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How to make safe bling pacifiers

Updated April 17, 2017

Even the littlest fashionistas deserve a little "bling" in their wardrobes. Bling pacifiers have designs like shiny, gem-encrusted lips and fancy monograms. While cute and stylish, toxic glue and lead-containing crystals led to a recall of commercially manufactured bling pacifiers. Make your own safe bling pacifier using glue that is non-toxic, water-soluble and safe. Select "gems" made of acrylic or glass that do not contain lead. By making your own bling pacifier, you will know that everything that comes close to baby is safe.

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  1. Clean the areas of the pacifier where the "bling" will be placed with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. Allow it to dry.

  2. Draw the design for the bling pacifier on paper with a pencil. Sort coloured gems into small dishes or containers to facilitate easy use.

  3. Apply non-toxic, water-soluble glue in small amounts on the pacifier. Place gems on the pacifier by hand or use a pair of tweezers as indicated in the design. Continue until your design is complete.

  4. Apply heat from a hair dryer. The heat will make the glue bond with the gems and strengthen the pacifier. Allow the pacifier to cool and set for 24 hours.

  5. Tip

    Bling pacifiers are not meant to be used everyday, but on special occasions. Experiment with colour combinations and designs.


    Do not use real crystals as they contain lead. Do not place any gems on the side of the pacifier that is against the baby's mouth. Always check the bling pacifier for any loose gems. Do not give the pacifier to the baby if any gems are loose.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pacifier
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Small dishes or containers
  • Acrylic or glass "gems"
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Tweezers
  • Hairdryer

About the Author

Caroline Adams has been a professional writer and educator since 1980. She has published articles on health-care risk management and continuing education for health-care professionals. Her credentials include a nursing degree, a B.A. in pre-law, a M.A. in health-care law and a M.Ed. from DePaul University. She has taught at several colleges and universities in the Midwest including the University of Illinois and DePaul University.

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