How To Mount A Puzzle: An Easy-To-Follow Beginner’s Guide
Finishing a 1,000-piece (or more!) jigsaw puzzle is an achievement that you can be proud of. What better way to show off your latest accomplishment than by displaying it in your home?
In this article, we will show you the correct steps on how to mount a puzzle. Once you complete your puzzle, you must first get it ready for mounting before proceeding to hang it on the wall.
How to Mount a Jigsaw Puzzle
Learn the steps on how to mount a puzzle below.
Glue the Puzzle
First, gather these materials to glue your puzzle together. This will make sure that it will not fall apart when you are framing it or mounting it on the wall.
- Wax paper or any type of scrap paper to lay on the table
- All-purpose glue, water-soluble, and good for paper
- Plastic spatulas
- Paintbrush or roller
Follow these steps to properly glue the puzzle:
- Lay some paper on the table that you will be working on to avoid getting glue on it.
- Place the puzzle on the paper.
- Mix some glue with water to create a thin solution. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Using a paintbrush or roller, apply the glue and water mixture as the first coat on the puzzle. Be sure to spread it evenly to prevent any bubbles from forming. Allow it to dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
- While waiting for the first coat to dry, add some more glue to the glue and water mixture to create a thicker mixture. This will be used as your second coat.
- Once the first coat is dry, apply the second coat and let it dry for 45 to 60 minutes.
- For the third coat, you will just use the glue. Use the plastic spatula to apply the glue evenly on the whole puzzle. Allow it to dry for 60 to 75 minutes.
- Once it is dry, you will feel that the puzzle will not come apart even if you lift and turn it over. If it still feels a bit flimsy, you can apply a fourth coat of glue.
Mount the Puzzle
There are many ways to mount a puzzle. One of the best ways to hang a glued puzzle is to have it framed. Many frame shops can do the job for you. Simply glue the puzzle and send it to the frame shop to have it done.
If you want a DIY option, you can mount the puzzle by using a 3mm MDF board. The result will be a puzzle that is securely mounted on the wall with no spaces in between.
These are the materials that you will be needing:
- MDF board, 3mm
- Screws and anchors
- Materials for gluing the puzzle
Here are the steps for this simple mounting hack:
- First, remove a few pieces of the puzzles from the four corners and in between. Set these puzzle pieces aside.
- Glue your puzzle by following the instructions above. You must also apply the glue coating to the puzzle pieces that were removed.
- Use an MDF board that has the same measurements as the puzzle. Place the puzzle on top of the board.
- Using a pen, trace the missing pieces of the puzzle onto the MDF board.
- Drill a hole in the center of these marked pieces.
- Place the MDF board on the wall where you want to mount the puzzle. Use a pen to place markings on the wall that matches where the drill holes are on the puzzle.
- Drill the wall and place the anchor or wall plugs for the screws.
- Glue the back of the puzzle to the MDF board and allow it to dry overnight.
- Place the puzzle, now with the board, on the wall that you marked. Place the screws where the missing pieces are.
- Lastly, return the missing pieces of the puzzle to hide the screw.
There you have it, a beginner’s guide on how to mount a puzzle. The best part about mounting a puzzle is that you can either have it framed or choose to DIY! How you want to do it is entirely up to you. Just don’t forget to glue your puzzle so it doesn’t come apart!