Tips for positive puzzling!

1. Choose the right puzzle

It’s important to choose the right puzzle for you.

Look for something that isn’t too challenging. If you’re new to puzzles or haven’t done one in a while, start with a smaller piece count, perhaps a 500pc or less. You can always move to a bigger piece count later on if you wish.

2. Choose the right image

Choose an image you really like because you need to make progress and stay motivated.

Look for a design with plenty of detail, a good range of colours and/or assorted patterns, because these can make it easier for you to find the next piece. Leave designs with large areas of sky until you’re more experienced.

3. Make room for your puzzle

Check the finished size of your puzzle and use a table that gives you plenty of space for puzzling.

If you need to use that table for other things, use a separate surface, like our Puzzle Handy puzzle board, which will allow you to move the puzzle around as necessary. It’s best to if your puzzling surface is close to a source of natural light, or you have good general lighting.

4. Get Comfortable

Get yourself comfy, make yourself a drink and turn on your favourite music.
Alternatively, you might enjoy listening to an audio book, or have the TV switched on in the background.

5. Don’t worry…

Don’t be daunted if all those puzzle pieces put you off.

Completing a puzzle might take days or weeks depending on your schedule. This is completely normal, so don’t feel under pressure. It’s not a race!

6. Sort the puzzle

Start by putting all of the pieces face up.

Find the edge pieces and put them to one side. If you notice pieces of the same colour or pattern as you’re sorting the edges, pop these in separate groups too. Our Sort and Go puzzle trays are the perfect way to keep your pieces organized as you sort and build your puzzle.

7. Let’s get puzzling!

Take the edge pieces and build them to form the outside frame, remembering to look at the puzzle picture to help you along. If you’re using our Puzzle Handy, the puzzle size indicator will help you align each side correctly.

8. Puzzle specific objects first

There are different ways to build a puzzle – you can search for pieces that fit into the finished border, or you can start to build specific objects or patterns within the puzzle.

It doesn’t matter where the sections are, and it’s fine to have several sections “on the go”, if that works for you. Refer to the puzzle image to remind you of where colours or patterns go.

9. Take a break

Don’t worry if you get stuck; go and make yourself a cuppa and relax. When you return, you may just find the piece you’ve been looking for!

10. A fresh pair of eyes?

Sometimes it might feel impossible to find the next piece.

Don’t give up – see if someone else can help. Their “fresh eyes” may help to solve the problem. Still having problems? Move position, change the light or even try to view your puzzle from above. And if that doesn’t help, call it a day and just start again when you feel ready for the challenge.

11. Many hands make light work…

You might enjoy doing puzzles alone as a good way to relax and have some “me time”. But puzzling can also be a lot of fun with your family or friends. Together you’ll complete the puzzle in no time.

12.Your finished puzzle

What to do with your finished puzzle?

You can glue it, frame it and use it as a beautiful wall decoration using our Puzzle Conserver. It will remind you of your achievement and hopefully make you smile. If you don’t want to frame it, perhaps pass it onto a friend and get them started on their puzzling adventure!

Some accessories to get you puzzling

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