There is no doubt that the joy of a puzzle is the challenge of putting it together. The feeling of completion is wonderful but it is made that much better by the hours of grueling attention dedicated to finding a place for each piece.
Sometimes, however, the finished result is so pleasing that it seems a waste to disassemble the product and put it back in the box to be stored in the back in your cupboard.
Fortunately, puzzle glue is the solution to this dilemma. Puzzle glue enables you to secure your finished puzzle firmly in place so that you can display it in your home for all to see.
Gluing your puzzle in place is simple. The challenge is in flipping the puzzle so that it can be stuck down facing the right way. The question is, how exactly do you go about flipping a puzzle so that it can be transformed into a permanent wall hanging?
How do you flip a puzzle to glue?
Essentially, what you need is contact paper and either a framed puzzle mat or a strong cardboard base. Cover the entire puzzle with contact paper and rub the surface thoroughly to ensure that each piece is firmly stuck down. Next, stand the puzzle (on the mat!) up against the wall or your sofa.
The contact paper will ensure it stays in place. You can now push the puzzle mat onto your working space on the floor so that it is face down. It is now in position for the gluing.
Flipping a puzzle may seem like a daunting task but it is actually this simple. After spending hours putting together a 1,000+ piece puzzle, flipping it over is going to feel much more high-risk than flipping a pancake.
If you are feeling nervous, be reassured that by investing in the right equipment, you will ensure that your puzzle does not crumble mid-flip.
Ultimately, the first step is the most important one. Your puzzle needs to be completed and you need to make sure that you have enough contact paper to cover the entire image.
Lay the clear contact paper sticky side down over the image side of the puzzle and press down with a rubbing motion on each section of the puzzle. Be sure to go over each area so that every single piece is firmly secured. If you do this successfully, the next steps will be a piece of cake.
At this point, the puzzle can even be lifted directly from the mat and flipped over behind. This can be nerve-wracking and so we recommend adding in another step in between the contact paper and the flip.
With the puzzle still on the mat, stand the puzzle upright against your sofa or the wall so that you can see the full picture. Next, prepare your working area on the floor space in front of the puzzle.
If you are going to be working on cardboard, lay it out so that the puzzle can be pushed directly on top of the workspace.
For the final stage, you’ll need to gently push the puzzle mat onto the floor. The sticky paper will hold your puzzle together so that it can be flipped with one swift motion.
It will now be face down on the floor so that you can spread your glue or mod podge over the back of the puzzle in preparation for the display frame.
Can I Flip My Puzzle Without Clear Contact Paper?
If you don’t have contact paper, you can still flip the completed puzzle although it will be a slightly longer process. The pieces should hold together somewhat on their own but if it is a large puzzle, it would be too risky to try and flip the puzzle in one go.
Instead, divide the puzzle up into sections. Take a piece of paper or card and slide it under each section. Add another piece of card to the top of each section so that you can flip it over with your hands. Once each section is flipped, reassemble the puzzle face down so that it is ready for gluing.
Can You Glue A Puzzle Without Flipping It?
If you still feel apprehensive about flipping your puzzle, there are other ways you can prepare your puzzle for display. One of these methods requires wax or parchment paper.
Instead of flipping the puzzle, you can slide this paper under your completed puzzle while it is face up. An extra pair of hands is handy during this stage.
Next, use a rolling pin to make sure that your entire puzzle is as flat as possible. You don’t want any bumps or cracks as this will disturb the image. Using a brush or piece of cardboard, apply your mod podge or glue to the front of the puzzle.
Do not worry too much about air bubbles or splodges as the glue will dry clear and give the puzzle a nice finish. The main concern is not applying too much glue at once as it may make the pieces soggy, causing them to peel.
Before you move your puzzle into the frame, make sure that it is entirely dry. Some glue will take up to four hours to properly seal. If some of the glue has seeped through the cracks and stuck the puzzle to the cardboard, do not worry. You can separate it using a ruler.