If you're as much of a Diamond Painting ADDICT as I am, odds are you have a ton of leftover diamonds just lying around taking up space. 

Why not put those excess gems to use and create something beautiful? Get inspired by these wonderful DIY diamond creations submitted by members of our Facebook Support Group! We've compiled our 10 favorite entries below.

10. Create Diamond Bottle Art

"Found these small [bottles] and layered the colors," says Ashley Renaud. Not only that, but they can also double as Christmas ornaments! Just put a little hook in the top (use cork if you can) and hang them from your tree 🎄

9. DIY Your Own Christmas Ornaments 

Speaking of Christmas, Stella Godinez created an entire Christmas tree's worth of Diamond Ornaments using her leftover drills. They really contrast well with the dark green of the tree!

If you'd rather someone else do the heavy lifting for you, head on over to Presley's Baubles and tell 'em Paint With Diamonds sent ya! 

8. Build A Diamond Pen Holder 

Ashley Cornelius used an old mason jar and leftover drills to create a gorgeous Diamond Pen Holder. Perfect if you have a lot of Diamond Pens piling up. 

7. Decorate A Religious Ornament 

Jennifer Wells decorated a cross using spare drills held on by Tacky Glue and sealed with Mod Podge. The end result is fantastic!  

6. Make Use Of Old Needlepoint Grids 

"Once I organized all my leftover diamonds, I found a needlepoint grid for a Christmas ornament," says Angie DeLuca. "Placed a piece of laminating paper upside down over grid paper and started counting."

"Once that was done I covered it all with Glossy Accents embellishing glue and when dry, cut away the excess laminating paper. Voila! Ready to be mounted on glitter paper so it can hang on the tree!"

5. Add Some Flair To Bland Decor 

Lynn Fierro used her spare drills to glitter up a gift. "I blinged out this trailer decor for my friend’s birthday. I want to make myself one now too. Love it! $8 at Michaels. I just used double stick tape."

Danyele Hazel Atkins used her leftover drills to make a jewelry box for her mom's birthday. I bet she loved it!

4. Use Your Imagination

Kath Tuck created this gorgeous romantic display with pressed cardboard and double-sided sticky tape. "Very time consuming, but so worth it." 

When it comes to creating your own art with spare drills, the sky is the limit! Consider using foam boards, cardboard, or other craft supplies to create your own blinged-out displays. Cheryl Katz decorated a plain old wooden "T" from the local craft shop to create a stunning result. 

3. Put A Unique Spin On Stained Glass Art

Kassie Essen is putting a beautiful spin on stained glass art by using her leftover drills to color in her dragon. Such a fun spin on stained glass!

2. Bling Out Your Wardrobe 

Janelle Scott added some color to her daughter's white shoes with a rainbow of different colors. It came out beautifully!

Pro Tip: If you do decide to decorate your shoes or other clothing with diamonds, make sure you use exceptionally strong glue. Otherwise you run the risk of diamonds flying off all over! 

1. Give Yourself A Manicure 

Samantha Boehm decided to accent her nails with different shades of blue diamonds. "All I did was paint my nails black top coat put the diamonds on while top coat was wet the two more top coats."

Beki Goulding opted for green over blue. "I found a use for my left over drills from a special shape project."

If you want to join in the conversation, don't forget to join the official Paint With Diamonds Facebook Support Group

What do YOU do with your spare drills? Tell us in the comments below! Bonus points for pictures 😀


  • Betsy said:

    I use contact paper to make new pictures. I draw the picture I want and go from there. The contact is sticky enough to hold the diamond well. When finished I use modge podge to cover the front. Everything stays in place. Then frame as you wish.

    May 17, 2023

  • ruth l rudisill said:

    check pinterest for ideas for the coasters also perler beads .com for the patterns

    October 25, 2022

  • ruth armstrong said:

    hobby lobby is where you can get what you need they also have the kits

    September 19, 2022

  • ruth armstrong said:

    you can buy plain paper for 3d painting at hobby lobby

    September 19, 2022

  • Cathy D said:

    I’ve used left over diamonds on Shells, sand dollars, rocks picture frames and wood items from Dollar Tree…. friend family love the gifts. Be sure to paint item, dry… apply Dotz Stick and apply diamonds then apply Diamond Painting Finish let dry completely. Then I apply spray Clear Durable Topcoat. Use your imagination!!

