How do i make a jigsaw puzzle into a picture?

  19 answers
  • You can cover it with Mod Podge. It makes a great sealer for puzzles.

  • Janice Janice on Dec 07, 2021

    A couple of coats of ModgePodge will keep the puzzle pieces together, or you can apply a clear epoxy resin over the puzzle to keep it in one piece and add an appropriate frame if you want to hang it.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 07, 2021

    Hi Marg,

    Here are step by step instructions:

    This is a really nice idea, our granddaughters had this done from a picture of them, had it enlarged & cut into a jigsaw puzzle, their mother had it mounted and hung it up, looks so nice.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Dec 07, 2021

    I would mount it to poster board using mod podge and then cover it in mod podge as well. That should hold it together. Any type of poly acrylic or epoxy would work as well. I would stay away from polyurethanes as they might yellow your puzzle.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 07, 2021

    Smooth it out and make sure that all the pieces fit together nicely! Next, get some wax or parchment paper and carefully slide it under your completed puzzle. (Make sure to leave an extra inch or so all the way around.) A second set of hands can be helpful to hold the puzzle in place while you work the wax paper underneath.

    Once the wax paper is under the puzzle use a rolling pin to make sure the entire puzzle is as flat as you can get it and you’re ready to spread the glue! The easiest way to glue your puzzle is to actually pour the glue right on top of the puzzle and then use a piece of cardboard or a business card to spread the glue around. There is typically a brush attached to the bottle cap and you will use that to spread the glue along the edges of the puzzle.

    You will want to make sure that you cover all of the pieces. Don't miss any! Once you have started, continue until you have finished. In other words... don't stop half way through to answer the phone. As long as you are covering everything completely, don't worry too much about the immediate look. You may notice some small air bubbles throughout, but these will normally shrink as the glue dries, leaving a nice even finish. Just be careful not to brush or sponge on too much glue at once – it is possible to over saturate the puzzle causing it to swell or peel.

    Make sure to let your puzzle dry thoroughly before handling it! Some glue will take up to 4 hours to bond, seal and dry, but in most cases it is ready to be moved in about 2 hours. After drying, you should be able to pick up your puzzle - this time in one piece! Once it is dry you can use a ruler or spatula to separate the paper from the puzzle

    Do it Yourself. Purchase a piece of 1/4” foam board from your local hobby shop and while there also purchase spray adhesive and a razor blade if you don't have these already. (DO NOT try to use puzzle glue or any other kind of liquid glue unless you are going to mount it in a frame. We have tried many different types of glue and the liquid glues usually cause the board to warp due to the glue not drying evenly.)

    Next position your glued puzzle on the backer board and draw an outline with a pencil. Make sure to mark your line, ever-so-slightly, just inside of your puzzle dimensions. This will help "hide" your backer board, allowing only your puzzle to be seen! It will also prevent further trimming later on. This is an important point because you definitely do not want to try and trim the foam once it has the puzzle glued to it.

    Now, simply cut out your board. A straight edge (ruler) and a razor blade work best with the foam board!

    The next step is to glue your puzzle to the backer board and because you are using a spray adhesive we recommend you do this in a ventilated area. Personally I spread newspaper out on my garage floor and spray the glue on the foam board. Now you are ready to apply the puzzle to the board and once again it is easier if have a second set of hands to help you get it centered just right. (Keep in mind that the spray adhesives dry much quicker than the liquid glues, so read the can to see how long you have before the glue sets.)

    Once you have it laid down on the board, get your rolling pin and roll over the whole puzzle to make sure it bonds well to the board. Depending on the size of your puzzle, you may need to apply some weighted objects to ensure that the puzzle "presses out" nice and flat on your board! A stack of some good old heavy books will work, let your puzzle dry completely!

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 07, 2021

    Hi Marge: I've done this loads of times. What I did was to make a mix of 1/2 water and 1/2 white glue, like Elmers or school glue. Then I 'painted' the front of the puzzle, with 2 coats, letting it dry completely between coats. Then I got a piece of cardboard the same size as the puzzle, flipped the puzzle over (it should stay together) and 'painted' the back with the mixture and stuck the cardboard to the back of the puzzle. Then, I made a frame for it from molding, or you can buy one. This has worked for me.

    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 07, 2021

    I cover with puzzle glue and place in a floating frame. I've achieved best results with putting glue on the back, place on cardboard, and then 2 coats on the front.

  • Just coat it with Mod Podge, it willhelp the puzzle pieces in place.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 07, 2021

    How to Frame A Jigsaw Puzzle from Start to Finish

    1. Flatten the Puzzle. Using a rolling pin, you want to gently flatten the puzzle. ...
    2. Glue the Jigsaw Puzzle Together. ...
    3. Let it Dry. ...
    4. Fix the Curl. ...
    5. Mount It. ...
    6. Find A Frame. ...
    7. Hang the Puzzle & Enjoy.

  • You’d likely need to adhere the puzzle to a flat surface like wood or cardboard with some glue then either frame or hang as you wish.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 11, 2021

    Once you have made up the puzzle. Lay a heavy card or board ontop and turn it over. Glue the pieces thenplace backboard onto the back of the puzzle and opress down and leave for 24hrs. to set firm. or you could number all of the pieces once puzzle is complete

    and then id they fall out you will be able to replace them easily and quickly.

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 11, 2021

    Hi Marg, here's a great method to turn your puzzle into a picture,

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 12, 2021

    Hello. My son sealed his together first using a flat cookie sheet to flip it over on a piece of parchment paper and applied a white glue coating. Then he framed the piece.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Dec 13, 2021

    You can purchase puzzle glue that you apply to a board and then over the top of the puzzle.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Dec 13, 2021

    You can glue it down to a cardboard and later paint it with clear varnish

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 19, 2021

    After your puzzle is nice and flat, it's time to glue it down and some prefer liquid glue as an adhesive; Mod Podge is a good standby, but does have a shinier finish," When you're ready to begin gluing, "start on one edge and work glue onto the puzzle, covering the top and making sure it gets into all of the cracks. You can use a regular brush, but a small piece of stiff cardboard or old credit card can also work well to prevent pooling and excess.