Want to make fake blood??
Anyone that shoots horror or macabre photography will need to use fake blood. I make fake blood a lot and have at least three containers in my kitchen right now with it. I shoot a bit more mild without fake blood but when I was planning my Carrie shoot I knew I would need to use it. I’m a big DIYer so I knew I didn’t want to order any. I watched a lot of behind the scenes and video interviews with the cast and crew from Carrie and in one interview Sissy Spacek says that they used corn syrup and food coloring.
What you’ll need:
- Corn syrup (I used Karo dark syrup)
- Food coloring (I used McCormick brand but store band is just as good)
- Spoon to stir
- Gloves (optional)
- Paper towels both wet and dry
I had my son help me to make this. He’s 12 so he’s into making slime and anything that can make the biggest mess in the kitchen.
Pour your corn syrup into a bowl. Pretty easy right? If you are not into having sticky hands you can put your gloves on. I don’t mind it too much so I don’t use gloves. J likes to “accidently” get it on his hands so he can lick it off.
Obviously you want to start to add the red food coloring. Add as many drops as you’d like until your blood starts to get red. The more red you add the brighter it will be so you don’t want to add too much and it look fake. We added 13 drops of red food coloring.
As you can see from the photo it’s really red and I could stop here but I wanted it to be a little deeper in color. I added 3 drops of blue food coloring.
And then I added 2 drops of green. This is optional. I didn’t want the fake blood to look too purple so I added some green.
Then I stirred it all up. You can see the colors on the side of the bowl not mixed. You don’t want that. You will want to make sure it’s all mixed up so when you use it there’s no little “worms” of green or blue.
Once you are happy with your mixture make sure to put a lid on it so it doesn’t tip over and make a sticky mess. Food coloring stains for a day or two on your skin so try not to make it if you need to have clean hands.
Now go find someone to dump it on. If you are curious to see it in action please have a look at my Carrie blog post. While you are there leave me some love or some hate, whatever your like. If you found these directions easy make sure to leave a comment, pin, share, do your thing!