It can be hard to stay organized while crafting. There are many tools that go into creating a Diamond Painting, and after a long day of working, it’s easy for everything to get cluttered. What was once an art studio turns into an artist’s nightmare. 

Now picture this. All of your diamonds are in color-coded jars. Your pens are in stylish containers. Your Diamond Paintings are hung neatly, waiting for frames. No, this isn’t a dream. These are just some of the many DIY storage hacks from our creative crafters!

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or love looking at satisfying organizational tricks, check out some of our favorite storage hacks from the fine folks in the Paint With Diamonds Support Group

7. This Garment Bag Turned Artist’s Snag 

Multi-garment hanger? More like multi-artwork storage! Stephanie Burns uses these hangers to set aside finished Diamond Painting Kits before framing. She puts a garment bag over to protect her paintings from dust. Genius!

6. This Scientific Storage

According to scientific evidence, we predict that plastic test tubes are a perfect way to store your gems! Grace Simone Sayer found plastic test tubes on Amazon, and uses them for her diamonds. “The holder is excellent because I don’t have full use of my hands. A little funnel and boom!” You don’t need rocket science to know this idea is incredible.

5. These Lavish Labels

Cheryl Hope used dry erase tape and multi-colored Sharpies to create these stunning labels. Include the DMC color code, canvas symbol, and color for easy reference. Kitting up is half the fun!

4. This Crafting Slot Machine

All bets are off with this storage! Lisa Graves has a 30 slot, a 48 slot, a 55 slot, and a great chart to help her find what she’s looking for. This hack is an ace in the hole! This makes it so easy to quickly work your way across different colors on the canvas. 

3. This Stylish Setup

This fashionable setup has us hooked! Renee Lee Dean found this "Clip It Up” on the Facebook marketplace. Not only is it great for storage, but it’s a creative way to store your diamonds in style. 

2. This Dream Dining Room

“I don’t have a separate room to work on my projects. I have to work at my dining room table so my area needed to look pretty,” Jeniffer Sauceda Pendley says. “My FIL made the shelf and the glass jars I found on Amazon.” Well, there you have it. Fathers-in-law and Amazon make a great team!

1. This Tackle Anything Box

Tackle boxes are not just for fishing. They can also be great storage for your diamonds! Lucie Wedde finds fishing tackle boxes useful for her stones. She leaves her diamonds in the original bag, and cuts a corner big enough for the tray to fit. Keeping it reel, Lucie!

Do You Have a DIY Storage Hack?

Did we miss your organizational masterpiece? Share your setup with the fine folks in the Paint With Diamonds Facebook Support Group and you may be featured in our next blog post!


  • Michelle said:

    I’ve been DP’ing since 2018 so I had to reconfigure my storage of drills. Along with all the leftover drills that accumulated over the years, I have all the colors (447) of resin drills in both square and round. In addition to the resin drills, I have collections for crystal, special shaped, AB and glow in the dark drills, so I went from 28 slot containers to the 56 slot containers. But for those drills that are always used in pretty much every DP… 310 Black, 939 Blue – Very Dark, 3865 Winter White, just to name a few… I found that old prescription medication bottles were the perfect solution. I just remove the prescription labels, replace it with labels that I made myself and VIOLA!! :-)

    June 14, 2022

  • Angela said:

    These are okay for those that have DMC numbers. For those that don’t these are not good. The colors, symbols for them are all different.

    April 19, 2022

  • Nancy said:

    i bought a bead saver box from Joanns, it has 78 small lidded containers in it,

    April 19, 2022

  • Frances Huckaby said:

    I’m a DIY person, I use small, med & large zipper bags take a HOT glue gun and run it down your bags to make Pockets to put your jewelry, beads anything that you’re working on at that time in.

    April 19, 2022

  • Connie Johnson said:

    I have a 28 space storage box and a storage case for jewelry beads. I put a little bit of masking tape on the top of each box and use a Sharpie to mark the symbol. When I start a new painting, I just peel off the old tape.

    April 19, 2022

  • Andrea said:

    The test tubes are what we beaders have been using for years. I get mine from a seller on eBay. I literally have hundreds of them. I love the glass ones and they were actually cheaper when I bought them, but the plastic ones with screw on lids are probably more practical since they won’t break. You need a rack to store them in or you’ll be digging around in a container to find the color you need. The racks and tubes have probably gone up in price because they are not just for scientific purposes anymore and they know it. I just bought a storage case on Amazon ($20) for my diamond storage. It came with 60 little pots and a bunch of extra tools, trays, sticker labels etc. I like that it zips up and keeps everything contained, neat and organized. Now I just need a puzzle keeper for the painting and I’m all set! This is where I bought most of my tubes :
    I like the Dixie cup idea but I have CATS so I have to keep everything really contained.

    July 02, 2021

  • Donna said:

    Is the colors all the same for every canvas? Meaning if u have left overs u may use them next time if the canvas has the same letter/symbol?

    April 13, 2021

  • Teresa Pearson said:

    i had a board made with clip at top so that can hold the pwd project i can now use it anywhere even sitting on couch. i took vinyl table covering folded it in 1/2 put duct tape down side and that si the cover for it when i travel with it or store it. keeps the dust off the sticky part of the pwd. i then took fabric did same as vinyl and made a carry bag for it. the cost for all of it was about 25.00

    April 09, 2021

  • Christine Kennedy said:

    I bought a stand up storage box from spotlight, it has 60 rectangle boxes which have a divider in each box.
    I have numbered each box from 1-60 and then put the packets of diamond dotz in their corresponding box. I leave each packet closed until I need to use that particular bed.

    March 22, 2021

  • Silvia L Young said:

    Okay the scientific storage and the stylish set up. Where can you get those. It would really be great if someone could tell me where to get those at.

    March 17, 2021

  • Susan MacLeod said:

    I use a medium size tackle box where the dividers are removeable. Using the dividers, this is how I section my tackle box. I put in a center divider/dividers (depending the size of the box) then I create smaller sections. I number the symbols on the canvas in numerical order, then I pour the drills into a jewelry bag then write on the bag with a sharpie, the corresponding number from the canvas and the DMC number. Then I lay them on their side in numerical order. I split the bags in half and put a divider to section them off. IE: If your canvas calls for 20 drills, then 1-10 goes in the first section and 11-20 in the second section. I section off the remaining part of the box for my pens, tweezers, and trays. I do not have a lot of room to store all the little containers, so the bags work well for me and when I am finished with my picture I put the left over drills in a decorative box for future use.

    March 17, 2021

  • edie said:

    i use a bag thats used to carry yarn i do most of my while sitting up in bed my legs arnt very very good so i really need to stretch them ill be having my hip replaced next month so my bag is going to rehab with me

    March 17, 2021

  • sylvia stone said:

    there are a lot of good idea’s there .some of which i would have never thought could be used to store diamond painting’s

    March 17, 2021

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