diy Kate Spade knock-off

One of this spring’s trends that I am seriously loving is all of the neon pink! I’ve seen it in home decor, clothing, shoes, bags, you name it.

I saw this diy done before & thought I might give it a whirl (my wardrobe is seriously lacking pops of colour & thought this statement necklace would be parrrfect).
Here are some of the supplies I used (not pictured is the thinner chain, the small gold beads, and the Varathane):

My first step was using painters tape and two coats of my neon paint on the 1 inch wood beads.

note: it’s always good to smooth down all of the edges of the painters tape, so you don’t get some bleeding edges like I did!

After they dried, I gave them two good coats of Varathane for some extra shine.
The end of the chain that would hold the beads was secured with a closure,

and I attached the thicker chain on with a ring.

I then began adding my wooden & gold beads, like so.

When I was done stringing them on, I again used another closure and ring. 

Then I measured my necklace to the length I wanted, snipped the thicker chain & attached it to the closure (I didn’t use a lobster clip, but just wanted it one continuous necklace).

The final product looks almost as good as the real thang (but for a HECKUVALOT cheaper! Try less than $10, compared to Kate Spade’s $128 bauble!)
Let’s compare, shall we?
Kate Spade’s Rosewood Dot Necklace:
My super-neon-but-super-cheap-version:
I wore it to work today & got a really positive response. I even had a cheeky student ask if she could have it. hmm… Kate Spade has an eye for youthful fashion!

it was definitely a fun pop of pink for my dark attire!

I think I am ready for spring…
are you? ;)

Tomorrow is Friday! :)


  1. says

    What an easy way to incorporate the neon trend without it being over the top.

    I'm a teacher and I know my students always comment on my jewelry so I try to have fun "teacher" necklaces (I even have a ruler charm from Michaels). Something like this would definitely get some comments!

    I even had these beads in my hand the other day . . .

  2. says

    Visiting from I heart naptimes!

    I absolutely love this! I'm in dire need of adding pops of color to my wardrobe as well and this would be perfect =)

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