Updated: Jun 13, 2020
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PREPARE YOUR WORKSPACE
Fully clear your work area and check that you have a cover between your puzzle and the surface, extending a few inches on either side. The cover will ensure that your puzzle doesn't stick to the surface during the gluing process.
Insider Tip: two good cover materials are wax and parchment paper.
If you hadn't already placed a cover underneath your puzzle before you began, this can be tricky. You may be able to shimmy the paper underneath without disturbing the puzzle. If not, find another large surface — such as a piece of cardboard — and temporarily slide the puzzle onto it while you place down a cover. This process is easier with two or more people.
Note: while you can use newspaper — and it's a product that many will reach for in this situation — we don't recommend it. Newspaper is much more likely to stick to the puzzle or work surface, and could ruin your project if not managed carefully.
Brush any lint and dirt from your puzzle and get it as flat as you can. A rolling pin or similar object can help!
There are many different types of glues that people use on their puzzles. While spray and powder glues exist, liquid glue works best. It spreads easily, is generally less expensive, and won't require extra mixing.
If you can, pick up Mod Podge, a dedicated craft glue. As opposed to regular glue, puzzle glue combines an adhesive with a lacquer. It not only holds the puzzle together, it provides a protective gloss finish that dries clear every time.
Start pouring! Get some glue on your puzzle and spread it as evenly as you can. You have a few options for spreading tools: a plastic paddle, a piece of cardboard, a business card, a sponge, or a brush. Make sure to seal the edges as well. Some puzzle glues come with an applicator that help with that specifically.
Be careful — don’t be too aggressive. There's a chance you can break the puzzle or cause it to swell. While you do need to cover every piece, you won’t need too much glue. An excess amount can cause the pieces to curl after drying.
Air bubbles may form as you coat, but these will disappear as the glue dries. Give time for this drying process.