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Starting a new hobby can be tricky because you want something fun and enjoyable and typically not always so mind numbing. So, what about puzzling?
There are multiple options for different themes of puzzles. You can piece together the wonderful world of Disney or the Marvel cinematic universe. You could piece together the seven wonders of the world or some of the many beautiful things in nature.
Not only is themed puzzles a hobby within a hobby, but there is yet another hobby, crafting. Once you have completed the puzzle, there is no need to put it back into the box when you put your crafting hobby to use and hang/mount your puzzle.
Here are the steps needed in order to hang/mount your puzzle.
Gather your materials
The first part of putting the puzzle together was easy, and all the materials needed were provided in the box. Now, you need a few more items in order to properly hang your puzzle unframed.
- Wax Paper
- Puzzle Glue/Mod Podge
- Spreader/Foam Paint Brush
- Craft Glue/Spray Adhesive
- Foam Board
- Exacto Knife
- Velcro Hangers
Once you have all your materials ready to go and close by, you are ready to begin preserving your puzzle. You will want to cut the wax paper in a few pieces.
Each piece should be big enough to slide under your puzzle with the purpose of overlapping a bit in the middle.
You will want to have a good few inches of border around the puzzle. This is to prevent glue from ruining your work surface or from just creating extra work for you later trying to remove the glue.
Glue the front of the puzzle
Whether you have chosen to purchase Mod Podge or actual puzzle glue, this step remains the same. The only difference may be how much of the glue/Mod Podge will be needed to secure your puzzle.
You will want to pour a light amount of the glue onto a portion of the puzzle. Once poured, you will use the scraper or foam paint brush to spread the glue very thoroughly over the puzzle. The spreader or foam paint brush will help to ensure that the glue is spread evenly and that the glue will drip in between the pieces securing them.
Make sure that the glue covers every inch of the puzzle, especially the edges. While the glue on the edges does not necessarily matter in the “securing” of the puzzle, it matters for the overall look. If a piece or two has been missed, the puzzle will also be missing that glossy finish on those pieces.
Once the puzzle has been very thoroughly covered, allow your puzzle to dry according to the timing directions on the glue.
Glue the back of the puzzle
Once the front is done completely drying and is no longer tacky to the touch, you are ready to glue the back. You will need to slowly remove the puzzle from the wax paper and flip it.
If you feel that the wax paper still has globs of glue, it is best to use new wax paper strips to ensure the face of your puzzle does not get ruined. Repeat the process of gluing the front for the back.
Prepare the foam board
These next two steps can be interchangeable depending on the puzzler’s choice. If you decide to prepare the foam board first, you will need to place your completely dry puzzle on the foam board for measuring.
You can either mark the corners and use a straightedge to complete the shape and exacto away, or you hold the puzzle steady and exacto around the puzzle.
However you prefer, the result is still the same as having the foam board be relatively the same size as the puzzle.
Mount the puzzle
Now that your foam board pieces are ready to go, very liberally spread glue over the surface of the foam board. It is recommended that you place the foam board onto the puzzle; this way when you go to place heavy objects on the puzzle and foam board, if something were to happen, it will not be the face of the puzzle that gets dented, spilled on, etc while waiting for the glue to dry.
Once your puzzle and foam board have been lined up, you can place books or other heavy objects on the foam board to ensure proper adhesive bonding.
Display the puzzle
Now that your puzzle is backed and stronger than ever, you can create the arrangement in which you want the puzzle/puzzles to be displayed. You can use the velcro hangers to display the puzzles on your wall.
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Do You Need To Use Glue To Hang/Mount Your Puzzle?
If this is a hobby that you have included your family in and don’t want things to get terribly messy with the glue, is it still possible to mount your puzzle?
You don’t have to use glue to hang/Mount your puzzle but you will have to use some form of adhesive. You can choose to use packing tape, contact paper, or some other form of sticky substance to ensure that your puzzle stays together.
You would need to very carefully flip your puzzle over, and add the adhesive to the back securing it just like when using glue.
If you choose to go the contact paper route, there is a special kind of contact paper designed specifically for puzzles. While most contact paper is extremely unforgiving and immediately sticks, the puzzle contact paper is designed to be a bit more forgiving.
This way if you find yourself starting to go crooked when placing the contact paper, you have that little bit of give to correct it as needed.
The easiest way to flip an unsecure puzzle is by using cardboard and sandwiching the puzzle. Once your puzzle is between the two pieces very carefully (maybe with some helping hands) flip the puzzle.
Make sure the cardboard isn’t too thick, otherwise the sandwiching process gets more complicated as you need to slide a piece underneath.
How Do You Make Your Mounted Puzzle Flat?
Now that your puzzle has been mounted to the strong backing, how do you ensure that the puzzle will lay flat?
Make sure to use heavy objects on the corners of the puzzle to make sure that the corners and edges bond together. If for some reason the edges still curl up after the glue has dried, you can put some glue on the back side of those pieces and add the heavy object back on top.
Now that your puzzle is mounted and ready to go, you can also add a fourth hobby within the list of puzzling, interior decorator. Now you get to decide where to hang your creative masterpieces.