Imagine this. You've got thousands of diamonds all carefully laid out on the table, and you're super ready to begin your latest and greatest kit. 

There's only one problem: none of your containers have lids! Surprise, your dog just jumped up onto your workstation, and now your diamonds are EVERYWHERE.

There's gotta be a better way! We dug into submissions from our Paint With Diamonds Facebook community to find the absolute best DIY Diamond Painting Storage hacks that'll take your new obsession to the next level!

1. Use A K-Cup Spinner To Hold Your Diamonds.  

Coffee addict? Then you probably have one of these wonderful K-Cup Organizing spinners lying around! PWD fan Carrie Frazier created a diamond holder out of a K-Cup holder! How innovative. Thanks for the tip Carrie!!!

In case you need to buy one, Amazon's got them for about $14.99. 

2. Medicine Boxes Are Also Handy To Sort Your Gems. 

"I use medicine boxes. Works awesome! I'd be afraid of that getting knocked over and a lid coming off. Trust me dumping the diamonds all over a carpeted floor is NOT fun!"

Andria Mary Classen hits the nail on the head with this pro organizing tip!  

3. Empty Out An Egg Carton And Sort Your Rhinestones! 

This diamond storage tip comes to you over easy! Use an old egg carton to sort your labeled bags of diamonds for later use.

When you're ready to use a specific color, simply empty out a number of beads into your organizing tray and put the rest back in the egg carton. Shoutout to Niña Conklin for the pro tip!

4. Go For Tupperware Containers If You Have Loads Of One Color. 

Did you just get a painting with a massive amount of one color? Are you swimming in 310s right now and not sure what to do withy yourself? 

"I have 38,916 drills in 195 bags. So not fun. I had to put it in a rubbermaid bowl just to have them fit." Awesome tip, Jessica Bolinger!

5. Get Lazy And Splurge On Amazon Prime. 

Okay, so this one isn't so much "DIY," but it certainly gets the job done well! Bead storage trays like this awesome Elizabeth Ward 45-Piece Storage Set ($17.01 on Amazon) can keep the more obsessive compulsive among us happy. 

DP enthusiast Kathy Oakley says, "Since this is permanent storage, I used my label maker. The labels that come with the system go on the bottom of the containers so it is hard to see at a glance.

6 Awesome DIY Diamond Painting Storage Hacks 

6. Use The "DIY Diamond Dry Cleaning" 

You know how all of those clothes at the dry cleaner's are always hung up, labeled, and sorted meticulously? Let's apply the same organizing approach to your diamonds!

As Nathalie Gazaille puts it, "This is my new storage for left over drills... Hanger, pins, mini-bags, stickers (you find in 1$ stores!)... I hang 200 mini-bags! Very cheap to have this storage."

6 Awesome DIY Diamond Painting Storage Hacks

Have an awesome DIY storage tip? Leave it in the comments below! And don't forget to share this post with your fellow die-hard Paint With Diamonds fans!


  • Jeanette Chicoine said:

    I add names into the diamond paint if I am gifting to someone I framed the diamond paint

    My why to do my diamond painting quicker and easier
    1ST – I take the diamond paint out of the package and I put under something long and heavy to flatten it couple days

    2ND- I Take the paper or plastic off the diamond paint and Then I stick on these non stick papers on diamond paint Over LAP the paper on the canvas and each paper -I bought on amazon 200pc 2different sizes I Do sections on the diamond paint 3-bottom 3-middle 3-top
    [Start laying the papers down in order start with section your going to do last toward the section your going to start with }
    Then I put the diamond paint back under what ever using to flatten diamond paint for couple more days

    3RD – I sort all my beads I put them in small containers I number and code each one with little white price stickers while diamond paint is being flatten down – can buy small 10containers for $1 at dollar store square and round containers I number and code them and then put them in 12×12 photo storage or can use any plastic container

    4TH- I put everything I use to do diamond paint into a plastic container so I have right next to me in one spot

    5TH-I start doing the Diamond Paint I do each section at a time After each section I tape the paper to diamond paint of the section I use paint tape or any tape that will re-stick

