I am cheap, so i spent some time looking for a way to save my puzzles. The cheapest way I have come up with is to use simple Elmers glue. The same glue every kid uses in school.
- easy to get
- non toxic
- no bad odors
- fast drying
- easy to work with
- leaves the puzzle with a matte finish
Now I will show you how use it.......
- Elmers Glue
- Something to spread the glue
- A knife
The first thing I do is prepare an area to work on the puzzle. I first tape a large piece of plastic down to a table, I used a cheap garbage bag.
now assemble your puzzle.
The knife will be needed later.
As you spread it thinner it will start to dry, if it starts to clump up stop spreading it. You may need to add a little more glue to make it spread out smooth. Be sure to get all the edges. You can see in the last pic that I ran the glue off the edge a little.
Carefully lift the puzzle off the plastic. I normally start in one corner and work my way around. If the puzzle pieces are breaking apart then you did not put enough glue on, just put another layer of glue on.
You can see in this pic the way the glue dried on the edge of the puzzle. This is when you need a knife. Carefully trim the excess glue off the edge, but try not to cut into the puzzle.
Once you have finished trimming the excess glue off you are ready to hang the puzzle. At this point you can attach a picture hanger to the back, or put it in a frame.
Update-- After a comment below I added a pic. I recommend some one try it another way and let us all know how it turned out.