How To Frame A Jigsaw Puzzle Without Glue. Basic steps from a Pro to Seal Jigsaw Puzzles Without Glue

by Donna Brown August 10, 2018 1 Comment

Assembling puzzle pieces without glue

Congratulations on completing your awesome puzzle and would love to keep it together but really don't want to glue the puzzle.  Here are a few basic steps on how to keep your puzzle together without the worry and mess of glue.  Let's get started.

 1.  Assemble your puzzle on a cookie sheet or a piece of cardboard the fits the puzzle size.  You will need to flip the puzzle over so please be sure to have a sturdy piece of cardboard or a flat cookie sheet for the flipping part.  An extra set of hands will also be helpful.  Make sure that the back of the puzzle is showing and the pretty part is facing down.

2.  With the back of the puzzle facing up, gather some packing tape that's wide.  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.

3  This step is completely optional.  if you would like a firmer backing you can purchase some poster board from your local craft or stationery store.  It's inexpensive and will provide a firmer backing if you do not intend to frame the puzzle.  If you are intending on framing you might want to skip this step as the puzzle may be a bit too thick for the frame.  Cut the poster board to size and attach with double-sided tape.   

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 it 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.

Have you change your mind and want to glue your puzzle?  Not a problem.  CLICK HERE for directions on how to glue a jigsaw puzzle.


Donna Brown
Donna Brown


Donna Brown, Puzzle Queen is the owner of The Missing Piece Puzzle Company and is passionate about making high-quality custom jigsaw puzzles "Made In America FAST".
Her love of the product shows in every puzzle that she makes.
A retired teacher of Special Needs students and a widowed Mom to an amazing son with Autism, life tends to be like a puzzle with each piece an important part of who Donna is.

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November 29, 2020

Thank you Donna for creating this page. Yes, life is like a puzzle and sometimes we search endlessly for that missing piece, wishing you health, peace, joy and happiness in the journey. Blessings on you and your son.

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