Can You Get Replacements For Missing Puzzle Pieces?


Can You Get Replacements For Missing Puzzle Pieces?

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Nostalgia might not hit you often, but when it does, it hits you right in the feels. That’s exactly how I felt coming across puzzles in the toy section of a store. 

The only difference was that I wasn’t getting them for myself this time but for my niece. However, only a few days later, I got to know that my niece was not able to complete the puzzle because of one missing piece, which immediately led me to type, “can you get replacements for missing puzzle pieces?” on the Google search bar.

If your brand new puzzle is missing a piece or two you can absolutely get replacement pieces from the manufacturer (and most of the time for free). However getting replacement pieces takes time so it might not be the best option. 

While it’s possible to get replacements for missing puzzle pieces, there are tons of other options to explore before you decide to order one.

Let’s take a detailed look at what you can do in case one of those pesky puzzle pieces goes missing.

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What Should You Do In Case of a Missing Puzzle Piece?

There’s nothing more unfulfilling than losing out on that one piece of the puzzle that would’ve helped you complete it. The time and concentration you put into putting all other pieces together goes to waste, leaving you quite unsatisfied with the outcome. But thankfully, there are a few ways around it!

If only I had known about certain tricks earlier, I would have been able to finish several puzzles myself, but thankfully, you don’t have to go through the same thing. 

However, before we get into any solutions, here’s what you need to do first.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Checking Again.

There’s always a small chance you may have misplaced puzzle pieces no matter how safe you had kept them. They can go missing and could get attached to an object or a piece of clothing very easily. In many cases, a curious child or pet may also wander off with it unknowingly.

Speaking from personal experience, it’s important to search thoroughly for at least a few days before you finally declare the pieces lost. Look over the packaging to see if they’re hidden or stuck there by any chance. 

Search any rooms you may have taken the puzzle while storing, opening, or constructing the pieces together. Don’t forget to look in garbage cans, under rugs, or even in cabinets and the fridge. 

Check your car and every nook and corner inside in case you had taken the puzzle along somewhere. More often than not, you will be able to find the missing puzzle piece unless it got sucked into a black hole (or was never included in the first place which is possible). 

If you still find yourself unsuccessful in your attempts to locate that missing puzzle piece, here’s what to do next.

Make a Replacement Puzzle Piece Yourself

While making a puzzle piece is hard work, so is going through the hassle of getting a new one. Moreover, making a puzzle piece is actually not as complicated as it sounds, especially if it’s a relatively plain piece. 

All you have to do is start by finding the right material that matches your puzzle. Once you match the thickness of both materials, assemble all the other pieces around it so you can outline the right shape.

Trace the shape with a pencil and cut it out with scissors or a craft knife. Color the piece based on the surrounding puzzle pieces and viola! You have a complete picture. 

However, if a missing puzzle piece had something specific drawn on it, creating one from scratch can be challenging.

But don’t worry because there’s a solution for that too. If you need the piece to be exactly like the rest of the puzzle, figure out the print and color quality. Instead of drawing on the piece yourself, print the picture out on the same paper as on the puzzle, cut out the relevant part of the picture, and stick it on the newly cut piece. 

Since I can handle minor differences, the trick always seems to work out perfectly, but if you can’t, here’s the last option to resort to. 

Contact the Manufacturer

Now that you’ve looked everywhere and failed at creating the missing piece yourself, it may be time to resort to the last course of action, which is contacting the manufacturer. Even though this is one of the best ways to get your missing puzzle piece right, most people already give up before getting here.

However, if you’re anything like me, you know not to give up on your puzzle so easily. Most manufacturers are already aware that you might need a replacement piece for a puzzle.

Fortunately, there are many programs in place to replace single pieces as well as entire puzzles. However, at times it is possible for a replacement piece to not fit your puzzle. This is often because manufacturers have several quality control measures in place due to which they might rotate or replace their cutting equipment.

If you’re determined to get that puzzle piece back, simply follow the below instructions.

➢ Find the manufacturer or brand name for the puzzle.

➢ Figure out which piece you need. This may be hard, but there are ways to go about it. You can count all the pieces and give the missing piece a number or assign a row or a column to help the manufacturer get a visual cue. 

You can also simply send them a picture of the puzzle to help them determine which piece is missing.

➢ Finally, contact the manufacturer. Thanks to social media, it’s possible to locate almost any brand online today. Even if you’re unable to do so, your puzzle box may already have the manufacturer’s contact details at the back.

Final Thoughts

In the end, the answer to whether you can you get replacements for missing puzzle pieces is a yes.

However, how easy it is depends on the manufacturer. For most people it’s easier to make a new piece or spend a few days looking then it is to mess with contacting the manufacturer. 

Last but not least, if you do get your hands on the replacement pieces, will they be worth it? You can never know for sure. Hence, if you don’t take your puzzles lightly, better keep them away from any source of harm or damage, and you should be safe from the hassle of finding replacement pieces.

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