There are many ways of adding a personal touch to your living room, but one of my favourites is framing jigsaw puzzle pictures and hanging them on the wall. Not only it makes a unique wall decoration but also gives an opportunity to enjoy playing with jigsaw puzzles, an activity you might have thought was for children only.
Choosing the right jigsaw puzzle
It all depends on what effect you want to achieve. From picturesque cottages and city views to classical art and modern abstractions, you can find it all in a form of a jigsaw puzzle. Have a look around and pick something that matches your interior and taste.
If you are a romantic person, I would suggest checking Thomas Kinkade series. It’s an extensive collection of magical and picturesque puzzles created based on Thomas Kinkade work. The Horses above were chosen to complement a living room kept in shades of yellow and brown. This particular picture brings warmth and energy to the room.
However, before you buy, it might be wise to check the size of the finished picture as well as number of puzzle pieces. Puzzles made of 500 and 1000 pieces are most popular and reasonably quick to finish. It takes usually an afternoon for a 500 pieces jigsaw to finish and 3 to 4 afternoons for 1000 pieces one.
The quality of the puzzle pieces is one of the main factors deciding about the speed and especially fun of playing with puzzles. Ravensburger brand is widely recognised for its quality of pieces and the company claims that their pieces are unique in shape within one box. For puzzles made of 500 or 1000 pieces you will be fine with other brands but I wouldn’t recommend anything bigger than that unless you have already experience in that field.
Choosing a matching frame.
Once you made a decision on the jigsaw you would like, it may be good to have a quick look around for a proper frame. Typical 500 and 1000 pieces puzzles usually do not differ much between brands and they fit nicely in the standard frames. You can find nice frames in many online or retail shops. The Thomas Kinkade puzzle pictured here was put in an aluminium frame from Ikea to give it a silvery look.
Unfortunately, not all puzzles are of a standard size. The panoramic Horses pictured above required a special custom-made frame. Custom frames tend to be quite expensive, so it is a good idea to shop around and find something that meets your expectations and is within your budget.
The golden frame for Horses was ordered from The Picture Gallery, a very reasonable shop. They have a big selection of custom frames, short delivery times and what is most important, a fantastic customer service. My first frame was broken in transport and they not only sympathised with me but also replaced it with a new one in 3 days.
Joining all together
You have chosen your frame and jigsaw puzzle picture. Now it is a time to spend a few days playing with puzzle pieces. Once you finish the picture, you need to frame it and hang on the wall. In order to frame your finished work, you need to join or glue pieces together. There are several options including dedicated glue, but from my experience, the sticky transparent paper works the best.
Just turn your picture upside down using two cardboard pieces and stick the paper to the back of the picture. It will keep the original look on the front side while connecting pieces together. Then simple put it into your chosen frame and hang in a nice spot on the wall.
Now take a picture of it and share it with all of us here.
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 05, 2018:
I just bought a Thomas Kinkade puzzle to work and frame for my spare room. I am looking forward to getting to the stage of purchasing or making a frame. I have made simple little frames a couple of times out of wooden border pieces.
Ania Lichszteld (author) from United Kingdom on February 20, 2014:
Thank you for your comment.
I tried to dig out the details of the order I made but unfortunately I couldn't so I can't tell you exactly what I did back then.
Still when I look close at my framed puzzle, there is no gap between the edge and the picture, so I must have asked for the exact size, but cannot guarantee it. However, I would suggest you go and ask them if that would fit or if there would be a space under just in case...
Good luck with your project
Jerome Lin on February 18, 2014:
Hi Ania. Thanks for the kind sharing.
I would like to ask one little question.
When customizing my frame at The Picture Gallery, should I input the exact size of the puzzle (in my case, 984mm X 327mm), or I have to keep for some spaces for it? I am quite worried if the frame is delivered and eventually doesn't fit.
Any reply would be greatly appreciated!
Ania Lichszteld (author) from United Kingdom on March 18, 2013:
It depends what sort of puzzles you've got - they may actually create an interesting collage. However if you would like to expose each individually, you might be better off by adding some spaces, in a contrasting color potentially. I think it would be the best to go for a dry run and try them on first before commiting to anything. Good luck!
chrisb on March 18, 2013:
I want to do a hole wall with all my done puzzle ( they are all diffent) I want them all together (no spaces) do you think this would look strange. I've always wanted to do this. Any suggestions
Ania Lichszteld (author) from United Kingdom on December 29, 2011:
Thank you ITcoach for stopping by and looking. I like them too - they make the white wall behind them much more alive.
Ania Lichszteld (author) from United Kingdom on December 20, 2011:
Surely it is although for most kids, the less complex jigsaw puzzles should be chosen. Unless the kid is one of those who do 5000 pieces before breakfast ;)
Thank you Jakob for your comment.
Jakob Barry on December 20, 2011:
I used to do this all the time when I was a kid! Thanks for helping me reminisce. It's a great idea and project for kids.
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on November 28, 2011:
Great choice! Horses are beautiful in themselves and definitely do add a lot of energy...
Ania Lichszteld (author) from United Kingdom on November 28, 2011:
Thank you @carcro for your comment. I'm a big fan of jigsaw puzzles but I hate to disassemble them once I finish, especially those made of many pieces so I usually frame them :)
Still those Horses were bought for the only purpose of being hung as I needed something that would add energy to the living room.
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on November 28, 2011:
This is a great idea, one my family has done on a few occasions. Though in our case it was never planned but the puzzle was so fitting to a specific room or theme, we just had to frame it. Thanks for sharing this info, Voted Up and USeful!