As Diamond Painters, we know how much dedication and love goes into each project. So when it comes to gifting, we think DIY presents are the best! There is nothing more special than giving a craft from the heart.

We’ve walked you through how to turn your leftover diamonds into Christmas decorations, household décor, and fun crafts. This week, we’re going to show you how to turn your drills into gifts, thanks to submissions from the wonderful folks in our Paint With Diamonds Support Group . 

9. Create a Freeform Painting

School/Design Diamond Painting

You can create your own Diamond Art using leftover gems! Annie Lastar created these designs by using leftover diamonds and following traditional Cross Stitch patterns. Simple yet stunning!

8. Craft a Customized Bracelet

Resin Bracelet with Diamonds

“Found something else to do with leftover Diamond Paintings. Resin bracelets. My great-granddaughter loves them!” says Barbara Gilliland. You can either mix together your gems or organize them by color to create a personalized creation. Stunning!

7. Decorate Personalized Letter

Wooden Letters with Gems

Lots of craft stores sell wooden letters. You can buy the letters of your loved one’s name or initials to create a gift like no other! Cindy Stein went all out and designed these elaborate patterns. We love the butterfly too. Great work! 

Wooden Letters with Gems

Although we love intricate designs, the simple approach is just as beautiful. Barbara Linville used her leftover diamonds to decorate these letters for her granddaughter. It’s a gorgeous decoration for a wall or nightstand.

6. Send a Message of Love

Valentine's Day decorations with Diamonds

There’s nothing better than telling someone you love them. Laura Wallace put her extra gems on heartwarming frames, letters, and decór. It's the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

5. Bling Out a Jewelry Chest

Jewelry Chest decorated with Gems

What better way to hold diamonds than a Diamond Painting jewelry chest? Louise Badkin’s dazzling chest is the perfect gift for all jewelry lovers.

4. Personalize a Phone Case

Phone Case with Diamonds

For your friend who is always on the phone- why not customize a phone case? Every time they take a call or send a message, their heart will be warm with love. Beth Horne McNair phone case design is a straightforward way to make a cute case.

3. Embellish Gifts

World's Best Mom Sign with Diamonds

Every gift is better with some sparkle! Julie Joly Edwards enhanced her “World’s Best Mom” sign with her leftover diamonds. World’s best gift!

2. Sparkle Some Shoes

Shoes with Diamonds

Give your loved ones shiny shoes to step out into the world in style! Sarah Perrone started decorating her shoes with her leftover gems, and we think they look positively perfect. Fancy footwear= fantastic gift!

1. Design a Furry Friend

January Bear with Diamonds

Who doesn’t love a celebratory bear? Yvonne Aldridge created this adorable “Janubeary” by using leftover diamonds, a blank canvas, and an old cross stitch pattern. What a great gift to give a loved one for the new year!

Have an idea for a way to turn leftover diamonds into gifts?

Share it with us in the Paint With Diamonds Support Group. We love hearing about all your creative ideas.


  • Theresa said:

    Aleens sticky tack is what I would use. Haven’t tried it yet but I use it for other projects.

    August 17, 2022

  • Betsy said:

    To stick extra diamonds to a new project. I use clear contact. I print a picture onto it and just fill in the dots from there.

    April 04, 2022

  • Betsy said:

    Once I’ve completed my work I use the leftover dots to make some simple homemade projects such as mirror surrounds. Or to bling up photo frames. I’ve even made a melted dots project. Only slightly melting them and running thru with a skewer to swirl into patterns.

    April 04, 2022

  • Sherry Ford said:

    I am too wondering what the people used for adhesive when making their own DIY projects with their leftover diamonds. After making about 7 or 8 diamond art projects, I have a lot of these diamonds left over. As, I’m a natural packrat, I would like to use them in a project. Appreciate any and all help. Thanks in advance.

    July 20, 2021

  • Valery Pate said:

    I have alot of left over diamonds but I will make something with them.

    July 06, 2021

  • marian said:

    Joanne’s carries a product called DOTZ STICK – 4 oz of dotting adhesive. A little goes a loooooooong way and the cost is affordable.

    June 23, 2021

  • Marian said:

    What do you all use to attach the gems? I have some letters I’d like to decorate but don’t know what to use.

    June 22, 2021

  • Joy said:

    I have asked before but I’ll ask again. What do you use to stick your extra diamonds with?

    June 22, 2021

  • Bonnie said:

    I have make some pictures for my son and daughter
    Last name, and wedding dates. Turned out nice. I’m having more fin making my own pictures

    June 22, 2021

  • Mary Wiecenski said:

    Thanks for this email. What great ideas…..

    June 22, 2021

  • Pam said:

    How do you stick extra diamonds on things

    June 22, 2021

  • Jazmin Baker said:

    If I were to make fun designs on a pair of shoes with my extra diamonds what would be the best thing to attach them to the shoes?

    June 22, 2021

  • Lynda Kamrath said:

    Not exactly a gift, but I used left-over diamonds for decorating the edges of my mother’ burial box. I started it with needlepoint, but decided to do an outline and then fill in with diamonds. It is just going to be buried in the ground but until then it is a beautiful wooden box with needlepoint writing. (My mother is 104 years old with no medical conditions.)

    June 22, 2021

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