How To: Glue a Jigsaw Puzzle

We’ve written about how to glue a jigsaw puzzle before, but it’s been a few years and we know that that means that we have a new population of jigsaw puzzle fans! Welcome, new puzzlers! Gluing jigsaw puzzles is fun, easy, and affordable, and we’re excited to share with you how to do it.

Often, we choose jigsaw puzzles because we like the artwork featured, whether it’s a cute puppy scene or a piece of fine art we know and love. By gluing a jigsaw puzzle, we get to display art we admire and show off our hard work.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1. Wax or parchment paper
2. A puzzle you love
3. Puzzle glue
4. A jigsaw puzzle frame, if you desire to frame it after gluing

Tug of War. 500 pieces. SunsOut.

Van Gogh: Irises. 1000 pieces. Pomegranate.

STEP 1: Pick a puzzle you’ll be happy to see over and over again (and a puzzle that you won’t miss completing over and over again!)

STEP 2: Get some wax or parchment paper that has an extra inch around all sides of your puzzle to keep your craft area neat and tidy from any glue spills. So, for example, if you were doing a 1000 piece SunsOut puzzle that’s 27″ x 35″, then you’ll want your paper to be about 29″ x 37″.

If you’ve decided you want to glue a puzzle after you’ve finished, no problem! Carefully slide the paper underneath your puzzle. You’ll probably need an extra set of hands to keep the puzzle in place while you slide the paper underneath, but the final results should be the same!

STEP 3: Decide which type of puzzle glue you’ll be using. You can make your own using our step-by-step guide, or you can purchase puzzle glue from popular brands like Ravensburger, SunsOut, Springbok or MasterPieces.

Ravensburger Puzzle Glue – $3.99

SunsOut Puzzle Preserver – $3.99

Springbok Puzzle Saver – $4.95

MasterPieces Jigsaw Puzzle Glue – $3.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We carry several types of puzzle preservers on our website–and there are even more out there, like spray-ons and powder–but we prefer liquid glue. Liquid glue has no presentation and it’s easier to apply, especially with the special applicator that MasterPieces provides with their puzzle glue. SunsOut glue is known especially for going on white like Elmers but drying totally clear. One customer commented, “This is the best glue I have found for preserving a puzzle. I have tried different ones over the years, but none cover so well and so clear! Thanks again for another great product!”

If you decide to go a different route, such as using Educa’s powder glue, just make sure to read the instructions so you don’t waste part of the powder or ruin a beloved puzzle!

If possible, choose glue made by the same manufacturer as your puzzle. This will ensure good results because the manufacturer has designed it to make their puzzles look good.

Glue packaging will indicate the size and number of puzzles it will cover. An average 4 oz. bottle should cover about two 1000 piece puzzles, and even more if you have a fewer pieces.

STEP 4: Once you finish your puzzle, make sure it’s as flat and smooth as possible with all pieces fitting in perfectly snug. One clever trick is to use a rolling pin!

STEP 5: You’re ready to spread the glue! Make sure you have enough time to put your full attention to finishing the gluing process–you wan’t want to stop in the middle or it won’t come out as well.

The easiest way to glue your puzzle is to actually pour the glue right on top of the puzzle and then use a piece of cardboard or a business card (or with an applicator if it is provided) to spread the glue around. There is typically a brush attached to the bottle cap and you will use that to spread the glue along the edges of the puzzle.

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STEP 6: Cover all the pieces thoroughly. Don’t worry about the immediate look. Once the glue dries, it will look different (and better!) There may be small air bubbles, but these should shrink on their own in the drying process leaving a nice, even finish. CAUTION: Don’t brush or sponge on too much glue at once to avoid saturating the puzzle, causing swelling or peeling.

STEP 7: Wait, and then wait some more. Before handling your puzzle, you’ll want to ensure your puzzle has dried completely. For some glues, this will be up to 4 hours, but the average is about 2 hours. Better to be safe than sorry, though!

STEP 8: You should be able to pick up your puzzle after the full 2-4 hours. A ruler or a spatula can be used as tools to help separate the paper from the puzzle.

STEP 9: You can do what you like with your puzzle after you glue it, but we recommend hanging it to put on display in the nicest way possible. We also have some handy instructions on how to frame your jigsaw puzzles.

