Introduction: Custom Zombie Dentures With Non-SFX Materials

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In this tutorial I will explain how I created my very own "out of mouth" dentures for use with zombie make-ups 

I do not have pictures of every step so forgive me if some things are a little confusing or left out.

Things you will need:

x2 cheap halloween teeth [I got mine from wal-mart for 3 dollars each] 1 for top teeth 1 for bottom teeth
x1 soda bottle [was just laying around my desk]
x1 set of regular acrylic finger nails [wal-mart 3 dollars]
x1 tube of Loctite Repair putty [doesnt have to be loctite brand it was just what they had at wal-mart and worked perfectly]
x1 hot glue gun and glue sticks
Acrylic paints I used Pink, Browns, Black, Grey, Red, yellow, etc
An handheld dremel helps but sand paper will work just fine
And a lot of patience...

And here is a link of the final product in action

Step 1: Creating the Base for Your Teeth and Outer Gums

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Take your 2 halloween dentures and carefully break off the existing teeth (or just grind them all the way off using your dremel) 

get it to a rough surface but dont grind into the "gums" too much just make it rough for a good grip for the putty to stick to then I followed the instructions on the pack and molded them to both the top and bottom sets of my teeth

I bought some loctite repair putty the kind that you mix up and it sets in about 5 minutes and made too little worms of putty and stuck the worms to the sanded area where the teeth on the dentures used to be. this is to create a strong area to hold the peice that will go over your lips and to create a space for your lips to rest behind the outer gums

then cut off the top of your soda bottle and throw away the bottom peice all you will need is the top part that curves around.
its a little hard to explain but you need to cut the bottle into a shape that you want to go over your lips and make sure its a natural shape to the curves of your mouth like in the picture

once you have those shapes cut out I put about 3 or 4 little holes on the inner edges of the plastic peices and then made matching holes in the now dry repair putty on the dentures this is to help keep them secure when you glue them on.

I used hot glue because I was able to glue the plastic peices on while wearing the dentures to ensure a comfortable fit around my mouth area.


Put glue on the putty first BE CAREFUL if your doing this with them in your mouth dont be dumb and burn your lips

quickly stick the plastic peice on the repair putty where you want it and match the holes up try and make sure some of the glue gets in the holes on the plastic to ensure a secure hold. 

once all this is finished and done properly you should have something like the picture

Step 2: Adding the Teeth

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Once you have successfully created the basis of your dentures get your acrylic nails that you bought and shape them into teeth like shapes I used my dremel for this but you can use scissors sand paper, etc 

try and rough them up a bit with your dremel or sandpaper to help them take acrylic paints I even went as far as to carefully slice some pretty deep lines in them with an xacto knife.

Carefully glue the teeth in place where you want them I put mine flush with the plastic underneath so when you bite down your not accidentally breaking the teeth off or something you dont want them to be actually touching too much when you bite down.

after they were all glued down I added some depth with hot glue to create a sort of receding gum area.


Now the fun part!

Step 3: Painting

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I used simple acrylic paints that you can get at any wal-mart or hobby store. 

I started with a coat of pink just to get the idea of the gum area 

Then I added various watered down layers of yellow, brown, red and black. 

then went in with a small brush and added details and grime in the cracks of the teeth

And I painted anything else just a super dark brown color you dont want anything standing out besides the teeth really since thats the point of the gag really...

after the paintjob was done i added a small layer of super glue in certain areas to add some shine to it as leftover saliva leaking out of the teeth or something....

And wala extra cheap out of mouth zombie dentures.

The rest of the make-up is up to you!
you can make a latex appliance to put over it or even just do the old tissue paper and latex method to create some on the fly chewed off lips etc

Step 4: My End Result

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Here are just a bunch of photos of the teeth in full action when I went to my local zombie prom


CaseFace5 (author)2013-10-28

Made a new pair of dentures this year and some new prosthetics. Participated in a Zombie infested 5k and definetly freaked some people out :) it was a hit!

T0BY (author)2015-12-06

Very convincing! Terrifying!

megojim made it! (author)2015-11-02

been following this thread for over a year . . . well there relly hasn't been much action, so I guess studying would be a better word. Anyway, tried my hand at this using the instamorph and resin teeth like one of the other members did. It took a little trial and error but was super happy with the end product. I also had my dentist who is a friend make some impressions of my teeth so I can store them safely with out them shrinking up too much.

megojim made it! (author)2015-11-02

been following this thread for over a year . . . well there relly hasn't been much action, so I guess studying would be a better word. Anyway, tried my hand at this using the instamorph and resin teeth like one of the other members did. It took a little trial and error but was super happy with the end product. I also had my dentist who is a friend make some impressions of my teeth so I can store them safely with out them shrinking up too much.

mersetaxlaw (author)2015-10-05

Hi there!

I know it's been years since this was posted, but I have a question I'd LOVE to have answered, so here's hoping!

