We LOVE diamond painting. There's absolutely nothing better than unboxing a new kit, prepping your canvas and tools, and spending countless hours putting diamonds to canvas to slowly reveal a masterpiece of your own making.

Fortunately, we're not alone in our addiction to this amazing new craft hobby! The passionate folks over at the official Paint With Diamonds Support Group are always sharing progress, tips, and tricks that make paint with diamonds lovers absolutely giddy! 

We've gone through hundreds of posts to find the best paint with diamonds tips and tricks. Read ahead for our favorites! 

7. Use egg cartons to organize your diamonds 

Raise chickens? Or did you just cook an omelette and use up all your eggs? Use the container to organize your diamonds! Courtesy of Niña Conklin. 

6. Tape or glue your diamonds next to their symbol on the canvas. 

Easily reference the diamonds you need at quick glance! Tip courtesy of Heidi Proctor and Angela Earley!

5. Use a marker to put the number or symbol on each diamond bag.  

If egg cartons aren't your style, simply sort the diamonds into the plastic Ziploc bags included in your kit. Then write the corresponding number or symbol on the outside of the bag. Tip thanks to Kelsey Kelso Bjork!

4. Use a cutting board as a flat surface for your canvas.

Can't find a good surface to use to complete your paint with diamonds? Just tape the canvas to a normal kitchen cutting board! Just wash it first ;). Thanks for the tip, Suzie Pini van Deurs!

3. Use a multi-diamond applicator tool to speed up the process!

Don't be afraid to pick up more than one diamond at a time! Most of our kits come with a double-sided tool that lets you pick up one diamond at a time, or a bunch! Tip courtesy of Brooke Stubbs. 

2. Flatten your canvas by sleeping on it. Literally. 

This one comes straight from Ali King, who says, "put it between two pieces of cardboard. Put that under my mattress and sleep on it overnight. Works great! I do that once I'm done with it as well, just to make sure all the diamonds are fully adhered."

1. Stop static cling with dryer sheets. 

Isn't it annoying when your diamonds stick to everything BUT the canvas? PWD fan Ariel Rocha recommends cutting up a dryer sheet and placing  small pieces of it in whatever you are storing the gems in. Game changer!

Have an awesome tip that we missed? Leave it in the comments below! And don't forget to share this post with your fellow die-hard paint with diamonds fans!

Comments

  • Lukas Nguyen said:

    Hi! there,
    It’s actually a piece of unique and informative stuff. Thanks! for sharing with us…

    December 29, 2021

  • Marsha Rosenbarger said:

    I bought an Arts & Craft LED light board that is battery powered so I can be anywhere to use it. It’s about 17"X12.5" and super thin. When I put my canvas on it it really shows up the dark areas plus I found a couple of places where I missed a gem. Now it’s my favorite “must have” tool.

    November 15, 2021

  • Teresa A Emerson said:

    My current 5d is 3ft by 4ft. The tips I am seeing are great for smaller paintings but the amount of square drills I have won’t fit in any of the suggested storage. But to answer a few questions I’ve seen. On square drills the flat side ( biggest flat side) goes on the canvas. Also, there are 3d and 5d which determines how many cuts or angles there are to catch light so make sure when storing your extra drills your not mixing them. If you look closely at your diamond it doesn’t matter which direction you place them on the canvas as far as “twisting” them different directions. It’s personal preference. If your diamonds won’t stick to your canvas you can buy double sided tape and place over your canvas, if your wax won’t pick up your beads try using a bit more wax or buy what others have suggested, if your pen won’t pickbup beads use more max or buy what others who have commented have suggested.

    November 15, 2021

  • DeLaine said:

    I use plastic containers for my drills, and Avery 3/4-inch labels which peel off easily. I can then arrange my drills numerically, according to the legend on the canvas. Some kits package their drills in non-numerical order, so I use one of the long boxes a kit came in. I cut off one side down the width of the box to form a “tray” with sides, then arrange the individual packets of drills in numerical order as I fill my plastic boxes. I have not yet had a kit with paper over the glue, all of mine have been cellophane. To keep the plastic off the area I’m working on, I use a little dab of chapstick to hold it in place off the work area to make it stick to the plastic covering where I’m not working. I use a piece of cardboard (the bigger the better) under my works in progress as it provides a smooth work surface and has a little bit of “give.” There are many framing suggestions on YouTube. If you want to be able to change what you have hanging, the magnetic frames are an inexpensive option. For those I want to keep hanging, ArtToFrames has the best prices online for custom sized frames. It is definitely a learning experience and each of us has to develop a system that works for us. Happy to be part of the diamond painting community! Really appreciate any tips and tricks others have learned along the way.

