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"Diamond Painting," Everyone's New Favorite Quarantine Hobby, Is Taking Over TikTok

Get the lowdown on the sparkly — and soothing — craft project.

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"Diamond Painting," Everyone's New Favorite Quarantine Hobby, Is Taking Over TikTok

Get the lowdown on the sparkly — and soothing — craft project.

Bread baking, puzzles, Dalgona coffee — it seems as though once a month, a new quarantine activity takes off on social media. The latest? “Diamond painting,” an arts and crafts project involving an image of your choice and a ton of rhinestones.

Similar to paint-by-numbers, you simply apply three-dimensional crystals to a pre-printed canvas depicting basically anything — diamond painting purveyors offer a range of genres including animals, landscapes and classic artworks (a bedazzled Scream? Yes please.). You can even have a custom photograph printed for your rhinestone-ing pleasure. The soothing project has been around for years, but only recently captured the attention of TikTok, where the #DiamondPainting hashtag boasts over 830 million views. Users chronicle the satisfying process of sticking tiny, multicolored jewels to a gridded canvas and zooming out on the finished result. One account dedicated to diamond painting, @diamondpgs, has amassed a following of over 240,000 enthralled viewers. Another, @evel.anche (125,400 followers), makes diamond painting ASMR, recording the tingly “click” of a rhinestone attaching to the canvas.

If you’re looking to partake in the quarantine trend, a number of websites specialize in diamond painting supplies and kits. There’s Paint By Diamonds, which offers 2-day shipping on a selection of canvases, or Original Paint By Diamond, which purports to have originally introduced the craze to the United States. Crafting supply giant Michael’s even sells its own version of diamond painting kits, dubbed “Diamond Dotz.” The trend also seems to be popular among K-pop fans — suppliers including DiamondXpress offer a range of BTS-themed canvases depicting Suga, Jungkook and more.

Head to the #DiamondPainting hashtag on TikTok to dive into your next obsession and keep scrolling for a roundup of diamond painting content featuring BTS, Demon Slayer and more.

@jjean.ellecubic painting – link is in my bio !! ##방탄소년단 ##v ##taehyung ##fyp ##kpop ##kpop ##btsarmy ##cubicpaintingbts ##cokodive ##asmr♬ We are Bulletproof : the Eternal – BTS

@arch3rartzI love you all so much!! ❤❤ ##5ddiamondpainting ##diamondart ##diamondpainting ##sobeautiful♬ Hello follow me – Mayaa

@evel.ancheI love working in big sections ? even if my arm hurts after a while lol ##diamondpainting ##diamondpaintingasmr ##asmr ##fyp♬ original sound – Evelyn ?

@diamondtanzYey the last part of the knu diamond painting ? ##diamondpainting ##fypシ ##5ddiamondpapaintings ##diamond ##demonslayer ##kimetsunoyaiba ##elmersglue♬ 柱 – 雅 ゆの?‍⬛?

@dddeeaaastWohoo finally ??? ##diamondpainting♬ original sound – Aesthetic??

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