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How to Put Large Jigsaw Puzzles Together

Updated on April 7, 2015
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Missing Link is originally from rural Ohio. He currently lives in Hillsboro, OR. with his Wife and two Sons.

Jigsaw puzzles can be a wonderful way to pass time...especially on a rainy, cold or otherwise boring day. However, when you first begin and see 1000-1500 or more pieces it can be intimidating. This article will inform you how to best proceed.

First, flip all the pieces right side up. While doing this keep on the lookout for perimeter pieces...also known as side pieces. These pieces have one flat side and represent the outside frame of the puzzle. Corner pieces will have two flat sides. Complete the outer frame. If you are still missing one or two outside pieces, don't worry about it, they will show up later.

Then, pick out one or two distinctive parts of the puzzle by looking at the picture on the box it came in. For example, let's say there is a brown boat and a cluster of red flowers within the puzzle. Since these are distinctive parts of the puzzle the corresponding pieces will be easier to spot amongst the thousand or more you have before you. For example, look for all the bright red pieces of the puzzle because you know there is only one bright red part to the puzzle (the red flowers). Once you have these pieces picked out you can piece them together. If there are two parts of the puzzle that have red flowers it will be a bit more difficult but use the same technique nevertheless. Keep doing this until you have pieced together the distinctive areas of the puzzle.

What you now have left are the more difficult parts of the puzzle. The best strategy here is to piece things together according to shade of color. Let's say there is a large body of water. Generally there will be some different shades of color to it----like perhaps greenish blue, light blue, darker blue and, black. Separate the remaining pieces of the puzzle according to their shade. Then, by trial and error, you will slowly be able to piece them together. While doing this, keep on the lookout for oddly shaped pieces; they are easier to spot and generally, are easier to place.

I myself have to be in the right mood to sit down and tackle a jigsaw puzzle. Once I'm in the mood I really enjoy it and several hours can go by before I know it. You will get mentally fatigued after awhile but who said you have to put it together in one night? In fact, you can slowly and systematically work on a large puzzle over a period of several weeks if you are busy, have little children to watch, don't feel like it, etc.

Putting together a large jigsaw puzzle can be such fun and a great way to spend time. You can either be solitary or work on it with a loved one. Large puzzles come together much quicker if worked on by two.

Have fun!


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