    October 07, 2021

  • arlene claiborne said:

    I was doing puzzles after foot injury and had to stay still for months. I purchased an easel type of board from Etsy. Foldable and portable and can use laptop on couch . I use it now for my diamond painting while I sit on my porch table. I do not have to hunch down. It is right there! Saves the back!

    September 28, 2021

  • Dawn haylock said:

    Great tips thank you

    September 07, 2021

  • Chili said:

    I use a bulletin board and pin the canvas to it. It has a border so any loose diamonds stay on the board. It also makes it easy to move from one place to another.

    September 07, 2021

  • Betty said:

    I watched several utube videos befor I did my first picture. Great hints from different videos. One good one is using parchment paper on glued space-it won’t ruin the glue. I also bought from Hobby Lobby the small containers (24 in a box). Cut the color code from plastic bag and taped to inside of screw on lid with scotch tape. Keep them in numerical order. small so take less room. Try it you will like it

    July 15, 2021

  • Donna Kelly said:

    I bought glass bottles at the Dollar Tree. I put a round sticker on the top which incudes the symbol, code number and a sample bead. This helps me to stay organized. The label sticker can be removed and the bottle reused as needed.

    June 21, 2021

  • Sharon Wooldridge said:

    To hold your paper back out of your way when doing a diamond painting, simply stick a small piece of your wax under the fold and press it down, that way it will not be flopping around in your way until you are ready to remove the wax and recover your painting and go to the next section and repeat the same procedure, it makes it so much easier

    May 25, 2021

  • Pat Hutchinson said:

    Why won’t my diamond pens pick up the beads.Have used the pink glue that comes with kits and blu tack.Help please ?

    May 17, 2021

  • Michelle A La Tulippe said:

    To frame odd size diamond paintings (or anything you want really), Michael’s Arts and Crafts (or similar type store) carries “partial” frames in 2 pieces at various lengths. All you have to do is pick the sizes you need and follow the instructions to assemble.

    April 28, 2021

  • Kathy said:

    I do lot of diamond art paintings and some of my painting aren’t the standard size for a frame. Its hard to find non standard size frames.
    Does anyone have any suggestions where I could find them?

    April 14, 2021

  • Peggy Maggard said:

    I use a needle to get the air bubbles out of painting.how do u keep your lines straight when working on painting.⁹o

    April 06, 2021

  • Maggie said:

    What process do you use to get all the air pockets smoothed out on your canvas before you start? I’m on my 4th one and havent figured out how to remedy this issue

    March 09, 2021

  • Mary Ann Abplanalp said:

    I have arthritis in my hands, so opening the containers with the the screw on lids hurt. I use the little glass jars, from the dollar store, they are very easy to open. I tape the numbers from the bags to to the side and tape the numbers to the top for easy selection. I have a small in marked jar for the extra drills if I happen to find a stray. These tiny jars fit nicely into my little wooden storage box along with the tools I use.

    March 05, 2021

  • Jolis said:

    For glue when making my own diamond painting with the extra drills, I like using Aleen’s Tacky Glue. I brush a thin layer on my canvas or car stick or whatever, allow to dry. It dries tacky or sticky. Use plastic film to lay over the canvas, just like what’s in PWD kit. The glue will stay tacky until you place your diamonds on it. Try it yourself.

    If anyone has something better they use, I’d love to hear it, as I am always looking to improve my Diamond Painting skills.

    March 01, 2021

  • Melissa Motter said:

    The light pink colored sticky stuff they give with all kits to use in your pen to pick up your diamonds needs to be changed to fast. It just dont last very long before the sticky is gone. I found that using Jot poster tack works a million times better and don’t need to be changed out nearly as much as the sticky stuff that comes with every painting. I buy the poster tack at the dollar tree for $1.00 and it will last for sooooooo long. I have already done 2 full size 40×50cm diamond paintings and only used not even a quarter of the poster tack. I will use nothing else but that when diamond painting.

    February 18, 2021

  • Sharon said:

    I have found when trying to remove permanent ink from your plastic bead boxes, some say alcohol will do it, but it doesn’t completely clean it, but you can use lighter fluid instead (That will completely clean them). That’s all I ever use. You will need to order it from amazon because I couldn’t find it in any of my local stores, hope this helps this way you can keep using the same ones

    February 03, 2021

  • Lucille k gibson said:

    At one time I saw a “glitter dust”advertised to use on your diamond art project to fill in lines that show. I can not seem to find it now. Can anyone help me? I sent for a personal picture made and I am having lines showing thru in some places.

    January 13, 2021

  • Roselin Pfeifer said:

    Ive still not found an answer—is there a right and wrong side to the pixels. Flater side up or down??

