How to Frame a Jigsaw Puzzle (With or Without Glue!)

There's nothing like the sweet satisfaction of framing your hard work for everyone to see upon completion of a jigsaw puzzle. If you're looking for tips on how to frame a jigsaw puzzle, look no further. 

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Framing a Jigsaw Puzzle With Glue

1. Find a sturdy backing for the puzzle. 

2. Flatten the puzzle using a rolling pin or similar item to ensure every piece is in place and fits together seamlessly. The last thing you want is pieces pushing each other out of place.

3. Glue the pieces together individually. This can be an arduous process but is made easier with puzzle glue which sometimes has its own spreader. Make sure to spread the glue evenly and not to add too much or it may damage the board. Avoid using brushes to spread the glue as they leave strokes behind.

4. Let it dry. Ultimately, you want to be able to move the puzzle board as a single unit. Allow as much time as possible for all the glue to dry so the pieces are sturdy when you move them together.


5. Spread glue evenly onto the backing you wish to put the puzzle on before framing it.

6. Move the puzzle cautiously as one entire piece onto wax paper or foam (or something similar) that you want to mount the puzzle onto. Ideally, you do not want the mounting to show so it should be exactly the shape of the puzzle, but large enough so that all pieces can be stuck to it. We suggest placing a light item on top once you've glued and mounted it to help keep the pieces flat whilst drying.

7. Frame the puzzle. Make sure you've selected the right sized frame and one that complements the aesthetic of that gorgeous jigsaw puzzle!

8. Hang the puzzle. Ensure you've found the perfect spot to admire your hard work!

Pro Tip: Keep the puzzle out of direct sunlight as this can fade the artwork over time. Also be aware to keep it away from moisture. If you are going to hang it in a bathroom, kitchen, or other wet room ensure that you use some waterproof sealer on the puzzle before hanging, and that the frame is airtight or the moisture may damage the pieces. 

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Framing a Jigsaw Puzzle Without Glue

Follow all the steps above, however, instead of gluing the pieces individually in step 3, you may choose to stick clear packing tape over the pieces. Go row by row until every piece has been covered in tape. This will be faster than glue, but may impact how shiny or clear the artwork on the jigsaw puzzle looks when framed.

If you do not want the tape to go on top of the picture side of the jigsaw puzzle, you can also try to flip the puzzle pieces and use the tape on the back. However, this only works if you choose not to stick the puzzle to another board, and intend to use the puzzle itself as the backing before framing. 

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