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When you spend time assembling a jigsaw puzzle, shoving it back in a box can be disheartening. Instead of destroying your hard work, you can preserve a jigsaw puzzle using a few materials to display it. A custom jigsaw puzzle from a photo can be perfect for saving and displaying. You can preserve a jigsaw puzzle by assembling it, applying an adhesive to the completed puzzle, mounting it to a board, and sealing it with a sealant to keep everything intact.

A personalized puzzle featuring your family or pet means more than a generic, store-bought version. Preserving these pictures on puzzles can make a unique work of art. In this article, we'll give you a step-by-step guide to how to preserve your puzzle. 

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Reasons to Preserve a Jigsaw Puzzle 

There are several reasons why someone may want to preserve a jigsaw puzzle. If you've only kept your puzzles in their box, consider these reasons to go the extra mile:

Sentimental Value

Completing puzzles, especially personalized puzzles, can bring up cherished memories. You may have fond memories from the photo used for the puzzle or from putting it together with your family. 

Another reason is the sense of accomplishment that comes from assembling a puzzle. Maybe you helped your child solve their first puzzle and want to preserve it as a symbol of their determination and hard work. 

Preserving Rare Puzzles

There are rare and old puzzles that deserve to be on display. For example, if you come across one of the first puzzles inspired by John Spilsbury‒who invented the jigsaw puzzle‒you'll want to protect it!

Why is it called a ‘jigsaw puzzle, anyway? Spilsbury used a tool called a ‘jigsaw’ to make his puzzles faster. He originally hand-cut the pieces from wood, but with the invention of the jigsaw, he could cut the intricate pieces easily.

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Displaying Completed Puzzles 

Take pride in your completed puzzles by turning them into an artistic achievement. Create a collage wall with your favorite puzzles, mount it, and hang it up for display. It will be an instant conversation starter!

Materials for Preserving Jigsaw Puzzles

Once you have a puzzle worth preserving, it's time to gather the necessary materials. Here's a list of everything you need for your puzzle preservation:

  • Glue or adhesive: Find a clear-drying glue to hold the pieces together. You can use Mod Podge or any clear craft glue. You can also use an adhesive sheet for less mess. 
  • Cardboard or foam board: Find a piece of cardboard or foam board bigger than the puzzle. It will make moving the puzzle easier and will help keep the pieces together. 
  • Box cutter: You need a box cutter or blade to cut the cardboard or foam board to the appropriate size. 
  • Clear sealant or finish: Get a clear sealant to protect the completed puzzle from damage. 
  • Optional items: If you intend to frame a puzzle, get a frame and mounting hardware. 

Step-by-Step Guide to Preserving a Jigsaw Puzzle 

Now that you have all your materials, it's time to start the preservation process.

Assembling the Puzzle

Put the puzzle together on a flat, clean surface. Once it is complete, double-check that every piece is in the correct place. 


Apply Glue or Adhesive

Apply a thin layer of glue to the puzzle, starting from the center and working your way outwards. If you're worried about the glue changing the finish of the puzzle, you can flip it over and apply the glue to the back. 

Place on Cardboard or Foam Board 

Take your preferred backing and cut it to match the puzzle's dimensions. Spread glue evenly over the board, place the puzzle onto it, and allow it to dry. Consider using flat, heavy objects to weigh down the puzzle to ensure it bonds to the board.

Applying Sealant

Spray or brush on the sealant over the entire puzzle and allow it to dry.

Frame and Mount

Place the puzzle into the frame and mount it on your wall. 

Enjoy Your Jigsaw Puzzle

Preserving your jigsaw puzzle will ensure it's around for you to admire for years. With a few materials and a bit of time, you could have a new piece of art to hang up. MakeYourPuzzles can help you create your own custom jigsaw puzzle that will be perfect for preserving!


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