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Are you a thinker? Are you a puzzler? Do you have an excessive amount of puzzles in the closet, or even have a closet dedicated to the puzzles you own?
You must think that there has to be an easier and more efficient way to store all those puzzles. After all, you need more room for other things you own, but at the same time, you can’t bear to lose all the puzzles you have completed or have yet to complete.
What are some things that you can do to store all my puzzles?
One of the best ways to store puzzles is in clear plastic mesh bags with the front of the box in it. This will allow you to double or more the number of puzzles in the same space.
Of course you should know that you should have no shame in the amount of puzzles you own but this will help you store them a bit better.
You can use ziplock bags but I’ve found they often don’t seal very well so that’s why I prefer to purchase some cheap, clear, plastic pouches—whatever size you think you will need.
You will want to cut the front off the box of the puzzle that has the picture of what it should look like and place this along with the pieces in the pouch. This will allow for easy slim storage in some type of bin or on a shelf for you to enjoy later.
This may seem like a lot of work that will take time and energy, but it will be worth it at the end.
Your love for puzzles will take a turn for the better and you will appreciate the work you put into storing them; and it will become a whole lot easier and faster as you do it more and more.
Practice makes perfect.
To see the clear plastic bags that I personally use for my puzzles and games just click here.
Even More Ideas For Storing Puzzles
Want to keep the puzzle you are working on at the dining table intact, but you have dinner guests coming over, Oh NO! What will you do?
You can’t just put it away and start all over again, such a waste of all your hard work. There has to be something to help you put it away for now so you can finish it later.
Well, what you can get is a roll away mat.
You can piece together your puzzle knowing that even if you don’t finish it you can still store it and finish it later without it getting ruined and you having to start over.
The roll away mat is a soft mat with an inflatable tube that will allow your half completed puzzle to be rolled up and stored until a later time. You can also use a puzzle board or portapuzzle to store your jigsaw puzzle.
This allows you to simply fold up the board and put the incomplete puzzle away until you are ready to finish it.
Lastly, there is also the option of just not storing it at all, you can create a designated puzzle table that is tucked away, that will not be disturbed. In doing this you can come and go as you please without the hassle of putting things away and bringing them back out.
When it comes to organizing them if you choose to do multiple at a time, sorting trays are the answer. Keep them apart, and do as many as you want at once.
There are many different options when it comes to storing your precious puzzles. Use these options or get creative.
Using these methods you don’t have to worry about ruining or storing your incomplete puzzle. It may come at a small cost, but it will be well worth it for protecting your puzzles.
How Do You Store Complete Puzzles?
You worked really hard on that puzzle and you don’t want all that work to go to waste; you want people to see what you have put together. How can you go about doing this?
Should you just have a showroom with all the puzzles just lying around? Take pictures of each of them and ask people if they want to see your puzzle collection? Or just forget about it and move on?
The best way for most people to store a completed puzzle is to glue them together and then hang them on the wall. You can also frame the puzzle and hang it up on display as well.
I will look at each of those options a little bit better below.
To frame your puzzles after you are done, just put it in a picture frame and hang it or set it up on a shelf.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a frame you can just use puzzle glue to glue the front and the back of the puzzle and then hand it using a piece of wire or string (or Command hook) that you attach to the back)
You can also check pinterest for some additional ideas as some people are also making magnets, necklaces, cards and so much more with pieces of their puzzles.
After you’ve left your puzzle together for a while, you can also take it apart (gasp!) store it for a while, and give it another go after some time has passed.
You can also give it to a friend that is also a puzzle lover or donate it.
You don’t have to say goodbye to your completed puzzle, you can always find a way to remember the beauty of it and the hard work you put into it.
There are so many ways that a completed puzzle can be stored and still bring joy to you and others.
How To Frame A Completed Puzzle
You want to show off to others the work you have created. You want everyone to see that beautiful puzzle that you just completed, but how can you do that?
Isn’t it time to take it apart and put it away?
It doesn’t have to be, you can put it in a frame and look at it every minute of every day.
Framing a puzzle is a relatively simple process. You just have to flatten the puzzle and then glue it together. Once that is done just put it on a mat and put it in the frame.
Some more detailed instructions on how to frame your puzzle can be found below.
First step, pick a frame that you want to put your puzzle in, after this, the rest is pretty simple. You want to make sure that your puzzle is flat so use a rolling pin or your hands to make sure that every piece is in its place and none are popping out.
The next thing you need to do is use adhesive to keep all the pieces together. When applying the adhesive, use something that will spread it out evenly; cardboard, something with a straight edge, foam brushes, or bristles brushes; although bristle brushes tend to leave some brush strokes unless used properly.
There are even spray based glues that you can use.
When applying the adhesive, use it moderately. When picking out the glue, look for ones with lower water content, as water can make the puzzle start to peel and swell.
After the adhesive has dried, you are ready to frame the picture. This step should just be like framing any other picture since the pieces are now stuck together.
You are now ready to hang your puzzle, if you follow these steps, this should be the last thing you have to do. You can hang the puzzle anywhere you want to.
Framing a puzzle should be an easy task, especially after you have done it a couple of times.
On your next puzzle, you now know many options as to how to store it and any other puzzle you do in the future.
Who knew it could be so easy?