Maybe your hand cramps up when you're Diamond Painting. Or perhaps you're just bored with your growing collection of standard-issue double-sided pens. Whatever the case may be, it's never a bad idea to get creative with your Diamond Pen!

We asked members of the PWD Support Group to show us their most creative DIY Diamond Pens - here's some awesome inspiration for all you DIY folks out there! 

7. This converted souvenir ballpoint pen

Melissa Ann says, "I converted my first ink pen into a Diamond Painting Pen. Was not as difficult as I expected." 

PRO TIP: Many people use old ballpoint pens when creating their homemade Diamond Pens. To minimize hand cramping, use as thick a pen as possible (the thicker the better!). Bonus points for a nice rubber grip around the outside. 

6. This collection of colorful retractable pens

This collection of vibrant homemade Diamond Pens comes courtesy of Tibha Hanson.

PRO TIP: Fill the inside of your Diamond Pen with leftover diamonds for added flair. They sparkle in the light ✨

5. This magical little unicorn swirl pen

Sometimes a little rainbow flair goes a long way. Kristina Thompson shows us her lovely custom-made unicorn picker. This one's perfect for when you're working on a unicorn Diamond Painting! 🦄

4. This football-inspired purple masterpiece

Raise your hand if your perfect Sunday involves working on your Diamond Painting with an exciting football game on in the background ✋🏈

Leanne Franklin shows off her brilliant purple custom-made Vikings Diamond Pen. Just don't brag too much about it to any Packers fans 🤣

Pro Tip: Use leftover diamonds from your previous kits to adorn the outside of your custom-made Diamond Pen with the colors of your favorite team! 

3. This collection of stunning acrylic Diamond Pens

Carrol Jakubiszen has her collection of custom acrylic Diamond Pens on display in a makeshift styrofoam stand. These beauties have a nice, wide grip to prevent hand cramping. So comfortable! ✍️ 

2. This DIY Dollar Store Adaptation 

Head on down to the dollar store, grab a clear gel pen, and get crafty! Samantha Rodriguez shows off her DIY creation alongside her work in progress. Bonus points for diamonds lining the inside and nice, soft rubber cushion to keep things comfortable 💎

1. This Special Y-Shaped Pen For Arthritis

"If you suffer from Arthritis, Writer's Cramp, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, callouses, RSI or hand weakness, I highly suggest you give this DP pen a try!" 

Terry Nickels makes and sells these wonderful Y-shaped pens specially designed with an ergonomic index finger cradle. If you've had to put down your normal pen because of hand pains, it's now safe to come out of DP retirement with this fantastic little invention! Contact Terry on Facebook for more info. 


Which DIY Diamond Pen is your favorite? Have you tried getting creative with your own pens? Let us know in the comments down below 👇

PS - in case you'd rather purchase than create, check out our Dual-Sided Premium Diamond Pen for the ultimate in ergonomic comfort. 


  • Kimberly Asbury said:

    Terry please get a hold of me….im wanting one of the flat pens for people with arthritis

    October 29, 2021

  • Kimberly Asbury said:

    Terry please get a hold of me….im wanting one of the flat pens for people with arthritis

    October 19, 2021

  • antonio salas said:

    i have a learning disability and I need to be shown how to use the pen and the wax please . can anyone show me how to use them first please

    December 16, 2020

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    December 16, 2020

  • Melissa Baumler said:

    I would like to know how to use the pen tip and how it works. Thank you

    April 17, 2020

  • Dorri Smith said:

    I would really like to purchase a Y pen from Terry Nickels. The article says to message her on Facebook. I am not able to find the correct Terry Nickels. Would really appreciate a link

    April 02, 2020

  • lisa said:

    Hey the idea of taking a picture of the canvas before I started was great. I love the idea of looking back at the empty canvas after I have completed the entire painting. It gives me a sense of fulfillment when I see the efforts which I have put in and how much work has come out of it.paint by numbers

    April 02, 2020

  • Rose Thomisee said:

    I like the special Y shaped pen that Terry Nickels made. I would like to purchase some of them. I was unable to find her on FB. Could you help me get in contact with her?

    April 02, 2020

  • Mary Bonham said:

    I couldn’t find Terry anywhere. But I did find a lady on Etsy that has them for $11.25 plus shipping. The shop name is – The Cheeky Turtle -

    April 02, 2020

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    April 17, 2020

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    April 17, 2020

  • Susan said:

    I would like to purchase a few pens so I will be able to maybe make mine in the future. I would
    Refer a arthritis one for myself and a normal pen for my granddaughter..

    March 03, 2020

  • SHIRLEY I HUNT said:

    I would like to buy one of Terry Nichols pens for the arthritic hand, also the cost. I’m not on any web site so if she could send me an e-mail I would be very thankfiul,

    March 03, 2020

  • Barbara said:

    I LOVE this idea! How do you make these? Do you glue the tip from your standard pen into the new pen/how does it fit in there?

    January 26, 2020

  • Joyce said:

    I cannot find The lady who makes the pens for arthris. Is there a link?

    January 26, 2020

  • Wanda said:

    I like the ink pens for the color

    January 26, 2020

  • Annie LaStar said:

    What a fun idea. You’ll be finding these pens at my house from now on. Thanks everyone for sharing.

    January 26, 2020

  • Heather Mutch said:

    Where can I get one of these pens please? I have carpol tunnel and arthritis. I love doing dimond paintings but find it difficult.

    January 26, 2020

  • Elizabeth Slocum said:

    This is great but how do we make them?

    January 26, 2020

  • Stacy said:

    I cant seem to find the right Terry Nickels on Facebook to look at more Y pens. Is there a link to make it easier to find her?

    January 26, 2020

  • Rosemary Zumbiel said:

    I like the acrylic pens # 3

    January 26, 2020

  • Kim Lanagan said:

    Go Vikings! Ok, maybe next year… I am a die hard Viking fan so that is my favorite pen. But I have arthritis and have had surgery for carpal tunnel so would like to try the Y shaped pen. Where can we find it to buy one?

    January 26, 2020

  • SHIRLEY I HUNT said:

    How much is the pen for arthritis hands

    January 26, 2020

  • Marsha said:

    Love these idea for using ballpoint pens as new diamond pens but I’m not sure if you’re supposed to get the diamond pen tip off first and put that into the new ballpoint or what — a little instruction please! Thx!

    January 26, 2020

  • Diane Morris said:

    Terry Nickels- if she could email me about her pen, I would love to get one of them. Those thin pens hurt my hand b/c of old fingers that cramps. Thanks!

    January 26, 2020

  • Wanda Craft said:

    Are you going to be selling the colorful pens

    January 26, 2020

  • Robyn Scott said:

    Q1….How do you straighten out a painting that has been creased in postage? It’s very hard to read the numbers & symbols on these creased areas.

    Q2….what glue can you use on paintings where the glue is not strong enough to hold diamontes on the paintings?

    Q3….What glue can you use on ceramics, china etc to use left over diamentes eg. China or plastic drinking mugs, HOME white signs etc?

    Q4….What do you use to seal these paintings so that they can be frames without glass or frameless?

    Thank you in advance for answers to my questions.

    January 26, 2020

  • Helyn E Lappin said:

    Where can I get the light panel to place under my painting? I have a pic w/three flowers and I really messed up the centers ad I removed a load of diamonds and now cannot read the correct letters to well?

    January 26, 2020

  • Jacalyn Opatz said:

    How can I get a y shaped pen and how much are they?

    January 26, 2020

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