If you’ve finished a puzzle and decided it’s one you want to hang on your wall, you have several options…
Regardless of the framing solution you choose, generally the first step is to glue your puzzle, which we showed how to do in our last post.
Once your puzzle is glued, you get to decide whether you want to hang it with or without a frame.
Option #1: No Frame
Hanging your puzzle without a frame is a classy, minimalistic and simple option. Significantly cheaper, too. To do this, we recommend acquiring a backing like this one, which adheres to the back of your puzzle and comes with the sawtooth hanger already preinstalled.
If you have the time, tools, and patience, you can also go DIY by following these instructions…
But If You Want to Frame It...
When you really want to make your puzzle pop, the perfect frame is often the way to go. Of course, we all have our own tastes, so it wouldn’t make much sense to recommend a specific frame here.
We recommend one of two routes…
Option #2: Buy a Pre-made Frame and Custom Mat
The cheapest framing option is to purchase one that is premade and at your preferred price point, making sure it’s several inches larger than the puzzle itself. Then take both your frame and your puzzle to a craft shop like Michaels and have them cut a custom mat for you to use around your puzzle in the frame.
Option #3: Buy a Custom Frame
If you really have a vision for your puzzle and price isn’t quite as important, a custom frame is the right choice all day long. If you bring your finished puzzle into a local frame shop, they will work with you to find the perfect mat and frame to bring your puzzle to life and make it some of your favorite art.
The cost is of course the downside, but your results are basically guaranteed to be stunning and you support a local business.
Note on Framing Round Puzzles
If you’re concerned because the puzzle you’d like to memorialize is round, have no fear. You may think you need a big round frame, which can be hard to come by. But, good news, all of our above suggestions work for round puzzles, too. No need for a round frame.
Puzzle backing can be customized for a round puzzle. Or if you choose to frame it, a square frame and a custom mat with a round hole cut in it will be perfect.
Alright, have fun and let's get that puzzle hung!