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7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of

December 08, 2019 2 min read 731 Comments

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of

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. 

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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. 

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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."

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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!

7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks Youve Definitely Never Thought Of

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!


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Terronda Zackery
Terronda Zackery

January 15, 2019

I was able to find a chiropractor that does all my custom frames for us that price which is $18 each compared to our store custom frame this is wonderful and he does a great job.

Terronda Zackery
Terronda Zackery

January 15, 2019

I too had a hard time finding frames for the paintings. What I have done, is contacte a Carpenter. He now makes all my frames for a very reasonable price.

Kymberlie
Kymberlie

January 15, 2019

In re: silicone spray.
I spray my picture with clear acrylic gloss spray when I am finished. A few coats of this keeps all the drills adhered and ready for framing.

Valerie Manning
Valerie Manning

January 15, 2019

Amazon and Frame-It-Easy have a wide variety of frames at reasonable prices that so far have fit every project I’ve done. Just search for the specific area, i.e., 30cm x 40cm and see all available.

Pat M
Pat M

January 15, 2019

I read one review that said the size she ordered, which was the smallest, was too small to really see detail. Is that the case with all images? I just realized that sizes are cm, not inches!

Rachel
Rachel

January 15, 2019

I use plastic containers to store diamonds and I tape the number on the outside.

Heather Sorenson
Heather Sorenson

January 15, 2019

I looked all over the house to find something easy to use to pick up drills off the canvas once placed, if fixes need to be made. The best item yet, an old fashion seam puller. Doesnt tear the canvas cuz it just pulls the drills right up without touching the canvas. Best fixer upper yet!!

Ruth Avrahami
Ruth Avrahami

January 15, 2019

I use Mod Podge gloss when I am finished with a piece. I put at least 3 coats on it. I also have my pieces professionally framed

RUTH AVRAHAMI
RUTH AVRAHAMI

January 15, 2019

I use MODGE PODGE glossy

Regina Fitzgerald
Regina Fitzgerald

January 15, 2019

Any idea to use leftover beads?

Heather
Heather

January 15, 2019

I use Modge Podge Glitter Spray after my picture is complete. It not only helps the drills stay on the canvas but also keeps an extra little sparkle to the drills before framing.

Dorothytellez
Dorothytellez

January 15, 2019

I had a hard time finding a frame. I used a good tacky glue. And used a matching color of sequins on a roll. Like in a string. I went around the picture twice. Then made sure no picture was left showing. I trimed down the excess. And put little gems in each corner. Then framed it in a double glass frame. So it looks like its floating. Its beautiful.

Linda Tolman
Linda Tolman

January 15, 2019

I tape my canvas to my seamstress cutting board, then when I have to put it away for the day, I just stand it up behind my hutch. It doesn’t get knocked around and it’s ready to go next time. Too bad it takes so long to get the order. Can’t wait to get my next shipment.

nancya518
nancya518

January 15, 2019

If you plan to custom order a frame there’s a web site called frameit easy that allows you to order a frame to the exact measurements of the picture at very reasonable prices (e.g. $24plus approx. $10 for shipping). But be sure NOT to order a frame based on what size you ordered the painting. Rather wait until you get the canvas then measure the actual size of the painting excluding the border with color charts. The paintings are often NOT the size they are supposed to be. I got burned this way by ordering a frame the supposed size of the painting only to find it was an inch smaller on each size making the frame too large but not large enough to use a mat.

Wendy
Wendy

January 15, 2019

I use Static Guard to spray my trays…and if need be, I spray a paper towel…after it is almost dry, I spread the drills out and push them around with my hand and if they are really stuck, I use a cap from the Static Guard to lightly push on them to separate them.

ELIZABETH MATTKE
ELIZABETH MATTKE

January 15, 2019

Can you use something to hold the diamonds in place? I have a couple from last year that I refound again and they are not sticking very well anymore.

Linda Ramek
Linda Ramek

January 15, 2019

I have started my first diamond painting. Not all of the diamonds are squared and there may be some bits of light between the squared drills. Will this a difference when completed?