I LOVE the teeth, but I also really like the makeup you did! Would you be willing to give a brief explanation on how? I'm working on a project and can't get my zombie to look like yours, I instead get the "guy in makeup look...." Any tips at all would be HUGELY appreciated!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this!! And keep up the great work!

Sincerely AJ

Gunter187 (author)2015-07-14


Order66 (author)2014-11-09

So did you use just the cheapo flexable halloween teeth as a bass to start with, or did you use just regular hard plastic halloween teeth?

smckenzies1972 (author)2014-11-02

Here's our 2014 zombie! Err I mean my daughter!! Had lots of fun for our 1st attempt!! Will definitely try more things this year!!

butterfly_89000 made it! (author)2014-10-28

After reading this tutorial many, many times and examining the photos over and over again, I finally decided to attempt this for the Broad Ripple Zombie Walk in Indianapolis, IN this past October 25, 2014.

However, I found myself in the unique position of not wanting to make molds of my teeth on my own for fear of damaging the crowns on my two front teeth. Given the nature of the work my dentist has performed (and the awesome random fact that he sponsors local music shows and that's the reason I started seeing him in the first place) I emailed him explaining my situation and asking if he could help.

A few days later, I was in his office having molds of my teeth made, which were sent off to make custom-fitted teeth guards (think invisalign-meets-mouthguard). I ultimately decided to wear only the bottoms because in the end I was still terrified of damaging the crowns.

It turned out great - so many comments on facebook about it being truly frightening. I do wish I'd had more time and latex to "blow away" some skin, but I'm still definitely pleased with the results.

And there's always next year...

ladam1 (author)2014-10-27

Well Zombie walk is over :( Just wanted to send you a final thank you for the inspiration to take my costuming to the next level! Happy Haunting!

ZombieFish (author)2014-10-23

This is awesome. Am deftly going to try this for an up coming zombie club, and a hole lot better then having to glue each tooth on at a time.

smckenzies1972 (author)2014-10-21

I'm doing a set from the original idea and using glue dots to hold everything in place so as to not warp the plastic with the hot glue. Works really well. Caseface are you making your no lips appliance before and then applying? please share any tips on that!!! Thanks for the great instructable.

shannon.rapol (author)2014-10-11

Can you please make a tutorial on how to do this? I'm so confused. Anything would be appreciated. Thanks!!

ladam1 (author)shannon.rapol2014-10-12

click NEXT or VIEW ALL STEPS above, at bottom of CaseFace's STEP

ladam1 made it! (author)2014-10-11

So inspired by your design I went on to improve upon my 1st efforts based on your instructable. Items used: Instamorph, resin teeth from eBay and glue gun. Thanks again for the tutorial and launch point. I would never have attempted these had I not seen what a great job you did with it!!

Painting is coming next...then Toronto's Zombie walk Oct 25!

adexhoo (author)2014-10-05

Hello! it is an awesome costume! :D what is the price of Locite?

atalia831 made it! (author)2014-09-06

I did make these and I love them so much! I've been having issues with drooling though. Is that just something you can't avoid? Also!.. you should make a tutorial on how you did the latex around the mouth. I think I got it sort of down but yours looks thicker. Maybe just layer the liquid latex and tissue paper? Thanks for sharing this tutorial though! It's wonderful and well made!

CaseFace5 (author)atalia8312014-09-14

yea the drooling I had issues with as well lol, I dont really know of a way to keep it from happening unfortunately that just happens when you cant close your mouth all the way lol by the time I take off the make-up I had a nice big pool of drool inside my latex on my chin appliance

atalia831 (author)CaseFace52014-09-15

Oh, wonderful. Also, with the Instamorph, I keep trying to get it on my bottom teeth and it seems like it's molded just fine, right up till it cools down and then it like pushes my gums. You think that brace wax would help with that?

ladam1 (author)atalia8312014-09-21

I used a Dremel to sand down the edge that bit at my gums.

ladam1 (author)atalia8312014-09-14

LOL!!! Mine make me drool too!!!! hahahahahaha

atalia831 (author)ladam12014-09-15

The struggle is too real.

ladam1 made it! (author)2014-09-20

Having too much fun... - made a 2nd set out of polymorph and fake nails and painted with Skin Illustrator. Since these ones are IN MY MOUTH... I am wondering how the alcohol based paint will A) endure B)poison me. I'm having difficulty finding a non-toxic sealant... hmmmmm any thoughts

ladam1 (author)2014-09-14

Loved your instructable!! Inspired me to try too! Here are my makeup applied yet...but that's coming soon!!

ladam1 (author)ladam12014-09-14

these are made 100% of polymorph. After molding directly onto teeth/mouth I spit them out when i knew they would hold shape....added a bit more hot water to wear teeth impressions were and gently squeezed a bit to improve their grip on my teeth. Both bottom and top SNAP onto my teeth securely

