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How to Make a Fake Grillz

Grillz are a fashion accessory that have become trendy in American hip-hop culture over the last few years, being worn and endorsed by many hip-hop musicians such as Lil' Jon and Paul Wall to name a few. Grillz are basically gold or silver mouth pieces that are made to resemble false teeth. While real grillz must be custom made and are pricey, the look is easily recreated using basic household items. This project is great for Halloween and costume parties.

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  1. Measure the width of your smile by holding up a piece of aluminium foil to it. Cut the aluminium foil to the appropriate width, with the thickness being approximately double this amount.

  2. Fold the piece of aluminium foil horizontally to reinforce it.

  3. Press the folded piece of foil against your top row of teeth, moulding it to the shape of your teeth.

  4. Carefully remove the foil from your mouth, making sure it keeps its shape and doesn't tear. Trim away any excess foil around the edges.

  5. Glue rhinestones to the foil grillz for an even more authentic look.

  6. Tip

    Brushing teeth before applying grilllz will help them adhere better. If you are going to be wearing the grillz for a long amount of time, apply a layer of denture adhesive on the back of them before you place them on teeth to help them adhere longer.


    Be cautious with this project if you have fillings--the aluminium foil against a filling can be painful.

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Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil (gold or silver)
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Non-toxic glue (optional)

About the Author

Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.

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