How to Make Fake Skin Out of Gelatin

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, unflavored powdered gelatin

  • 1/2 cup liquid glycerin

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Microwaveable bowl

  • Plastic spoon

  • Acrylic paint (various colors)

  • Paint brush

  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil

  • Ceramic or glass cooking tray

  • Spirit gum

Gelatin is not just made for recipes anymore. The jelly-like ingredient may be used for costumes and movie makeup. If you're looking to create a horrifying yet realistic costume this Halloween, or if you're trying to create a terrifying character for your next short film, be sure that you have a packet of gelatin to transform a face.


Step 1

Combine powdered gelatin, glycerin and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix well.

Step 2

Microwave for 30 seconds for half a cup of gelatin. If you're unsure of how long to microwave, heat it up in 15-second intervals until the gelatin is liquid.

Step 3

Stir with a plastic spoon until all lumps are broken down. Pour the gelatin mixture into a separate container.

Step 4

Place the container on a bowl of ice and allow it to chill for at least 30 minutes. Once the gelatin has chilled, remove it from the ice.


Step 5

Cut out sheets of the gelatin to create fake skin, such as wounds, burns or gashes, or even to modify facial features.

Step 6

Experiment with acrylic paints to achieve the desired color for the skin. Using a small paint brush, apply paint to the gelatin in short strokes. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 7

Attach the skin to your body using Spirit gum. To remove, use Spirit gum remover or baby oil.


Avoid overheating the gelatin. Overheated gelatin is relatively useless; it crumbles and falls apart.


Never prepare or handle hot gelatin without eye and hand protection. Hot gelatin is capable of causing third-degree burns and even blindness if it comes into contact with eyes.