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21 of the most stylish paint by numbers kits for adults

Who says kids are the only ones who get to enjoy colour by numbers? Try one of the hottest craft trends of 2021 with our round-up of our favourite paint by numbers kits for grown ups.

Dreamy Santorini paint by numbers kit

Discover the ultimate way to unwind and DIY your very own wall art! Paint by numbers for adults has swept the nation this year (it’s even in our craft trends post), as people everywhere embrace the calming powers of making art but in an accessible way that doesn’t require you to already be a painting pro.

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If you haven’t already tried it, paint by numbers kits are a truly soothing way to relax and unwind – there’s something meditative about curling up with a kit and following the numbered sections with all the paints pre-mixed and set up for you. We already know that that crafting is officially good for us (see our article on Why crafting is good for your mental health) and now this beginner-friendly option is proving popular with brand new crafters as well as established makers.

With paint by numbers kits, not only can you dip your toe into the world of painting to see if it’s for you (without having to splash out on a full set of high end acrylic paints), but you get to watch a beautiful artwork spring to life in front of your eyes which is hugely satisfying. That’s perhaps the reason that paint by numbers for adults has emerged as one of the biggest craft trends of this year – we predict that these kits will be topping many a wish list for Christmas 2021.

In this round up we’ve focused on the best contemporary and stylish paint by numbers designs – we’ve thrown in a few of our favourite classic artworks for you to recreate at home, along with soothing scenes, illustrations and modern designs.

Featured image: Girl relaxing by a pool © Lets Paint Anywhere on Etsy

Paint by numbers for adults – the best kits to buy

Ok people, let’s dive into a few of our absolute favourite kits out there. Prepare to relax and unwind with these beautiful designs…

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Golden Lilly William Morris

Canvas By Numbers has made our year by releasing this easy-to-paint version of a William Morris classic Golden Lilly design. These classic art deco Paint by Numbers kits feature real canvases with detailed line art to fill in. Each section is labelled with a small number to show you which colour to paint. You’ll also get a numbered acrylic-based paint set, 3 standard paintbrushes and a hanging kit. It’s the ideal painting by numbers for adults! 

Golden Lilly William Morris paint by numbers for adults

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Grow your own plants

Paint your own trio of cacti with this triple paint by numbers kit – it comes with 3 numbered designs printed onto A4 300gsm artist paper, acrylic paint pots (enough to complete all 3 paintings), 2 paintbrushes and instructions. Plus it donates some of its profit to charity!

Paint by numbers kits for adults cactuses

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Sunflower Painting by Numbers Kit

Paint by numbers kits often feature landscapes but we love one for its simple floral design – it’s a great way to capture some summer vibes as we head out of the winter season The kit by Mood Board Boutique comes with the design printed on to quality A4 300gsm artist paper, plus numbered acrylic paint pots, 2 paint brushes and instructions. A £3 donation from each set sold goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. Painting by numbers for adults has never been so beautiful. 

Best paint by number kits for adults

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Mood Board Boutique Beach huts

OK, we confess. We have fallen a little bit in love with Mood Board Boutique while researching our favourite paint by numbers for adults. This is one of the most contemporary artworks you can make in this roundup. Your kit includes the design printed onto high-quality A4 300gsm artist paper, acrylic paint pots, 2 paintbrushes, instructions and a reference picture. You can also choose from sister designs of a Sunset tree, Pink trainers or Peonies.

Paint by numbers kits beach huts

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Van Gogh The Starry Night

Paint your very own masterpiece and recreate this classic painting kit by L’Aperature. This beautiful paint by numbers kit includes a printed 16×20 inch art canvas, 6 painting brushes, a set of acrylic paints and instructions. 

Paint by numbers kit Monet Starry night
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DIY deer!

Paint a wildlife wonder with this 16×18 inch Deer Paint By Numbers kit by LOKIPA. It includes a 16×20 inch canvas, 3 brushes and a set of high-quality paints, and we especially love how this finished design really has the effect of being painted freehand, but with all the soothing benefits of actually getting to follow a paint by numbers design, piece by piece.

Best Paint by number kits for adults deer

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Paint it with flowers

This Tenol DIY Paint by Numbers for Adults kit will guide you through painting a 16×20 inch picture of a flower on a windowsill. This kit comes with a pre-printed canvas with labelled colour blocks, ready for you to apply the paint, a set of acrylic paints, 1 finished picture to guide you and 3 paintbrushes. Frame not included but this one is seriously relaxing to paint and watch the design grow in front of your eyes.

