October 31, 2018

DIY Fake Blood Recipe: A Complete Guide to All The Essentials

DIY Fake Blood Recipe Carrie
Learning how to make a DIY fake blood recipe can save your movie. 

It’s hard enough conveying the tone of your movie on the page, you don’t want VFX holding you back as well. That’s why it’s paramount to get the look, feel, and color of your fake blood perfect. And what better way to make sure it’s great than to do it yourself?  

The kinds of fake blood you create will certainly clue the audience into what you want them to feel, so for this post, we rounded up the best recipes for fake blood. We’ll also learn what the hue of your fake blood can do for the tone of your movie. Plus how to make fake blood without corn syrup! 

Okay, no more wasted time, we got a bleeder!

How To Make A DIY Fake Blood Recipe

Thanks to some awesome research by our intrepid writer, V Renee, we dug up VFX master Dick Smith’s (The Exorcist, Scanners, and Poltergeist III) fake blood recipe and fake blood ingredients.

DIY Fake Blood Ingredients:

  • (1 qt) Clear corn syrup

  • (1 tsp) Methyl paraben

  • (2 oz) Powdered red food color

  • (5 tsp) Powdered yellow food color

  • (2 oz) Kodak Photo-Flo (WARNING: Toxic)

  • (2 oz) Water

To make this fake blood recipe, mix the methyl paraben with some of the corn syrup in a large bowl. Then pour in the red and yellow food coloring. Finally, mix in the water.

You can adjust the color of the fake blood by adding more coloring. This will come in handy as we figure out what color of fake blood your movie requires.

Here’s the catch with this fake blood recipe - you can’t eat it!

Repeat: This is NOT an edible fake blood recipe.

The ingredients are actually toxic, so make sure to keep it away from your actor’s eyes and mouth.

Want to make some edible fake blood?

We have a fake blood recipe for that!

An Edible DIY Fake Blood Recipe

As I scoured the internet for the best edible fake blood recipe, I stumbled upon Tom Savini’s Special Effects School in Pennsylvania. As a PA boy myself, I can’t help but give props (pun intended) to Jerry Gergely, who is the school’s director.

Basically, he’s been able to cut out the deadly ingredients of the DIY fake blood recipe and create his own DIY fake blood recipe that probably tastes great.

Its main ingredient is corn syrup!

If you are stuck at home and have limited ingredients and time, this DIY fake blood recipe could be the ticket. It was developed by someone who wanted to help you create the most realistic fake blood, with just a few things in most people’s kitchen:

Another thing about some of these DIY fake blood recipes is that they can get pricey. I found this other great DIY fake blood recipe video that promises to make a ton of fake blood for really cheap. That can come in handy with any splatter film!

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have to wear a smock when I’m creating my DIY fake blood recipes. Things can get kind of messy when I’m in the kitchen, so a lot of times I’m looking for a fake blood recipe that cuts down on, or eliminates, stains.

Is There A DIY Fake Blood Recipe That Won’t Stain?

One of the best ways to ensure your fake blood won’t stain is to add a surprise ingredient to your favorite DIY fake blood recipe: dish soap!

That’s right, an over the counter detergent not only will help with viscosity, it will also help lift the red stains. This can help you save on dry cleaning, especially if you have to do multiple takes!

See, homemade fake blood can also be clean.

One other thing that’s unpleasant about most fake blood recipes is that they’re so sticky! Have you ever walked through a puddle of fake blood on a set?

Your shoes get ruined!

So I also set out to answer an age-old question…

Is There a DIY Fake Blood Recipe That’s Not Sticky?

This question is insane, partly because I love how specific it is, and partly because I’ve been so lucky to spend my day researching DIY fake blood recipes and homemade fake blood. So I’m riding that high.

This is the real deal, so if you want to learn how to make fake blood without corn syrup, this is where to start. Corn syrup is what makes this stuff sticky.

I was bouncing around reddit, and found this DIY fake blood recipe that’s a little closer to frosting than I’d imagine, but that promises not to be sticky at all. So another way to learn how to make fake blood without corn syrup is this edible fake blood recipe below.

Not Stick DIY Fake Blood Recipe Ingredients:

  • (16 oz) Powdered sugar

  • (1 oz) Red food coloring

  • (1 tb) Cocoa powder

  • (8 oz) Water

Step one: put the water and powdered sugar in a blender and combine on low. Then add the food coloring and spin on medium. You want to avoid froth. Lastly, blend in the cocoa powder.

Once finished, ice a cake. Or, smear it all over your face and hands and then wash it off with ease. You’ve got your DIY fake blood recipe AND less of a mess!

How Can Homemade Fake Blood Affect My Movie?

We’ve talked a lot about how DIY fake blood recipes can help your day to day on shoots, but how can the color of your homemade fake blood affect your movie?

For starters, the color of your fake blood says a lot about the tone of your film. Will it be almost black, like in a Fincher movie?

Or will your blood be bright, and blend genres like in Kill Bill?

When you’re working on the VFX for your blood, think about what details you want to convey to your audience.

Do you want it to look dark and gritty? Check out the blood styling in Oldboy?

What if you want it to be stylized, like the blood in Sin City or 300?  Or you could do a war movie, like Saving Private Ryan, which was focused on realism.

No matter what, put time and effort into what your DIY fake blood recipe looks like, because if you flub on it, you might get a weird orange-blood like the Black Knight in Monty Python & The Holy Grail.

And if you nail it...you get Carrie.

Summing Up DIY Fake Blood Recipes

So there you have it, a comprehensive investigation into DIY fake blood recipes. I’m happy we got to go on this homemade fake blood journey, and I’m excited to see how you use the recipes in your "filmic" applications.

Or pranks on your Mom. Whatever works.

Maybe you just want to eat edible fake blood. That’s on you.

What are some of your favorite fake blood moments in movies?

Let me know in the comments!  

Don’t have time to test all these recipes? RocketJump Film School did all the heavy lifting, and bleeding, and created an Ultimate DIY Fake Blood Guide!

See if their results will work for you!

Bleed ya later!


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