 

Did you know: Christmas Puzzles are In-Stock Year Round!

We’ve always known that the winter months are the most popular time of year for people to do jigsaw puzzles, and we certainly see a huge increase in people buying puzzles during the holidays, especially Christmas themed jigsaw puzzles. But did you know that Christmas puzzles are instock and ready to ship all year long? In fact, we sell more Christmas puzzles throughout the year than any other theme. And it’s right about now – August and September – that puzzle brands start releasing new holiday designs and we begin stocking up for the holiday season.

So, whether you are just stocking up for the winter — or the snow, twinkle lights, Christmas trees and jolly old St. Nick are just a comfort to puzzle as the late days of summer drag on — know that at Puzzle Warehouse, we’ve got you’re fix of holiday cheer in every piece count, shape, and size you could imagine. Here’s a sampling of great new Christmas Puzzleballs by Ravensburger, and several more best selling holiday puzzles to browse any time of the year.

New 54pc Christmas Puzzleballs by Ravensburger


Christmas Puzzleball - Nutcracker 54 PIECES.Christmas Puzzleball - Santa 54 PIECES.

300 piece jigsaw puzzle. Finished size: 18 x 24.

The Need for Speed – 300 piece jigsaw puzzle. Finished size: 18 x 24.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Swap

We recently had a customer tell us that it can be difficult to afford their jigsaw puzzle hobby because they finish their puzzles so quickly. That put us to thinking: besides re-doing previous puzzles or upping the piece count, how can you satisfy your hobby without spending more than you’ve budgeted for it?

First, we have several sales going on all the time, from items under $10 to discontinued items discounted 10% and items discounted because the box has been damaged (the puzzle inside is perfectly unaffected though!)

Goldenline Fairies – Water Faery 750 piece jigsaw puzzle from Lafayette Puzzle Factory. $8.99

Heavy Drinkers 500 piece (Discontinued puzzle)  from SunsOut. $10.99

Venice in the Summer – Scratch and Dent 1000 piece puzzle from Cobble Hill. Sale price: $13.99

 

But if you want to go even cheaper and you want to avoid thrift store puzzles that might be missing a piece or two and the digital puzzle route isn’t your style, then consider jigsaw puzzle swaps.

There are many ways to swap jigsaw puzzles. You can check out the Jigsaw Puzzle Swap Facebook page or sign up to be a member of Jigsaw Puzzle Swap Exchange, an online website where you will send and receive packages filled with quality jigsaw puzzles in good condition with other puzzle lovers.

If you’re thinking more locally, you can host an event yourself.

To host a jigsaw puzzle swap with friends and family, or a larger community swap by using websites such as Meet Up, just set a minimum number of puzzles that have no missing pieces to bring and then let your guests browse and swap!

You might agree upon rules or you might not, opting for a more casual, lighthearted event. Either way, you’ll just want to ensure that everyone leaves happy with a new puzzle to complete that they consider a fair exchange.

Popular rules would be along the lines of:

  • You can only swap puzzles that have a similar or equal piece count, i.e. if you bring two 2000 piece jigsaw puzzles, it’s not fair to go home with three 150 piece jigsaw puzzles
  • Swaps should be similar in quality, i.e. no swapping a dollar store puzzle for a high-quality Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzle
  • You don’t have to swap an equal number of puzzles, just an equal challenge, i.e. swapping two 500 piece puzzles is fair game for one 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Find some way to accommodate people that have specific preferences, such as XL pieces or shaped puzzles only (or not at all) so that no one feels like they are stuck with a puzzle they have no desire or ability to complete
  • Puzzles are exchanged forever, or puzzles must be returned to the original owner within a set time span (returning puzzles is better suited for a swap limited to family and friends, parting with a puzzle forever would be more apt for a larger swap with members of your community)

This swap could be hosted once a year or once a season, depending on how frequently you and your puzzle-loving friends buy and complete new puzzles!

Did you know the Rubiks Cube is 40 years old?

