How to Mount a Puzzle for Hanging

Wondering what to do with finished puzzles, at least those you love too much to take apart? Learn how to mount a puzzle for hanging. It’s easy and fun!

Hang a puzzle on your wall

You can really do whatever you want with a finished puzzle. We usually give them away, or pack them up if we know we’ll want to do them again. Every once in a while we use puzzle pieces for crafting.

But every once in a while, there is a puzzle you can’t bear to take apart when it is finished. This is how you can save that puzzle forever.

My ten-year-old daughter Lily got this puzzle as a birthday gift nearly a year ago. It was beautiful, and also very hard to put together because the colors of the puzzle change depending on the angle you view it from.

Lily adores cats, and she couldn’t bear to take it apart when she was finished.

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How to Mount a Completed Puzzle for Hanging

Mounting a completed puzzle is easy! All you need is puzzle glue of some sort. Mod Podge makes some lovely puzzle glue, but for this project we used some glitter Mod Podge we happened to have on hand, and it worked beautifully too. You will need some sort of brush to apply it. We recommend sponge brushes.

You can also use puzzle saver glue sheets if you don’t like liquid glue.

How to Glue a Puzzle

How to mod podge a puzzle

The first step to saving your puzzle is to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge across the entire thing. Keep the glue thin so you don’t accidentally glue the puzzle to your puzzle board.

How to use puzzle glue

Once that layer has time to dry, add on a second, thicker layer dry.

Add a third layer if needed.

Once the puzzle has dried, you are ready to mount it onto a backing for hanging!

What If I Want to Frame My Puzzle?

So long as you can find a frame that fits your puzzle, you can frame it! I would still recommend adding a layer of Mod Podge or puzzle saver to keep your pieces in place.

How to Mount Your Puzzle

First, pick a backing. We used felt because I happen to have a lot of it left over from making a sorting hat for a Harry Potter themed birthday party. Felt is super easy to cut and it doesn’t fray, It’s also soft so it won’t scratch walls or other surfaces.

I intentionally cut a slightly larger piece of felt so that I wouldn’t have to worry about lining everything up perfectly at this stage.

How to add a backing to a finished puzzle

I use a hot glue gun to attach the mod podged puzzle to the felt backing. I actually glued every single puzzle piece in place, but that was probably overkill. I just knew it was going in a child’s room and I didn’t want to deal with the tragedy of her carefully mounted puzzle coming apart.

Try making our hot glue earrings while you have the glue gun out!
how to add a backing to a puzzle for mounting

Once everything was glued down, it was time to trim the backing! I started off using fabric shears, then switched to a rotary cutter and a cutting mat because I speed things up whenever I can.

How to save a finished puzzle forever

Other Backing Materials You Can Use to Mount a Puzzle

We used felt to mount our puzzle, but you can also mount it on any of these materials:

  • wood
  • foam board
  • cardboard
  • canvas

I would use mod podge rather than hot glue to adhere the puzzle to a rigid backing. Hot glue worked beautifully with a felt backing!

How to Hang Up a Puzzle

How to use puzzle mounting glue

We hung our puzzle using 3M Command mounting strips. They worked great, and I can simply peel them away if we decide to take down Lily’s puzzle some day.

How to hang a puzzle on your wall at home

Have you ever mounted a puzzle to hang it on the wall? What technique did you use? Do you have a favorite puzzle we should try?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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