Unique Way To Preserve A Puzzle

5 Materials
2 Hours

My daughter had completed this puzzle and wanted a way to save it other than putting it in a picture frame. I found this little tray at Target and put the 2 together!

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Here is my daughter's completed puzzle. She already has a few puzzles framed so she wanted something different this time.

I found this tray in the Target dollar section and knew it would be perfect.

I painted the bottom of the tray with Mod Podge.

I slid the puzzle onto the tray, centered it, and pressed it down onto the Mod Podge. I let that dry completely.

I decided I didn't like the plaid edges, so I used Apple Barrel Multi Surface blue paint to paint the edges. I let that dry completely.

I coated the entire bottom surface with Mod Podge Hard Coat to protect it and let that dry.

Here's the completed tray.

Now my daughter can have her snacks during homework time on it.

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2 questions
  • Toni
    on May 6, 2019

    How did you keep the puzzle from falling apart when you slid it onto the tray?

    • Joanie
      on May 9, 2019

      Toni: I do jigsaw puzzles ALL the time. I just finished a John Wayne. 19 X 27....it took me 5 months.....1000 pieces. Very hard. After you are done.....slide wax paper beneath the puzzle. Add 2 coats of Decoupage.....between coats let each dry overnight. Lastly, flip it over and put a coat on the back of puzzle. Let dry and Voila!! It can be picked up very easily.

  • KRD
    on May 13, 2019

    How did you remove the puzzle from the baking tin into the serving tray without it falling apart? Puzzle newbie looking for the veteran's trick here!

    • Bess
      on Jun 23, 2019

      You know they have puzzle glue that comes with a brush and you can brush it on top of the whole puzzle and it dries quickly! I’ve done this to many of mine to keep them together. You can frame them and hang them up!😊👍

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