The top 10 puzzle tips and tricks from puzzleYOU

by Jasmin July 15, 2021
The top 10 puzzle tips and tricks from puzzleYOU

Shoutout to all puzzle fans out there! Jigsaw puzzles are fun and anyone can do them - as long as you stick to a few basic rules. We briefly summarized the most important ones for you.

These are simply a few tips for you with which you can puzzle your favorite puzzles without stress and with a lot of joy. Some people have already decided on a puzzle, unpacked it and then don't really know what to do next.

How do I start? Aren't there perhaps too many pieces? How am I ever supposed to come to a result with this mess? With the following 10 puzzle tips, puzzling becomes an absolute breeze for everyone!

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Photo Puzzle Collage: Makes puzzling easier

1. The design is everything!

Not everyone is into dinosaurs or vampires. Each of us has different ideas about what the perfect puzzle should look like. The first important step is to decide on the right design. Ideal for this, is, of course your own photo puzzle, where you can choose your favorite picture. If you do not want it to be so difficult, then you should make sure when choosing the design that as many different colors as possible are included. This will make the puzzle easier to put together. For example, if you choose a puzzle design that shows a lot of sky or water, then you will certainly not have an easy time at first, since all the parts are very similar.

2. First preparations

If you want to enjoy putting your puzzle together, you need space to spread out the pieces. So find a suitable surface, for example a large table that is not being used for a couple of hours at least. Often you won't have enough time to do the puzzle in one day. So it makes sense to get a suitable surface for the puzzle, which you can also put away to make room on the table again at any time. For instance a large piece of cardboard on which you can put the jigsaw puzzle together.

3. Let the show begin

When you have made all the preparations, you can finally start. Open the box, take out the pieces and spread everything out. Very important: Don't despair. It is not uncommon to underestimate the number of pieces. Now turn all the parts with the jigsaw puzzle picture facing up.

4. A good system is key

Proper order is when you immediately know where you don't even need to look. Therefore, get a good overview of all parts and start sorting. It makes sense to pick out all the edge pieces first, then all the pieces that will build the margin since you want to start the puzzle with them. From there you have several options: either you sort the remaining pieces by color or by shape of the puzzle pieces. You can also sort by objects. For example, if there are many animals on your puzzle, then simply sort the puzzle pieces animal by animal.

5. Let’s get started

Now you have a good overview of all the parts and the actual puzzle fun can start. It's best to start with the four corners. Then pick out all the pieces for the margin and lay out the frame of your puzzle piece by piece. This way, if you did not order the puzzle yourself, you will become aware of the exact dimensions of the puzzle and you can easily understand the proportions compared to the picture on the box.

6. Step by step

Once the basic shape of the puzzle has been laid, it's time to get down to business. It's easier not to lay puzzle pieces in a criss-cross pattern, but to use certain objects of the design as a guide. For example, you can lay them out animal by animal, person by person, and so on, and then put your small partial results together.

7. Don't lose your head

Always try to start with easy parts of the puzzle. If you start with difficult parts, such as the sky or the sea, where all the puzzle pieces look very similar, frustration can arise quickly. Therefore, start with easy picture fragments for some quick successes in the beginning. This way, you will be more motivated to follow through with the puzzling process. You will definitely experience some droughts during which you will feel like nothing fits together. So don't give up too soon!

8. The box - Your best friend

Real puzzle freaks look at the finished picture on the puzzle box only once at the beginning of the puzzle. This, of course, increases the difficulty enormously. But the picture on the box is of course the best guide if you get lost during the process.

9. Together we are strong

Sure, you can do it alone, but doing puzzles together with family or friends is a lot more fun and an enormous help. You can motivate each other when it gets frustrating. Moreover, having a cup of tea and a good chat together while puzzling, strengthens your bond to your loved ones.

10. Make it easier from the start

When creating your own photo puzzle, make a photo collage out of your pictures. This way, it will be considerably easier for you to put the puzzle together as you will have varying designs and colors in different sections of your puzzle. In addition, each photo on your puzzle is smaller, showing more per puzzle piece. You can find inspiration for your own photo puzzle collage here.

