After completing a challenging and beautiful puzzle, sometimes the last thing that you want to do is to put it back in its box. Luckily, there are different options on how to safely store and frame your puzzle that make it possible for you to savour your work for longer. In this post, I will walk you through how to glue a puzzle together, how to seal a puzzle with packing tape and lastly give you some good tips to consider when it comes to framing your jigsaw puzzle.
So come along if you’re interested in learning how to display or keep your jigsaw puzzle stored away safely!
How to glue a puzzle
When it comes to displaying your puzzle, sealing it with glue is the most common way to do it and it is way easier and less messy than it sounds.
You will need:
- Puzzle glue;
- A brush;
- Wax or parchment paper.
Once you have completed your puzzle, slide the wax or parchment paper underneath the puzzle to avoid any staining during the process.
Make sure that your puzzle is pushed together, brush off any dust and that it looks how you want it to look in its final form.
Take your puzzle glue and spread it evenly over the puzzle using your brush. Make sure that you cover each piece and that you do this process in one go, as you don’t want there to be any differences between the amounts of glue used on different parts of the puzzle. Be careful to not use too much glue as this might saturate and soften the puzzle, changing the way it looks.
Allow your puzzle to dry. This can take anywhere from an hour up to five hours, depending on the puzzle glue used so make sure to read the instructions to know exactly how long you will have to wait.
Once the puzzle has fully dried, carefully remove the wax or parchment paper using your hands or a spatula. Your puzzle should now be solid in one piece and ready for safe storage or framing. If you want tips on what to consider when framing your puzzles, look below for my favourite things to keep in mind when framing a jigsaw puzzle.
How to frame a puzzle without glue
If you don’t want to use glue when framing your puzzles, you can easily seal your puzzle with packing tape in three easy steps.
You will need:
- Packing tape;
- Maybe: Backing board (to flip puzzle, if necessary)
Flip your puzzle upside down so that you have the back of the puzzle facing you.
This step can be more difficult depending on the size of your puzzle, so to make it easier you can first try and see if you can lift your puzzle. If you can lift it, you should be able to carefully flip it over too. However, if you’re finding it hard to lift your puzzle using your hands, slowly move the puzzle onto a backing board the size of your puzzle. Then cover it with another backing board and flip them over together.
Once the puzzle is flipped over, start covering the back of the puzzle with packing tape. I usually start covering the edges and then cover the middle. When you are taping the edges, be careful to not cover any front of the puzzle with the tape. When you are done, if you have any extra packing tape on the sides, cut it off for a clean look.
As this method holds less well on its own than the glue, you might consider adding something extra sturdy to the back such as a backing board. If you do add a backing board or similar, remember to consider the added thickness when choosing a frame.
Your puzzle is now taped together and you can carefully flip it back around again and have it ready for framing or safe storage.
How to frame a puzzle
Once you have your puzzle glued together or sealed with packing tape, you can safely store them or if you want to display your puzzle - frame them. When it comes to framing puzzles, there are a few more things to consider than just the size of the puzzle and I have highlighted the two most important aspects here.
Measure the thickness of the puzzle
It is not only the size of the puzzle that matters when choosing a frame, but also the thickness of the puzzle. As puzzles will be thicker than your regular posters, make sure that the frame you choose is wide enough to fit your puzzle.
Keep your puzzle steady
Once you have your puzzle sealed and a frame that fits, be sure to keep your puzzle steady as you frame it. Rather than adjusting the puzzle to the frame, try to adjust the frame around the puzzle. This will ensure that your puzzle is displayed just as you want it, rather than a bit crooked.
More ways to display puzzles
I think we all agree that puzzles are fun to do and as fun to keep around so when it comes to displaying them, the options are truly endless. I could imagine puzzles framed, hanging on their own or even just having the favourite pieces from a puzzle in a frame. Do you like to frame your puzzles or do you prefer putting them back in the box to have them ready for another go in the future? The puzzle world is truly your oyster!
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