Paint by numbers kit for adults flower

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Girl relaxing by the pool

This beautiful design from the Lets Paint Anywhere store on Etsy caught our eye immediately while we were shopping for Paint by Numbers for adults. Make your own abstract-style painting of girls relaxing with this beautiful modern kit. It ships from China so you’ll need to allow a few weeks for shipping – worth bearing in mind if you’re considering it for a Christmas gift.  Finished dimensions are 16×20″.

paint by number kits for adults

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Ballet dancers by Vikmari

Capture the behind-the-scenes glimpse of dancers warming up with this beautiful paint by numbers kit by Vikmari. It comes with an easy-to-read numbered canvas, a set of paintbrushes, pigments, magnifier and instructions. You’ll just need to find a frame to finish.

Paint by numbers kits Ballet dancers

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Three animal paint by numbers

Because who doesn’t love animals and crafts? (We’ve done quite an extensive survey of the Gathered team and it’s pretty unanimous.) You’ll paint this sweet squirrel and cute squirrel on a ready-to-go canvas measuring 30×40 cm (you can choose the size you want). This one does ship from China takes so you’ll need to leave a bit longer for it to arrive but it’s got rave reviews and is worth the wait.

Three animal paint by numbers

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Enjoy a city break

Escape to London from your home with this cityscape paint by numbers kit. It comes with eco-friendly acrylic paints, all mixed for you so all you have to do is the match the numbers of the paint and the figures on the pre-prepared canvas to fill in the picture. This kit comes with 3 brush shapes and sizes to help you perfect your painting process. Frame is not included so you’ll need to buy a frame separately to display your finished masterpiece.

Paint by numbers kits for Adults London city scene

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Magpies and flowers

Paint some maximalist style with this boho-feel paint by numbers kit of beautiful birds and blossoms. It comes with numbered acrylic-based paints, a pre-printed numbered canvas, 3 paintbrushes and a hanging kit.

Paint by numbers kits for adults Magpies

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Sunset landscape

As we approach a full year of Coronavirus travel restrictions, we’re really missing escaping on holidays – so while you wait for the pandemic to pass, why not paint your own adventure with this beautiful paint by numbers kit?

Best Painting By Numbers Kits For Adults Nordic Landscape

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Modern style cactus

Drop of Colour UK’s beautiful trio of cacti paint by numbers kit is proving popular on Etsy, notching up almost a thousand kits sold so far. Your finished artwork will measure 8.3 x 11.7 inches each. They’re the perfect pastel addition to your home. You could even have a painting party (hello Bob Ross) where you and two friends paint one each.

paint by numbers kits for adults

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Under the Sea

Buy it now (Etsy, from £24.11)

Paint the ocean’s noblest creature with

turtle paint by numbers for adults

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Paint by numbers pet portrait kit

A super-cute addition to this round up of our favourite paint by numbers kits for adults, immortalise your pet in paint with this black and white pet portrait – created from your favourite photo. Your paint by numbers kit will come with 15x15cm birch plywood for you to paint, a strip of six paint pots of designer chalk paint and a paintbrush, plus a brass hanger to hang your finished portrait once you’re done. It should take about 6 hours to paint.

Personalised Paint by Numbers for adults pet kit

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Seascape

Escape to the sea with with DIY seascape by artist Victoria Obolensky. Paint your own crashing waves, weaving crowds and foaming froth with this Devon-based scene. This paint by numbers kit comes with everything you need – acrylic paints, brushes, a pre-sketched canvas and a sponge).

Paint by numbers kit for adults seascape

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Painting art kit – flower bouquet

This classic flower picture is perfect for first-timers to paint by numbers kits. You’ll get a pre-drawn premium canvas board (40cm x 50cm), a set of oil paints, a brush and even a DIY frame if you want.

Flower bouquet Painting by Numbers kit

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Dreamy Santorini paint by numbers kit

Be still our hearts – the colours in this Santotini scene! If you’re a sucker for a pop of colour and love a travel screen, this beautiful design by Rhi James is the one for you. Each kit comes with a template printed canvas, 4 brushes and 30 little pots of acrylic paint. The 16x20in canvas should take you about 18 hours to paint. Available to pre-order now.

Dreamy Santorini paint by numbers kit

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Snow Mountain scene

Paint this gorgeous mountainous scene with

Snow Mountain Paint by number kit for adults

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Tropical leaf paint by number kit

Paint your own tropical forest with

Tropical leaf paint by number kits for adults
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We hope you’ve enjoyed our round up of the best paint by numbers for adults! Now you’ve got the painting bug why not check out our best watercolour paints post or if you’re more into acrylics then have a read of our best gouache paints round up.