Framing a puzzle: how do you do that?
It also happens to me regularly that you have been working on a puzzle for a long time (I spent 13 hours on my own photo puzzle!!). Then it is sometimes a bit of a shame that you take it apart again almost immediately after making it and put it in the box. Well, making it is of course also a lot of fun. But sometimes you want to be able to look at a (photo) puzzle even longer. And giving a framed puzzle can of course also be a very nice gift that you give to someone. For example, you give a photo puzzle and a beautiful photo frame together as a gift. Framing or framing a puzzle or a puzzle hanging system: it is all the same and see here exactly how you can fix this.
NB: Framing Puzzle 1000 Pieces? I have made a separate page for this, if you want to see an example, read 'Frame puzzle 1000 pieces'
You can frame a puzzle that you really like and hang it on the wall or give it to someone as a gift. But how do you frame a puzzle you've made? I explain it to you on this page. There are three options:
|What are you doing?
|Frame your puzzle without puzzle glue.
Read more below
|Frame your puzzle with puzzle glue.
Read more on the page 'puzzle glue'
|Do not frame your puzzle, but DO hang or put it down.
Read more on the page 'Hanging a puzzle without a frame'
1. Frame your puzzle without puzzle glue
The big advantage of framing a puzzle without glue is that the puzzle can still be taken apart again. And then it can be exchanged or remade. AND you can also hang your favorite (photo) puzzle on the wall in your house for a while. That gives you extra fun with your puzzle.
I recommend that you follow the steps below to choose a suitable frame for your puzzle.
Step 1: Determine the dimensions of your puzzle
You can read the text below for Step 1, but I also made a video of it showing how to determine the dimensions of the puzzle list based on the dimensions of your puzzle:
It is important that you first check the dimensions of the puzzle you have made. These dimensions are always on the side of the puzzle box. As an example in the photo below the dimensions on the sides of the following brands of puzzles, namely: JUMBO (Jan van Haasteren), KING, Ravensburger. You can see that the KING and JUMBO puzzles have the same dimensions, namely 68 centimeters wide and 49 centimeters high. While the KING puzzle has a different size, namely 70 centimeters wide and 50 centimeters high. If you want to know all dimensions or sizes or formats of all puzzles, take a look at the page 'Dimensions puzzles'.
The sizes of 3 different brands of puzzles of all 1000 pieces:
Step 2: Determine the material of your puzzle list
You can buy puzzle frames in various materials, namely:
- aluminum material
A beautiful puzzle frame makes a framed puzzle even more beautiful. A puzzle in a beautiful packaging! A nice puzzle in no nice puzzle list is of course a bit of a shame. I bought a puzzle frame for my photo puzzle from HEMA. Watch this unpacking video and you will also see tips that you should pay attention to when you buy a puzzle list (the video also partly contains step 3):
Step 3: Buy your puzzle frame or photo frame: pay attention to your measurements!
Order a puzzle list online, or buy your puzzle list in a store. Take a good look at the dimensions of your puzzle. And remember that there will always be some small pieces of the outsides of the puzzle covered by the edge of the puzzle frame. But in principle that doesn't have to be a bad thing. That's only a very small piece. For example, if you have a 1000 piece puzzle in the standard size 68×49 centimeters (another standard size of a 1000 piece puzzle is 70×50), then you also buy a puzzle frame of 68×49 centimeters. All dimensions of all brands of puzzle can be found on the page 'Puzzle dimensions'. And you can also just search the internet for the term photo frame; a puzzle frame is almost always the same as a photo frame. You have both puzzle frames and photo frames in all kinds of materials and qualities and prices. But you can perfectly frame a puzzle in a photo frame that you buy.
Perhaps a nice detailed example of the dimensions of a puzzle list and the dimensions of the puzzle that go with it, see the page I made about the HEMA Photo Puzzle 50×70. What you will see here: HEMA sells a puzzle list of 50×70, also for a puzzle of 50×70. But the actual dimensions of the puzzle list are 73×53. However, from these dimensions, the thickness of the edge goes off on 2 sides (2 x 2 centimeters). So the puzzle fits perfectly. Well, read the page and watch the videos on that page.
Step 4: Make sure you get your puzzle on the back of the puzzle list
I didn't think about this in advance and first put the puzzle together and then decided that I wanted to frame it. But then you have a problem: how do you get your puzzle completely on the back of the photo frame? And how do you then get the puzzle including the back completely in your photo frame? Well, I did it, read on and watch the video. Ideally, of course, if you have bought the puzzle list in advance and you place your puzzle directly on the back of your puzzle list. Then you avoid the clumsy twisting of your puzzle and the hard plastic plate or glass plate. It is really difficult to solve a puzzle - without it falling apart! – to place on the back of a photo frame. But I managed to do it in a way, be sure to watch the video. So as you see me doing in the next video - placing the puzzle on the hard cardboard back of the puzzle frame:
I made another video about this where you can see how I do this:
And finally, another video in a slightly different way:
You can see an entire step-by-step plan on how to frame a puzzle without glue in a Xenos puzzle list on the page 'Xenos puzzle frame 50×70'.
Step 5: Now place the back on which the puzzle is located in the puzzle list
The last part is placing the back of the puzzle list including the puzzle in your puzzle list. We're going to finish the entire framing project now! However, how far we have come now: the puzzle lies on the hard cardboard back of the puzzle frame. We are then going to put the hard plastic plate on top of it. The hardest part now comes: you have to turn this all around and get it right in the puzzle list. Ideally, it is useful if you do this flipping puzzle including glass plate and hard cardboard back together. There is a good chance that your puzzle will fall apart. And I measured that it took me 13 hours to put together this photo puzzle. In the end I managed to do this on my own, but it's a bit of a sweat!
The following video shows you how to do that:
If you have also done this step, it is ready! And it looks really nice:
And you see, it hangs on the wall:
Puzzle frame 50x70 HEMA - Natural - Wood
Puzzle list 50×70 (Natural + Wood) from HEMA for a puzzle of 1000 pieces. Read my review.
Puzzle frame 50x70 HEMA - Black - Wood
Puzzle frame 50×70 (Black + Wood) from HEMA for a puzzle of 1000 pieces. Read my review.
Puzzle frame 50x70 Xenos - White - Plastic
Puzzle frame 50×70 (White + Plastic) of the Xenos for a puzzle of 1000 pieces. Read my review.
Puzzle frame 68x49 Homedecoration Easy - White - Plastic
Puzzle frame 68×49 (White + Plastic) from Homedecoration for a puzzle of 1000 pieces. Read my review.