Cardboard or Wooden Puzzles? Pros and Cons

Jigsaw puzzles come in different sizes, shapes, colors and, of course, different materials. Materials are the greatest divide there is when it comes to jigsaw puzzles, an epic battle between wood and cardboard. If we take a closer look at the statistics, we will probably find out that the divide does not only have a technical nature, but also a sociological one, and that puzzle lovers can be divided among these same lines.

If we look at it from a historical perspective, wood is the older, more traditional material. If wooden puzzles are handmade, it becomes even more “traditional,” and the craftsmanship adds more value. Cardboard puzzles are modern, manufactured by thousands, designed and cut with the latest technologies. They are products of modernity.

From an ecological perspective, things change a little bit. Neither cardboard nor wood are truly eco-friendly, but there are jigsaw puzzles made out of recycled cardboard, and soy-based inks.

As far as the price is concerned, wood loses the race. It’s the more expensive material, but also the one where quality can take a much better shape.

Cardboard jigsaw puzzles, besides the attractive price, have some more appealing features. They require less storage space, can be framed and hanged on your wall, and there’s no real limit concerning the image displayed, the size or the number of pieces. For those who really like challenges and constructing puzzles frequently, these are the puzzles to get.

Wooden puzzles are more for traditional jigsaw puzzle lovers, and those who simply like puzzles for their beauty and the effort put into them by the designer, artist or puzzle maker.

Puzzle of the Day – Music

This week’s puzzle of the day will certainly be a challenge, even if you really like music. Not only is it incapable of singing to you, but it also requires a certain amount of musical knowledge in order to be deciphered. If you don’t know how to read the notes on a musical staff, you can forget about this jigsaw puzzle. Unless, of course, you’re willing to learn new things and you think this will motivate you to expand your knowledge.

Made by Piatnik, the Music jigsaw puzzle has a finished size of 22″x14″ and is everything but easy. Even if we forget for a second that we’re talking about no less than ten hundred pieces, the image itself is tricky. Black and white, with sequences that resemble one another, it can even fool a music teacher and jigsaw puzzle master.

The key to its difficulty lies in its simplicity and, with it, you’re bound to spend dozens of hours trying to assemble the final product. We’ll assume you don’t know much about music and the musical staff is not among your favorite pastimes. In that case, you’ll have to use your imagination to try and fill in the blanks and add a tune to the weird symbols on the image.

Will it be a famous Austrian composition, or a modern one? That all depends on your knowledge and availability to dream and let your imagination flow. The possibilities are endless, and the sky is the limit. You can think of the music puzzle as a blank disc that can play whatever you want, whenever you want. A magical disc, that you can find at Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world.

Mini Jigsaw Puzzles

At Puzzle Warehouse, we have thought of everyone when it comes to puzzle needs. For those with lots of space and lots of time to dedicate to puzzle assembling, there are big and huge jigsaw puzzles that will make them happy. For those who don’t have the necessary space or time, however, there are also products that can fit their needs, like the mini jigsaw puzzles.

When we say mini, we don’t only mean mini jigsaw puzzles, but also mini pieces. Let’s take, for example, “A Dog’s Life“, one of the cutest mini jigsaw puzzles available. It is made by Sunsout and its finished size is an amazingly small 7″X 9″. In the meantime, it also has 100 pieces, which might not be much for a jigsaw puzzle champion, but is more than enough for a regular user who wants to enjoy this wonderful activity.

It will not take you ages to assemble, and it won’t require an entire room for itself. But it will definitely give you more than just a taste of what a jigsaw puzzle is made of. 100 pieces are more than reasonable, and for someone who does not have a lot of patience, the number is just perfect. And let’s not forget something important. These are not 100 regular pieces, but 100 small pieces, so the level of difficulty is still pretty high, despite the name and size of these jigsaw puzzles.

Check out the Mini jigsaw puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse and enjoy the full experience of jigsaw puzzles with mini prices. Dozens of models are available.

How to choose a jigsaw puzzle: Finding the perfect theme

When you enter Puzzle Warehouse, you find yourself wondering where to start. Not that we’re not organized, on the contrary. But you should never forget that this is the biggest jigsaw puzzle store in the world. Thousands of puzzles are waiting to be discovered and assembled, and if you want to look at everything there is on the list, it can take a lifetime (we are constantly updating our stock and acquiring new items) until you finally reach the last item.

We spoke in our last post about one of the difficulties encountered when choosing a jigsaw puzzle. We only covered the number of pieces, but there are many other aspects left. What theme should you choose? If there were only ten puzzles in the world, the question wouldn’t have much sense. But this is not the case, and you can certainly find jigsaw puzzles depicting the most insane things.

How do you choose, in that case? Whether it’s a gift for yourself or for someone else, you should ask yourself something simple: does the person you’re buying it for have any passions or hobbies? If they do, the choice becomes a lot easier. You look for a jigsaw puzzle theme that has something to do with that interest. Maybe your niece loves horses, or your father is a die-hard Cardinals fan. This theme strategy can never fail.

If they don’t have any particular passions, or if you don’t know anything about what they like, there is still hope. Go for a theme everybody likes: either a reproduction of a work of art or a beautiful landscape. Or, choose something unique that they haven’t seen before, like the Impossibles. Since you have the choice, this is the best way to make even the toughest crowd like your gift.

Puzzle of the Day: Choppers

Get wild today with this super cool puzzle of the day, while staying perfectly safe at home. If you’re a fan of the motorcycle culture, always liked choppers but never actually rode one, or if you secretly wish to embark on the trip of your life through a beautiful country, during the summer, we have just the puzzle for you.

Choppers is a jigsaw puzzle not only suited to hardcore riders. It can give you the joy and the thrill of a dangerous life without the tattoos, the bar fights, the engine problems and many other negative aspects of the “game”.

Featuring 18 motorcycles, 1000 pieces and a finished size of 19.25 x 26.5 inches, this jigsaw puzzle is made by Eurographics with high quality unbreakable puzzle pieces. Once you assemble it, you will know everything about choppers. Well, not really everything, as it will not turn you into a mechanic, but you will at least be able to recognize a type of chopper when you see one.

If you’re not paying attention to them, you might think they all look alike, and that the only thing differentiating them is the color. But that’s not true. There are different types of choppers, and those that are custom made are not the only ones differentiating themselves from the rest.

There is a lot to say about choppers but, as you already know it, a picture says more than one thousand words. And this specific picture, featuring 18 choppers, says probably more than we will be able to say in 1000 posts. So what are you waiting for? Visit Puzzle Warehouse, get the jigsaw puzzle at an amazing price and start assembling it. You’re in for a long ride.