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Do It Yourself Bloody Handprint Window Clings

Kylyssa Shay worked as a florist for eighteen years and has created and taught an assortment of crafts to adults and children of all ages.

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DIY Bloody Handprints for Halloween

What gruesome party couldn't use a few bloody handprints with drops of blood on the walls or windows as a decoration? These easy-to-make clings stick on windows, mirrors, or any other glass or plastic surface—and they're cheap, too! There are a ton of great ways you can incorporate them:

  • Use them on the floors at the "crime scene" of a murder-mystery party.
  • Place them on the shower curtains for a Psycho movie marathon.
  • Put them on the mirrors just for fun, to scare someone.
  • Use them for any Halloween-related gathering or event, of course!

You can make inexpensive, reusable window cling decorations for any bloody occasion. A lot of people just buy premade decorations with a gory theme and put them up. For me, that takes a lot of the fun out of decorating my home. That's why I thought it would be fun to create a budget-friendly craft project that produces unique looking bloody handprint window cling decorations and fake blood drops. This article will lay out all the steps you need—have fun!

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What You Need to Make Bloody Handprint Window Clings

  • Elmer's Glue-All, craft glue, or a generic equivalent. (A four-ounce bottle of glue will make about four adult-sized bloody handprint window clings and numerous blood drops or small pools of blood.)
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Plastic saran wrap
  • Wax paper
  • A large cutting board, clipboard, or piece of foam core board
  • Tape
  • Optional: Latex or non-latex surgical gloves*

While you'll probably find the food coloring at a grocery store, the craft glue, plastic wrap, and wax paper are also often available at dollar stores.

A Note on the Gloves: If you do this craft project without gloves, you will stain your hands with red food dye. However, bare hands are the easiest to work with and the gloves may make for a somewhat messier finished project and work area. I personally prefer to use my bare hands — it gives me more control and the dye goes away after about a day. If you use a hand lotion to moisturize your hands before you start the project, the dye will come off easier.

Step One: Prepare Your Work Area

Before you start mixing up the fake blood and start making the clings, you'll need to prepare your work area. This is important, as this can be a messy project — especially if you get children involved (and, you should! As long as you use non-toxic glue, this can be fun and perfectly safe for kids).

  1. Prepare your work area on a washable surface, preferably in a room with a smooth, washable floor.
  2. Wrap the plastic wrap carefully around the cutting board, clipboard, or the piece of foam core board very carefully so that surface is completely smooth. This is actually the hardest task involved in the whole project.
  3. Secure the plastic wrap with tape on the back side of whatever board you are using. I used a square piece of countertop material that I use to make crafts on. No matter what you use to keep the plastic wrap in place, be sure that it holds it securely.

I'd also suggest wearing a smock to cover up with or wearing old clothes you don't mind staining for both the adults and children taking part in this project.

Step Two: Mix Up the Colored Glue

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  1. Pour about an ounce of craft glue into a small bowl or cup and add a single small drop of blue food coloring to it.
  2. Stir the blue food coloring in well and, while doing so, add the red food coloring one drop at a time. Stir thoroughly between drops, until the mixture reaches a shade just lighter than you want the finished product to be. The mixture will become darker and more translucent when it dries. If you get it too dark, that's OK — it will probably be more realistic because the real stuff is much darker than most commercially available fake blood and movie blood.

I recommend making just an ounce of the glue mixture to start. This allows you to tweak and adjust the color to your preferences. Once you get the hang of coloring the glue to bloody perfection, you can mix it directly in the glue bottle to reduce the mess and make for easier application.

Step Three: Press the Glue onto the Plastic Wrap

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This step will provide a base for each print. You will get your hand covered in craft glue, so if that is a problem, you will want to wear the latex or non-latex surgical glove here.

  1. Coat your hand in craft glue, as pictured above.
  2. Press it down on the plastic wrap, leaving a white craft glue hand print on it. This is where you'll see why it was so important to secure that plastic wrap!
  3. Repeat the pressing as many times as you can easily fit on your stretched-smooth plastic wrap.
  4. Fill in the shape of the hand in each print with more craft glue to a thickness of about an eighth of an inch.
  5. Set aside to dry.

Also, make sure that you wash your hands, and the glove if you used one, in warm soapy water.