    6ST- After done with diamond paint I store all extra beads into a small baggies -I bought on 200 on amazon or can buy from Walmart, Joan
    Then I put baggies with extra diamond into big clear folders use for papers – can use shoe boxes or photo boxes I do by the color theme
    reds /yellows /browns / so on

    I buy picture frames little bigger to put the diamond paint into and color poster paper/board and glitter border tape I take the papers off the diamond paint I save the papers to reuse I cut around diamond paint almost close to diamonds and cut the color poster board to size of the frame Tape the diamond paint to the poster paper/board I use1inch glitter border tape – I tape around close to diamond edge onto poster

    While I am doing my diamond paint I have my other diamond paint flattening out

    June 21, 2021

  • Michelle said:

    I have bought 6 and 9 packs of small, clear plastic containers with lids from the Dollar Store to contain all of my diamonds. I also buy small round labels and put one on each container lid, labelled with the corresponding number/letter. I store everything in a bigger plastic container (also from the Dollar Store). This is a very inexpensive and convenient way to organize everything!

    March 05, 2021

  • Lisa Adams said:

    Is there a chart that have all the numbers and color of Diamond arts

    December 16, 2020

  • Elaine said:

    I have completed 7 kits. I, too, am addicted to doing diamond art. I would love to complete and sell to individuals who like the art but do not have time to complete.
    The colors are different. DMC colors run the same from projects to projects. Number 500 from one kit will equal the same of another project using DMC. Other kits use other manufacturers different from DMC. Look at your colors, numbers, and labeling on your bead packets.
    I haven’t yet but I am going to order the round bottles and storage case from Amazon for bead storage. I have some square storage cases but they do not fasten tightly. I will separate my beads by the labeling, DMC together and the others by the labeling on it.
    While working with my beads, I cut a corner open on the bead bag and then drop down in a 3×5 plastic bag with the number written on it. This way I can dump my unused beads back in the bag out of the plastic tray until I’m ready for that color again.
    Works really good for me. Thanks.

    December 16, 2020

  • Zandra Wostel said:

    I love this art. It is relaxing. I lost my daughter 3 1/2 years ago and the evenings are really hard. Now I do diamond art at night before I go to bed.

    November 20, 2019

  • Margie Byrd said:

    Ardith I put my pictures in regular frames with glass fronts. The glass helps hold the beads in. Before I put it in the frame, I use the roller I bought to gently press the picture against the glass.

    October 18, 2019

  • Sue Dietz said:

    I love this hobby. Thank God I found this as I am going through alot of medical issues and this takes my mind off everything I have gone through and all the things I am still going through.

    October 06, 2019

  • Lynn handelman said:

    How do you consolidate all extra leftover diamonds? All the numbers seem different. How do I know this Diamond is same color and will match. I have the small boxes, but I am unsure the leftover diamonds beads will match correctly to same color.

    October 06, 2019

  • Sharon said:

    I am sooo impressed, I have dementia. Sometimes can’t remember 2 seconds from the last. You have my recent viewed there. Lord, do you know how much time I saved by having this? Ordering was a flash. Thankyou 💎👍☺

    October 06, 2019

  • Debra Wilkes said:

    I love doing these & the storage tips are great. I love the hanger. I have so many. I also do resin molds & have a coffee grinder & the ones with out a number for the colors I will grind them & use them in my molds, works great grinded or plain. I have a lot that are not numbered so I use them as embellishments. Thanks Love all I get Debra

    October 06, 2019

  • Ruth Beauchesne said:

    Do you sell sharper for was pencils? Or how do I get a point when it wears down?

    October 06, 2019

  • Christine Porter said:

    I use fake finger nail plastic containers, and take gray duck tape and label each compartment with a magic marker, u can see the diamond color on the bottom side of containers, also I use plastic containers that fishing lures come in and mark them the same way.

    August 05, 2019

  • Jennifer said:

    I ordered a custom photo diamond painting kit and I use the leftover diamonds to customize my design – by changing the diamond colour or by slightly redesigning the piece.

    I store my extra diamonds in small cylindrical shapes pill containers and label them in top using painter’s tape.

    June 21, 2019

  • Joan said:

    Why do people keep left over diamonds once they have completed the diamond painting?