Michelle
Michelle

January 15, 2019

I love doing these projects. I used pill bottles to keep my diamonds in. I label each bottle with the diamond number and if it is round or square. This makes it easier to add any diamonds that come with new projects and I don’t have to have new bottles for each project.

Kristine Everett
Kristine Everett

January 15, 2019

To lay your pattern flat, lift and peel back the protective paper about half way, lay back down on the adhesive pattern and repeat for other half. Lays flat everytime and no need to wait.

Lori Wiseman
Lori Wiseman

January 15, 2019

I liked the look of really straight lines. So, I used the edge of a credit card to gently align the diamonds into straight rows.

Gtetchen
Gtetchen

January 15, 2019

I just cut open the top of the diamond bag. Then, when I’m done with that color, I put the extra diamonds in the bag with the number facing and put it in the storage bag. Then when I go through at the end, I know which color is which. When I’m completely done, I put the extra in a storage container, I normally use a tackle box from Wal-Mart, under 5.00

Gtetchen
Gtetchen

January 15, 2019

I just cut open the top of the diamond bag. Then, when I’m done with that color, I put the extra diamonds in the bag with the number facing and put it in the storage bag. Then when I go through at the end, I know which color is which. When I’m completely done, I put the extra in a storage container, I normally use a tackle box from Wal-Mart, under 5.00

Marie
Marie

January 15, 2019

I just purchased my first two kits & am feeling very intimated.. I would appreciate any information, suggestions, or tips.. Thank you

Nicole
Nicole

January 15, 2019

I staple mine on a cardboard and it holds it and flattens at the same time

Gina K
Gina K

January 15, 2019

I only do the really large size in order to really get some of the detail. When i frame I use glass to keep it sealed in, regular glass. Dont use nonglare if u want the sparkle. Dont be afraid of the big sizes, you will be thrilled at the results when you see the detail.

Michelle Day
Michelle Day

January 15, 2019

I recently received my big beautiful Mastic Elephant painting. I have ticked of the diamonds that were sent but it is missing a couple. They are F -647 – 6 pkts
E – 648 – 4pkts
R – 796 – 2 pkts
> – 900 – 1 pkt
I would very much appreciate the sending on of these please. My order number is #P 25009ID on the 13 th October 2018 $28.00
LIEX4003237 Hope this all helps, thanking you
Michelle Day

Lois
Lois

January 15, 2019

If the canvas loses adhesiveness, putting clear Elmer’s glue on the surface works.

Linda meinheit
Linda meinheit

January 15, 2019

I can’t read my color chart to small and I can’t read it

Linda meinheit
Linda meinheit

January 15, 2019

I can’t read my color chart to small and I can’t read it

Sally
Sally

January 15, 2019

To Peggy A. I just finished a picture and used a product from Michaels called Aqua glue. Goes on clear easy to apply and inexpensive

Victoria
Victoria

January 15, 2019

Dryer sheets not helping with static kling. I can’t do anything with this set of dotz.

margaret harris
margaret harris

January 15, 2019

Hi, I have my diamonds in small square containers with the numbers on top, and with all the leftover beads I use them on my own drawings which I stick them on with gemstone glue which i get from spotlight, they look great to.

Debbie L Warren
Debbie L Warren

January 15, 2019

I use weekly pill organizers for beads, just label each day with symbol & number.

Kylie
Kylie

November 20, 2018

In re: to framing, I too found it hard to find frames. So, I use foam board to glue my canvas onto, then another piece on top cut into a frame. This way I’m mounting the canvas between two pieces. Then I pin to the wall, and it looks really nice! Plus then there’s no glass to get in the way of the refraction of light on the ‘diamonds’.

Linda Fitzpatrick
Linda Fitzpatrick

November 20, 2018

Hi Deb August 3 2018 I can’t get frames to fit my paintinf either so I put them on shop bought canvases with frames I use fabric glue leave to dry over night then there ready to hang in nail or hook

Connie Bergeson
Connie Bergeson

November 20, 2018

I store my drills in little plastic storage containers with lids. You can get them in Walmart…I write he symbol and number on the container and keep them in a flat box. It makes it very easy to identify the symbol and number at a glance.

Peggy Abbruscato
Peggy Abbruscato

November 20, 2018

Does anyone have a silicone spray or something similar to spray over final product so stones can’t pop out?