This step will provide a base for each print.

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Your plain glue bases.

Your plain glue bases.

Step Four: Apply the Fake Blood to the Bases

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You will stain your hand with red dye during this step, so if this is a problem, wear a latex or non-latex surgical glove.

  1. Holding your hand over the plastic wrap, use the back of a spoon to paint a thick layer of your fake blood glue mixture onto it. It doesn't need to be perfect — just make sure it is about an eighth of an inch thick everywhere but the center of your palm.
  2. Then, flip your hand over and press it onto the dried plain craft glue print and pick your hand back up.
  3. Keep painting your hand with the bloody mixture and pressing it into the bases until you have as many bloody handprints as you'd like.
  4. Now, after washing off your hands (or glove) with warm soapy water, use a spoon to carefully pour and spread more fake blood glue onto the handprints to ensure that they are all about an eighth of an inch thick.
  5. Allow the glue to dry until it becomes translucent before you carefully peel the plastic wrap off of the blood drops and bloody hand print cling films and store them between sheets of wax paper, unless you intend to use them immediately. If you didn't make the glue mixture thick enough to peel off in a nice, substantial cling film you can add more layers of it and allow them to dry again.

Also, there will likely be drops of blood glue on the plastic wrap just from what you spill or drip accidentally. If you prefer more, just drop more colored glue in shapes you like an eighth of an inch thick on the plastic wrap.

Pressing your bloody hand into the plain glue bases to around an eight of an inch thick.

Pressing your bloody hand into the plain glue bases to around an eight of an inch thick.

Press your bloody hand into the bases and then drop whatever remaining glue is left to create blood drops.

Press your bloody hand into the bases and then drop whatever remaining glue is left to create blood drops.

DIY bloody handprint window cling on a shower door.

DIY bloody handprint window cling on a shower door.

Too Much Work? Too Much Mess?

Questions & Answers

Question: How can you turn these bloody handprint window clings into a gel cling? I want to put them on a garage door. Does the color come off of these wall clings?

Answer: They are not gel clings, just window clings made out of dried craft glue that stick on smooth surfaces indoors. Yes, the color will bleed (pun intended) if you use them out in the weather as they are not water resistant.

Question: One of the requirements was wax paper, but it was never used in the instructions. Where does the wax paper come in to play in making DiY bloody handprint window clings?

Answer: The waxed paper is used to store the clings before and between uses. If two or more clings touch each other too long without waxed paper in between they bond together.

Question: Will these bloody handprint window clings come off walls I keep them on for 4 months?

Answer: I don't recommend using them on painted walls or wallpaper at all. Use only on smooth surfaces like glass or ceramics.

Question: How does the glue cling to windows and how long would this whole project take?

Answer: The glue clings to the window by being really smooth and very slightly tacky on the back.

The whole project takes a variable amount of time because water-based glues' dry times are affected by humidity. In a really dry house, you could complete them in less than a day. In a humid area or humid house, the first glue layer could take days to set.

Question: If I want to store them, how long will these bloody handprint window clings last?

Answer: I've been reusing some for five years, so I guess they'll last up to five years.

Question: Can I use wax paper instead of plastic wrap to make my own window cling?

Answer: Depending on the humidity and the waxiness of the paper surface, it may or may not work. If water in the glue makes its way into the waxed paper, it will cause either wrinkling of the paper or bond the glue to the paper or both. If the paper wrinkles, the cling won't be smooth and able to stick to glass. If the glue bonds to the paper, you won't be able to remove the cling from it.

Leave Your Own Bloody Hand Print or Share What You Think of These DIY Window Clings

franz on October 18, 2017:

will try this, this coming halloween. thanks!

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on October 16, 2017:

The white base prevents the food coloring from transferring. If you use them only on glass, ceramic, slick plastic, or polished metal surfaces you can forgo the plain glue layer. Without it, they will definitely stain painted surfaces.

Alisha on October 14, 2017:

I like it

Evelyn on October 12, 2017:

Do you have to use the white base, or can you just use the red mixture?

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on October 26, 2016:

Yes, you can apply the glue without dipping your hands in it; it's just easier to make the hand shape using an actual hand.

Kristi on October 24, 2016:

Could I just put the blood colored glue on without using their hands?

