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Sunday, September 30, 2012

How To Make Fake Blood

When I made my black rose last week, I wanted to add a simple dramatic effect to the picture. What I had in mind was a single drop of blood on the flower. "How hard can it be, right?", or so I thought. Just a drop of red acrylic paint would work. Yet when I tried that, the paint looked exactly like what it is.....paint! :-(  I was bummed and decided to look for help from my buddy, Mr. YouTube.

The first tutorial that I found was this and while the quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired, the instructions were precisely what I was looking for. The explanation was clear and the steps were super easy to follow. Click HERE if you want to watch the video and for those of you who prefer a written step-by-step, this post is for you.

8 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1.5 drops blue food coloring
1 tsp + 1/2 tsp red food coloring

In a measuring cup, add the light corn syrup, cocoa powder, and cornstarch. Stir until well-blended.

Add the blue food coloring, followed by the red. Stir.

Once the colors are blended in with the corn syrup mixture, add another 1/2 tsp of red food coloring to brighten the "blood". (The video calls for 1/2 tsp of red dye but I only used about 2-3 drops).

Stir until everything is well-mixed and looks like blood.

That's it! It's so simple, right? Now you can use it to add bloody effects to anything you want.

Use it to creep your kids out...

or scare the crap out of the Hubby...

...or help your favorite childhood doll take revenge on her rival.

Or use it with your papercrafts.

see THIS video to make a quilled flower

The End.


Here is an additional tip posted by a reader in the Comments below. Thanks, craftopia!


  1. OMG you're nuts, and I love it... the Amazon package OUCH was my favorite, my DH would FREAK :)

    1. I had fun but I don't think DH was that amused. Oops! lol.

  2. That sure does make a lot of sticky fake blood. I don't think my DH would be amused either :D Thanks for the explanation and directions! Looked very real on your beautiful rose.
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  3. You kill me!!

    Unhhh, maybe I shouldn't say!

  4. I knew it, you really ARE sick! To think you've been hiding it all this time! Love this!! Thanks for the recipe, can't wait to use it!

  5. haa haa, Jin, fabulous dramatics, and the Oscar goes to....


    Carmen L

  6. OMGoodness, Jin! You kill me! So funny with your morbid thoughts. How sickening that we all enjoy this! lol... Loved this post. Thanks for the entertainment. :)

  7. Oh My! You just made my boys' night! They both watched the video and right away wanted a print out to make it,! Thank you!

  8. Cool! Thanks for the instructions-I'll have to remember this one. And now I have to do it. I have to ask. Did you taste it?

    1. I didn't but I wanted to. It smells really good though. Like hot cocoa. :-)

  9. Can I add a tip? I used to make fake blood by the gallon when I was in College. (theater major with a focus in Makeup) If you want to use fake blood for Halloween or really anything add in some Dawn Dish washing soap. I found the Orange or green soap never really distorted your end product but it did make sure it came out of clothes. Yes! even White dress shirts! You can be Generous with the amount you add just add it in last and mix till your happy with the consistency

    1. Thank you for the tip! I'll add this to the post. :-)

  10. So...not a Barbie® fan huh? Me neither!!! That one was my favorite example of all!! Again, YOU ROCK, Jin!!! I bow to your clever sense of humor!!

  11. Jin, you've made me laugh in the past, but this takes the cake! You crack me up and this recipe is AWESOME. My son is a vampire this year, but he might be licking off his own blood . . . .

  12. Just wait to see what I added this too. I will be posting it on your Facebook page as soon as it dries, muahahahaaa!!!

    1. OOooohh.....the suspense! I can't wait to see what you did. :D

  13. Jin,
    What a great to scare the heck out of my co-workers. You do have a humorous sick it. Thank you for the recipe.