Sarah
Sarah

November 20, 2018

Instead of writing the numbers on the bags because it may come off the bag I just cut around the number and place the number inside the with the diamonds 😊

Sarah
Sarah

November 20, 2018

Instead of writing the numbers on the bags because it may come off the bag I just cut around the number and place the number inside the with the diamonds 😊

Lucy
Lucy

November 20, 2018

I use a plastic box for beads. I have one with 36 “holes”. I write the number and symbol on the cover. When canvas is complete, wipe clean with nail polish remover and you’re ready for the next one.

Margaret Kinder
Margaret Kinder

November 20, 2018

Love all these tips. Thank you.

Margaret Kinder
Margaret Kinder

November 20, 2018

Just starting. Very helpful.

Margaret Kinder
Margaret Kinder

November 20, 2018

Wonderful help.

Margaret Kinder
Margaret Kinder

November 20, 2018

Great help.

Denise
Denise

November 20, 2018

I used spray glue and put mine on a canvas

Denise
Denise

November 20, 2018

Quick easy way to flatten,especially if it was rolled up, peel back each corner, one at a time, to centre then stick back down, has worked with all mine regardless of size

Tiffannie
Tiffannie

November 20, 2018

Im working on my 8th one. Only one have i had professionally framed (which was pretty pricey) for a christmas present. I have found that pill boxes work well and i use garage sale stickers as my labels. All the others i framed myself in frames a bit larger than the actal paintings and just used the black backing as the “back drop”. Cutting all edges off my painting and placing it center in the frame. It really doesnt look half bad. Hope that helps.

Barbara A Gowland
Barbara A Gowland

November 20, 2018

As for framing – Most craft stores have pieces (2 in a pack) of frame the size you need or close to it. If pieces aren’t right, mount picture to foam board or craft canvas as a mat. Trim edges of picture, use color foam board, paint a canvas to color mat you want, – so many options. Thanks for all your ideas, too !!!

Joan Braunberger
Joan Braunberger

November 20, 2018

1. When resins have stuck together just put between two of the little trays that come with the kit and press together. You will hear the satisfying click of them separating.
2. I do my painting on an easel. Clip it to a canvas and place the light pad behind the picture. This will also show up the legend of symbols and colors.

Ken Cooper
Ken Cooper

November 20, 2018

We usually get frames at a Dollar store. Larger ones we get at WalMart or
Michael’s

Angela Ling
Angela Ling

November 20, 2018

I like to fame my pictures after they have been completed. Could you give me any suggestions how. On a canvass or in a frame? Thank you n anticipation .

Loorae
Loorae

November 20, 2018

When it comes to organizing the dots…I photo copy the color chart and then cut them apart and tape onto screw top containers for easy finding of the symbol color you need.

Kim Evans
Kim Evans

November 20, 2018

I put the sheet under books every night and come the morning it is flattened

Marilee jacobs
Marilee jacobs

November 20, 2018

What can u do with left over diamonds?

Linda Mogel
Linda Mogel

November 20, 2018

If glue is missing on.painting whst.can I do to fix this?

Kaye.
Kaye.

November 20, 2018

Love the hints. Could the kits come with bigger & better colour charts and instructions because they are so small and not all clear to read

Kaye.
Kaye.

November 20, 2018

Love the hints. Could the kits come with bigger & better colour charts and instructions because they are so small and not all clear to read

Patty
Patty

November 20, 2018

I use folder labels, I cut them in two, write the color number and symbol and place them on little storage bags.

Zoe Tollett
Zoe Tollett

November 20, 2018

I have some diamonds that wont stick, how do I make them stay on the canvas

Sandra Dixon
Sandra Dixon

November 20, 2018

I need help with mounting and framing . very difficult to find frames to fit pictures and custom framing is very $$. I use a spray clear adhesive to keep diamonds in place..let dry overnight. but frams are a problem.
Sandra Dixon
Sandra Dixon

November 20, 2018

I use pill dossets for keeping the diamond pieces in while I’m working on a picture. You can put tape on each compartment and numers/ symbols to match esch color. I just pour out as many diamonds onto the tray as I feel I’ll need and pour the remander back into the dosset chamber. Works well for me.