CaseFace5 (author)ladam12014-09-14

Those are great!!! I made a second pair of dentures last year for Halloween using polymorph for the over the lips parts only cause I didnt have enough for each whole denture, but I think this year im definetly going your route and just ordering a whole bag of polymorph for the whole things seems like simple is better :) careful with what paint you used on the outside of yours cause I used just regular acrylic paint and my latex "no lips" rubbed some of the paint off the polymorph.

ladam1 (author)CaseFace52014-09-19

I bought mine thru Amazon.... "Friendly Plastic"

ladam1 (author)CaseFace52014-09-19

I used Skin Illustrator to paint the polymorph...but I plan to seal it. I love Halloween!! This year I'm hoping to make it to Toronto's Zombie Walk and a party the following week. My wee kids are most certainly going to be traumatized by mommy! haha

ladam1 made it! (author)2014-09-14

Loved your instructable!! Inspired me to try too! Here are my makeup applied yet...but that's coming soon!!

bwebby (author)2014-09-07

This is too good. You look exactly like the early zombies in the Walking Dead comics :D

CaseFace5 (author)bwebby2014-09-07

Thanks! definetly the effect I was going for!

omaclean (author)2013-11-04

Quick question, but how well can you speak in these? I'm assuming that words would be muddled, which is no problem, but was verbal communication outright impossible?

ozonostudio (author)2013-10-26

maybe the same technique but with eyelash glue on the lips can work too, so you can eat without remove the dentures :D

BladeRunner759 (author)2013-10-10

I made myself a pair of these that I'm going to wear for Halloween, but my only problem is that it's really difficult to keep them on when I open my mouth, I'm just stuck in a closed mouth position, and suggestions for keeping then on?

CaseFace5 (author)BladeRunner7592013-10-11

Yea I had this problem a lot as well, the polymorph is terrible about staying on teeth. There are 2 things you can try that helped mine stay on a bit better, if you have any sort of specialty halloween stores or costume stores around your area you can buy more little packets of the fitting plastic (polymorph) and refit the dentures trying to get the polymorph to cover more of your teeth further back, and if thats not an option, you can purchase a little tube of denture cream and apply a tiny amount of it to each peice before you put them in. now the denture cream works a little too well, and if you dont plan on keeping them in for the night I wouldnt suggest it...

hope this helps

BladeRunner759 (author)CaseFace52013-10-11

It helps a whole bunch, thanks c:

annarosesc (author)2013-10-07

If you walked down the street like that I bet people would attack you.


CaseFace5 (author)annarosesc2013-10-07

HAHA! I had a few parents freaking out a bit on halloween :)

annarosesc (author)CaseFace52013-10-08

I would advise against that yes. I warned you lol

CaseFace5 (author)annarosesc2013-10-07

also, me and my group also went to eat at the local diner in our costumes and I got some pretty freaked out stares lol

Arghus (author)2013-10-08

that is so good some drunk fool with a gun might just shoot at you

thebeatonpath (author)2013-10-06

Brilliant! Were those maggots added to the final product? Nice touch! I'm a zombie fan and this freaked me out!

CaseFace5 (author)thebeatonpath2013-10-07

its funny you said maggots and I had no idea what you were talking about then I looked at the picture and it does look like maggots, but what those white spots are actually are just places where I didnt get make-up in some grooves in the latex lol which you can see I later fixed by taking my time on the main picture.

thebeatonpath (author)CaseFace52013-10-07

BAHAHA I say add some maggots. I've always wondered why I never see them on the Walking Dead and I did notice they were "gone" on your main picture. I just thought you added them for the prom. Too funny!

jleo1 (author)2013-10-07

Awesome work. another way is a pot of polymorth plastic. mould it round your back teeth making a piece go across the front pushing the gum up. you wil need a hand to hold your gum up as the plastic cant while soft when ready but some cold water over it to harden and wigle to release off the teeth then do the same for the bottom set. end result flared open gums. then some makeup to finish up. yours looks better but i would want to go wider with the teeth going further round using your way

jleo1 (author)jleo12013-10-07

if doing it like the awesome way crosa3 did then polymorpth would be a much better fit than cheap dentures as it fits awesome when done right and you can screw the soda bottle to it. I used to use it to make super tight fitting fangs.

CaseFace5 (author)jleo12013-10-07

yea I thought about doing it that way but ran out of time ordering the polymorph so I had to mcgyver my way through it and it turned out better than I hoped :P

astrong0 (author)2013-10-06

My dear sir it seems as if your glasses have a spiderweb crack in them in step 3 and 4's picture.

CaseFace5 (author)astrong02013-10-07

they werent really cracked but I did take an exacto knife to them to create the effect of broken lense :P they were an older pair of my prescription glasses. old perscription + vision restricting contacts was pretty disorienting but totally worth it :)

blizatrex (author)astrong02013-10-06

I see it also. adds to the zombie effect for me.

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