Tips For Doing Jigsaw Puzzles Like A Pro
These days we are constantly surrounded by advanced technology in the form of digital devices so it’s easy to overload our minds with the endless stream of activities and information available online. This sensory overload isn’t always good for the mind so why not go “Old School” and do an old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle. This low-tech past time has a lot of benefits that include improving your mood and relieving stress. They can also work on improving your memory and your problem-solving skills. Plus, they are just good, simple fun.
One of the challenges with jigsaw puzzles these days is that they come with a whole lot of pieces. While some kids’ puzzles can have as little as 10 pieces, puzzles for adults can feature 500 or even 1000 pieces. Before you think this is way too much for you, we’ve discovered some tips on how you can do these monster jigsaw puzzles like a pro and enjoy this retro past time.
1. Find A Picture You Like
Jigsaw puzzles come in hundreds, if not thousands of different pictures so you won’t be forced to put together a puzzle of a picture you have no interest in. You are more likely to stay motivated and focused if you have an interest in the puzzle you are putting together. It can be a picture puzzle of your favorite animal, a landscape, or even artwork. Just make sure you choose something you can feel a connection with.
2. Find A Space Big Enough To Work On
Check the dimensions of your jigsaw puzzle on the box. If you have chosen a puzzle with 1000 pieces or more, it is going to take you several days or even weeks to put your puzzle together so you need to have a work surface big enough to accommodate a large puzzle. Keep your ongoing puzzle in a place where it will not be disturbed. There is nothing worse than putting most of your puzzle together only to have it knocked over by a passing pet or family member. You can choose a large board to work on, as long as you can easily move it to a safe place while you aren’t working on it. By ensuring your puzzle will not be disturbed or tampered with when you aren’t working on it, you’ll be able to pick up where you left off after each session.
3. Sort The Pieces
Most jigsaw puzzle boxes come with a lot of cutting dust and you want to remove this dust before you start working on your puzzle. This dust can get under your work in progress and can make it difficult to put the pieces together completely flat. Once you’ve gotten rid of the cutting dust, you can start sorting your pieces into similar colors or shades. While you are doing this, isolate the corner and edge pieces.
4. Start With The Edges
Grab your four corner pieces and lay them on your working surface. Then, following the colors, start putting all of the edges together. Some people like to start with the middle pieces, but most prefer to put the edges together and gradually work their way into the puzzle with the center pieces. Refer to the piles of colors you have sorted your pieces in and place them along the edges with similar color pieces. It may seem tedious, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly your edges will come together and form a nice border for you to work with.
5. Use The Image On The Box If You Get Stuck
If you are working with a particularly large jigsaw puzzle, being stuck is almost inevitable. If you do find yourself in this situation, don’t give up just yet. Use the image of the puzzle on the box to guide you. There may be a different color starting where you may not have been expecting it and the box is a great reference point for you to look at to guide you to the next section of the puzzle.
6. Be Patient
The concept of a jigsaw puzzle is simple enough and you may feel that putting together 500 or 1000 pieces is a breeze. However, most larger puzzles can take days or even weeks to put together so be patient. Keep in mind that you aren’t on a deadline and you don’t need to complete your puzzle in a day or even a week. The purpose of a jigsaw puzzle is to relax your mind in doing something that doesn’t require you to overthink the process. Consider it an activity to take your mind off of other more challenging activities, so relax and enjoy yourself. Watch your masterpiece take shape from a box of jumbled pieces into something you will like looking at.