Lighten Up: 7 DIY Neon Projects to Brighten Up Your Wardrobe
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This week, put some fluorescent back into your life. Here are seven DIY projects to help you look like you walked off the set of an early '90s sitcom and into the neon trend's modern resurgence.
Neon beaded necklace. For my personal project this week, I grabbed some unfinished wood beads and painted them with neon pink acrylic paint. To get the perfect grip for painting, I stuck a sharpened pencil into one hole of the wooden beads. Once dry, I pulled a thread through all six beads and tied a gold chain to each end. It's long enough to slip right over my head, so I didn't even have to worry about adding a closure. A cautionary tale: Paint your unfinished wood with a white base before you add your color, or the yellow of the wood will make your pink neon necklace look orange, like mine.
Painted Scrap Wood Phone Stand. Start things off easy with this repurposed phone stand from Design*Sponge—a conveniently crafty way to display your phone. Prop up your phone to watch your favorite flicks, or just keep it safely out of reach so you don't accidentally launch it off your cluttered desk.
Belted Cuff Bracelet. In a past life, this neon cuff bracelet from Boat People was a child's belt. Make it fit for grownup style with a little spray paint and a quick snip of the scissors. If you have a sharp pair of sheers handy, you can also cut the belt down the middle to make a double-banded bracelet.
Neon Collar Necklace. This necklace makes me think back to the kiddie versions that always sat behind the display case at the local arcade, always 50 tickets out of reach. This modern treasure, a neon necklace from a pair & a spare, starts with a rhinestone necklace base that's spray-painted to the perfect neon green. With your leftover paint, neon some earrings to match.
Neon Toe Additions. Add some neon to a nude pair of heels with this neon toe shoes tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes. Then, replicate the technique all over your footwear—I've seen it used different ways on everything from the heel on a pair of high heels to the siding on penny loafers to the laces on trainers.