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It was 40 years ago when Erno Rubik, a architecture professor in Budapest, Hungary, put a name to the object he had created – a solid cube that could twist and turn, but didn’t fall apart. The object was not supposed to be possible – and it took him over a month to work out a solution to the puzzle. But As a teacher, he looked at the creation of the Rubik’s Cube as primarily an “object of art, a mobile sculpture symbolizing stark contrasts of the human condition: bewildering problems and triumphant intelligence; simplicity and complexity; stability and dynamism; order and chaos.”

Little did he know it would become the best selling puzzle in the world. And now it has become a national event! The 2014 Rubik’s Cube  US National Championships are underway and continue through August 3rd. 

Competition categories include Speedsolve, Blindfolded, One Handed, and With Feet. Click here to see the results as they come in.

Over the last 40 years, the Rubik’s Cube has evolved into several different styles and functions. At Puzzle Warehouse, we love to see new, interesting and unique versions of this popular brain teasing puzzle. Here are some of our favorites:

Rubik’s Void Puzzle

 

Similar to the Rubik’s Cube, the Void Cube Puzzle has one notable difference – the center cubes are missing! The addictive 3x3x3 mechanical puzzle is a multi-dimensional challange that facinates puzzle fans around the world. With “43 Quintillion” possible moves and only “1″ solution, even the Rubik’s fan will find new challenge as you try and solve it!

Snake King 4x4x4:

The 4x4x4 King Snake has 64 blocks that make up a 4x4x4 cube when complete. The degree of difficulty climbs through the roof! Oh so tough! If you solve this in under 3 hours without the instructions, we will be quite impressed. (The fastest time to solve we know of is two hours). This King pattern with the checkerboard blocks is very tough even though there are 2 possible solutions, as the cube colors give very little hints as to the correct solution path.

The Perfect Summer Picnic Baskets

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The Blessing, 500 XL pieces, SunsOut. Browse our picnic jigsaw puzzles for inspiration this summer!

It’s summertime, and that means it’s picnic time. Take the family out into the sunshine and nature and pack a yummy, healthy, on-the-go meal! There’s a lot of information out there on what makes the perfect picnic, like safety tips on eating food before bacteria can grow, whether it’s pre-cooked or packed in the cooler to stay fresh. Then there’s the checklist of what essential items you need to bring, and recipes upon recipes of what food you can prepare and bring.

We’ve done you the favor or sifting and sorting through all the information so you can have the perfect picnic!

First, you need to decide what kind of picnic you’re having. Is it on-the-go, where you’ll skip the cooler and the hot foods, or is it part of a larger outdoor potluck or day out?

Whatever it is, you’ll need some essentials:

Pre-Picnic Packing

  • Plates, eating and serving utensils, and cups for eating and drinking
  • Cutting board, cutting knife, corkscrew for on-site prep
  • Napkins for hands, moist toilettes for sticky fingers and faces, napkins for cleaning out dishes before re-packing
  • Large and light blanket for easy travelling and to comfortably hold all picnickers and food
  • Backpack for stowing all food for easier traveling (it’s easier to carry than a basket)

Cupcake Picnic. 1000 pieces. Layfayette Puzzle Factory.

Next you’ll need to keep in mind how to keep your food safe.

Health and Safety Tips

  • Take what you think you will eat to avoid waste
  • 2 hour rule: don’t leave perishable foods out longer than 2 hours
  • Keep food covered to keep away from bugs carrying germs
  • Keep warm/hot foods out of the cooler
  • Warm/hot foods should stay at 140 degrees or warmer to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Only prepare these foods if you plan on eating them as soon as you get to your location (within 1 hour), or if you plan to keep them warm on a grill
  • Cold food should stay at 40 degrees or cooler–make sure you put cold foods in cold. For instance, don’t buy a brand new jar of mayonnaise and expect it to cool down to the proper temperature in the cooler. Tip: Pre-frozen items will help keep other items cooler
  • Fill cooler with ice packs, ice, frozen water bottles just before you leave the house and no sooner
  • Transport the cooler in the back seat rather than the trunk, which is the hottest part of the car
  • Keep raw and cooked food separate, both in containers in the cooler and on prep plates
  • Once you’ve eaten, put the food away as soon as possible instead of leaving it out while you go swimming or do another outdoor activity to ensure everything stays fresh

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