Plaid Kids Crafts- DIY Neon Necklaces {With Tutorial}

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Raileigh is like a mini-me.  From our personalities to our interests to our taste in foods, we have many things in common.  You’ll often catch her stealing my lemonade at dinner or being really stubborn about something she is passionate about {I don’t know where she gets that from…}.

Just like me, Raileigh loves to create.  You’ll often find both of us, knee deep in a project, oblivious to the time or other things that need doing.  Yeah… like mother, like daughter.


We’ll be starting our first official year of homeschool in just under a week {yikes… writing that really makes it sink in} and I am trying to fit in as many fun projects as possible before next Monday rolls around.

Raileigh has been slightly infatuated with painting lately and asks to do it almost every single day.  However, standing at the easel day after day can lose it’s appeal after a while.  So, I decided to take painting to a new level and offer her some new “canvases” to use.

We pulled out our collection of Apple Barrel Neon Paints from Plaid, which have been our go-to paints for summer crafts. I am sure you can see why– the colors are simply awesome.  We paired that with some other basic craft supplies and BAM– we had one fun project to create together.


These Neon Necklaces are fun to make and versatile as well.  I bet you cannot stop with just one.  We definitely couldn’t!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Plaid Kids Crafts:

  • Apple Barrel Neon Paints in assorted colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • 9/16″ Wooden Crafts Beads
  • Painters tape
  • Ribbon- 1/2″ or 3/4″
  • Optional: Mod Podge Extreme Glitter and Glo Away


You’ll start by tearing off a relatively small piece of painters tape and covering about half your bead with it.  Don’t worry– this isn’t an exact science, so it doesn’t have to be exactly half.  In fact, you may want to do some beads that are a little less and some that are a little more.  You do want to press the tape down well so that paint won’t seep under the edges when we start painting.

Now, it’s time to get creative.  You’ll use the Apple Barrel Neon Paints to paint the exposed area of the bead.  It might take a coat or two, depending on the color you use.  Let the beads dry.  We just set ours on a paper plate in the sun, but you can put them on a drying rack, a skewer– whatever works for you.

After the beads have dried, you can begin stringing them onto the ribbon.  We chose to go with 5 beads per necklace, but that’s only because Raileigh is almost five years old.  Again, there isn’t an exact science to this and you can choose to put as many {or as few} as you wish.

Wear, accessorize, and enjoy!


Optional Ideas:

  • Add Mod Podge Extreme Glitter for some super extra sparkle
  • Paint a thin coat of Glo Away on top of the paint to make the necklaces shine… even at night!

We’ve already got several more project in the work using our favorite Apple Barrel Neon Paints.  I cannot wait to share those with you as well.

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  1. Georgia Beckman says:

    These are adorable! My grandchildren love paint. (just like every other child in the world, lol) I think they’d love this craft. I pinned it, thanks for sharing.

  2. Phylicia Phillips says:

    What a fun project! I bet my son would love to make a necklace for his aunties and grandma. Was there a certain hobby store you went to for supplies?

    • Desi says:

      All the supplies SHOULD be available at Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby {those are my usual craft stores}. I got these beads at Joann, but have seen them other places as well. The paints would even be available at Walmart. As for the Painters tape, I actually don’t know if they carry it in a craft store. I think we picked ours up at Home Depot or Lowes, but it would be at Walmart as well.

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