There's something about the satisfaction that comes from completing a jigsaw puzzle. Maybe it was an extremely challenging puzzle, or it's a custom-made jigsaw puzzle, but tossing it back in the box can just feel wrong. Instead, you can mount your completed jigsaw puzzle to your wall by framing it. 

We are going to walk you through how to mount your beloved puzzle. It will be an instant conversation piece and become something you can admire instead of having to put it back on the shelf. 

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A Brief Background on Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles were invented in the 1700s, but they only took on the name we know them as today in the early 1900s. So, what were jigsaw puzzles originally called? 

This puzzle style was created by map engraver John Spilsbury, who named them ‘dissected puzzles.’ So, why is it called a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ now? Later, the invention of the jigsaw allowed the puzzle to be cut more effectively. This helpful tool soon became a part of the name. 


Why Mount a Jigsaw Puzzle? 

If you have a stunning jigsaw puzzle, it can be a great art piece to mount. Another reason to mount your puzzle is if it features a meaningful picture, such as your family’s portrait!

Everyone has printed photos, but a framed and mounted jigsaw puzzle can add a little more interest to your walls. Plus, mounting a puzzle isn't as difficult as you may think! 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Mounting a Jigsaw Puzzle

Mounting a jigsaw puzzle takes a few more steps than hanging a photo. You have to make sure the puzzle pieces are going to stick together. You can glue the puzzle together or place the completed puzzle on a sheet of adhesive paper. 


Here’s how to mount your puzzle, step by step:


Choose a Backing Material

Place your puzzle on a backing material such as a foam board or cardboard. Glue it down and let it dry. Next, cut the backing to fit the dimensions of your completed puzzle. 


Select a Frame

Choose a frame for your puzzle. You should consider the size and style of your puzzle when selecting a frame.


Place Puzzle in the Frame

Place the puzzle into the frame and secure it following the instructions that come with the frame. 


Attach Mounting Hardware

Once the puzzle is securely in the frame, attach the mounting hardware. This can include picture hooks or rings.


Secure Mounting Hardware to the Wall

Secure the mounting hardware on the wall using screws or wall hangers. 


Hang the Frame

Place the frame on the mounting hardware and step back. Make sure your frame is even and looks the way you desire. 


Tips for Successful Mounting

There are a few things to keep in mind when mounting a puzzle that can ensure the picture-perfect results. For example, you should:


Consider the Weight

A heavy frame can come crashing down if not appropriately secured. If your framed puzzle isn't lightweight, use a wall anchor to hang it. The anchor will keep the frame from pulling out of the wall. 


Hang Your Puzzle at Eye Level

Mounting your puzzle at eye level allows for easy viewing. It's a common mistake to hang a smaller frame too high on the wall, which can make it difficult to view. Everyone isn't the same height‒meaning eye level will vary‒but aim for an average height. 


Tape Before You Drill

Use masking tape to mark the wall before you drill or hammer. The tape will prevent the plaster from crumbling and making a mess. 


Enjoy Your Jigsaw Puzzle

Once your jigsaw puzzle is mounted to your wall, you can appreciate all your hard work. Remember to use the proper mounting hardware and follow the directions. 

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