How to Glue a Puzzle?

Gluing a puzzle is not too complicated, but it requires the right tools or materials. We will provide tips for puzzlers who would like to glue a puzzle for display or preservation but might be scared to try.

The simplest way to glue a jigsaw puzzle is to pour the glue, preferably a puzzle glue, on top of your puzzle. After that, use an old credit card or piece of cardboard to spread it around. Apply the glue to the back of the puzzle and wait for it to dry. Hang the puzzle and view your artwork!

Learn how you can glue your puzzle with a professional puzzle glue. Use these steps and tips to help glue your puzzle and preserve it for many years to come! Our favorite is Mod Podge Puzzle Glue. We will show you how you can glue and preserve your puzzles permanently and turn your jigsaw puzzle into a single and seamless canvas.

Have you completed a gorgeous jigsaw puzzle? If so, you have a couple of options moving forward. One option is to stash the puzzle away or offer it to somebody new and pass along the fun and excitement of the project. On the other hand, you can easily preserve your work by gluing and mounting it!

If you have ever completed a puzzle and thought, “It looks gorgeous, and I’d like to keep this and hang it on my wall as art,” gluing the puzzle is the right option. We will show you how you can glue a puzzle together. You will be happy to know that it is simple to do and an affordable way to make your own wall art for your home.

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Materials Needed:

Ø  A completed jigsaw puzzle

Ø  White craft glue

Ø  Mod Podge Puzzle glue

Ø  Foam board

Ø  Poster hanger

Tools Required:

·         Rolling pin

·         Wax or a piece of parchment paper

·         A store loyalty card, or old credit card, or foam brush (to easily spread the puzzle glue)

·         Exacto knife


1.       Before starting, ensure that all the puzzle pieces fit well and you’ve parchment paper or wax underneath the completed puzzle. Wax paper is the best for this as the glue will not stick to it.

2.       It is important to brush any dust from your jigsaw puzzle. It is simple; you can use a rolling pin in order to make your puzzle as flat as possible.

3.       Now it is time to pour the glue. If possible, pick up Mod Podge, as it is a dedicated craft glue. Note that this puzzle glue combines a good adhesive with a lacquer. As a result, it not only holds your puzzle together, it also offers a nice protective gloss finish that will dry clear every time.

4.       Pour it on top of your puzzle and use an old card or a foam brush in order to spread the glue around evenly. You may use a regular brush for this purpose, but a tiny piece of cardboard or an old credit card will also work well to help prevent pooling and excess. Don’t make the mistake of putting on too much glue all at once. It may saturate the puzzle, causing it to swell or curl, and you don’t want that.

5.       You should make sure to get the glue in between and cover all puzzle pieces. And remember the edges. Repeat this process until the front of your puzzle is covered completely. 

6.       Now allow your jigsaw puzzle to completely dry.  Keep in mind that it can take up to four to five hours to completely dry, depending on the kind of glue you use.

7.       Gently lift the puzzle and carefully remove it from the paper. You should place your puzzle on the foam board and use the Exacto knife (be very careful!) to cut the foam board around the jigsaw puzzle’s edge.

8.       Carefully take your puzzle from the foam board, and then place it face down carefully on wax paper. Now it is to time to apply regular craft glue across the back of your puzzle. Make sure that you spread the glue out evenly.

9.       The next step is to line up all the edges of the foam board to your puzzle. It is time to put your rolling pin to work; use the pin to press down and let the puzzle dry completely.

10.   You should decide how you would like to hang the puzzle. You may stick it in a frame. Use an item like removable Velcro hangers in order to present your finished artwork.

11.   Hang the puzzle and admire your hard work!

Why Glue a Puzzle

If you are not sure why you should glue your jigsaw puzzle in the first place, here are a few reasons why it is an excellent idea!

§  It showcases the long hours of committed and dedicated work you have put in to complete the puzzle

§  It transforms the puzzle into one extremely spectacular and seamless piece

§  As people love to see the completed work, you can easily share it for all to enjoy

§  You can easily mount, hang, and frame it anywhere you want

§  It produces a brand new and original art piece in your own home

§  There is no need to break it up  after you worked several hours on it

§  Finally, gluing your finished puzzle is an excellent way to save your jigsaw puzzle to enjoy for a lifetime!

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