What Is Diamond Painting? The Ultimate Beginner's Guide

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide
New to Diamond Painting? Have no fear! You're in the exact right place. And we're SO glad to have you! 

What Is Diamond Painting Cross Stitch? 

Diamond Painting is a new craft hobby that's a mix between Cross Stitch and Paint By Numbers.

Created in 2015, Diamond Painting was designed as an easier, faster, and more therapeutic alternative to Cross Stitch. 

With Diamond Painting, you apply tiny resin "diamonds" to a DMC-coded adhesive canvas to create vibrant mosaic paintings. 

Diamond Painting is super fun and easy to learn no matter how old you are! Have a look at the video above for an over-the-shoulder look at how to get started.  

Diamond Painting Instructions 

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Step-By-Step Diamond Painting Instructions

  1. Remove all items from the package
  2. Lay out the canvas on a clean, flat surface 
  3. Choose a single color diamond to get started with 
  4. Place the diamonds in the included grooved tray for easy picking 
  5. Dip the tip of the applicator in the wax. This will help you pick up the diamonds.
    1. Note: some kits come with wax. Others come with tweezers - your choice!
  6. Press the tip of the applicator tool on the rounded side of the diamond
  7. Peel back the plastic film and carefully press the diamond onto its corresponding symbol
  8. Repeat the process until you're done! 

What's The Difference Between Round And Square Drill?

In Diamond Painting, you will often come across the terms "Square Drill" and "Round Drill." In Diamond Painting, a "drill" is simply another word for "diamond."

When we say Round vs. Square Drill, we're referring to the physical shape of the diamonds. 

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

In choosing between square and round drill, it's important to know that there are no right answers. Your goal should be to choose whichever shape that YOU personally think is most beautiful :).  

Square Drill (aka Square Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill
  • Creates A Fuller, More Complete Looking Painting.
    • Square drill diamonds look a bit "cleaner" than round drill diamonds. They line up more easily and create a "fuller" mosaic look when enjoyed from a distance.
  • Square Diamonds Satisfyingly "Snap" Into Place. 
    • Sometimes it's the little things that matter! When you start making progress on a painting and begin filling in gaps, you get a satisfying "snap" and a sense of achievement, as dorky as that sounds! 

Round Drill (aka Round Diamonds)

[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

    • Easier (And Faster!) To Pick Up And Apply Diamonds.  
      • Round diamonds just seem to stick to the diamond pen better, making the transition seem more seamless. 
    • Finished Painting Feels Less "Complete." 
    • Given the round shape of the diamonds, gaps between diamonds may appear more apparent when you're close up with the painting. 
[Pwd 101] Explained: How To Choose Between Round And Square Drill

Different Diamond Painting Techniques

After placing thousands of diamonds, you may want to switch things up. Our community has developed a number of different Diamond Painting Techniques and strategies that everyone can follow! 

The Checkerboard Technique 

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Imagine the alternating black and white squares on a traditional checkerboard. Apply the same method to your Diamond Painting to mix things up a bit on areas with large amounts of the same color. The real upside comes when you fill in the gaps - SO satisfying when everything snaps into place. 

"The Dealer" Technique 

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Some of the more obsessive among us need our diamond lines to line up perfectly! Stacy Garon from the Paint With Diamonds Support Group recommends taking an old credit card and running it through the slots between the lines of drills so they all get pushed into place. 

"Work Your Way Up" Method  

Some say you should always leave the best for last. The "Work Your Way Up" method involves starting with your smallest quantity color first, and then finishing up with the color you have the most of. Things should get easier as you go along, since you can place more of the same color at a time with your Diamond Pen Multihead.

"One At A Time" Method 

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

This one doesn't require much explaining - just work your way across the canvas one color at a time! The downside here is that the exposed areas might get less sticky over time. But on the plus side, filling in all of the blank spots is that much more satisfying than going row by row, for example. 

PRO TIP: If any areas ever get less sticky due to air exposure, try dabbing the spot with a moist towel or baby wipe. 

"Farm Plot" Method 

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Put yourself in the shoes of a farmer and divide up large blocks of the same color into little "plots" that you'll "harvest" on at a time! Are we stretching the metaphor too far yet? Keep each rectangle just wide enough that you can place 3 or 5 diamonds with the wide end of your Diamond Pen. 

