Jigsaw puzzles are so much fun to assemble and whether you choose to keep it together or break it apart and place back into the box is a personal choice. If you've decided to frame your puzzle but don't want to add any type of glue material, here are some quick tips on how to keep your puzzle together without the worry or mess of glue. Let's get started.
Assemble your puzzle on a cookie sheet or a piece of cardboard the that extends a few inches past the actual fit of the puzzle. The cardboard should be sturdy, as you will need to flip the puzzle over. Also, an extra set of hands can make all the difference between success and a mess. It's very important to be sure that the back of the puzzle is showing and the pretty part is facing down.
With the back of the puzzle facing up, gather some packing tape that's wide, such as duct tape or wide painters tape. I suggest that you use packing tape that is 2 inches wide or a bit wider.
Carefully place the tape across the puzzle going across rows so that the entire back of the puzzle is covered with tape. Trim to the edges of the puzzle and then flip the puzzle over. At this point, it's safe to move the puzzle carefully.
Step 3. (Optional)
This step is completely optional. If you would like a firmer backing for your puzzle, you can purchase some poster board from your local craft or stationery store.
NOT FRAMING: Poster Board is inexpensive and will provide a firmer backing if you do not intend to frame the puzzle. This will come in handy when you are hanging your masterpiece. Simply cut the poster board to size and attach the puzzle to the posterboard with double-sided tape.
FRAMING: If you intend on framing the puzzle you might want to skip this step. Adding poster board to the backing might render the puzzle too thick for the frame.
If you are looking at placing the puzzle on a wall, please be mindful of the sunshine and room conditions that may have a negative effect on your puzzle. Keep out of direct sunlight and away from areas that are moist, such as near a bathroom, kitchen or patio area. Moisture is not a friend of puzzles so you might not want to hang your masterpiece in a sauna or steamy bathroom.
I hope that you enjoy your puzzle and would love to see your completed project. Send us your photos and let us know how the process went.
If you would like to glue your puzzle, CLICK HERE for easy directions and some pro tips on how to glue a jigsaw puzzle.
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