    June 04, 2019

  • Pat A. said:

    I LUV the diamond painting and the ideas for storage are great. Could you use the leftover diamonds to perhaps customize a cell phone case? And if so what glue would you recommend?

    June 04, 2019

  • Lisa Smith said:

    I use old film containers. I use small stickers for the top for the number and the symbol. After I’m done in the project is finished. I placed the sticker from the used container onto a small ziplock bag. That way I continue to hold the unused diamonds for projects that may be short diamonds. Always keep your old you may need them.

    June 04, 2019

  • Maxine said:

    I wonder if we will ever use all these leftover ones? Lol

    June 04, 2019

  • Margo said:

    Do all the colours have the same numbers for all canvasses? Like……#3779 for what I’m doing now. Then down the road I do another canvass which happens to have a #3779. Are they the exact same?

    June 04, 2019

  • Barb Roeder said:

    I like idea #4 & 5. I have been saving my leftovers for quite some time waiting for ideas to store them. Thank you to everyone for yours. Right now I keep them in the packaging they come in and tape the last remaining drills shut, write on the tape the letter and number it refers to. When I’m done with the picture I put the small graph and picture in a baggy and keep it. Now I’ve got an idea what to do with them.

    June 04, 2019

  • Sheri Beynon said:

    I emptied a recipe box. I use index cards to separate and for filing. Then put the bags in the right place.

    June 04, 2019

  • Mildred White said:

    I wonder if the board for beads would work.

    June 04, 2019

  • Nancy said:

    I have made several of these. When I can, i match by color, not the #. If the color and # match, great if not, then by color. Last resort I order the missing diamonds.

    June 04, 2019

  • Robyn Scott said:

    I bought a container with 40 small containers made for the storage of diamentes, for $13.50. Unfortunately, I would have to buy another 3 to take all my leftover diamontes, so I have started bagging the extras in small plastic bags bought on line……approx .10c a bag.
    I too, have now completed several diamond paintings & have lots of extras left over after each completed painting.

    Saving these diamontes can help when you run out of a colour before you have finished a painting……takes the frustration away when you have that same colour (or similar) left over.

    If there are only small amounts left over, I tip them all into a small recycled jar & will use when I make succulent displays……making crazy footpaths etc. look pretty with all the colours mixed together.

    June 04, 2019

  • Gloria Watson said:

    When I have finished each project I throw the diamonds away. Should I keep them?

    June 04, 2019

  • Elizabeth Lamb said:


    June 04, 2019

  • Tasha said:

    Im a big time collector of diamond paintings and I keep all extra diamond. Never know when come in handy. From missing ones in paintings to crafts. I bought plain white coffee mugs and my girls used the extras to decorate for teachers nd grandparents holidays nd bdays. But I found a great storage and its great. Cottage Mills has amazing boxes nd cases multiple sizes. Amazon has them. I have all 3 cases nd all size boxes. Takes time matching but so worth it if got large collection like myself around 150!!!!

    June 04, 2019

  • Kay Geving said:

    Im using old light holders ( cardboard with holes) and then use medicine cups for what im doing now. I have organizers for my leftovers

    June 04, 2019

  • Michelle McIntyre said:

    I’ve never needed my extra diamonds, so I took a large canning jar and poured them in that like colored sand. You can place mod podged pictures on the jar and have the layered beads as a background.

    June 04, 2019

  • Monighetti Beverly said:

    I went to the dollar store and bought the 2” by 2” plastic containers, 10 to a bag and I use them with my square diamonds. I bought the 2” x 2” round plastic containers for my round diamonds, also a 10 pack. When I am working on a project I put the diamonds in these containers cut the number, letter, symbol out and number them 1 thru 40 depending on how many colors there are and place them on the lids with tape so can use them again & again. Then in numerical order Ibplace them in a 12” x 12” square scrapbook container from Michaels. Then I store the left over diamonds in a 3” baggie from Walmart in the dmc number order. Which I then put in a 4” x 6” photo container which they have there own 12” x 12” storage containers also from Michaels. If I run across any colors by the same number I put them in the left over baggies in my kit and place them in my 3” x3” baggie. Seems like a lot of work but it works for me. Plus I have 2 seperate typed up a library sheets, (square or round)of all my colors I have.

