Technical Theatre

Stage Blood Recipes

stage blood

Last week we asked the following on our Facebook Page:

Do you have a good stage blood recipe we can share?

We got some great responses that I’m assembling here for folks to find in the future.

How about you? Is your favorite stage blood recipe listed here? If not, please add it below!

Sally Luff
Basically syrup and food colouring, thats what i use… it smells and tastes good too.

Daryl Bubs Watson
Real blood is quite effective and lends to the verisimilitude.
[ed: Ummm… no, thanks.]

Alaina Helliker Butler
For a scabby blood peanut butter and red food dye mixed with a drop of blue works well.

T. Theresa Scarano

  • 2L corn syrup
  • 500mL chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups water (1cup cold tap water, 1cup hot tap water)
  • 2 tbsp (heaping) corn starch
  • 3 tbsp (heaping) Coffee Mate (this is what makes it washable!!! don’t know why… just does!!!))
  • 15 mL red food colouring
  • 3 mL yellow food colouring
  • Mix corn syrup and chocolate syrup together in large pot on high heat.
  • Use 1 cup cold water to rinse out syrup containers. Then dissolve corn starch in water. Add to pot.
  • Use 1 cup hot water to dissolve Coffee Mate. Add to pot.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix in food colouring
  • I also add a little bit of ALL free and clear laundry detergent. and adjust the coloring; I tend to add a little blue.

Heather Whetstone
Karo syrup, red food coloring, one drop of blue food coloring and a little milk

Rebeccah Homer
Black treacle with red food colouring. Good depth of colour and it washes out easily!

Andy Perry
White corn syrup, water, red food coloring, and a bit of blue color, too, for realism. I know, I compared it to the real stuff when they did a blood drive at my school! For thicker blood, use toothpaste. We used that in “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead”.

Bradley Hayward
We mixed powdered red tempera paint (and maybe a dash of blue) with a clear dish soap. Our costumes and skin never ended up getting stained this way.

Cathy Haavaldsrud Morse
I used corn syrup, beef bullion for a deep color, red food coloring and green dish soap for easy washing out of costumes.

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Craig Mason

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  • These are all good recipes, but please be careful. Most of these food based recipes will stain clothes, skin, floors, and the set. The soap or detergent based recipes aren’t safe in the mouth or on the skin and can be really bad if you get it in your eyes. We found a recipe that is safe and washes out with just warm water which we sell on our website. Our thick “Blood Jam” can be used as a makeup or thinned out with water to whatever consistency you want. Our “Blood Syrup” is already in an oozing consistency. Check us out…