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How to Make Fake Blood | Fake Blood Ingredients, Recipes

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Working on an independent, low-budget film project that gets a little bloody? Oh, that's nasty. But also fairly common. Here are some recipes for making your own fake blood that looks (and tastes) as good as the real thing.

How to Make Fake Blood with Corn Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red fruit punch
  • 1 cup of corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder/chocolate powder

Recipe:

  1. Measure out each of the ingredients, and pour into a blender or large food processor.
    • If you'd like thicker fake blood, consider doubling the amount of corn syrup you put in.
  2. Blend the ingredients for about 30 seconds or until the ingredients combine smoothly.
  3. Drizzle some of your fake blood over a white paper towel or napkin to check the color of your blend.
    • If it looks too pink, try adding some more red food coloring and blending again.
    • If it looks too bright red, try adding chocolate syrup and blending again.
  4. Pour into a bowl to prepare for makeup

Or maybe pour it into some Solo cups if you're thirsty, ya nasty.

How to Make Fake Blood with Flour

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of water
  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring

Recipe:

  1. Pour one cup of water into a small sauce pot.
  2. Add a tablespoon of flour to the water, and whisk it to break up any lumps and dissolve the flour into the water.
  3. Cover the sauce pot, and turn the heat on high until the mixture boils.
  4. Once it's bubbling, turn the heat on medium low.
  5. Simmer the mixture for half an hour.
  6. Add the 2 tablespoons of red food coloring to the mixture (or more or less, depending on the shade you're going for), and whisk it into the mixture.

Voila, you have some thick ass fake blood.

How to Make Fake Blood with Powdered Sugar

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups (16 ounces or 453 g) of powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of water

Recipe:

  1. Pour the water and powdered sugar into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend the water and powdered sugar for 30 seconds or for however long it takes for the sugar to dissolve into the water without any clumps.
  3. Add the food coloring to the mixture, and blend it again until it is fully mixed in.
  4. Add the cocoa powder to the fake blood mixture, and blend it one more time.
  5. Test the color of the blood on a white napkin or paper towel, and adjust as necessary with either more cocoa powder or more food coloring — similar to Step 3 in our instructions for making fake blood with corn syrup.

Cheap Options for Buying Fake Blood

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If you'd rather not make your own blood, you can always buy some fake blood for film and stage pretty cheap. In fact, for Dear Dark Lord, we used Ben Nye Stage Blood, which you can get online for as low as $3.00. Sure, that $3.00 only gets you 5 oz., but a little bit goes a long way with this stuff. Trust us.