bottoms of each glove completely with paint. Lift up one of the gloves with your metal scraper and place it, dry paint side down, on top of one of your plastic paint holder trays to let it dry. Lift up the other glove with the scraper and place it, dry paint side down, on top of another plastic paint holder try to let it dry. Follow the instructions provided with the container to see how long the bottoms of the gloves need to dry.

  • Cut off parts of your latex gloves with your scissors once they dry, if desired. Fill up each of the gloves with cotton balls, if you plan on using them for display purposes only, once they're dry. Otherwise, you can put on the gloves when they're dry.

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