How To Glue A Puzzle Together

Preserving your jigsaw puzzles with glue is extremely easy and does not need to feel daunting at all. Here's a quick overview:

To glue a puzzle, you'll need puzzle glue or Mod Podge and a brush or applicator. First, make sure the puzzle is completely finished and any loose pieces are secured. Then, apply a thin layer of glue to the front of the puzzle, making sure to cover all the pieces evenly. Let the glue dry completely—usually for at least 24 hours. Once dry, flip the puzzle over and apply glue to the back using the same process. Gluing both the front and the back will ensure that the puzzle is fully sealed and won't come apart over time. Once both sides are dry, your puzzle is ready to display or frame.

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Let's break the process down further with these straightforward directions. Take 45 seconds to read these instructions and then your first coat of glue could already be drying in less than 10 minutes.

What you need to glue a puzzle:

  • Your puzzle
  • Wax paper
  • Original Mod Podge (in whatever finish you like)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Optional: old credit card (or something similar)

6 Easy Steps for Gluing a Puzzle Together:

  1. Slide wax paper under your puzzle to protect your work surface from glue.
  2. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge across your puzzle.
  3. Scrape any excess off with the old credit card. (This isn’t essential if you painted the glue on smoothly.)
  4. Let it dry.
  5. Do it again (probably) and let it dry.
  6. Flip the puzzle over and paint a layer of glue on the back.

That’s it. You’re done.

Here’s a video that demonstrates how to glue puzzles...

Now that you’re done gluing your puzzle together, learn how to frame a puzzle and learn more uses for completed puzzles.

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