Vampiric Decorations & Make-Your-Own Blood Recipes
From VampHalloween (link is dead )
Okay, you’ve got the lights turned low… now what do you do to make your house appropriately vampiric and spooky? There are so many great ideas out there that I had trouble deciding which ones to tell you about!
Blood is an absolute must at a vampire party. Other than candles (and lots of them!), blood is the one staple for decorating – you can do so much with it! As I asked around, I came across many, many recipes for blood.
An excellent (semi)edible one:
- 1/2 pint of chocolate milk still in the pint
- 7-8 drops of blue food coloring
- 1/2 pint red food coloring
A thick blood mixture
- 16 ounces of liquid starch
- 3 ounces of red food coloring
- 1 ounce of yellow food coloring.
A VERY thick blood mixture
- 1 tube of CLOSE-UP brand toothpaste (or any other red toothpaste)
- 1/2 oz. Red Food Color
Another (semi)edible recipe
- 1 Can Frozen White Grape Juice Concentrate
- 2 tbsp. Red Food Color
- 1 tsp. Yellow Food Color
What can you do with blood? (some of you are asking, horrified). One idea is to take small bowls of blood and place them in strategic places around the room. Add some cinnamon to the blood mix to give the room a bloody, cinnamon-y smell. Drop a handful of white rose petals on top of each bowl. You may want to dip the rose petals in preservative first, so they don’t brown during the night – this is available from most craft stores. Simple, but looks very effective in low light.
A small amount of fake blood can go a long way when decorating a room. Pour a thin layer onto a plate and use as a base for pillar candles, topping off with scattered white rose petals. Or pick up white bedsheets from a secondhand store to drape over your furniture (giving it that aged, spooky look) and let a few drops of blood fall here and there on the sheets. Makes it look like someone’s has a recent meal there, for sure! (Note: please make sure you don’t use your GOOD sheets since I have no idea if these recipes will stain or not. Plus, be sure to sprinkle the few drops of blood onto the sheets BEFORE you drape the sheets over your furniture – for the same reason!)
Dress up your bathroom by keeping the lights off and filling the tub with a mixture of water, Epsom salts (to make the water cloudy), cinnamon (again,
for the smell) and water-based red and black (just a little) powdered paint
(to protect your tub, you can also line it with foil first). Add white rose petals and white floater candles on top for effect.
Bleeding candles – Even better than plain candles, it looks spectacular when you candles bleed as they burn! Two great ideas I came across for achieving this effect:
- Wrap red wax candles (preferably homemade, they are more opaque)with sheets of white beeswax. As the candle burns, the interior red wax will drip over the white beeswax.
- Melt red crayon slowly and drip over white taper candles. Be careful not
to burn yourself in the process! (Warning: this can be messy!)
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