    June 04, 2019

  • Reba Ruthenberg said:

    I used empty RX pill containers. Took the prescription label off and made labels with the number and color code. I was able to keep a large amount of diamonds in one container. They are free and easy to use (especially if you do not have the child safety lock tops on them).

    June 04, 2019

  • Jerri L Watts said:

    If your going to do more diamond paintings keep your extras, I’ve done 30 and sometimes you run out and if you save extras you may have that number or a color that’s so close that you can’t tell the difference, which has also happened to me. But I bought a book from Amazon on DMC Color Chart where someone has done the work and if you have some that don’t match the number you already have look in the book and find the color and number it. Also some don’t come with numbers and this book is great. Amazon has a 64 slot container where the containers are like tic tac containers and I’ve filled 4 boxes already

    June 04, 2019

  • JACKIE said:

    I found a cute storage container at Hobby Lobby. I let one of my granddaughters use the colors to make Christmas gifts for her mom and Nana – we made my son a portrait of her :) I love some of the ideas for storage here – I will definitely have to steal a few! I was also at my daughters for vacation – I brought my diamond kits with. She used a tracing tablet for her kit. worked better than the light I got from here. Mine arrived real loose and it goes out a lot.

    June 04, 2019

  • Sara said:

    I have over 11 paint with diamonds and to sort out my diamonds i use the little round bead containers with lids they work wonders.

    June 04, 2019

  • Pamala Turner said:

    I buy these tiny little containers from dollar tree a pack of 8 for a dollar and the white dots mark the number on it and store the container in a scrapbook box

    June 04, 2019

  • Ardith said:

    What can you put on top of the painting once you are done to hold the beads on.

    June 04, 2019

  • Jennifer said:

    I use old pill bottles to store my beads. I take off the old label and write the number on the side and line them up.

    June 04, 2019

  • Jennifer said:

    I want to know of projects using leftover diamonds

    June 04, 2019

  • Michele said:

    I use a eye glasses case for all the tools that come with each kit.

    June 04, 2019

  • Kathy Thompson. said:

    I too usectge tower method. I love it. Works GREAT. I am looking for the easiest, best way to store xtra diamond drills. Im getting quite the collection of extra’s.

    March 05, 2019

  • Alexandra Santos said:

    I bought at Menards a container that it’s normally used to storage nails/screws. It’ a clear plastic container with 24 little boxes for
    $ 4.99, I write the color # with a marker.

    March 05, 2019

  • Cindi Bush said:

    I buy little (2×3) zip bags at Michael’s. I buy embroidery storage rings and dmc number labels from Joannes. I have 2 rings for square and 2 for round. I hang them on the side of a cabinet with push pins. Takes up very little space

    March 05, 2019

  • Thea said:

    Yes D you can. I have done so. Sometimes the color shades are a perfect match and sometimes they are not. You just need to check for yourself.

    March 05, 2019

  • Leslie Forrest said:

    I’m a new addict🤗. I’ve done quite a few and want to know if I should save the leftover diamonds – do far I’ve bagged them for each picture but should I combine and save by the number – or throw them out?

    March 05, 2019

  • Penni Burt said:

    Great ideals have to try the medicines one first I’m just starting I have find something to hold my diamonds in so my cat doesn’t play with them

    March 05, 2019

  • Brandi said:

    I have at least 2-3 colors with the same number but different shades.

    March 05, 2019

  • Sondra said:

    I use small zip locks baggies and labor them, they are for beads in jewelry making Dept. Can be found at Hobby lobby

    March 05, 2019

  • Donna Bloom said:

    Would like to order the 404 picture but wouldn’t let me go to the page

    March 05, 2019

  • Julie said:

    To Ylenia; you can get extra by sending to the company. It should tell at the ordering page how to get extra or replacements.

    And I use #5, have 3 trays full, but I do love the idea of tiny ziplocs with pins on a hanger!! How clever~~

    March 05, 2019

  • Wanda Kyzer said:

    What did Carrie use for the K cup lids?

    March 05, 2019

  • Lisa Alexander said:

    I found some small containers with lids at the Dollar tree in a pack of six..they work great

    March 05, 2019

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