Ever since I was little, I've been addicted to puzzles. My favorite puzzle when I was young was a white cat. We didn't even have cats because my dad and one of my brothers were allergic, but I liked that puzzle because the large amount of white area made it a challenge to put together. Some of my favorites were mounted on my wall, and the way I got the pieces to stick together was puzzle glue.
If you've never tried puzzle glue before, it's REALLY easy to use. My favorite is Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. It comes in two sizes:
The 8-ounce Puzzle Saver on the left is for the serious “puzzle aficionado.” You can do a LOT of puzzles with this bottle, so purchase it if you or your family do them all the time. The Puzzle Saver package on the right is nice because it comes with a brush. Depending on the size of the puzzle, you can do at least 2 – 3 with this package.
How to Use Puzzle Glue
Gather These Supplies
- Finished puzzle
- Mod Podge Puzzle Saver
- Paintbrush if you don't get the package with the brush
- Wax paper
- #0000 steel wool (optional)
Here's the puzzle I did for my demonstration. I pretty much love the bottlecaps and colorful nature of this puzzle!
Your first step is to transport your puzzle to an area that you know your work surface is safe. This means you might want to start by doing your puzzle on wax paper in the first place. I actually use a puzzle roll up mat that is made of felt. This is because I can't leave my puzzles out all the time – I don't have a place – so the wax paper isn't going to work for me.
So when it's time to preserve a puzzle, I have to be really careful about how I do it! I don't want to ruin the puzzle mat below. I'll show you what I mean.
So for my first layer of Mod Podge Puzzle Saver, I do a VERY light layer. My goal is to get the pieces secure so that I can move the puzzle safely off of the mat without messing it up. I let it dry for about 15 – 20 minutes.
THEN I move it off of the mat onto a surface. If I see any puzzle glue that got on my mat, I wipe away . . . or just let it dry. There might be a few dots, but because my first layer of puzzle glue was so light, it's never that much.
Once you've got it onto a better surface, coat with a medium layer of Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. Let dry.
Optional: the Mod Podge Puzzle Saver – depending on the brush you use – might have some brush strokes in it. To minimize, use a piece of #0000 steel wool over the top. It really helps!