3D vs 5D Diamond Painting: What’s the difference?

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If you enjoy experimenting with various crafts and art, you might enjoy diamond painting, also referred to as 3S or 5D diamond painting. Originating out of Asia, the craze has quickly spread across the world and is known to be a calming and enjoyable activity for all ages.

It is similar to using paint-by-numbers kits or to creating mosaics. Diamond Painting kits are available in various types – you can purchase complete Diamond Painting kits, or you can buy your supplies separately and create a DIY kit.

The kits are an excellent choice for those who have never completed a Diamond Painting before. For those who are ready to move on to more challenging projects, creating and completing your own project is a great option.

Beginners to the craft might be confused regarding the meaning and differences between the 3D and 5D kits. Read on as we explain the differences between the two types of kits, and we’ll outline the different drills and which would be the best to use.

1. 3D vs. 5D Diamond Painting

3D Diamond Painting

A 3D Diamond Painting involves placing tiny rhinestones or beads (also called drills) onto either a numbered or blank canvas. The drills are approximately 2.5 x 2.5mm in size. 3D Diamond Paintings are made of drills with a total of 9 facets – 3 on each side.

5D Diamond Painting 

5D Diamond Painting comprises working with drills that have 5 facets on each side – making up a total of 15 facets. Therefore, these drills tend to have more sparkle since there are more facets and gives the finished project more depth.

3D vs 5D Diamond Painting


2. Types of Drills

There are two types of drills – Round Drills and Square Drills.

Round Drills 

Round Drills are the easier option for beginners. While they don’t create a super-shimmery, detailed effect when the project is complete, the drill shape is forgiving, meaning you don’t have to worry about creating straight lines.

3D vs 5D Diamond Painting

Square Drills

The Square Drills are for those who have progressed past the beginner stage. These drills require more skill and precision since they need to be perfectly lined up. They are considerably more difficult, but the result is exceptionally rewarding.

3D vs 5D Diamond Painting

3. Kits

Kits come with a wide range of canvas prints. Nature lovers will love the beautiful seashore prints, such as “The Lighthouse by the Sea” or the “Panoramic Autumn Landscapes Square Diamond Painting “. 


Other kits, such as the “Bear in the Flowers” or the “Rose Cat 5D Diamond Painting,” are cute and whimsical. There’s a wide variety of prints available for you to pick and choose from. The tools which come with your kit will most likely include a sorting tray, tweezers, pen tool, and wax. 


Rose Cat

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Please bear in mind that the desired result depends on the size of the canvas you’ve chosen. If you’re just starting out, it’s recommended that you start with a smaller canvas, which will be less expensive and easier to complete, but the finished product will not look as detailed. As you get better, you will want to move on to larger canvases filled with intricate details. When viewing a larger canvas from a distance, you’ll barely be able to see that it’s made up of thousands of tiny beads!

Purchasing a kit is the easiest way to get started as you’ll have everything you need on hand, and you’ll be able to get started immediately with creating your Diamond Painting masterpiece.

4. Types of Kits

Depending on the project’s complexity, you can choose from different types of kits. Keep these types in mind before you purchase a kit so that you can fully enjoy the diamond painting process.

  • The Full Drill Kit contains a canvas with each color section represented by printed symbols. The artist will affix drills to the corresponding symbols across the entire canvas. The end result of a full drill kit is a completed picture that stands out as being unique and original. Remember that this is a large and time-consuming process, requiring patience and endurance, but completing a canvas of this magnitude would give you a great sense of accomplishment! An example of a full drill kit is the unique “Red Pegasus Diamond Painting. ” 

  • The Multi-paneled Kit can contain either a full or partial drill canvas. The only difference is that multi-paneled prints involve completing more than just one picture for the entire set to be completed. This is great for large decorating projects, as the multiple panels can be hung on a wall. Take a look at the “Elephant Square Multi-Diamond Painting. ” 

3D vs 5D Diamond Painting


5. Conclusion

Diamond painting is a hobby that’s known to be entertaining and calming. Regardless of your skill level, a suitable canvas and kit are available for you. The finished project will awe and inspire anybody who sees it.

Our hope is that you’ve gained more insight into the differences between a 3D and 5D Diamond Painting kit and that when you next purchase a kit, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. Happy crafting!

2 thoughts on “3D vs 5D Diamond Painting: What’s the difference?

    • Lyna says:

      Hi Belia,
      Thanks for your comment. We need to have more information to advise you further. Please check your email and reply to me.
      Thank you!

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