    August 17, 2022

  • Viresa perkins said:

    Can you use the Adhesive that you can get at Joann to put the diamond drills on shoes

    August 17, 2022

  • Kathy Aneshansley said:

    Great Christmas ornaments !!!

    May 02, 2022

  • Joyce said:

    Love the nail idea. I still haven’t been to a nail salon since covid19 outbreak. And it saves money to do my own nails at home. I’ll try it!!

    April 04, 2022

  • Darlene said:

    What kind of glue works best when gluing a finished picture to canvas. I feel the 2 way tape won’t hold the heavy picture, also thi k in time the tape will let loose.

    April 04, 2022

  • Becky said:

    I have a crafting side business. I have too many orders to have leftovers, but these are awesome.

    April 04, 2022

  • Lori said:

    Does anyone know if a diamond painting kit exists for making a flower pot, a lamp or coasters? If one does exist could someone PLEASE email me info asap thanx….lori

    April 04, 2022

  • Brenda said:

    I use regular modge podge, just a little at a time, to attach the pieces to my craft. When the piece is covered, I cover it all with modge podge. I buy the little wooden crafts at the dollar tree and I paint them first. I’ve found out that the ornaments are way to heavy when they are filled. I’ve also separated the colors, doing football teams and college teams. I’m going to try to cover a picture that I colored in an adult coloring book. I don’t know how it will turn out. To be continued…..lol

    February 01, 2022

  • Donna Goerner said:

    The spares are piling up and these are all great ideas! I like the clear Christmas ornaments idea, and embellishing boxes, small objects. I have been dumping (unsorted) drills into a plastic zip bag once my projects have been completed, sealed and framed. Insofar as framing, I do buy custom frames online for the projects I want to keep and hang in my home, but for the ones I donate, I use the magnetic poster frames. I hot-glue the side edges to the back of the canvas, then trim the top and bottom smaller than the upper and lower frame pieces. I then hot-glue the front/back frame pieces in place, as some of the projects are large and can be quite heavy.

    November 15, 2021

  • john matteson said:

    i frame my own pictures:1) i get some cardboard and measure my picture then cut the cardboard to its size 2)i take either gray or white duct tap and measure so only the picture is showing 3)then if needed i add more tape so it can be folded on to the cardboard then add whatever yarn that fits and wala home made frame. so far that’s the best way that works for me, good luck

    October 29, 2021

  • Rose 🌹 said:

    Wow those a great ideas

    October 29, 2021

  • Lisa Xander said:

    I use Mod Podge to seal mine. Next I frame in a regular photo frame (after measuring) Hope I could help!

    July 15, 2021

  • Shari Skater said:

    I saved my leftover and did a picture of our wedding day on 1992. Happy with the results. I’m a mosaic artist but like the idea and ease of working this

    I saved my leftover and did a picture of our wedding day on 1992. Happy with the results. I’m a mosaic artist but like the idea and ease of working this . Tried to send a picture but the site won’t let me.

    July 06, 2021

  • Evangeline said:

    Amazingly GREAT ideas! Having one of those ‘why didn’t I think of this’ moments! Also reminded me of some of the little wooden designs I recently purchased at the Dollar Store. These would be GREAT to cover in stones! Also, Amazon has oodles of small wooden butterflies, flowers, ornaments (Christmas, Easter, 4th of July etc). Would be fun to get those and cover them. Betting the butterflies would make pretty jewelry too, if small enough.

    May 17, 2021

  • beebs said:

    A lot of good questions but no answers.

    April 21, 2021

  • Cynthia Lewis said:

    I have several diamond paintings finished. Can they be framed in regular picture frames?

    February 16, 2021

  • Judy Nelson said:

    i find there are plenty of diamonds in the kits. have all my left overs on a cute shaped bottle

    February 16, 2021

  • Sue M said:

    If you don’t have any wax left to pickup your diamond drills use Blu tac. Works brilliant.

    December 16, 2020

  • Josephine schloesser said:

    Hi Angie deLuca. I bought the paper from Joann fabric. Trying to figure out how u did the ornament. Maybe its my left hand brain but could you please send me more information on how to do this?

    December 16, 2020

  • Barbara Smith said:

    I use them on left over Christmas cards to add some bling then frame it for Christmas decor. Looks great.

    December 16, 2020

  • Diane said:

    Goodmorning. What do you use for adhesive for left over diamonds?

    December 16, 2020

  • Pat Brennan said:

    What kind of glue should I use for glass?

