DIY Neon Necklace

This isn’t an original tutorial by any means, but I’ve been so inspired by warmer weather and the neon trend that I wanted to try this out for myself!

This is wholly inspired by Tom Binns. They have amazing neon jewelry collection but I just don’t have the cash to shell out for a piece!

I first scoured Ebay for the cheapest rhinestone necklace that I could find, and I ended up purchasing this one for $4.11.  It also came with bonus earrings!  I’ll have to paint them at a later date.

I know a lot of people use neon nail polish for this type of DIY project, but I didn’t have any polishes on hand. I figured acrylic paints were cheaper than buying a new polish, plus a nail polish brush is a little too big for detailed work.

And why use white?  I was afraid that the neon paint on its own would be too sheer, so white underneath would help bring the color out.

I went to Michaels and purchased a neon acrylic paint for $1.29 with a 40% off coupon. (I already had some brushes and some white acrylic paint on hand.)  Since acrylic paints are water based, I also used a clear nail polish to seal the paint.

If it doesn’t last… well hey.  I spent only $5.40 for this project!  And it took only a couple hours to do.  Cheap, fun and easy!

What you’ll need:

  • rhinestone necklace
  • white acrylic paint
  • neon acrylic paint
  • small brushes
  • clear nail polish

I wanted the design to be symmetrical and highlight the angles and scalloped details of this necklace.


♥ E&I