How to Make Fake Scars with Unflavored Gelatin

Updated February 21, 2017

Create your own burns, scabs, amputations and scars for the perfect addition to your Halloween costume. Halloween supply stores sell a variety of these props, however they are expensive and most you can only use once. Create your own scars for less money with common household products. You can make more than you need so if you don't like the first attempt, you can simply wash it off and try again. Homemade scars clean off easily once the party is over.

Boil 2 tablespoons of water for every ounce of gelatin. The gelatin's ounces are listed on the outside of the package. Use only unflavored gelatin. Flavoured gelatin has too much sugar and not enough gelatin.

Stir the gelatin into the boiling water. Add in 1 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil per ounce of gelatin. Use just enough oil to prevent the gelatin from hardening too quickly. Set the mixture aside for about 3 minutes to harden. The mixture should still be hot, but not hot enough to burn you when you begin application.

Use a tongue depressor to apply the gelatin to your skin. Lightly drag the tongue depressor across your skin to smooth out the gelatin; this creates the appearance of a deep scar. Make the scar appear more natural by pulling the tongue depressor in a couple of different directions.

Create a raised scar appearance by pulling up some of the gelatin. Allow the slightly hardened gelatin to stick to the tongue depressor. Gently lift the depressor up away from your skin until the gelatin releases from the depressor. Repeat this in a few different areas of the scar.


Turn your scars into scabs by adding paprika. Apply the gelatin directly over any hair growing in the application site. It easily washes off in the shower.

Things You'll Need

  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Boiling water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Tongue depressor
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