Get Spooky-Chic this Halloween (Or Any Time of Year, Really) with D.I.Y. Flesh Wounds

It’s almost Halloween, my lovelies, and thank goodness for that!

Halloween is just about everything that’s magnificent in the world – it’s dark, it’s creepy, and it’s fabulous.

That’s precisely why we have to pay it homage by getting gruesome this year.


That’s right – I’m talking about flesh wounds.  These are extremely simple and quick ways to make any costume idea horrible – and I mean that in the good way.  Whether you want to pose as a serial killer or as a maid this year, flesh wounds are the best way to make your Halloween splendidly gory.


Here’s how to raise hairs with DIY flesh wounds.

What you’ll need:

  • A mixing cup
  • Two plastic teaspoons
  • Vaseline
  • Flour
  • Cocoa powder (optional – recommended for deeper skin tones)
  • Unscented facial or toilet tissue
  • Red food dye (preferably in a bottle with a dropper cap)
  • Q-tips (optional)

The Process

  1. The Goop

You need something gooey as a base for your flesh wound.  In order to create a substance that does the trick, use the nifty combination of Vaseline and flour.

Place a heaping teaspoon of flour into a mixing cup, and follow that up with a leveled teaspoon of Vaseline (use the other teaspoon to avoid contamination).

Hint: if you want to create this mixture for a darker skin tone, add in the appropriate amount of cocoa powder to achieve your desired color.

Now that these two are plopped together in the cup, start pressing and folding the Vaseline into the flour.  That sounds bizarre, but think dough.  Treat this concoction like dough.

Once it all looks like a solid chunk of goop, pour it carefully out of the cup and into your hands.  Roll, knead, and press it until it feels flexible and there’s no flour dust left over.

You’ll want it to feel like a thick gel when you’re done with this step.

  1. The Execution


Take the goop and apply a moderate layer to the area where you want your flesh wound to be.

Once this is done, take some tissue, tear it up, and poke it into the center of the Vaseline.  Apply more Vaseline if it’s not looking oozy enough (use your judgment and expert knowledge of horror movie wounds).

Once the area looks realistically wet (think about how a bloody wound might look in transparent form), add a few drops of red food dye and spread it with a Q-tip [or with your finger].  Poke around a bit to get a splotchy, deeply embedded look with the blood.

You’ll want the center area with the tissue-created flesh to be the darkest shade of scarlet, and then you can spread the supposedly escaped, residual blood in the goopy area surrounding the wound.

If you want a messier look, apply some dye to the dry areas of your skin outside of the gooped-down area.

And voila! You look slaughtered!

Just for good measure, though…

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary!


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