I enjoy putting together puzzles and hanging them up for home decoration. You have a few options when it comes to displaying a finished puzzle. The cheapest way is to just stick it in a frame that holds it tight, but not glued together. With this option you might save money, but if it falls off the wall you run the risk of the puzzle falling apart and needing put together again. You can buy one of those bottles of powder and mix it up, but those little bottles can get expensive. There is always the most expensive way, taking a finished puzzle to a frame shop and let them glue it and frame it.
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.
After you have finished assembling your puzzle you will need the glue and something to spread it with. The black tool that I use is a squeegy from a window tinting kit. In my pic the bottle of glue is a 1 gallon bottle. I have done a lot of puzzles with this bottle. I also use the glue for other crafts, thats why I spent the $12 for a gallon bottle. This is the normal white glue, Elmers also makes a clear glue but i have not tried to use it.
The knife will be needed later.