Colleen Huddleston
Colleen Huddleston

November 20, 2018

I have the 28 containers and use the doc number stickers to mark beads
I also use a rolling pin when finished instead of pressing with a book

Linda
Linda

November 20, 2018

I special order frame sizes from ArtFrames.com

Jordyn Aaron
Jordyn Aaron

November 20, 2018

How do I use the bigger end of the diamond pen?

April
April

November 20, 2018

How do you keep the diamonds from falling off after framing? I want to frame them but not behind glass.

Lori
Lori

November 20, 2018

I use an extra large clip board to work on my diamond paining and also to store it on when I’m not working on it. I got it at hobby lobby. They have several different sizes.

Leeann Gregory
Leeann Gregory

November 20, 2018

I use a tackle box tray to keep my diamond beads organised and separated for easy access

Jane Ungelbach
Jane Ungelbach

November 20, 2018

I don’t find frames the right size either so I get a frame usually at JoAnn fabric that is a bit larger than the picture. I use either a strip of scrap book paper, strip of colored tape or strip of ribbon to fill in the area to make it to the edges of the frame. I use double sided tape or glue works good.

Constance Spille
Constance Spille

November 20, 2018

Having trouble getting some of the pieces to stick, does anyone have any suggestions? Is there anything to put on top of the piece to help them stick?

Debbie
Debbie

November 20, 2018

After completing your painting, what do you do with the extra gems? Do you just discard them or would they ever match with other gems from other paintings?

Sabrina Deyling
Sabrina Deyling

November 20, 2018

If your using a plastic devider with small storage compartments, use white out to write the numbers that coraspond with the color. When your finished you can remove the whiteout with alcohol or nail polish remover. This works great

Judith.
Judith.

November 20, 2018

Really like the tips. Some i already do but some i really appreciate reading. Ty

Eileen K McDougall
Eileen K McDougall

November 20, 2018

How do I clean off some stuck paper on the canvas without ruining it?

Anja Christie
Anja Christie

November 20, 2018

I use a daily pill tray(4x a day/7 days = 28 spaces) to store my diamonds. And I mark each one with the symbols and numbers. Works perfectly! Also, I put my canvas on a magnetized easel and fasten it with magnets. However, any flat surface really works with scotch tape!☺❤

Robyn
Robyn

November 20, 2018

I recently found out that instead of putting it under the mattress to flatten
all you have to do is lift up the wax paper/protective covering off, IN SECTIONS, and smooth it back on. So picture a square divided in 4 sections, peel back 1st section and smooth back on, continue with other sections till you’ve basically lifted the whole cover off and re-smoothed. It will laid flat! I was amazed when I tried it and is so simple!

Debra Tyree
Debra Tyree

November 20, 2018

I use the frames from Walmart. I customize the cardboard window to fit my painting.

Nancy P
Nancy P

November 20, 2018

Where are the answers to the questions that are being presented? I have some of the same questions and have not seen any answers. I’m also looking for a smart way to frame my completed picture and am wondering about the pros/cons of putting a glossy finish on the picture when done. What type of gloss? what brand? etc

Nanz
Nanz

November 20, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDfVWcjkQq4

This is a wonderful youtube for lots of excellent tips especially getting the canvas flat and eliminating the balls of dotz that occur.

Wilma
Wilma

November 20, 2018

I use a tiny funnel to put the chips into my containers. I use screw top containers which are much easier than flip top. I label with small stickers. Best tip I have is to use a small easel. No sore neck, no glare to deal with.

Corinne Lengyel
Corinne Lengyel

November 20, 2018

When framing, is it recommended to use a non-glare glass, or no glass at all? I framed one of mine with a non-glare, but wondering if that is still taking away from some of the diamond “shine”. Thx!

