How To Mount A Jigsaw Puzzle: A DIY Project
Jigsaw puzzles have been part of the lives of many families and friends. It has been one of the favorite pastimes for generations. Completing a jigsaw puzzle takes time and effort, not to mention your brain cells that participated in completing each puzzle. This is why completing it is a significant achievement, and sometimes we want our accomplishments to be seen, or sometimes, the puzzle is just too beautiful to dismantle. These reasons are why we will show you how to mount a jigsaw puzzle to preserve your achievement and have a unique wall decor.
Methods On How To Mount A Jigsaw Puzzle
Preserving your finished and completed puzzle is one way to save and display a work of art. There are two ways on how to mount a jigsaw puzzle - by using glue and without glue.
Mounting Jigsaw Puzzles With Glue
There are specialized glues available for this kind of purpose. However, note that using glue to preserve your jigsaw puzzle may reduce its value. If you have antique or really valuable puzzles, then you have to think twice or maybe disregard using this method. If your puzzles do not have such value, then this is a good way to make your puzzle glossier and sturdier.
- Measure the dimensions of the jigsaw puzzle using a ruler or a tape measure. Make sure that you get accurate measurements. Then, look for a frame that matches the measurements. Some shops have frames in pieces with customized length and width combinations that can be assembled into rectangular frames.
- Get a poster board, approximately 1/4 inch thick (6mm). Cut it into a rectangular form. Make sure that it can be inserted into the frame. This will be used as a backing material for the puzzle to keep it flat and secured in the frame.
- Slip wax paper or anything flat and disposable underneath the surface of the puzzle. Press down some bumps and loose pieces using a rolling pin. Move the rolling pin across the puzzle a few times.
- Use a specialized jigsaw puzzle glue and brush it all over the surface using a paintbrush. You can purchase this kind of glue from a craft store or online shops. Make sure you read the instructions on how to use the glue before using it. Let it dry for two hours or more, depending on what is indicated on the instructions on the glue’s label.
- Apply glue on the surface of the backing material, then put the glued puzzle over the board. Make sure you align it with the edges. Press it down onto the board and wipe off any excess glue. Let it dry for around 24 hours.
- Place the puzzle with its backing material in the frame.
Preserving Jigsaw Puzzles Without Glue
Another way on how to save a puzzle for framing is without the use of glue. This is ideal if your puzzles have special value or want to preserve their usability.
- Measure the length and width of the puzzle.
- Look for a frame that does not need glue. Some frames are called “jigsaw puzzle frames,” such as the MYPhotoPuzzle frame and Jigframe, specifically designed to fit puzzles of different sizes and hold them without glue. However, this kind of frame is a little more expensive. Follow the instructions on how to use them as they can be a bit different depending on the brand.
Jigsaw puzzles are a common pastime for family and friends and an excellent way to improve or develop certain skills, especially for kids. Keeping and displaying them is a great way to acknowledge one’s achievement as well as motivate them. Learning how to mount a jigsaw puzzle could be your next fun project with your family.