After a cozy day of tree decorating, Christmas movie-watching and driving around to see lights from the car (complete with cocoa!), my family and I settled in to try out a Diamond Art Kit that was sent to us to review. The project we received is the beautiful Starry Night Santa. We'd never tried one of these kits before and looked forward to it very much.
At first glance, the project seems very daunting. There are what seem to be endless "diamonds," the little faceted pieces that gleam and shine when you apply them to the project. The boxes are super tiny and I wondered how we would even get the pieces in the boxes! It's essentially a more challenging paint-by-number kit, but instead of painting, you're adding tiny "diamonds" to make a 3-D, shining piece.
When I first heard about Diamond Art Kits, I thought they were a bit pricey for a craft kit, but now that I have it all before me I think the cost is definitely fair, especially since you can get free shipping just by buying two kits. They also offer specials sometimes for additional deals. The kit includes a quality, fabric-backed canvas, all the "diamonds," an applicator and tweezers, a tray, wax for the applicator and a guide with tips.
It is definitely a challenge to get started! You add wax to your applicator to help hold the diamonds, then carefully place them where they go on the canvas. I actually found the tweezers to be more helpful and used those, which was good because there were three of us. It might even be helpful for kits to include additional applicators for families because it's easily a group project.
If you love meditative art or color by number crafts and you have good dexterity in your hands, this might be the perfect craft for you. It will definitely take time to finish so if you're spending a lot of time at home now (as most of us are doing), it will help keep you occupied! I'm more of a messy creative who likes to customize my work and I'm not very patient, but we're going to try to finish our piece between the three of us. With my patient family's help I think we can pull it off!
Have you ever tried a Diamond Art kit? What did you think? Which one is your favorite?