How To Glue a Jigsaw Puzzle: A Step-By-Step Guide

So what do you do once you complete your cool puzzle? You glue and frame it of course!

a year ago   •   2 min read

By Mia

If you're anything like us here at Geek's Oasis, you love a good puzzle! Working with them is relaxing, good for your brain and overall mental health, and just plain fun!

But once you've completed it, what do you do with it? Glue it together and frame it, of course! Let's face it, if you spent weeks putting together a cool 5000 piece puzzle, are you ready to take it apart once done? When you complete a puzzle, it's a feeling of accomplishment that's worth framing and putting on display!

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you do just that.

  1. Gather your supplies: your puzzle, puzzle glue, a flat surface, and something to spread the glue with.
  2. Cover the workspace with something to protect it, for example wax paper. Wax paper is an ideal cover for your table surface since the puzzle will not be attached to it. If you're using wax paper, make sure the glossy side is facing up before placing the puzzle on top of it. If you happen to use an eco-friendly water-based puzzle glue, and the glue winds up in the wrong place, you can wash it away with soap and water while the glue is still wet.
  3. Start from the corner and work your way in from there. It doesn't matter which corner you start with, but try to work in a consistent manner.
  4. Apply a thin layer of glue on top of the puzzle. Be sure not to use too much glue, or else it will seep out from under the piece and make a mess. You can use a plastic spreader or a brush to spread the glue. Make sure you get all the pieces. Don't worry about the glue being white, it should turn transparent once dried properly.
  5. Once all the pieces have been glued, let the glue dry according to the instructions on the glue. Some of the puzzle glues might take hours or even days to dry, but there are some that might dry in only just 15 minutes.
  6. If you want a stronger result, apply more than one layer of glue to the puzzle. Remember to let it dry properly before applying another layer. Be patient and keep applying thin layers although it might be tempting to speed up the process by using too much glue on one layer.
  7. For a super strong hold, you could also apply one layer on the back of the puzzle.

There you have it! A step-by-step guide to gluing a puzzle. With this method, you'll be able to enjoy your completed puzzle for years to come!

If you're looking for glue to use for your puzzle, be sure to read our article about it. There are non-toxic water-based glues that are perfect for homes with kids or pets as well as more traditional ones. Whatever your needs might be, we'll help you find the perfect puzzle glue for you!

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