How to Frame a Puzzle 

Written by Jason

The Ultimate Guide to Framing a Puzzle 

Puzzles are a wonderful pastime or hobby, challenging your mind and creativity. Puzzles have even been shown to improve memory, problem-solving skills, and productivity.

More than that, puzzles are a family-friendly activity loved by everyone from small children to senior citizens, and an activity that brings people together in fun and collaborative ways.

Over the last few years, COVID forced more people to spend time indoors, resulting in a resurgence in the popularity of puzzles.

Today, jigsaw puzzles have increased in complexity and quality, with many worthy of being framed and enjoyed. However, most individuals don’t have a clue how to properly frame their puzzle without it coming apart.

We’ve all experienced the joy of completing a jigsaw puzzle, only to leave it out on the table for enjoyment until we’re forced to box it back up to free space for other activities.

But no more. 

In this guide we take you step by step through the process of framing your jigsaw puzzle, transforming your accomplishment into a framed picture worthy of being hung on the wall for years to come.

Puzzle Framing: Jigsaw Puzzles and More

Puzzle Pieces

Be it a 1000 or 10,000 piece puzzle, when completed, the finished version is often nothing short of a work of art. Its normal to want to show off all of your hard work and dedication. Not to mention it’d be a shame if the only version others saw was the picture on the box.

Without further delay, let’s take you through the steps of framing a jigsaw puzzle…

1. Make Sure the Puzzle is FLAT

The best tool for the job is a simple rolling pin from the kitchen. Gently roll the entire puzzle on a perfectly flat surface. Doing so will ensure that the edges of each piece are snugly in place and flush with the next.

2. Gluing the Puzzle Together 

In order to prevent the puzzle from coming undone when you move it, we’ll need to glue the pieces in place. Doing so will allow you to move the puzzle in one single piece (but you’ll still have to be careful). 

First up, you’ll need ‘puzzle glue’. That’s right, there’s glue made specifically for puzzles. When purchasing, look for a puzzle glue spreader. If you can’t find one, a piece of cardboard or a stir stick for paint will work the same way. Pretty much anything with a straight edge and rigidity will suffice.

PRO TIP: Don’t use a brush to spread the glue. It’ll leave brush marks behind.

PRO TIP: Don’t overdue it with the glue. Too much and you run the risk of the puzzle warping, or the pieces curling up or peeling.

3. Give it Time to Thoroughly Dry  

For this step, follow the glue manufacturer’s instructions on wait time. Your mileage may vary depending on the temperature and humidity level of your house. But don’t get impatient. Touching the jigsaw puzzle too soon and you risk tearing it apart or leaving behind unsightly fingerprints.

PRO TIP: In cases where the puzzle curls or warps once dry, simply flip the puzzle over and repeat the gluing process for the backside as well. Allow to dry once more.

4. Mounting Your Jigsaw Puzzle   

For this step, you’ll need a flat piece of thin foam, or wax paper. Measure out your mounting material so that it is just smaller than your puzzle. Flip the glued puzzle on its back. Add glue thinly and evenly along the edges, then attach the mounting material on the back of the puzzle, centering it in place.

PRO TIP: Consider placing something like hefty books on top while the glue dries

5. Choose a Frame 

Finding the right frame for your jigsaw puzzle can mean the difference between a basic-looking display, and a downright masterpiece worthy of attention. Although you could ‘get by’ with a frame from a big box store, we think all of your hours of effort deserve something better.

Puzzle Frames 

At Frame Destination we can help you find the perfect frame for your jigsaw puzzle, giving it the attention it deserves, and a display you’ll be proud to show off.

 6. Hang and Enjoy!  

And now you get to reap the rewards of all that hard work! With the perfect picture frame, you’re not ready to hang your jigsaw puzzle for everyone to see and enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! 

Now that you know how easy it is to immortalize your favorite puzzles, now might be just the right time to open up that box you’ve been saving and get to work on yet another masterpiece.

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