How To Keep Your Square Drills Stay Straight?

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If you are new to Diamond Painting, the round drills would be a suitable choice for you, because it’s much easier to work on, compared to the square one. However, when you spend a pretty long time on this hobby, you will realize that almost Diamond Painting experts prefer the square.

Read more: Round Drill or Square Drill?

The simple reason is that the square creates a fuller and more complete looking artwork. So you decided to try on a square guy too… and you get many troubles while working with it. No way to keep your drills stay straight, gaps between them, popping problem, etc. If you’re struggling with this guy or on the edge of quitting your square project, then this article must be for you: All tips you need to follow when Diamond Paint with square drills.

Read more: How to avoid popping issue while Diamond Painting?

1. Use checkerboard method with light color section

This method is quite popular in Diamond Painter Community, however, you may not know about it. So here is your information: it’s simply a way to work on square drill Diamond Painting, we just put the drills on our canvas to make it look like a chessboard.


So why use it with light color section? The light color square drills like white, mint green, vanilla, etc show quite much gaps and this method seems the best solution to deal with this problem. You can actually see the borderline of the entire drill you place on your canvas that gives you a better chance to minimize the risk of gaps, as well as keep your drill stay straight in line.

2. Use multi placer with dark color section

Pour the drills in your tray and shake until they line up beautifully. Then slightly pick several drills at the same time, gently press down the drills in a straight line on your canvas.

If there’re some crooked drills, use your tweezers to lift them up and reposition. Remember don’t slide and push around your drills because it will completely pop off.

3. Use a Light Pad

There’s no Diamond Painting expert who can live without this item, or we can say that a painter can hardly become an expert without Light Pad. Yes, it’s one of the indispensable things for people with a sparkling mind like us!

If you work on a 40×50 canvas or son on, you will see there a huge number of different symbols that will confuse you when you work in a low light condition. It’s hard to diamond paint when you can not see the symbols or drills clearly, especially with the dark section. It even brings you a tough experience while working in progress, and slow down your speed too.

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See more: How Does A Light Pad Help While Diamond Painting?

4. Use a Mesh Ruler

This must be the most direct and quickest way to keep your square drills stay straight. Many diamond painters, especially those who just started with the square project used and they all loved it. That’s why so strongly recommend this item for beginners.


Its cost is affordable while it brings quite much convenience for you. It’s just like a mold, simply put it on your canvas and stick your drills into the holes, you’ll see your square drills beautifully line up.

10 thoughts on “How To Keep Your Square Drills Stay Straight?

  1. Jackie Moore says:

    I’ve made several square drill pictures and have run into the same problem: that is, making the square stay within the square lines. I place them correctly, press down to keep them there, and almost always, they will slide off the mark all by themselves. It’s almost as if the glue is too slippery. I spend a lot of time bringing them back where they’re supposed to me, and then having to realign all the drills around it. This really adds to the time needed to finish a picture, but if I don’t do this, there are distinct lines of separation where the drills don’t butt up to each other for a solid look. I don’t see where using one a tool will help that, but I haven’t tried the checkerboard idea yet, so that will be my next test.

    • Lyna Dinh says:

      Yes, Jackie. The checkerboard method works well for square drill pictures. Or a ruler will help. Do you have a ruler for square drills?

  2. Audrey says:

    I’ve just started using a dotting stylus with a square tip, not round, to do square drills. What a wonderful difference in square dotting! The squares don’t rotate like they do on a round tip, they sit “square” in the middle of the square. I compare it to trying to put a square drill through a round hole when you use a round tip on square drills! The square tipped stylus is a wonderful addition to my diamond dotting projects!

  3. Barb Davidson says:

    My question is if we are requesting the square drill in our kits then why would you just not send us a square headed pen?? Its not like you arent already sending us a new pen with every kit. Makes sense as you have the square headed pens available for sale. Maybe something to think about 🤔

    • Lyna says:

      Hi Barb,
      We always send the round-headed pen because it can be used for both square and round drills. Furthermore, our workers in the factory have to do many many diamond painting kits every day, we use the only round-headed pen to avoid making mistakes of 2 kinds of pens.
      We also sell pens for square drills recently. Anyway, thank you so much for your opinion, I sent it to our Product team and they will consider doing it in the future.

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