Diamond painting is becoming increasingly popular in the craft world with both adults and kids. It’s similar to paint by numbers, where users create an image by filling in individual sections one at a time but instead of paint, it’s resin diamonds! It’s also similar to cross stitch (check out our modern cross stitch kits if you’re a fan) as the design is coded. Each symbol or number is related to a different coloured diamond which makes it really simple to follow.
Much like other crafts, diamond painting has been known to have a therapeutic effect (learn more about why crafting is good for mental health in our article) calming the mind and making you feel a sense of achievement once you’ve finished your piece! It’s a fab craft to try especially since there are so many diamond painting kits which come with everything you get started. Diamond painting kits come in a range of styles, skill levels and sizes meaning you can start simple and work your way up to huge canvas sized pieces.
There’s a few things to look out for if you’re new to diamond painting so we’ve created a mini-guide below to help you on your journey. We’ve also recommended 20 diamond painting kits (10 for adults and 10 for kids) below to help you choose your first creation. For all you advanced diamond painters, there’s plenty of additional accessories you can buy online to help you create your masterpiece and we’ve rounded up a few must-haves at the bottom of our article.
How to choose the best diamond painting kit
There’s several things to consider when buying your diamond painting kit. Every kit is different in terms of difficulty and with so many on the market, it can be a little overwhelming knowing which to choose. Here’s a few things to consider when selecting your kit or buying a kit for a loved one.
Square or round diamonds?
Diamond painting kits will either come with resin square diamonds or resin round diamonds. There’s no difference in terms of ease of use, application or price, simply decide which one you like the look of more.
Square diamonds give a slightly more 3D effect and were the first type commonly found in diamond painting kits.
Round diamonds give a smoother, finished look.
You’ll often be able to tell just by the image on your kit which one it uses but if you’re buying your kit from an online retailer it’s worth checking the description to see which one is included. It’s worth noting that some diamond painting kits will include different sized diamonds and gems for texture but the standard round or square diamonds will make up the majority of your design.
Many diamond painting kits come in a variety of sizes and bigger doesn’t always mean more complicated. While bigger designs will take you longer to complete, crafters with visual impairments or back problems may find it easier to choose a large design. Large designs can easily be propped up or rested on a stand (we’ve linked one below) which will save you crouching over a tiny design and allow you to stand back and see the overall image from afar.
If you’re a newbie to diamond painting then we recommend you choose a kit which uses only a few colours or uses blocks of colours. The fewer colours the easier it will be to find the right diamonds and the more blocks of colour mean you won’t have to keep swapping diamond colour. The mini kitty pillow we’ve linked below is a great starter project because it uses two colours in a simple but very adorable design.
Does it have everything you need?
The majority of diamond painting kits come with everything you need but it’s always worth checking, especially if you’re buying it as a gift. These are the following items you’ll need if you’re new to diamond painting:
- Diamond dot picker pens (used to pick up and place your diamonds)
- Glue Clay (you’ll dip your pen with the diamond attached into the glue before placing on your design)
- Tray/Container (trays make it easier for you to pick up individual diamonds)
- The design
- The corresponding diamonds to each design
If your kit includes all of these items you’re ready to go! If you’re a more advanced diamond painter have a browse of our accessories to step up your crafting game.
Best diamond painting kits for adults
We’ve rounded up ten of the best diamond painting kits in a range of styles and skill levels so you can find your perfect one.
Diamond painting cards
Turn your diamond paintings into cards for your loved ones with this kit.
Diamond painting bookmarks
Turn your love for diamond painting into two fabulous leather bookmarks with this kit. Everything you need is included along with these funky tassels so you’ll never lose your page again.
Colourful animal diamond painting kits
CHARMDI sells a range of striking diamond painting kits including this bold lion design. This kit comes with the lion canvas, all the colourful round diamonds you need, a diamond pen, diamond tray and several zip lock bags to keep everything tidy.
Lotus diamond painting kit
This gorgeous design is by
Tree diamond painting kit
If you’re after an explosion of colour this is the diamond painting kit for you. Use every colour of the rainbow to create this tree in full spring bloom.
Personalised photo diamond painting kits
Abstract cactus diamond painting kit
Diamond Dotz Koi Mosaic
This detailed diamond painting kit is perfect for fish lovers and more advanced diamond painters. Measuring at 41cm x 41cm this is a large piece which will give you a huge sense of satisfaction when you finish.
Starry Night diamond painting kit
Recreate Vincent Van Gough’s famous Starry Night with this diamond painting kit. Everything you need comes in the kit allowing to become an artist with ease.
