Snow White and the Undead Dwarves

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About: Synth chick for electro-rock band, Former Human Beings

This is my take on what happened to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the end. To put it plainly: zombie apocalypse! This costume is great for anyone who isn't great at sewing or is new to special effects makeup. This is the first fake open wound I've ever made and it was fun and easy. Follow along to find out how to put together this look in about an hour's time!

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Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

  • Snow White dress
  • black wig
  • red headband
  • white high socks
  • black Maryjane shoes
  • 2 Disney Dwarf plush dolls, 10" in size or bigger
  • adhesive Velcro strips
  • double sided carpet tape
  • cheap red lipliner
  • liquid latex
  • several bits of toilet paper
  • bloody scab makeup
  • paint brush
  • makeup sponge
  • hairdryer
  • mini scissors
  • liquid foundation in your skin colour
  • black eyeliner
  • cornstarch
  • ketchup
  • red food dye
  • blue food dye

Notes:

I got my dwarf plush dolls on eBay for about $8 each after shipping. I went with a 10" on my neck and 12" on my hip. Any bigger might have been too heavy. These were perfect and nestled on me all day.

The Velcro strips are good for the neck dwarf but not strong enough for the hip one. I used double sided carpet tape as it's strong enough to bind/hang the doll, but not rip off my dress or its face. :)

I got the bloody scab makeup because it was cheap when I went to get the liquid latex. You can also use the cornstarch/ketchup/food dye mix I made here for fabric-safe blood.

I made my diseased-veins look extra thick so they could be seen from far away, but you can go a bit easier for a more realistic look up-close!

Step 2: Placing Dwarf on Neck

Put on your Snow White dress and place a dwarf on your shoulder so it looks like it's biting your neck. Stick a piece of Velcro on your shoulder.

Stick the other side of the Velcro on your dwarf.

Attach dwarf to your neck with the help of the Velcro. It will sit on you nicely.

Step 3: Making the Wound Base

While your patient little dwarf is still attached to you, so you get an idea of where is a good placement, make an outline of your neck wound with red lipliner.

Paint on a nice thick coat of liquid latex in the wound area.

Immediately dab on bits of tiny toilet paper onto the painted area.

Paint more liquid latex onto the toilet paper. Repeat this process a couple times so it's thick.

Sit and wait until it dries, or speed up the process with a hairdryer on the cool setting.

Step 4: Colouring and Opening the Wound

Dab foundation on all over the wound so it matches your skin.

Take your small scissors and cut a slit open from end to end.

Cut out some flaps in some areas to make it look more busted.

Step 5: Blood and Black Veins

Dab some of the fake blood into your wound. Really get in there! You can remove your patient dwarf for now.

Take your black eyeliner and draw veins from the wound shooting outward toward your chest and up your neck and face.

Take a sponge and gently blot on a very small amount of foundation over the veins.

Now take your eyeliner again and make heavier black veins around to show depth.

Step 6: Wig and Touch-ups

Tie your hair into braids, pin to the top of your head, and put on your wig. Pull out some of your own hair for a more realistic hairline. If you don't have dark hair, use some mascara on it to blend.

Now that your wig is on, do some finishing touches on the vein work. Dabbing on a bit of liquid latex on the wound flap edges makes for awesome pus-filled looking gnarliness. Give it a try!

The veins should be heavier at the wound then muted going out. This is a photo of my makeup after I took off the dress.

Step 7: Attaching 2nd Dwarf to Hip

Having the dwarf hang off the hip needs a lot more strength than Velcro can handle. Take a piece of double-sided carpet tape and attach the dwarf to your hip at the mouth and at the belly.

Again, this stuff is strong so if you get it on your dwarf's beard (like I did) he will lose a bit of fluff. Sorry, little dude!

Step 8: Making Fabric-safe Fake Blood

If you'd like some fake blood on your outfit or on your dwarves, make some that you can wash off easily. Mix a bit of cornstarch in a dish with a touch of water.

Add some ketchup and stir. Add 3 drops of red food colouring and the tiniest half drop of blue food colouring. Mix.

Test out the fabric safety of your fake blood by adding it to an old white t-shirt or piece of cloth.

If it washes out nicely with some water and dish detergent, you're good to go! Spray that fake blood on!

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    SousonneG

    4 weeks ago on Step 8

    An easier and more realistic blood is simply Karo Syrup with food coloring...(and it won't smell like tomatoes)....I used to use the gash technique decades ago...however, I didn't have liquid latex but simply used rubber cement, sparingly, and single ply pieces of double ply facial tissue. I also used reg. makeup to blend it to match my real skin, and compacted powdered eye shadows in brown, blues and purples to create a bruising effect...and while you're working on the gash, it's easy to mold the gash and sides the way you want them...It looked amazingly real.

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    attosaSousonneG

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    I've seen the syrup method but I did not want goopy for my fabrics; something more chunky and stable as I walked around was needed. Rubber cement is interesting for prosthetics. I've only ever used it as a kid in art class and I remember the strong smell :D Last year I did a non-gory prosthetic using eyelash glue and tissue-- worked well, probably a lot like yours. Cheers!

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    Syncopator

    4 weeks ago on Step 8

    In the present "politically correct" environment, perhaps the title of the story should be "Snow White and the Seven Bonsai Gardeners".

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    attosaSyncopator

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Haha! This girl does not play in the politically correct environment! :D

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    Randomona

    4 weeks ago

    Haha, that made me smile! :) Great job and I like the tip with the washable fake blood!

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    attosaRandomona

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Got a smile-- mission complete! Thank you so much! :)

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    Mattcais3

    4 weeks ago

    Amazing...an ingenious take on a traditional costume! Nice job on your first prosthetics project!

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    attosaMattcais3

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Ahh thank you! I love a little story twist.. with gory infections :D

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    Mimikry

    4 weeks ago

    zombie-dwarves? didn't see that coming... I guess I have to change my strategy for the upcoming apocalypse :D
    Nah... we're doomed!
    cool costume!

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    attosaMimikry

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Zombie dwarves are the worst cos they move faster! That always freaked me out about the zombies on 28 Days/Weeks Later as opposed to the slowpokes on The Walking Dead. In my head, these are fast and have sharper teeth. :D We are super doomed! Thanks so much!!! ;)

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    AussieAlf

    4 weeks ago

    Hey Attosa,
    That looks grosse, quite realistic and not bad for a first effort. Guessing this was for Halloween which is very low key here, however it has picked up quite a bit in the past few years.

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    attosaAussieAlf

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Hey there! Thank you, and this was indeed for Halloween yesterday. I thought it was going to be more difficult doing the wound, but it was pretty fun and easy. I will allow myself more time for my second-ever go, but I don't think I can wait until next Halloween. ;) I have family in Oz who have just started taking the littles out for trick-or-treating, and they are loving it.

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    attosaPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thank you! I was so excited to put it together, my photos are a bit sad-selfie-meh, but I hope everyone gets the idea! :)