HomeGrown Solution: Low Cost Moulage


Low Cost Moulage

Submitted by

Lisa Pardi

HomeGrown Solution Number


Identification of the Problem

The Problem: The practice of moulage mannequins and compatriots can present a challenge for various reasons. One specific challenge is the creation of realistic wounds. Many of the prefabricated wounds that accompany mannequins are cost prohibitive, inflexible, and not created for the skin of compatriot volunteers. In addition, some of the materials utilized to create and afix realistic wounds may present an allergy risk to compatriots.

Unique Idea

Idea: Utilize disposable, less expensive, non-toxic items to produce flexible wounds for simulation. Presentation: Utilizing non-toxic Modge Podge- Gloss we created wounds in layers over plastic wrap. The Modge Podge takes on a bumpy appearance and becomes more realistic with additional layers. Utilizing sheets of packing foam to create jagged wound edges also added depth. Once satisfied with the wound appearance the Modge Podge is allowed to dry and is then embellished with acrylic paints from home and drugstore cosmetics.


  1. Modge Podge-gloss
  2. sheet of plastic wrap
  3. packing foam or other materials to add 3d effect such as sand etc.
  4. small paint brush
  5. non-toxic acrylic paints
  6. allergy free cosmetics for blending edges

Steps to Creating the Solution

  1. The wounds are created on sheets of plastic wrap which serve as a flexible base and allow the wounds to easily wrap around limbs and follow the original contours of the body. In addition, once a wound has served a purpose it can be utilized as a mold to create additional wounds.
  2. Layer Modge Podge on plastic wrap allowing to dry in between coats.
  3. Add bumps in plastic wrap to create 3-D effect or add packing foam.
  4. Paint to appear as desired wound.
  5. Utilize grocery store cosmetics to blend application.