Kitty Glow Mini Pillow
This adorable beginner diamond painting kit lets you turn your creation into a mini pillow! Everything you need is included apart from the pillow stuffing which you can also pick up at Hobbycraft. These ying-yang kitties would make a lovely gift or if you want to keep this kit all to yourself, check out our rug making kits for beginners which is full of creative kit ideas.
Best diamond painting kits for kids
If you want to get the kids into diamond painting then here’s ten of the sweetest diamond painting kits money can buy.
BeYumi diamond painting kit
This adorable 34 piece animal set is great for kids 3+ and includes a range of animal templates. It also comes with the corresponding diamonds, two diamond trays, two pen tools and two pieces of glue clay AKA everything they need to make their own animal kingdom.
Butterfly Diamond Art Kit
This diamond painting kit is ideal for your older kids. Aimed at ages 6+, it’s a kit that will keep the kids entertained for ages. Hobbycraft also sells a Love word art version too. For more crafty projects for your tweens check out the 42 best crafts for teens post.
Diamond painting unicorn key chains
Suitable for 5+ these unicorn keyrings make a cute, wearable project for your teens and tweens. The kit comes with gem-shaped diamonds as well as the usual colourful diamonds to give your unicorns a more textured look.
Diamond painting birds
Replicate the natural world and teach your little one’s bird names with Scarlet Ribbons’ diamond painting kit. It’s suitable for ages 8+ can be turned into educational entertainment if you wish. If you’re looking for more kids crafts then check out craft ideas for kids round-up and our paper crafts for kids blog post.
Superheros diamond painting kit
This one is for all the superhero fans out there. If your little one is obsessed with the Marvel series pick up this kit which includes nine superhero templates and their corresponding diamonds. Hours of fun to be had!
Framed diamond painting kits
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Rainbow diamond painting kit
This easy to make rainbow kit is ideal for young kids who want to try diamond painting. It comes with a frame too so they can display their work proudly in their room once it’s finished.
Fruity diamond painting kits
Funky fruits always make the best diamond painting kits and this one is no exception. This kit comes with six designs and will teach your little ones all the different fruit names.
Diamond Dotz butterfly
This simple diamond painting kit is perfect for little kids and would make a great stocking filler.
Diamond painting night light kits
Turn their diamond painting skills into a practical project with these DIY night lamps. The plain lamp (complete with bulbs but not batteries) will come alongside the design. Diamond paint as normal following the pattern then stick the sheet onto your lamp and you’re done.
Where to buy diamond painting accessories and supplies
Diamond painting supplies can be picked up from a number of online retailers. We’ve mentioned some of these brands above but here’s a list of places you can pick up more diamonds, glue clay and any other extras you may need.
- Amazon (for accessories)
- eBay (for diamonds)
- Etsy (for clay and kits)
- Wish (for accessories)
- Ali Express (for American kits)
Once you’ve got all your supplies it’s time to level up your skills with some diamond painting accessories! There’s lots of different gadgets you can buy that’ll make your experience even more enjoyable so to help you out we’ve rounded up our top five diamond painting accessories. These would also make wonderful gifts for any diamond painting enthuses you know.
Diamond Painting Stand
Hunching over your diamond painting designs is a thing of the past with this nifty stand. It has a non-slip grip and six levels of tilt adjustment meaning you’ll be able to lift and lower your design depending on your needs. Plus it comes in a choice of black, pink or blue so you can find one that fits your colour scheme.
Diamond storage box and organiser
Keep all your diamonds neat and tidy with these colourful organisers. Each container has it’s own lid so there’s no chance of your colours spilling or mixing. This is a practical present for all those organised and on the go diamond painters.
Diamond painting roller pressing
Ensure all your diamonds are secured in place with this handy roller press. Once you’ve finished your piece simply roll firmly over the top to press all the diamonds into place.
Diamond painting multi-boat holder
Many diamonds painting kits will come with one tray to keep your diamonds in while working. If you have lots of different coloured diamonds one tray alone can be too small to hold all your colours. This is where these multi-organiser trays will save the day. Keep all your colours separate and easy to pick up with these bright green trays.
Diamond Painting ruler tools
It can be tricky to get all your diamonds into a perfectly straight line using only a diamond pen and tweezers which is why we’d recommend these diamond painting rulers. The circular holed ruler is for round diamonds and the cross holed ruler is for square diamonds. Place your chosen ruler on top of a section of your design, fill with diamonds then slowly peel away. The plastic ruler is for nudging any stray diamonds into place!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about diamond painting and are all ready to buy your own diamond painting kit. For more crafty kits check out our craft subscription box round-up and our guide to the best punch needle kits on the market.