If you need help picking out presents for those on your list this year, look no further! The Holiday Gift Guide from Puzzle Warehouse is great because it pre-selects all the most popular items in our stock–meaning that whoever you shop for will be sure to love it! Click the photos below to see the Top 10 Everything!
We recently got in a batch of several fun, new series of jigsaw puzzles!
For folk artist fans, you’ll love the new Art of Anthony Kleem series! With six new puzzles from Karmin, all at 550 pieces, folks will have fun putting together the whole series, which features great folk art themes such as the mountains, the beach, and hot air balloons.
New series now feature captions that feature a list of all the other puzzles in the series by name, so they’re extra easy to find! You’ll find the list with hyperlinks that will take you directly to the new puzzle underneath the caption and before the information in the details. It will look like this:
For those that are a fan of vintage Americana jigsaw puzzles, especially ones that feature old advertisements, look no further than the Kellogg’s series, which includes collages of retro Kellogg’s characters and the box art of Snap, Crackle, and Pop from Rice Krispies cereal! With tons of detail and color and a dash of nostalgia, these are some great puzzles to do to bring back some memories!
If vintage and Americana artwork aren’t your thing, the contemporary photography art of Terry Border might be right up your alley! Border makes humorous scenes using everyday objects to tell tiny stories. In one, an ice-cube-person lifts weights (made out of a toothpick and Lifesaver gummies!) while staring longingly at a poster of the Titanic that says, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” His photographs will be sure to amuse young and old puzzlers alike!
Halloween is coming up, meaning snacking on sweet and yummy treats is coming up! If you need some inspiration on delicious desserts to create with a Halloween twist, look no further! Between our puzzles and our research for easy-to-make treats, we’ll give you a few of the best ideas of what to serve to your family and friends for this spooky holiday!
The best Halloween treats require little prep but lots of fun! These Marshmallow witches require no cooking, just building!
For a mix of healthy (fruit) and sweet (white chocolate), look no further than the Ghost Strawberries!
For something a little more elaborate, try baking the Gingerdead Men cookies!
Ravensburger has added another monster-sized jigsaw puzzle to their ranks by introducing the brand new 32,252 piece puzzle titled “New York City” which features a composite of 65 different images to create the skyline view from the 61st floor of Rockefeller Center.
Ravensburger, Clementoni, and Educa have all released some giant puzzles ranging between 9,000 and 33,600 pieces. Educa currently holds the award for world’s largest jigsaw puzzle with “Wildlife” with artwork by Adrian Chesterman.
The biggest jigsaw puzzles also have some of the best-detailed images from jungle scenes to fine art. Check out all of these beautiful, challenging puzzles and let us know what theme or image you’d love to have in 30,000 or more pieces!
For those of us that LOVE jigsaw puzzles, we know that they’re more than just a hobby. The puzzle piece look can also be decorative–and even functional! Check out these great designs in the shape of puzzle pieces for things such as cutting boards, chairs, and more!
3. Puzzle rugs
6. Puzzle alarm clock… that only shuts off once you correctly arrange the pieces!
In August, we posted about jigsaw puzzle swaps. With swaps, you can send and receive jigsaw puzzles from all over the country. But recently we discovered Mallory’s blog where she has put a new spin on puzzles in the mail.
Mallory is a creative woman with a lot of long distance family. To keep in touch with the younger bunch and foster a close relationship with them across the miles, Mallory has found fun, interactive ways to communicate.
One way she came up with was penpal puzzles!
The concept is simple: she finds a puzzle that her cousin (or niece of nephew) would like (with an appropriate piece count for their age), she puts it together, then she flips it over and writes a note on the back.
Then she breaks it up to send.
And voila! The kiddos get a fun new gift, an educational and interactive activity, and a letter to cherish from a loving family member!
The same thing could work for adult family and friends, though it might take you a little longer to accomplish! It would make an additionally wonderful gift for grandparents using a custom jigsaw puzzle with a beloved family photo.
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
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.
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.
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.