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6 Strategies for Putting Together Jigsaw Puzzles

In recent years, we have seen how the puzzle hobby is growing little by little, but it has exploded since the social distancing began. Puzzles are a great way to pass the time, and they also have multiple benefits for our health. We have received many emails and messages from people who have started recently, asking us for tips or advice for doing puzzles. So, we have prepared 6 strategies for putting together jigsaw puzzles To put puzzles together faster and with less frustration, there are several tricks you can use. Here are some tips: 1) Turn All the Pieces Picture-Side-Up The first thing you should do when you open up the puzzle and spread it out on the table or other flat surface is to turn every piece over so the picture side faces upward. This sounds tedious—and it is—but believe me, it will make putting the puzzle together much more manageable! 2) Sort Pieces Into Groups While you're turning pieces over, start sorting them. ALL edge pieces should be set aside into a separate pile, and it is a good idea to begin sorting interior pieces into smaller piles based on what section of the puzzle they appear to be from. Sample Sorting Groups For example, if you're doing a puzzle with some mountains that have a house in the foreground, a sample group of piles might look something like this:

  1. Every single edge piece you can find (don't worry if you miss a few—they'll turn up later)
  2. Pieces with a house on them
  3. Pieces with other bits of the foreground on them (grass? trees? garden?)
  4. Pieces with a mountain on them
  5. Pieces with the sky on them (sometimes separated further into blue vs. cloudy)
My family usually starts a puzzle with about 4 to 6 rough groupings of pieces. Assemble the border, then work inward from there based on your different groups of pieces. 3) Assemble the Border Once you've got the pieces separated into a few piles, you can start assembling the puzzle. It's best to start with the border because that defines the space you'll be working in. Again, don't fret if you're missing a couple of pieces. They'll turn up soon enough. 4) Assemble by Sorting Groups, Colors, and Patterns Next, start working through your other piles. (If you're doing the puzzle with family or friends, it's a good idea to assign one pile per 1–2 people.) We usually start with the easy stuff to avoid getting frustrated early on and giving up. In the example mountain scene puzzle described above, the easy stuff is likely to be the house and foreground. Right Color, Wrong Pattern! For most people, color is the easiest way to find matching pieces and pay careful attention to lines and other patterns on the puzzle piece. Sometimes the color is right, but it's on the wrong side of the piece to work, or there's the edge of a wall or window or bush or something that shouldn't be in the piece you're looking for. You can describe the shape of a jigsaw puzzle piece based on the number of "knobs" and "holes" it has. For example, this piece has two knobs and two holes. 5) Pay Attention to Piece Shapes Another vital thing to pay attention to is the shape of the piece. Jigsaw puzzle pieces come in six basic shapes, ranging from zero "knobs" and four "holes" to four knobs and zero holes—and all permutations in between. The more experienced you are, the more quickly you'll be able to tell at a glance if an individual piece has the slightest chance of fitting where you want it to go. Even More Sorting Will Help As the puzzle progresses into the more challenging sections, many experienced puzzle users start dividing pieces into small piles with similar colors, patterns, and shapes. So, all blue sky pieces with two holes and two knobs go together in one pile, all blue sky pieces with three knobs and one hole go together in another, etc. That way, if you have a hard-to-find puzzle piece and you know it has at least two knobs, you can easily ignore every piece from the four-hole and three-hole piles without wasting your time sorting through them or testing them. 6) Spread It Out As I said, jigsaw puzzles make great family activities. However, it's very important to be sure that you spread the jigsaw puzzle out on a large table or another flat surface in the interest of family harmony. It needs to be big enough that nobody is bumping heads trying to put the puzzle together, and nobody is blocking anybody else's light! If you don't have a table big enough, consider investing in a puzzle mat. Also, try to make sure that nobody hogs the box with the picture of the completed puzzle!

How to Glue and Frame a Jigsaw Puzzle

Gluing your completed puzzle together is a beautiful way to keep your puzzle for a lifetime. It transforms the puzzle into one seamless piece, showcasing your finished puzzle that took you hours to complete. It is also a great conversation piece, creating an original piece of artwork in your home. This guide breaks down the process of how to glue a puzzle for display so you can enjoy this easy, affordable, and even fun project! Gluing Your Puzzle You Will Need

  • A completed jigsaw puzzle
  • Puzzle glue(Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Amazon)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • A piece of cardboard or a business card (to spread the glue)
  • Rolling pin
Step 1 Place the wax paper underneath the puzzle and use a rolling pin to ensure that it is as flat as possible. Step 2 Pour 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. A brush can also be useful to use for applying the glue to 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 the back of the puzzle. Displaying Your Puzzle To hang your puzzle on the wall, we recommend mounting it to a backer board. This rigid board will ensure your puzzle does not warp or fall apart. Your local craft store can help you with "Dry Mounting" your puzzle, which uses a special backer board with a heat-sensitive adhesive that will instantly glue your puzzle to the board. The cost for dry mounting is typically around $15.00. Alternatively, you can mount the puzzle yourself. Place the wax paper underneath the puzzle and use a rolling pin to ensure that it is as flat as possible. You Will Need:
  • A pencil
  • Razor-blade
  • Ruler
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1/4" foam board
Step 1 Position your glued puzzle on the backer board and then outline lightly with a pencil, just inside your puzzle dimensions. This will ensure that you hide the backer board behind the puzzle. Step 2 Cut the foam board using your ruler and razor blade to cut a straight edge. Step 3 Glue your puzzle to the backer board using the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area. Next, you are ready to apply the puzzle to the board. Spray adhesives dry much faster than liquid glue, so be sure to read how long you have before the glue sets. Once you have laid down the board, get out your rolling pin to roll over the puzzle to ensure that it adheres securely to the board. If you have a larger puzzle, you may need to apply weighted objects to make sure that the puzzle presses flat against your board. Allow the glue to dry, and the mounting is complete! Hanging Your Puzzle There are a few different methods you can use to hang up your puzzle. 3M picture hanging strips are great for hanging without putting holes into the wall and are strong enough to hold the completed puzzle. Alternatively, you can create your own wire hanger to hang the puzzle. Purchase some 20-gauge craft wire to make a traditional wire hanger that will attach to your board. Cut two small holes on each side of the board, a few inches from the edge and halfway down from the top. Run the wire through one hole and run it with some slack down to the other hole and back out and tie a small knot at the end of your wire and gently pull until the knot sinks into the foam board. Making sure you have some slack like on the wires of a regular picture frame, cut the excess wire leaving enough room to tie a knot, and pull it into the foam board again. When hanging your puzzle, the wire acts as a self-adjusting hanger, allowing you to balance the frame evenly. If that sounds like too much work, you can always buy a puzzle frame! You can take your glued puzzle sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard to protect it in transportation to your local craft store. We recommend first dry mounting your puzzle or mounting to foam board before framing to preserve the puzzle. You can, however, glue your puzzle at home, find a frame that fits and frame the same as you would hang a poster if you wish. We recommend that your puzzle is covered with glass or a transparent plastic sheet in the frame, as this will cover and protect the puzzle from fingerprints or scratches and secure your puzzle within the frame. Then sit back and enjoy your beautiful piece of art!

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