    December 16, 2020

  • Peggy Rosenbluth said:

    Here in the US you can buy plain sheets of the Diamond Dotz material with the adhesive but no picture. I just bought some online from JoAnn Fabrics (https://www.joann.com/diamond-dotz-12inx19in-fabric-roll-with-adhesive-or-printed-grid/17231564.html). They have several sizes and also sell the adhesive in a bottle that you can apply to anything with a brush. Not sure if they ship international. I sent a message to customerservice@needleartworld.com and they’re the ones who told me to check out JoAnns.

    March 03, 2020

  • Sue Steinback said:

    When I have odd sized paintings I go to a craft store where they sell ready made frames and get a custom cut mat for them. I then can use a ready-made frame.

    January 26, 2020

  • cheryl Reynolds said:

    Can you buy plain canvas for making your own pictures or can you purchase a picture but don,t get diamonds , as I have thousands of left over diamonds and want to use them up Cheers Cheryl.

    January 16, 2020

  • Judy said:

    My husband uses molding from the hardware store. I stain or paint it to match the picture, then use some gold or silver highlight rouge . Then seal it with gloss.

    January 16, 2020

  • Louise said:

    What do you use for adhesive. Saw question asked several times but not the answer

    January 16, 2020

  • Linda G Shangraw said:

    Would you have frames for50x 65

    December 03, 2019

  • Judy Rollins said:

    I use left over dots on handmade cards to add some bling…

    November 26, 2019

  • Penni Schneider said:

    Thank you for sharing. I cIan’t throw them away. Lol I am going to try making resin coasters with mine.

    November 20, 2019

  • Emma Bohan said:

    I love these ideas. I have about 3000 from all my dimond dots. So this super helpful .

    November 20, 2019

  • Jackie Jacquard said:

    Thank you love these ideas. Now I know to do with the leftovers.

    November 20, 2019

  • Henriette Christenson said:

    You suggest a lot of good ideas using the leftover drills.

    November 20, 2019

  • cheryl Reynolds said:

    great ideas I was just about to send out an email to find out what to do with left over diamonds thanks heaps would like to see more ideas soon cheers Cheryl

    November 20, 2019

  • Joanne Barnes said:

    I hope drills are not going to be the next big thing polluting our waters. I commend you for these suggestions. Can you advise as to what we would use for an adhesive for some of these projects please. Thanks

    November 20, 2019

  • shirley mae merculieff said:

    does anyone sell plain diamond painting paper?

    November 20, 2019

  • Cheri Pysson said:

    Wow, how would have ever guess. Brilliant!!!!!💖

    November 20, 2019

  • Mandy Waters said:

    Fantastic ideas. Love the Cross. What do you use to stick the diamonds on?

    November 20, 2019

  • Fran said:

    Great ideas on left over diamond painting where can I find more to do

    November 20, 2019

  • Linda Kelly said:

    Excellent Ideas. Never thought of this. I have a lot of diamond left from the many diamond arts I have finished

    November 20, 2019

  • Amy Wilson said:

    With all my extra dimonds, ive seperated them in plastic baggies or containers. So they are all neatly saved by colour. This will help in future projects and craft uses for spasific colours i want to use or mix together 😁
    Happy crafting everyone

    November 20, 2019

  • Sandra Osell said:

    Brilliant ideas. Will so use my spares. Thank you

    November 20, 2019

  • Barbara Crawford said:

    Love all the stuff with left over drills…. I am still saving mine incase I don’t get everything i need…. I have 3 more huge pictures to go and maybe i might have enough… Thank you for sharing the pics, their great.

    November 20, 2019

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    November 20, 2019

  • Sherri Brungraber said:

    I made my own find the items jar. Found a decent sized jar, put all my extra diamonds in, and added a super ball, a toy frog, a paper clip, a marble, a button, a barbie shoe, a penny, a thumb tack, a Bobbie pin, a wooden peg , a toy spoon, a piece of felt, and a foam letter in it. My grand kids spin it around for hours looking for all the items.

    November 20, 2019

  • Sherri Brungraber said:

    I made my own find the items jar. Found a decent sized jar, put all my extra diamonds in, and added a super ball, a toy frog, a paper clip, a marble, a button, a barbie shoe, a penny, a thumb tack, a Bobbie pin, a wooden peg , a toy spoon, a piece of felt, and a foam letter in it. My grand kids spin it around for hours looking for all the items.

    November 20, 2019

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