How to Preserve and Display Completed Jigsaw Puzzle

How to Preserve and Display Completed Jigsaw Puzzle

Custom photo jigsaw puzzles are a unique way to relive your special moments for years to come! Watch the magic of your favorite memories come together piece-by-piece without skipping a beat. It makes a lovely present promising a great deal of pleasure recreating the memory as the puzzle pieces are joined back together. 

Make your own custom photo puzzle using your favorite family picture, vacation shot, or beloved pet photo! Capture those precious moments, use it as a baby reveal present, a unique invite to be a part of your wedding party, or as a gift for that hard to shop for person! Photo puzzles are the perfect gift to treasure forever.

Our advanced printing process produces beautiful and vibrant photos, even in puzzle form. Watch them come to life through a variety of puzzle counts, ranging from 35 to 1,000 pieces – perfect for the whole family! Whether you need children’s puzzles or more advanced puzzles, the options are endless.

Spending a lot of time to complete this perplexing jigsaw puzzle is a triumph, and it’s a shame that most finished puzzles get taken apart and put right back in the box after. A finished puzzle can be an incredibly unique piece of home decor if it’s properly preserved and displayed after you’ve worked hard to complete it. Today, we'll show you how to do it yourself!

The Peel & Stick Puzzle Saver Method

No Glue. No Mess! If you want to save your puzzle, this is your product! This is the Peel & Stick Puzzle Saver that’s quick and easy, with no messy clean up or dry time preparation. Say goodbye to liquid glue and glue brushes. This kit makes preserving your puzzles a breeze. All you need to do is flip your puzzle over, peel the backing off one of the adhesive sheets, and stick it to the back of the finished puzzle. The hardest part of this process is flipping the puzzle over. But we offered a pro tip: Just get it between two sheets of cardboard and flip them carefully, so when you remove the top piece of cardboard, the back of the puzzle now shows.

The puzzle saver also comes with convenient self-adhesive hangers that allow you to display your puzzle on the wall, and six adhesive sheets in total, which can cover up to 29 inches by 21.5 inches of puzzle space.

Each pack of our custom photo jigsaw puzzle contains a pack of puzzle saver for free which can be used to save up to 1,000 piece puzzles.

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The Glue Method

Gluing Your Puzzle, you will need a completed jigsaw puzzle, puzzle glue, wax or parchment paper, a piece of cardboard or a business card (to spread the glue) and a rolling pin.

Step 1:

Place the wax paper underneath the puzzle and use a rolling pin to ensure that the puzzle is as flat as possible.

Step 2:

Pour the glue on top of the puzzle and then use a piece of cardboard or a business card to spread the glue evenly over the puzzle. The brush on Springbok’s puzzle glue is good to use for spreading the glue on the edges of the puzzle. Make sure you cover all the pieces. You might notice some air bubbles, but these will typically shrink as the glue dries. However, be careful not to brush or sponge too much glue onto the puzzle at once, as this could over-saturate the puzzle and the puzzle may swell or peel.

Step 3:

Allow your puzzle to dry thoroughly before handling it. It can take up to 4 hours for the glue to bond, seal, and dry. After the glue is dry, you should be able to pick up your puzzle and you can use a ruler or spatula to separate the wax paper from back of the puzzle.

The Tape Method

Choosing to tape your puzzle may simply be a matter of cost or available materials. You’ll definitely want to use tape if your puzzle has a metallic or high quality finish like gloss or glitter. Keep in mind that tape will add some thickness to the final product, so make sure your frame can accommodate it.

Begin by carefully flipping the puzzle over. Place a piece of poster board or cardboard on each side of the puzzle (one on the top, one on the bottom). For extra security, you can place binder clips on the corners. Quickly flip the puzzle, then remove the back piece of poster board.

Make sure your puzzle lays flat (use a rolling pin!).

Apply tape thoroughly to the back of the puzzle. You can use a dedicated puzzle adhesive like Presto! Peel, or use regular packing tape. If you use tape, make sure it’s thick, sturdy, and at least 2 inches wide. You’ll want to overlap the pieces of tape to make your puzzle extra secure.

How to Frame a Puzzle Without Glue

Step 1:
Assemble your puzzle on a cookie sheet or a piece of cardboard the that extends a few inches past the actual fit of the puzzle. The cardboard should be sturdy, as you will need to flip the puzzle over. Also, an extra set of hands can make all the difference between success and a mess. It's very important to be sure that the back of the puzzle is showing and the pretty part is facing down.

Step 2:
With the back of the puzzle facing up, gather some packing tape that's wide, such as duct tape or wide painters tape. I suggest that you use packing tape that is 2 inches wide or a bit wider.

Carefully place the tape across the puzzle going across rows so that the entire back of the puzzle is covered with tape. Trim to the edges of the puzzle and then flip the puzzle over. At this point, it's safe to move the puzzle carefully.

If you are looking at placing the puzzle on a wall, please be mindful of the sunshine and room conditions that may have a negative effect on your puzzle. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from areas that are moist, such as near a bathroom, kitchen or patio area. Moisture is not a friend of puzzles so you might not want to hang your masterpiece in a sauna or steamy bathroom.

We hope that you enjoy your custom photo jigsaw puzzle and would love to see your completed project.  Send us your photos and let us know how the process went.

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