Introduction: How to Create a Fake Wound

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The idea of this instructable is to explain the basics of how simple fake wounds are made. In the picture of the end result, the makeup and general colored area is focused in one spot, which makes it look a bit more fake than wanted.

This problem can be fixed in two ways:
  • One, create a more logical design for a cut. In this instructable the leg seems to look like it was scratched by a ferocious, infected, three-clawed beaver; smeared with mud from a lake, (which would actually make sense if there was a beaver around); and cleaned around every area except for the cut itself. Unless that's what you're aiming for, try to think of what actually gave you the injury before you make the design.
  • Two, adding more paint or makeup around the area makes the cut, bullet hole, or burn look dirtier. Even if your doing   a small, simple cut, you have to keep in mind what the surrounding skin would look like if the cut was real. A deep cut on a finger might flood blood to one area while the rest of the finger turns pale. You don't want to be left with a single area untouched while the rest of your body is clean.

-Black, red, and brown acrylic paint. (For dirt and infection, it's nice to have a mixture of green and yellow on hand)
-A bottle of fake blood. (Found at nearly any costume shop, though it is a simple process to make your own)
-Scar wax (You an find this at practically every costume shop, too)
-Flour (For an alternative to texturing with an easily available material)
-A large needle
-Newspaper (Unless you enjoy mopping fake blood off the floor)
-Paper plate

Step 1: Creating the Base

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-Open up the scar wax and scoop out a ball of the size in the picture.

-Smooth the clay to create a long, flat worm shape and lay it on your leg/arm, wherever you want  the cut to appear.
(If you put clear nail polish under the area you put the wax on, it will be easier to wash off when you are done).

- Gently smear the edges on your skin. It's alright if the wax isn't smooth; you'll be roughing it up later.

Step 2: Making the Cut

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-Using the dull side of the needle, draw a line through the middle of the wax.

-Pour a small bit of black, red, and brown paint on to the paper plate, and dip the end of one of the cutips into the black paint. Drag the tip of the cutip through the thick line. Do the same with the other two paint colors.

Step 3: Adding the Blood

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-Put a small amount of flour on the paper plate and rub some in your fingers. Sprinkle the flour dust on the cut; this will help the blood and paint stick to the area.

-Pour a little bit of the fake blood on the paper plate. Mix it with tiny amount of black to make a darker, older looking blood. Dip the pointy edge of the needle in the mixture, and run it through the main cut. You can then fill the smaller cuts with blood, and feel free to add some fake blood without black paint in it to make it look a little more fresh.

Note- If you like how the cut looks by this step, theres no need to read the last two steps.

Step 4: Add Infection

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-Add the green and yellow paint to the plate, and blend a small amount of the green into the yellow. Blend a small amount of the leftover red and brown paint in to the mixture.

- Dip a clean cutip into this paint mixture and dab it around the cut. Blend some of the blood on the wax into the new paint on the wax.

Step 5: Fin

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Again, this is just a quick instructable to help illustrate the central concept of the basics. I'll try to answer any questions.

Thanks for reading!


jowcordeiro (author)2011-03-22


I'll gross out my students!



Haha, I'm glad you found it helpful!

michael98 (author)2011-07-11


68charger (author)2011-01-28

ccccccccccccccoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. i am going 2 frk out my sister!!!!!!!

denis_nani9 (author)2010-11-22

I dont have scar wax to make own scar wax or liquid latex :D

salazam (author)2010-10-28

I love how you mixed black with the blood. Fake blood always looks too bright to be real!

chinaoldman (author)2010-10-15

can't sleep anymore.....thanks!!

o1bloody1o (author)2010-10-14

Nice girl :) It looks so real! KEEP IT GOIN'!

Chicken2209 (author)2008-10-25

doesn't exactly look real stick to the basic line

Shadowmang (author)Chicken22092008-10-25

lines are the ones that don't look real that is awesome :P

Chicken2209 (author)Shadowmang2008-10-25

i disagree. Next time you get cut, look at it, its a line this looks fake because it looks like a pattern on your arm i also think it looks a little thin

Shadowmang (author)Chicken22092008-10-25

depends what you get cut or hurt by

Chicken2209 (author)Shadowmang2008-10-26

then what would you get hurt by to give some sort of weird pattern thingy

... maybe like, a person fell and scraped part of their leg while a piece of metal cut a line in the middle? lol this is my first time making fake cuts i didn't really know what I was doing

it looks more like you have a bad flesh eating disorder that you scraped open.

Alpvax (author)hidethecake2010-09-05


hmm...I'm happy that I atleast got it to look like something!
I have a different gash thing in my profiel if you want to take a look at that.

Pie Ninja (author)Chicken22092008-12-14

Something with claws

Alpvax (author)Pie Ninja2010-09-05

or teeth

gallimaufry13 (author)Shadowmang2008-10-25

I couldn't really get a great picture, but the there are actually three basic lines, and then few drops of blood here and there. Any more tips would be appreciated. :)

ttrat (author)2009-10-21

 HEY I had the same bottle of fake blood! Its terrible though, don't use it. The way it stains your skin five minutes later is horrible.

gallimaufry13 (author)ttrat2009-10-21

 I must have some good soap, because it doesn't stain my hand. ^^

erikos kostarikos (author)2009-09-22

this is too messy. there is blood everywhere and it don't looks real. at step 3 I thought it was the most realistic wound

Kaiven (author)2009-01-28

And if I don't have the scar wax?

gallimaufry13 (author)Kaiven2009-01-28

Hmmm... I suppose you could try f/x gel or liquid latex (assuming you're not allergic).

Izokay (author)2008-10-26

Just cut yourself like a real man Now THAT will look realistic

Shagglepuff (author)Izokay2008-10-29


Big Bubba (author)2008-10-28

Really Neat, 5/5 Handy for Halloween!

blugyblug (author)2008-10-26

Looks a bit like a tattoo. Its a good fake thingy but just make it a bit less complex.

jakee117 (author)2008-10-25

that is wonderfully nasty

5* and favorited

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