Jigsaw puzzles have been around forever, but they really had a moment when everyone was forced to stay home. When school and everything else was canceled, what else was there? Sometimes old fashioned fun and games are in order. Well, my family and I completed the hardest puzzle I have ever done and there was no way I was about to tear that thing apart and put it back in it’s box. No way; no how. So, I decided I would glue it together and hang it on my son’s wall since it was his, after all.
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Step One: Put Your Puzzle Together
Don’t worry, you don’t have to glue each piece individually. So, complete your puzzle and then you are ready to glue. We actually lost a piece to ours and I got in touch with the manufacturer and they mailed us a replacement – a whole puzzle. It was that easy. I had come up with all kinds of ideas on how I could make the missing piece myself or order just one piece, but the company just replaced the whole thing. So, if that happens to you, check with the manufacturer.
Step Two: Gather Your Supplies
Once your puzzle is ready, you will need Mod Podge, a sponge brush, and something to put under the puzzle while you glue it. I recommend Mod Podge that is made for paper with a matte finish. Mod Podge goes on white which makes it easy to see where you have spread it and then it dries clear.
Step Three: Glue It Together
After you have something under the puzzle like a piece of cardboard or plastic, just pour a good amount of Mod Podge right on top. Next, take your sponge brush and spread out the glue over the entire thing. Then, while the glue is still wet, try to make sure your brush strokes are all going in one direction. I also tried to make it as smooth as possible; but, again, it dries clear.
Step Four: Display
That’s all there is to it. Now, once your puzzle is nice and dry, you will be able to frame it and hang it on the wall with no problem. I just used a poster frame I bought at Michael’s to frame this one. It’s currently displayed in my son’s room. To see more of my son’s room, check out Toy Storage Ideas. This was a super easy DIY project. The hardest part of this was putting the puzzle together!