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Severed Finger Invitation

To invite your guests, send them a plaster cast of your own index finger, nestled on a bed of preserved reindeer moss.




  • Mold rubber
  • Paper cup
  • Quick-drying plaster
  • India ink
  • Water
  • Natural Sponge
  • Paper
  • Small cardboard box
  • Reindeer moss
  • Silk embroidery ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Mix mold rubber according to package instructions, and pour into a paper cup.

  2. Step 2


    Insert your finger. Remove finger when the mold rubber dries (about 2 minutes).

  3. Step 3


    Pour quick-dry casting plaster into the mold, and allow to set overnight. Carefully remove the dried-plaster finger: This may require cutting the mold; otherwise, each mold will usually allow one or two more fingers to be cast before a new mold is required.

  4. Step 4


    To make your invitations truly cadaverous, mix India ink and water (1/2 teaspoon ink to 1 cup water), and dab the mixture onto the fingers using a natural sponge. Photocopy the invitation, cut out, and glue to the inside lid of a small cardboard box. Place reindeer moss in the base of the box; using silk embroidery ribbon, tie a "ribbon reminder" around the finger, and place inside the box.

Martha Stewart Living, October Fall 2000



Reviews (9)

  • Mistyjuarez 17 Dec, 2014

    I want to do these as a Halloween wedding invitation. Does anyone know where to find the boxes and what size of box I need? I love the soap finger I idea. I was dreading making 125 fingers!!!! Thank you for that. Your a life saver! Does anyone know the cost of shipping these?

  • MamainPgh 1 Sep, 2013

    Made these but bought soap fingers from a shop on

  • jadewik 8 Apr, 2009

    Something else to consider is a toe-tag shaped invitation attached to a molded TOE (instead of a finger)-- large tags at Office Depot (or other office store) run about $2 for 50. Use a label size Avery 5163 to make the information look like a toe-tag. (Invitee's name, party date, party/"funereal" location, "funeral director" name... etc.) Print on your computer, stick the label to the tag... age it if you like... and Presto! Toe-Tag invitations.

  • cltrimble 8 Oct, 2008

    I really like this idea, but how much it cost to mail these? I would be mailing around 50 invites and am wondering if this would be feasible. My theme this year is hinting towards pirates, but I am having a problem thinking of wordindg for the invite besides the regular date, time, place. Any ideas???

  • CherylBernstein 15 Sep, 2008

    This is a great idea but I found a way to make it even easier. I took white sculpey clay, rolled a 2" piece into a cigar shape, curved one end like a finger tip and used my thumb nail to make the curve of a nail. Simply flatten the other end of the finger and bake it for just a couple of minutes. Made 20 of them in under 10 minutes. They look great and if you're pressed for time, it's the way to go.

  • eley864 2 Sep, 2008

    I love this idea. I am going to use it for my party invite this year. To cut back on time I bought a package of severed fingers instead of using the mold. I also used a bigger box because I needed to fit more words on my invite. Over all it looks awesome.

  • invictaocula 21 Feb, 2008

    I did this a few years back. It was fun to make and resulted in a great, much-appreciated invitation.

  • barista 20 Nov, 2007

    That's a really fantastic idea. I think I'd wrap it or change the bed of moss to something else, but that would really make it easier as well. It's very hard to find mold rubber and plaster casting where I am, and this would not only make it easier, but more fun to recieve as well. Fabulous idea. I think I may steal it. =)

  • Jason_Deveraux 12 Nov, 2007

    Is it possible to do the same mold but use chocolate instead of plaster?