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on October 31, 2015:

Thank you all for reading and commenting.

@FatBoyThin My roommate and I sometimes use them just whenever to confuse our guests.

@FlourishAnyway You're welcome. It's very messy but quite easy.

@Jordan The clear base only needs to dry to the touch before the red layer is added.

@Kristen Howe I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

@DzyMsLizzy It's a great craft for kids. It doesn't have to turn out tidy to look good and they love making the "mess" on purpose. It's also inexpensive as heck.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 29, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD!! What an interesting idea. This would be fun. I'm sharing this on FB and Pinning, so my daughter can see it--I think the grandkids would enjoy doing this.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 29, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD, Kylyssa for this timely hub, since I've read it this month.

Jordan on October 29, 2015:

Does the base need to dry completely translucent before adding the red layer of paint? Thanks for your time.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2015:

This is my kind o fun! Thanks for these creative instructions!

Colin Garrow from Inverbervie, Scotland on October 29, 2015:

Ooh! Wonderfully gory, and what an easy way to turn your home into a crime scene. Cheers.

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on October 20, 2015:

It is easy to remove from glass and other slick surfaces. If they've been exposed to a lot of moisture when in use, you may need to use a spatula or scraper to remove the decorations. Then you can finish cleanup with warm soapy water.

AR on October 18, 2015:

is it easy to remove

Giovanna from UK on October 15, 2015:

Wow! What a lot of blood - love it! Thanks for teaching me this. Pinned :)

The Reminder from Canada on October 05, 2015:

Great hub thanks! I'm tempted to try it this month

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 05, 2015:

Great idea, Kylissa! It's fun and not so creepy, either. Two bloody handprints up!

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 28, 2015:

If the plain layer of glue is thin, it's barely visible. But if you want a more realistic look and are not worried about getting a little dye transfer on the surface you'll be using, you can make a few without the plain base. The dye will come right off glass surfaces with a bit of glass cleaner.

Jen on September 26, 2015:

With the first layer of plain glue, does it look much different than the top with the coloured glue? Like if I wanted to put these on the glass on our front door, if I put them on the inside of the door with the bottom plain layer being the first thing you see when you walk up, can you tell there is a plain layer at all? Or is it completely translucent? (I hope that question makes sense! haha)

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 13, 2015:

The comments are not threaded properly so you can't see that my comment was in response to that last one by an anonymous user asking to use it in a newsletter. I don't think they have any intention of plagiarizing, either, so I responded to them as I did to be sure they understood what I was willing to allow and what I wasn't. I really wish the reply function threaded comments to the comment they are written in response to!

KonaGirl from New York on September 13, 2015:

Kylyssa, Oh no! I would never take your take your work! Pirating or plagiarize is such a bad thing to do. I pinned this page as a tribute to your good work & so I can remember where to find it again to try it out for Halloween. Hugs

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 12, 2015:

Linking is greatly appreciated. However, please do not cut and paste the text or images. Thank you!

Kylee Howells on September 12, 2015:

This is great! Is it alright if I use it in my company's October newsletter? With credit to you and a link to your blog of course.

KonaGirl from New York on September 08, 2015:

Very cool idea for decorating our Halloween windows! I have pinned it to my "Halloween Decor" board at https://www.pinterest.com/konagirl/halloween-decor... so i can find it again when the time is right.

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on September 07, 2015:

Try wiping the spot where they are to cling with a damp cloth or try breathing on it to create some condensation before reapplying. I've never had the problem, but I live in Michigan where it's humid.

Billie on September 07, 2015:

I made a couple clings to try it out. When I first took them off they stuck to the window. The next day I went to put them on again and they no longer stick. Am I doing something wrong? Or are they a one time use? Thank you for your help.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 30, 2014:

Looks bloody indeed! A great suggestion and you certainly know what goes.

KonaGirl from New York on October 29, 2014:

This is so cool. I'm pinning this to my Halloween Décor board.

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on October 29, 2014:

It probably would not work or work as well. The Elmer's glue becomes translucent and stays a bit flexible. This particular homemade glue would definitely not be as translucent when it dried and, while the sugar might make it a little hygroscopic, I doubt it would hold enough moisture to keep the flexibility that allows the clings to work well.