Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to Preserve a Puzzle for Framing

When I saw this jigsaw puzzle on the Simple Pastimes website, I knew had to have it. Just look at it! It's a perfect fit for our airport working, Coca-Cola loving family!

 Here are the steps I took to prepare it for framing and display...

#1- Put the puzzle together (obviously). I suggest using a puzzle mat that can be rolled up (like the blue one below) or a large piece of plywood. This way, your puzzle can be moved if necessary. This particular jigsaw puzzle was 1000 pieces, so it took a little time and a lot of persuasion on my part to get my family members to help.

#2- When finished, gently slide wax paper under the entire puzzle.

#3- Be sure to overlap the wax paper and leave a border around the outside edges. This will prevent the Modge Podge from dripping onto your mat or other surface.

#4- Modge Podge the entire puzzle top. 

Be sure to cover each and every piece, then allow puzzle to dry completely. Repeat the process one or two more times. 

#5- When the final coat on top has dried completely, flip the puzzle over and Modge Podge the entire back. (One coat should be enough.) Allow to dry.

#6- Frame your puzzle. I took this one to Michaels and had it custom framed.  

My husband and I are pretty happy about the way it turned out. :)


rubyslipperz said...

Thank you for sharing how to do wanna have an "in-person" lesson. Will you come over? =D


Anonymous said...

Thanks for idea

Anonymous said...

I enjoy doing puzzles, will try this cause I have finished puzzles to hang up. Love your idea.

Unknown said...

Is there a particular type of Mod Podge that you suggest? Some people mention one specifically for puzzles, but will any do?

DeeAnn Lancaster said...

I don't think it really matters which brand of Mod Podge you buy. You can see the one that I used in the pics in the post.

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