    December 16, 2020

  • Dorothy Page said:

    Baking paper works well to cover the painting it does not stick

    December 16, 2020

  • Stephanie said:

    Have read most of the comments. Many great tips. I may have missed this one but I have some health issues and some days my hands shake and I will spill my tray of beads. Some times on my canvas. I use a lint roller and run it lightly over the canvas. If the beads I spilled are on the already placed beads it will pick up most of the loose beads. Of course it may not pick up the beads on the portion that has no beads and they will have to be picked off (UGH!!). I also run the roller over my carpet. The beads have to be picked off the lint roller which is time consuming. Or you can tear off the portion with the beads and put it in water and they come off easier. Just a little hint someone may can use, Happy Painting !!

    December 16, 2020

  • cher Buckwalter said:

    I love to sit in my comfy big chair and do my diamond art while listening to tv. I found if you put your canvas on an upside down tray on your lap with a pillow on it. That way you can stand it at a 45degree angle. I have a bright light behind me so I can see those dark colors.
    So much fun.

    December 16, 2020

  • BARB ROTHw said:

    With one of my orders I also recieved a separate sheet with the symbols and colors, this made it so much easier as they were quite a bit larger. When I don’t receive this I copy on a machine, enlarge and put in a plastic sleeve.

    December 16, 2020

  • Judy said:

    I stumbled upon a way to open the little plastic containers that snap to close it. These little containers commonly come 28 little boxes in the larger container, 7 rows of 4 attached boxes. There is also a larger container which would probably accommodate the larger pictures that have more than 28 colours. The little containers come in 7 rows of 4 little attached boxes. Hold one row (4 boxes) in your left hand, diagonally across your palm, with your thumb on the back side and fingers along the front of the row of 4 boxes. With your right hand take your thumb and index finger and place them on the two small ends of the row. Gently squeeze the two ends together and the tops of the two outside boxes pop up. Continue squeezing gently on the row using the right hand and move the left thumb over the top of the row to lift the tops of the two middle boxes. Relax your squeeze BUT CONTINUE HOLDING ON TO THE ROW OF BOXES. NOW CLOSE THE THREE BOXES THAT YOU ARE NOT USING AT THIS MOMENT. Practise this move two or three times and you will get the hang of it and it will become second nature to you. This has saved me many anxious moments.

    December 16, 2020

  • Bonnie said:

    I am going to make my DP’s from scratch. I ordered double sided tape, however now hearing that poured glue works better. Searching poured glue is giving me finished pieces from China. What I need to know is what poured glue to buy to put on to my printed picture that drills will adhere to. Hoping someone can help.

    December 16, 2020

  • Carol Grimes Sisti said:

    I use a muffin tin to keep my beads in and small ramekins for the extra ones.

    December 16, 2020

  • Ineke said:

    Hi, you can use bluetac instead of the wax, lasts forever.

    December 16, 2020

  • marlene hollett said:

    some parts of my project is slippery instead of sticky. What can I get to fix this???

    December 16, 2020

  • marlene hollett said:

    what can I use in place of the wax for securing the diamonds? Also, you can use the unused diamonds on a counted cross stitch.

    December 16, 2020

  • Sandy said:

    When I get a kit I separate the colors by palette and use tall snack baggies that have a write-one white section to sort them. On each baggie I code the line “P 340 @”. P is for pink, the color palette, 340 is the number assigned and @ is the symbol assigned to that kit by the manufacturer. The color palette baggies are then binder clipped together. Then on the corresponding printed page I draw lines under each third color for visual separation, and write the color palette code “P” next to 340, @. I like to have no more than 5 baggies in one palette clip for ease in finding the colors quickly, so I’ll sometimes break the palette into two binder clips, and label them P1 and P2. Most of my kits have over 40 colors so this is a quick filing system that is easy on my eyes and safe for my dots!

    April 02, 2020

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    April 17, 2020

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    April 17, 2020

  • rona mckay said:

    what adhesive can I use for my spare beads I have bought some crystal art stamps but I don,t know how to put glue on the card so that I can stamp on it ? thank you

    January 26, 2020

  • Sue said:

    To Billie, Nov 2019.. You can cut and paste the comment section out. Put in an email to yourself and then print it

    January 26, 2020

  • susanne orsi said:

    I DO NOT RECOMEND CUTTING THE SYMBOLS FROM THE CANVAS AND GLUING THEM TO YOUR CONTAINERS. BY DOING THIS YOU ARE COMPROMISING THE EXTRA CANVAS WHICH IN MOST CASES IS NEEDED FOR FRAMING. I USE TO BE AN AVID NEEDLEPOINTER AND NEVER WOULD PURCHASE A CANVAS THAT THE EXCESS WAS TRIMMED OFF. I ALWAYS HAD MY PIECES PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED. BECAUSE NEEDLEPOINT HAS TO BE STRETCHED THE EXCESS CANVASS NEEDED TO BE INTACT. I REALIZE THIS IS NOT THE CASE WHEN FRAMING A PAINT WITH DIAMONDS DESIGN. HOWEVER YOU DO NEED THE EXCESS CANVAS TO BE HIDDEN UNDER THE FRAMES EDGES. IF NOT YOU WILL BE COVERING SOME OF YOUR WORK. TRY THIS INSTEAD. MAKE A PHOTO COPY OF THE NUMBERED SYMBOL EDGE OF YOUR CANVAS WITH A GOOD PRINTER. THEN CUT THE SYMBOLS FROM THE PAPER . IF DIFFICULT TO SEE DUE TO LIGHTNESS OF SYMBOLS ON CANVAS TRY ADJUSTING INK AND REPRINT UNTIL THEY ARE READABLE. THE LIGHTER GRE SYMBOLS ARE MORE DIFFICULT TO SEE, SO TRY THIS. PROFESSIONAL SEAMSTRESS. SUSANNE

    January 16, 2020

  • Lilia CHANDLER said:

    I receive my Portrait of Christ. I love it. I will order more. Thank you.

    January 16, 2020

  • Janet Etherton said:

    I have used my empty pill bottles, I put clear tape on lid and right the DMC number on it. I now have a nice storage container that has lot of different sizes bottles. I have done about 20 kits so far. I frame most of them, but I have never sealed them. Is it necessary to seal them if I frame them?

    January 16, 2020

  • Jane said:

    I’ve tried all of the sorting ideas mentioned above, but found a set of boxes a little different than mentioned. The bags (ziploc, pill packs, etc,) work great, except when you need just one more little drill. At Harbor Freight they have a clear box filled with 25 smaller boxes, each with a snap lid. I’ve numbered my containers and refill with extras left over from projects. They hold quite a bit more than the little round boxes from Walmart (tried that one, too!), so I stack my six main boxes with the outsides labeled (1-25, 25-50, 51-75, etc.), then add one more for the brayer, tweezers, multi tools, extra wax, etc. I finally use one last box per project, and combine with the main boxes when project is complete.

    January 09, 2020

  • June Blumenthal said:

    Can anyone tell me if it makes any difference if you lay the square drills based on the two different tips to their facets? I’ve seen plenty of recommendations on how to lay the squares, alternating in a checkerboard pattern, but I haven’t seen any comments on the square diamond drills themselves. They come in two different cuts where one tops out more at a point and the other has more of a flat square cut with multi facets on all four sides. Does anyone know what I mean? Do people care if the two cuts alternate or are next to each other? Does it even matter? I imagine it’s meant to catch the light at all different angles and I try to be conscious of not laying too many of the square tops all in a row, but I don’t know if other people bother? Perhaps I am being too o.c.d. Has anyone noticed how this hobby seems to attract people who have ocd tendencies? I wonder if that’s why it relaxes us whereas it would bore or frustrate others…

    January 09, 2020

  • Mandy Bell said:

    I buy multi packs of Tic Taks comes in a 4 pk, once eaten wash and dry them thoroughly fill with drills and write their numbers on the tops and I keep them in a storage container.

    January 09, 2020

  • Sara McD said:

    I love the pwd! I’m on my 4th or 5th canvas and it has become a routine that I work on them a little each day before bed to relax me. Although I haven’t had any issues with the canvas or diamonds themselves I’ve been waiting 26 days for my order! I bought it at the end of November beginning of December and I still haven’t received my order yet

    January 09, 2020

  • Amber L Pierini said:

    When you first get your kit and it’s all rolled up all you have to do is take each end of the paper that’s sticking to the canvas and pull it up half way to the canvas and put it back down… do it with every corner and the canvas will be flat. No need to sleep on it.

    January 09, 2020

  • Carol Moore said:

    Lots of great tips

    January 09, 2020

  • DAWN said:

    I like doing diamond picture I have done quite a few myself I don’t know
    how to had pictures

    January 09, 2020

  • Jacqui said:

    How do you use the metal ruler? It has holes in and it lines the diamonds up but no instructions? First time beginner?

    January 16, 2020

  • denise said:

    hi a great way to store the gems is to use tick tack boxes and you can write on them over as well and a great plae to buy the kits are wish as well

    January 16, 2020

  • Kayla said:

    My diamonds do not stick very well. How can I get them to stay?

    January 16, 2020

  • SAndy said:

    I use pill holders (the large 28 days). Then use the instructions and cut each color and symbols tape them on the lid of each one. To get them out I use an eighth teaspoon measuring spoon.

    January 16, 2020


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