Many people find diamond painting projects to be relaxing and fun, but each piece of art can take quite a bit of time and patience. As you’re working on your new project (or maybe this is your first time trying diamond art), you may be wondering how you’re supposed to store all of your beads, tools and accessories. There are dozens of great ways to keep your supplies organized and easy to locate. Whether you want to invest in an organizer or you’re willing to get more creative and try some DIY ideas, we’ve compiled everything we know about diamond painting storage to help you find the right organizer to keep everything tidy.
How to Store Diamond Painting Supplies and Accessories
1. Find or Make an Organizer
Before you start to put your supplies together in a systematic way, you’ll need to invest in a diamond painting organizer. You can either purchase a craft storage kit or use household items if you're in a pinch. You’ll need small organizers to hold all of your diamond beads. It’s important to keep extras organizers around for when you purchase a new diamond art painting kit with different bead colors that you don’t already have stored.
Holding on to excess beads may not seem necessary, but it may come in handy on a future project if you run out of a specific color or lose a few beads and need replacements. When organizing your beads, you need to ensure that you are organizing the beads by their number; otherwise, it’s easy to accidentally mix up colors that look alike. To store your individual bead containers, you can then invest in a larger, plastic organizer that has room for your beads, tools and other accessories, keeping everything in one place so it’s easy to locate at any time.
2. Label Your Containers
The key to creating good organization habits is to be thorough and spend the extra time labeling your accessories—in this case, mainly your extra beads. If you already have a collection of diamond beads, you may want to create a different bead organization section for extra beads that could be useful. From this point on, anytime you have extra beads or start a new project with beads, immediately create a small bead organizer section for each color and label them by number according to the diamond art painting instructions. This will bring your organization to the next level and make it super simple to locate the right color beads.
3. Put Away Supplies After Use
Because diamond art painting requires a lot of different little parts, it’s easy for some of them to get lost in the shuffle, which is why it’s so important to put your tools away after each use. This will help uphold your new organization system and ensure that you don’t lose any vital pieces. We recommend keeping some extra wax on hand or another household item like blu tack, as well as a few extra applicator tools and drill bits in case your set becomes damaged. Use a large diamond painting organizer for these types of tools or get creative and use other items around the house as a makeshift organizer.
4. Store In-Progress Paintings Properly
There’s more to diamond painting storage than simply organizing your tools. Most people do not complete an entire diamond painting in one sitting, so you need to have a way to store your in-progress projects. Some people may leave their paintings out on a table in the dining room or office, but you need to be able to pack away your painting to make room for guests to come over or to create space in your work area. Create a DIY portfolio cover by using two pieces of cardboard that are large enough to cover your painting. Then, staple them together at the top and side. Now, you can easily slide your project into the folder and keep it safe until the next time you decide to work on it.
5. DIY Diamond Painting Storage
Need a storage option ASAP? Check out these everyday household items that double as diamond painting storage while you're waiting for your organizer to arrive.
- Reuse Pill Boxes: The perfect items to store extra beads, pill boxes can keep your colors separated and organized without requiring you to purchase a new organizer.
- Use Egg Cartons: Another great method for storing beads, egg cartons are separated into small sections that can hold individual colors. Don’t forget to write the color number in each individual section as you organize.
- Repurpose Old Shoe Boxes: If you’re always looking for ways to recycle items you’re planning to get rid of, put those old shoe boxes to good use by storing accessories like drills, wax and tweezers in them. Label the outside of the box or turn it into a different project by paper macheing the exterior to avoid someone else accidentally throwing away the box.
Keep Your Supplies Organized
Completing a diamond art painting is a rewarding feeling, and you may find yourself itching to start the next project. If you’re creating these paintings regularly, it’s a good idea to invest in diamond painting storage by purchasing plastic organizers or using household items to store your materials. With a strong organization system, it will be much easier to track your accessories and avoid running into problems–like broken, damaged or missing beads or accessories.