Channel Your Inner Creativity and Help Relieve Stress With a Paint-By-Numbers Kit

A paint-by-numbers kit will turn even a novice painter into an artist.

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April 08, 2020

Doing tedious, calming tasks like painting, sewing and working puzzles can help relieve stress. But, if crafting isn't your forte, it could do the complete opposite. If you want to try your hand at painting, but lack the skills, a paint-by-numbers kit may become your new favorite hobby.

How It Works

Vincent Van Gogh once said, "Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together." A paint-by-numbers kit is the same concept. It breaks the final painting down into small numbered sections that correspond to different paint colors. It takes out all the skill and guesswork of how to color and shade the painting. The kit does all the work so even a novice painter can create a masterpiece.

A standard kit you buy online typically includes everything you need to complete your work of art — a canvas with numbered sections, a chart, a paint set and paintbrushes. You can choose from hundreds of pieces — from famous paintings to cute animal art — or create a custom painting by sending in your own photo. (It makes a great sentimental gift, and your friends and family won't have any clue you used a kit.)

Below, we've listed our favorite paint-by-numbers kits including one for kids, custom kits and famous paintings.

Starting at $32.99

Turn your favorite photo into a work of art using this kit. All you need to do is send in a high-resolution photo, and they will send you a kit with everything you need within five to 15 days from the day you order.

Starting at $28

This Etsy seller has several plant-inspired paint-by-number kits to choose from, and we're loving this agave painting. It will fit perfectly in a minimalist mod home, and it'll have more sentiment because it's hand-painted by you.

Starting at $6.28

Channel your inner Van Gogh with a paint-by-numbers diamond painting of Starry Night. If you haven't heard of diamond painting, it's a paint-by-numbers kit and cross-stitch hybrid. Instead of paint, the kit comes with tiny gems you glue onto the numbered canvas with a special tool. The final product looks like a combination of a painting and a cross-stitch pattern.

$12.99

Even kids can show their creative side with a slightly easier version like this puppies painting. This kit comes with a canvas, paintbrushes and a wood frame that's ready to hang.

$19.99

Help keep your kids occupied and relaxed with a diamond painting of their own. We love this adorable turtle version that they can hang in their room with pride when they're done.

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