Jigsaw Tips And Tricks

Everybody has their own routine or tips on how to do a jigsaw puzzle. Below we give you puzzlers our tips on not only completing your jigsaw puzzle but also on how to get the most out of puzzling!

Choose The Right Puzzle

Know your skill level. If you think as an example that a 1000 piece jigsaw is a bit too much for you, start off with a 500 piece jigsaw to build up your jigsaw skill level. There is no shame in starting small.

Choose A Good Spot To Do Your Puzzle

Choosing the right spot o do you puzzle is very important. As you will need a table or space large enough to accommodate your puzzle. If you have to move around with your puzzle it’s always a good idea to use a piece of cardboard or a puzzle mat to do you puzzle on, then you can move around more freely when doing it.

Beginning Your Puzzle

Make sure all the pieces of the puzzle are facing the same way and upwards. This will help you find the pieces more easily and make our tips and tricks easier to follow.

Build Your Puzzle From The Outside In

Start with your edges first and build your puzzle gradually inwards as this will give you an idea of how much space you need. This only works with your standard jigsaw puzzle

Sort by Colours

Sorting by colour can help you build up the recognised sections of your puzzle. For most puzzle this part is pretty easy because it enables you tell the difference between the different parts of your puzzle and will make it easier for you to find the right pieces for the area you are working on.If pieces have no dominant colouring simply start a miscellaneous pile which youn can turn to once you have exhausted your colour piles.

The Special Pieces

Jigsaws always have those ‘special’ pieces that may not have text or colour. Keep those separate and build on them when you can. There may also be jigsaw pieces that are shaped differently from the rest of the pieces. Keep these separate as it will be easy to spot where they go once you start assembling your puzzle.

Pay Close Attention To The Shape

Sometimes it can be really obvious which pieces won’t fit together but other times it will look like they should, but they really don’t fit together at all. So as you begin to familiarise yourself with what shape your jigsaw is turning out to be, you will then be able to visualise in your mind the negative spaces and recognise more quicker what will pieces will fit together and what pieces won’t.

If you feel as though you need to sort your jigsaw pieces even further than you can simply separate them by colour, shape, number of holes, number of ‘knobs’ (the knobby bit that fits the pieces of the jigsaw together)

Work On Smaller Sections

Don’t try and do the whole puzzle at once, work on small sections first. This will help keep you motivated and also give you a more visual progress of how you are progressing. Place the finished sections within the puzzle, as you may be able to connect other parts of the puzzle quicker than you think!

Lastly, Do Not Give Up!

If you are getting bored or tired or had enough for the da, simply walk away from your puzzle for a while. By the time you want to go again you may see pieces or sections that fit together, that you missed before

Once your puzzle is finished give yourself a pat on the back and try challenging yourself with a more difficult puzzle next time and build up your puzzling skills!