1. The design is everything!

Not everyone is into dinosaurs or vampires. Each of us has different ideas about what the perfect puzzle should look like. The first important step is to decide on the right design. Ideal for this, is, of course your own photo puzzle, where you can choose your favorite picture. If you do not want it to be so difficult, then you should make sure when choosing the design that as many different colors as possible are included. This will make the puzzle easier to put together. For example, if you choose a puzzle design that shows a lot of sky or water, then you will certainly not have an easy time at first, since all the parts are very similar.

Make a puzzle: Choose your puzzle picture wisely

2. First preparations

If you want to enjoy putting your puzzle together, you need space to spread out the pieces. So find a suitable surface, for example a large table that is not being used for a couple of hours at least. Often you won't have enough time to do the puzzle in one day. So it makes sense to get a suitable surface for the puzzle, which you can also put away to make room on the table again at any time. For instance a large piece of cardboard on which you can put the jigsaw puzzle together.

3. Let the show begin

When you have made all the preparations, you can finally start. Open the box, take out the pieces and spread everything out. Very important: Don't despair. It is not uncommon to underestimate the number of pieces. Now turn all the parts with the jigsaw puzzle picture facing up.

Puzzling: Having a puzzle strategy is key

4. A good system is key

Proper order is when you immediately know where you don't even need to look. Therefore, get a good overview of all parts and start sorting. It makes sense to pick out all the edge pieces first, then all the pieces that will build the margin since you want to start the puzzle with them. From there you have several options: either you sort the remaining pieces by color or by shape of the puzzle pieces. You can also sort by objects. For example, if there are many animals on your puzzle, then simply sort the puzzle pieces animal by animal.

5. Let’s get started

Now you have a good overview of all the parts and the actual puzzle fun can start. It's best to start with the four corners. Then pick out all the pieces for the margin and lay out the frame of your puzzle piece by piece. This way, if you did not order the puzzle yourself, you will become aware of the exact dimensions of the puzzle and you can easily understand the proportions compared to the picture on the box.

Puzzle Tips: Have patience with your photo puzzle

6. Step by step

Once the basic shape of the puzzle has been laid, it's time to get down to business. It's easier not to lay puzzle pieces in a criss-cross pattern, but to use certain objects of the design as a guide. For example, you can lay them out animal by animal, person by person, and so on, and then put your small partial results together.

7. Don't lose your head

Always try to start with easy parts of the puzzle. If you start with difficult parts, such as the sky or the sea, where all the puzzle pieces look very similar, frustration can arise quickly. Therefore, start with easy picture fragments for some quick successes in the beginning. This way, you will be more motivated to follow through with the puzzling process. You will definitely experience some droughts during which you will feel like nothing fits together. So don't give up too soon!

8. The box - Your best friend

Real puzzle freaks look at the finished picture on the puzzle box only once at the beginning of the puzzle. This, of course, increases the difficulty enormously. But the picture on the box is of course the best guide if you get lost during the process.

9. Together we are strong

Sure, you can do it alone, but doing puzzles together with family or friends is a lot more fun and an enormous help. You can motivate each other when it gets frustrating. Moreover, having a cup of tea and a good chat together while puzzling, strengthens your bond to your loved ones.

Photo puzzle Collage: Makes puzzling easier

10. Make it easier from the start

When creating your own photo puzzle, make a photo collage out of your pictures. This way, it will be considerably easier for you to put the puzzle together as you will have varying designs and colors in different sections of your puzzle. In addition, each photo on your puzzle is smaller, showing more per puzzle piece. You can find inspiration for your own photo puzzle collage here.

puzzleYOU puzzle pieces

If you follow these tips, the puzzle should certainly no longer be a problem, even with a large number of pieces.

Of course, there is not THE manual for puzzling. Everyone must find his or her own strategy. Whether you are a part sorter, a shape finder or just a rummager in the box - you will get to the finish line sooner or later!

Have fun trying it out!