What Does Each Diamond Painting Kit Include?

Each Diamond Painting Kit comes with everything you need to get started!

  • Pre-printed canvas with design chart (with pre-applied adhesive) 
  • Color diamonds delivered in separate bags (labeled) 
  • Diamond pen tool
  • Pair of extra-sharp tweezers 
  • Wax pad (used to pick up diamonds)

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When ordering kits, be sure to pay attention to 1) where the kit is coming from and 2) how it's packaged. If your kit is coming from overseas, you'll want to be sure it's packages securely for transit. At Paint With Diamonds, we avoid common shipping problems by wrapping our canvases around foam noodles to avoid creases and plastic wrapping all canvases to avoid water damage. 

What Do I Do If There Are Creases In My Canvas?

Many Diamond Painting Kits ship from overseas. To minimize damage in shipping, we wrap our canvases securely around a firm foam noodle. Sometimes, there may be some creases in the canvas when you unroll it. So what can you do to get rid of them? 

What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Option 1: Put The Canvas Under Your Mattress. Try using your bodyweight overnight to iron out any creases and wrinkles in the canvas. 

Option 2: Put Heavy Books On The Canvas: The same principle applies here - simply apply weight in the form of heavy books for a day or two. 

Option 3: Cut Our Creases With A Crafting Knife: If there are stubborn creases, simply lightly go over them with an X-Acto knife to release any air trapped between the canvas and its adhesive layer. 

How Do I Frame My Finished Diamond Painting?

After a while, you'll probably notice your collection of finished Diamond Paintings start to pile up.

Have no fear! Paint With Diamonds offers Premium DIY Natural Wood Stretcher Bars for your finished diamond painting canvases! 

Note: Be sure to secure your beads with a sealant like Mod Podge before following the steps in the video below. For more in-depth instructions, check out How To DIY Frame Your Finished Diamond Painting

Some Helpful Diamond Painting Tips And Tricks...  What Is Diamond Painting The Ultimate Beginners Guide


After your 5th, 8th, or 17th kit, you'll begin to pick up on a few secrets that make the entire Diamond Painting process even better. We've compiled a few tips and tricks below!

  1. Your canvas will be covered with a plastic film or parchment paper when you get it (to preserve the stickiness). DO NOT REMOVE THIS PLASTIC FILM ALL AT ONCE. Instead, slowly peel back the plastic as you work your way up the design.

2. Use egg cartons to organize your diamonds. Simple, easy, and cheap! Click here for more DIY Storage Hacks

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3. Tape or glue your diamonds next to their symbol on the canvas. Easily reference the diamonds you need at quick glance!

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4. Use baby wipes to make areas sticky again. If an area of your canvas becomes less sticky, just dab the area with baby wipes! You can also use this method to get any papers or pet hair off your canvas. 

Hungry for more tips and tricks? Check out 7 Paint With Diamonds Tricks You've Definitely Never Thought Of!



Welcome to the Diamond Painting Family!


We wish you the best of luck in embarking on your newest addiction! If you ever need help with anything DP-related, just message our friendly team over Facebook or shoot us an email - support@paintwithdiamonds.com. 
Have an awesome Diamond Painting tip? Leave it in the comments section down below!


    • Diane Trestick

      The diamonds are flat and tiny and are very hard to place. All the videos I saw show very different. I can’t even place them right. Very disappointed. I wish I could return them.

    • Tramakay Castle

      Hello. I would like to know if it would be ok to share this link in a DP group that I moderate for. It’s called ‘Diamond Painting… Time to Sparkle’. It’s an awesome link & possibly a chance to spread the word about your company. I have gotten kits from you B4. My very first was from Paint with Diamonds. I loved it! Thank you so much for your time

    • Kathy wilkerson

      Love the kits could I get a catalog to order more I do regular cross stitch kits with embroidery sewing love this more want more kits

    • Christine M Werelus

      I am almost finished with my project and I see that I am short 2 colors to finish. I am extremely disappointed because this was to be a special gift for my husband. How do I get enough diamonds to complete my project?

    • Yolanda Olea

      Do. You. Have. A. Catalog of All type and. Style. Of. Prints. That. We Can see And CHOOSE. Before we Order. Thank You

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