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How to Use Puzzle Glue: Mod Podge Puzzle Saver

Learn how to glue a puzzle with puzzle glue! My favorite is Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. I’ll show you my process for preserving your puzzles permanently.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can seal a jigsaw puzzle with Mod Podge. You’ll get the tips and tricks for success below.

How to glue a puzzle with Mod Podge puzzle saver

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.

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.

Puzzle Glue

If you’re wondering how to glue a puzzle, it’s REALLY easy to do. My favorite puzzle glue is Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. This Mod Podge formula comes in two sizes:

Mod Podge puzzle saver puzzle glue

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 puzzle glue package.

Why Use Puzzle Glue

I’ve been asked this question before since a lot of people break up their puzzles and put them back in the box when they are done – looking forward to getting them out and doing them again.

Of course you can do that, but some people want to preserve their puzzles permanently, typically to hang on the wall.

Once your creation is glued, you can stick it in a frame with or without glass. The puzzle glue makes it so that it will stick together even without glass holding it in.

Another option for mounting your puzzle is on a canvas. I’ve seen people complete a puzzle, use glue to seal it, and then attach it to the canvas and hang.

Framing a Jigsaw Puzzle

If you’re going to frame the puzzle after gluing, I want to give you a few tips. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Buy a piece of foam core larger than the puzzle.
  2. Mount the puzzle to foam core using the Mod Podge. Add a relatively thick layer of Podge to the core and place the puzzle on top. Wipe away any glue that comes out the sides and let dry.
  3. Once dry, trim away the excess foam core. You can trim exactly to the edge of the puzzle or leave room for a mat.
  4. Place a mat (if desired) around the edge of the puzzle and frame.
  5. You can have your piece professionally framed, or buy a frame from the craft store. Add the puzzle to the frame.

Are you ready to learn how to glue a puzzle using Mod Podge Puzzle Saver? Keep reading!

How to Glue a Puzzle

Gather These Supplies

Cesco collage bottlecap puzzle

Here’s the puzzle I did for my demonstration. I pretty much love the bottlecaps and colorful nature of this puzzle!

Place your puzzle into a roll up mat

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 when I apply the glue. I’ll show you what I mean.

Painting puzzle glue on a puzzle

So for my first layer of Mod Podge Puzzle Saver, I do a VERY light layer on top of the puzzle. 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.

how to glue a puzzle

Once the glue dries, I move it off of the mat onto a surface. If I see any excess 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.

Applying Mod Podge Puzzle Saver to a puzzle

You might have a few pieces that are loose that you didn’t get. You might need to give the edges of the puzzle a little extra too.

mod podge puzzle

Simply secure everything into place with more puzzle glue.

Puzzle preserved with puzzle glue

Once your glued puzzle is done and dry, you can place it in a frame or otherwise display it any way you like! You can pick up the puzzle easily when it’s glued and move it – the pieces are secure.

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!

Yield: 1 puzzle

How to Glue a Puzzle

how to glue a puzzle

Learn how to glue a puzzle with puzzle glue! My favorite is Mod Podge Puzzle Saver. I'll show you my process for preserving your puzzles permanently.

Active Time 5 minutes
Dry Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Finished puzzle
  • Mod Podge Puzzle Saver
  • Wax paper

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • #0000 steel wool (optional)

Instructions

  1. Your first step is to transport your puzzle to an area where 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.
  2. Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge Puzzle Saver, being sure to get all of the corners. Let dry.
  3. Look for any loose pieces and secure them with more glue. Let dry.
  4. Give the entire puzzle one more coat of Puzzle Saver. Let dry for 24 hours before hanging.

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Now that you know how to glue a puzzle, would you try it? Let me know your process and tips in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out the following formula guides:

Oh, and if you’d like to learn how to make a puzzle of your very own – check out our photo puzzle tutorial! It’s really easy.

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Wendy Beaton

Monday 20th of September 2021

I didn't know what I was doing, but I put my puzzle together on a large piece of oak tag, now called poster board, from Dollar Tree. That way, if the Mod Podge seeps down, you don't ruin your table, and your puzzle can be easily moved without it breaking apart. After your puzzle is finished, and Mod Podged, just cut down the poster board to size, and frame it. Simple & easy. Mine came out great.

Laurie

Friday 17th of September 2021

Hello, does anyone know how to make the lines of each puzzle piece less noticeable? I love framing mine but seeing all the lines from the piece doesn’t look to good. Thank you

Amy

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Hi Laurie! I don't think there would be any way to do that from the front but let's see if you get any responses!

Olivia S

Tuesday 7th of September 2021

Do you recommend putting a thin coat on the back after your instructions?

Amy

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

I wouldn't just because if you place it down on something, it will dry tacky and could stick to another surface. Plus I'm able to move puzzles around just by doing the top - I carried one upstairs from downstairs without a problem (it was very secure).

Kay Rohloff

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Can I glue the puzzle on the foam core? Let it dry and then frame it.

Amy

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Hi Kay! Yes you can.

Monica

Friday 14th of May 2021

I use regular Mod Podge, I have never seen the Puzzle bottle. Is there a difference?

Amy

Friday 14th of May 2021

Hi Monica! There is no difference. The Puzzle Saver is simply labeled that way so that hobbyists and people who don't normally decoupage can recognize it and understand that it works for puzzles. Same product, two different bottles. Makes it a lot easier for people shopping for Mod Podge that don't know which one to choose!

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