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Are you aware of difference between square and round diamond paintings?

Do you know the difference between canvas and picture size?

How to choose the perfect diamond painting kit for you?

If the answer is NO, this blog post is just for you!


When I decided to buy my first diamond painting kit, the only thing I had known was that I wanted to get started with this craft as soon as possible. I liked the picture I saw in diamond painting store, the price was affordable and quick delivery was guaranteed - that was enough for me to make a purchase.

The package arrived in three weeks and I opened it with impatience.

Details You Should Know Before Buy The Best Diamond Kit For You Full Round Or Full Square Drill Alisa Diamond Paintings

   Peony - Full Round Drill Diamond Painting Kit


I love flowers, so my first set was „Peony“ full round drill diamond painting kit 30x40cm / 12x16inch with 20 different colors of diamonds (beads) and toolset.

Seven days later, I finished this wonderful floral diamond painting. I show it to my friend and she sad to me: „Oh, it’s wonderful, but I prefer full square drill.“???



What Is The Difference Between Square And Round Drill 5d Diamond Painting Kits


There are two types of diamond painting drill: square and round. For the first, you use square shape diamonds (beads), and for the second you use round shape beads.The square beads are 0,25 cm and round beads are 0,28 cm.

“Partial drill” means that part of the printed picture is not covered with the beads.

“Full drill” means full coverage of the printed area (the entire picture is pasting area).

The full square drill looks like a mosaic, so some people use term „diamond mosaic“ for diamond painting. 50% of people who love this craft will always choose this type. Why? They prefer sharp lines, clean picture and the fact that there is no free space between diamonds.

The round drill looks like cross stitch, so some people use term „diamond cross stitch“ for diamond painting. 25% of people who love this craft and cross stitch will always choose this type. Why? They think that this shape is better for smaller picture size: 15x20cm, 20x25cm, 30x30cm, 30x40cm and for smaller details. Round beads are shinier, but there is a free space around the diamonds.

I'm in the remaining 25%. I love both.

When I find the picture I would like to buy, I don’t care if it is square or round drill. I’m sure that I will enjoy creating both. Only important things for me are that I have enough beads and that my finished work will sparkle!

Introduction To Diamond Painting The Difference Between Square And Round Drill


On Alisa Diamond Paintings we can find various size kits. Some products have both shapes (full square/round drill). Carefully choose (1) the canvas size and then (2) the shape you would like to buy. The most of Alisa kits are the full drill (90%), but Alisa Diamond Paintings also offer partial drill diamond painting kits. I prefer only full drill diamond painting kits.

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Full Square/Round Drill Diamond Painting Kits

So, if you want to buy Christmas motive full coverage diamond painting kit with square beads and dimension 30cm x 40cm (in inches 12x16), you will selected as shown on picture below:

Christmas Motive Full Coverage Diamond Painting Kit With Square Beads 5d Rhinestone Art Kits

Full Diamond Embroidery Christmas Theme




Do you know what is DMC in diamond painting?
DMC is diamond painting color chart. Every pattern use the same colors  convention as DMC floss. Whether you use square or round beads, there is 447 standard colors. 

What Is DMC In Diamond Painting Cross Stitch DMC Floss 447 Standard Colors



How To Tutorial For Diamond Painting Tips Difference Between Canvas Size And Picture Full Square Round Drill

When I bought my first kit, I didn’t pay attention to the correct dimensions, and I didn’t know the difference between Pasting area, Picture size and Canvas size. I just wanted to get started with the craft as soon as possible. Now I know. The canvas is bigger than picture, and when diamond painting is full coverage, whole picture is pasting area. 

When you choose the diamond painting size, you should now that "bigger is  better". Bigger the picture means better resolution and sharper details and finished diamond painting picture shines more. But for the beginners, the smaller size is better.

 Finished Diamond Painting Cross Stitch Kit Full Coverage 5d Rhinestone Art Kits Dimension


This is my diamond painting shopping experience, and I'd like to hear from you too. Which shape do you prefer, square or round? How do you call this hobby „diamond mosaic“, „diamond cross stitch“ or otherwise?



  • I just finished a 50×50 cm canvas I need to know about how many diamonds I used

    Lori Perez
  • How can I tell if the picture I’m ordering has DMC colors? The ones with DMC colors seem to come out much nicer.

  • How well would a diamond painting fare in a bathroom with all that moisture? Would one have to treat it first?

    Erin Hein
  • Thank you for your blog and useful information. Have you also found that the size you order say a 30cmx40cm you start thinking that the picture is going to be that size so you start looking for frames to put it in, then when you get your kit you find that the picture is smaller and the canvas is the size that is mentioned not the finished picture, if it was just plain white around the picture then no problem you can but frames to stretch the canvas over but they have all their advertising, the colour chart and other information. Why can’t they make the picture the size that is advertised not the canvas. I also have a dispute going on with a company that says in the details of all the pictures they sell, that when you have finished drilling all the tiles you remove the cellophane and have a ready Framed picture. So although they were higher in price than a lot of the ones I bought I thought at least it is framed, no they do not come with frames so do not believe them. I received one today that on the ebay details it said framed but it is not. I have also noticed that when they are showing pictures of the one that is for sale they show a larger one than you are getting. eg this one is 75cm x 35cm but the photo in the ad looks almost as if it would be a full wall feature. I am keeping all my spare diamonds and boxing them up so that I can do some of my own designs.

    Andrea Lancaster-Cross
  • Thank you for the information you shared. It was quite helpful since I am new to diamond painting. What I’d like to also know is what is the best way to preserve and hang diamond paintings? I think I saw that there was some type of spray to use but I would like to know what method is most effective. Thanks in advance!


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