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June 12, 2012

DIY to Try: Neon Accessories

Check out my new brooch:

Sweet, right?  I recently bought it at an estate sale and love that I finally got my hands on a neon accessory.  Neon is so hot right now and, although I don't normally follow trends, I've been intrigued about this one.  Especially because I wear a lot of grey, white and black - a great base for bright accessories!

Truthfully, I was looking for vintage jewellery to spray paint a highlighter hue, but looks like the work was done for me.

I've been collecting some DIY options for neon accessories and thought I might share, in case you'd like to DIY yourself some bright goodies.  (I'm still on the hunt for some vintage supplies because one brooch is not enough). Here are some ideas:

Spray paint a necklace with your favorite neon hue, like this Glitter 'N Glue makeover . . .

Photo from Glitter 'N Glue

. . .  or this transformation from A Pair and a Spare.

Photo from A Pair and a Spare

Photo from A Pair and a Spare

The same technique can be applied to bracelets, too.  Sonya Nimri neon-ified some simple bangles and they look great:

Photo by Sonya Nimri

Or use some polymer clay, like this project from Henry Happened:

Photo from Henry Happened

Just get creative!  This project, from A Splendid Assemblage, is made from chain painted with nail polish!

Photo from A Splendid Assemblage

Well, I'm off to don my new brooch and hunt for some accessories itching for a makeover.


  1. I love your new brooch Tanya! I love the PINK colour and the pretty! I have a thing for brooches...and often there are pretty ones Mad Men! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

    1. Thanks!

      Oh gosh, are 1950s and 1960s brooches ever gorgeous! Mad Men makes me drool!!!

      I have found a few amazing, sparkly mid-century brooches thrifting but it breaks my heart because they are just too glam for my life. I recently wore one to a conference and was over the moon for a place to wear one!

      I'm hoping this hot pink one is easier to wear with my casual wardrobe.

  2. Love it! This is such a fun trend... very late 80s/90s... so if you keep your brooch forever, it'll come back in style every 20-30 years!

  3. I don't know why I've never thought of spray painting old jewelry. These are nice inspiration pieces!

    1. It's such a great way to use up dribs and drabs of leftover spray paint from other projects, too.

  4. Great ideas! I love the idea of spraypainting old jewlery - especially because I have some old, ugly pieces that would benefit :)

  5. It's funny how what's old manages to almost always become new again :-) I totally remember all the neon colours people wore at high school in the '80s. And the leg warmers and the flip hair style that the cool girls always got right but I could never quite figure out ;-)

    Thanks for the inspiring ideas to get into the neon trend :-)

    1. It does, doesn't it? Yes, neon hues are very 80s and 90s. Ahhh, the 80s. But I love that the modern interpretation is toned down, a little more mellow. I think highlighter hues needed a second chance with a little less hair crimping, lol.


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