Lucie lanctot
Lucie lanctot

November 20, 2018

I put my diamonds in pill boxes with lids that are attached to the container and glue numbers on them

Brenda Peterson
Brenda Peterson

November 20, 2018

I use tic tac containers, and label the tops with little Avery labels, they peel right off easily for the next project! The tweezers are much easier to use than the sticky stuff. No residue and, shaking the tray side to side (carefully) turns the diamonds right side up. I’ve done about 30 kits! Personalized ones are amazing,

Teresa Church
Teresa Church

November 20, 2018

I have found the little cups with lids at the hospital cafeteria they use to put condiments in works great to hold my diamonds, and I label them with magic markers.

Donna Garza
Donna Garza

November 20, 2018

I bought little glass tubes from Michaels to keep my beads in. I taped a little piece of paper with the number on it in the front. It’s easier to pour in the tray, as well as putting the beads away when you’re not using them.

Pat
Pat

November 20, 2018

What glue is good to use to put the diamonds on if the square drys.

Merri Zumwalt
Merri Zumwalt

November 20, 2018

How do you keep your lines straight?

Jeanine Damico
Jeanine Damico

November 20, 2018

I use the list that is given, with the symbol, the number color of the tiles and how many packages..I cut them apart and tape them to my baggies when I separate them.

Joan Hite
Joan Hite

November 20, 2018

I purchased cosmetic containers from Walmart, 10 gram size. I labeled each with the color number and symbol. Then when working I organize them by ABC’s, numbers, and then symbols, makes it easier to find the next color you need.

Elaine
Elaine

November 20, 2018

To flatten picture upon receipt, I just lift the paper from the glued canvas on four corners about 2 inches then pat it back on this flattens your picture.

Heather norton
Heather norton

November 20, 2018

I use an angled board with a light pad and keep the diamonds in small plastic tubs

Judy Parker
Judy Parker

November 20, 2018

I also go to lumber store and buy a nice molding. Just cut to size , miter corners and glue to edges.

Judy
Judy

November 20, 2018

I use my wooden rolling pin when done to set the diamonds.

Tonya Welch
Tonya Welch

November 20, 2018

To mat some of my projects, I use a cheap way of doing so. Cut one solid piece for each top and bottom and then the smaller sides. I adhere to a craft self stick mounting board by yarnology that is made for embroidery and cross stitching. The 11 × 14 or 16 × 20 are my favorite sizes. Buy a frame if you want in that size or leave as is. You may have to use an adhesive for the matting like a non acid spray adhesive for the matting.

Victoria
Victoria

November 20, 2018

Is there something I can use to seal the diamonds after its complete, without losing the shine?

Tina monfette
Tina monfette

November 20, 2018

it is hard to find frames that fit exactly so I buy the next size frame up, cover the frame back with velvet material, cut off the area around my completed picture and use hot glue to mount the picture in the center of the velvet. It looks like it has a velvet matte around the picture and looks very professional. Also shadow boxes work well too. Just cut the excess canvas off and hot glue in the shadow box. It looks beautiful.

Tina Haynes
Tina Haynes

November 20, 2018

to flatten your canvas pull up the corners of your top sheet to the middle the flatten back down. I have seen it on Many videos and it seems to work great. I can’t wait for my first DP to arrive so I can get started with all of these great tips!

Esther Sefer
Esther Sefer

November 20, 2018

Wow, I’m being shyed from doing this now. I’m waiting on my first 2 orders to arrive. It looks fabulous to do and I thought it would be a dream until all these posts of do’s and don’ts.
I just hope my Paint With Diamonds won’t stay packaged up after seeing many hints, of which there is more than 20 pages. I’m on page 4 of the hints and it’s begun to give me a headache.

Laura Helsth
Laura Helsth

November 20, 2018

For framing I buy inexpensive frames but use customer matting looks awesome

Margaret Wilson
Margaret Wilson

November 20, 2018

I use the pill baggies. Their in the hearing aid section at walmart. They have a section to write on that won’t rub off. Their just the right size. I bought a craft box at walmart. Its big enough to hold everything. I have several kits in there. I also put my diffent kits in big ziplock and label which kit it is. Also i use one of those multi fold poster board, to lay all my pics in before, during and after. I lay my box of supplies ontop to flatten then. All supplies u can buy at walmart.

Margaret Wilson
Margaret Wilson

November 20, 2018

I use the pill baggies. Their in the hearing aid section at walmart. They have a section to write on that won’t rub off. Their just the right size.

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