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Movie Blood Recipe

blood splatter


1 cup light corn syrup

10 drops red food coloring

1 drop blue food coloring

1 tbs. water


  1. Mix corn syrup and water in a small bowl until well blended.
  2. Add red and blue food coloring to the mixture and stir until blended.


Make alien blood by using green food coloring instead of red and blue.


Keeper of the Stairs Halloween Decoration



FROM: http://minus.com/


Use a mannequin or a sewing form with a styrofoam wig head covered with dark fabric and then draped in tulle or gauze positioned at the top of the stairs if you don’t want guests going up there during your Halloween Party.




Mini Movable Mummy Dolls

movable mummy dollFROM: http://cfabbridesigns.com/

By Camilla Fabbri


Movable mini mummies are a Halloween project that is super easy and perfect if you’re looking for a party activity.


These mummies are made from rubber coated flexible wire and strips of muslin are easy to make and a look cute hanging around the house for Halloween.


Visit for more: http://cfabbridesigns.com/craft-projects/mini-mummies-2/#.VglEc86d9aU


Plaster Hands for Halloween Decorations

plaster hands for halloween decor

plaster hands for Halloween decor

FROM: MarthaStewart.com

Use a food-grade alginate, a water-based skin-safe molding powder, to cast hand molds. (Don’t put your hands in the plaster of Paris; it can cause burns.


  • Alginate powder
  • 2 1/2-quart plastic container
  • Plaster of Paris powder
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • 3/4- to 1-inch drill bit and Surform planer, if needed
  • Paintbrush
  • Black gouache




  1. Stir alginate with water in a 1-to-1 ratio, nearly filling the 2-quart container.
  2. Position hand how you would like it to be cast (if you want the sculpture to function as a candleholder, hold a candle in your hand, keeping it straight; then carefully remove candle), and insert hand into alginate mixture. Hold still 3 to 5 minutes, until the mold is set.
  3. Pull hand out (this won’t affect the mold). Mix plaster of Paris according to package directions, and pour into mold to fill. Let set for several hours.
  4. Remove entire mold from container. Use craft knife to cut the mold in half neatly, and remove plaster hand. Set aside to dry completely (this may take a few days). You can reuse the same mold several times over the course of a day or so. Just reassemble the pieces, securing with masking tape, then put it back into the container. Stop using the mold once it dries out.
  5. If making a candleholder, you may need to widen the opening between fingers and thumb a bit with a drill bit, to accommodate the candle. If necessary, use Surform planer to smooth the surface.
  6. Brush with gouache for a gray pallor; let dry, and arrange on a table.


More here:  http://www.marthastewart.com/858107/plaster-hands#What%20Are%20You%20Afraid%20Of%3F|/858105/what-are-you-afraid/@center/1006806/halloween-parties|858107