How to frame a puzzle

We decided to start a puzzle company because while we loved puzzling, traditional puzzle art was so folksy. We wanted to make puzzles that were modern and beautiful and framable. A few of you have asked us how to frame a jigsaw puzzle, so we figured we'd just show you a couple of ways to do it.

The Glue Method

Mod Podge and putty knife
The best way to preserve your puzzle for framing is by using puzzle glue. There are dedicated puzzle glues on Amazon, but our favorite glue is the classic Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. All you need is Mod Podge and something to apply it – we use a putty knife but we've see people use a brush too. 

Finishing your puzzle
Step 1 - Finish your Inner Piece puzzle. Yay! Look at that beautiful puzzle art work – it's going to look great hanging on your wall. 

Step 2 - Make sure it's clean. Make sure the surface of your puzzle is free of dust (and/or drool.)
Pouring Mod Podge
Step 3 -  Apply glue to puzzle. Take the Mod Podge or puzzle glue and apply it liberally across the puzzle. Do it on a safe surface in case you spill a little. Spread it around so it fills each and every crack between the pieces. 
Spread glue on puzzle
Step 4 - Smooth out glue. You don't want it to dry with any globs so smooth it out across the puzzle. Wipe any excess glue on a paper towel or cloth. 
Hardening puzzle glue 
Step 5 - Let that puzzle dry. A single coat dries within 20 minutes and is pretty solid, but feel free to add another coat. An 8oz puzzle saver will glue five or six 500 piece puzzles with a couple of coats each. Give yourself at least an hour before framing. It will dry totally clear! (see below)
Puzzle dries clear
The other option...
Taping back of puzzle

The sneaky tape method

If you want a simple, albeit more risky method, you can always tape the back of your jigsaw puzzle together with packing tape. This involves carefully lifting the puzzle from the corners and flipping it over – like we said, risky! From there, just cover the back in packing tape.
Again, not our favorite method but it works!

Framing your puzzle

Framed puzzles
Step 1 - Find the right frame! We make Inner Piece puzzles in very framable sizes. Some frames will fit perfectly, some larger frames will still work with help from some double sided tape to keep your puzzle centered. 

Step 2 - Hang your puzzle on the wall. Or don't. Put it somewhere magical, you earned it you artist you. 

Frame suggestions:

All our puzzles fit standard sized Ikea frames. Our 18"x18" puzzles fit the Ikea 19.75"x19.75" RIBBA frame with a little bit of double sided tape to help. Our 16"x20" puzzles fit a variety of 16x20 Ikea frames - we love the Silverhöjden.

1 comment

What should I put the puzzle on when I am putting it together? I have never framed a puzzle before. Will the glue go through the cracks onto the surface below?

Thank you.

Julia September 18, 2020

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