Do It Yourself Bloody Handprint Window Clings
Inexpensive and Reusable Bloody Handprint Decorations
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, such as:
- Using them on the floors at the "crime scene" of a murder-mystery party.
- Placing them on the shower curtains for a Psycho movie marathon.
- On the mirrors just for fun, to scare someone.
- Any Halloween-related gathering or event, of course!
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!
Make Inexpensive, Reusable Window Cling Decorations for Any Bloody Occasion
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
- 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).
- Prepare your work area on a washable surface, preferably in a room with a smooth, washable floor.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Coat your hand in craft glue, as pictured above.
- 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!
- Repeat the pressing as many times as you can easily fit on your stretched-smooth plastic wrap.
- Fill in the shape of the hand in each print with more craft glue to a thickness of about an eighth of an inch.
- 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.
Step Four: Apply the Fake Blood to the Bases
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.
- 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.
- Then, flip your hand over and press it onto the dried plain craft glue print and pick your hand back up.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Where to Place Your Bloody Handprints
You can stick your bloody creations on smooth washable surfaces including: windows, mirrors, shower curtain liners, and linoleum.
Too Much Work? Too Much Mess?
Questions & Answers
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?
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.Helpful 41
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?
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.Helpful 21
If I want to store them, how long will these bloody handprint window clings last?
I've been reusing some for five years, so I guess they'll last up to five years.Helpful 4
How does the glue cling to windows and how long would this whole project take?
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.Helpful 18
Can I use wax paper instead of plastic wrap to make my own window cling?
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.Helpful 5