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Fixing the puzzle

Updated on September 22, 2014

That is my amazing puzzle that I had so much fun doing. Unfortunately something didn't work while gluing it. I used the same method and the same type of glue every time, but this time something went wrong.

it resulted in a puzzle that didn't want to lay flat whatever I tried. At first I tried pressing it between two peaces of wood, that worked for s limited time, in the end the puzzle kept arching. The last solution was to try to glue it on a thick cardboard, using the logic, that should have worked.

Unfortunately my puzzle didn't see my logic and it remained arched. In the 2 months I tried to find a solution for the stubborn puzzle, some of the peaces started to bend.

I was rather desperate since I was forced to throw it away and get another puzzle to replace this one.

Fortunately the solution came to me during a trip to IKEA. In the frame department inspiration struck me. What if I would get different size frames and cut the puzzle to fit them.

This could either be a brilliant idea or a complete fiasco. Since I had nothing to loose I bought several frames.


For this project you will need:

  • Cutter
  • Hard surface for cutting
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Paper glue
  • Ruler or measuring tape

First step is to decide how you want to cut the puzzle. Measure everything twice before cutting...after you cut there is no undo button to restore it. Once you have decided how you want to split it, set the puzzle on the hard surface.

Use the back of the frame to help you cut the puzzle straight. Secure the back of the frame to the puzzle using the clips, then start cutting using the cutter and the scissors.

Keep the paper glue close, some smaller puzzle peaces might fall off. Use double tape to secure each puzzle peace in it's frame.

As you can see I removed some peaces of the puzzle, but I saved it, now it is guaranteed to stay flat and be the focus point in my livingroom.

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