10 Expert-Level Tips for Doing a Jigsaw Puzzle

10 Expert-Level Tips for Doing a Jigsaw Puzzle

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Do jigsaw puzzles like a pro with these 10 expert-level tips!
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  1. Joel akaFalcon on May 14, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Great tips, my wife and I have decided to get in to puzzling this year, thanks for the great advice

  2. Vik Nach on May 14, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Watching this video were the most nerdiest seconds of my life

  3. Pacific Dragon on May 14, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    A challenge I like doing is holding off working on the main subject.

    The 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle I’m working at the moment has three wolves as the main subject.

    I’ve set all the wolf pieces aside (heads, hair, paws, etc.) Once I’ve finished putting everything else together, It’ll be fun finishing it on a high note with the final pieces being the wolves. Heck, I might even hold off the faces and fit them in last!

  4. US - Uncle Sam on May 14, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I enjoy the challenge of doing the jigsaw puzzle upside down.

  5. Brandy πŸ’œ on May 14, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I’m 14 turning 15 soon and I’m currently doing a 1000 pice puzzle I’m about half way done and found this πŸ₯°

  6. Karen Puzzles on May 14, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Have you ever done any of these expert-level puzzle hacks? Which one was your favorite?

  7. Sophie Dupree on May 14, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Yes I loved your instructions on starting the puzzles

  8. Cody McCormick on May 14, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    I’m a puzzle master I don’t start with the edges first I go from the middle of the way out to the edges

  9. XWierdThingsHappenX on May 14, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Hasbro came out with a clue puzzle(the board game clue). The gave you a small murder mystery story . you solve the mystery by putting the puzzle together. So there isn’t any picture to go off of and a lot of the pieces are the same color. So it’s been really hard to complete it. Its a 1000 pieces. So I sorted it and put the pieces in little trays I’m only doing one tray at a time. So far I’m working on tray number 3

  10. Jailan on May 14, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous πŸ₯°

  11. JLvatron on May 14, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Tip #2 is cheating for the next time!
    I do #5, the foam core. Also # 8
    #6, 7, 9 are good ideas!

  12. Fiona Lyons on May 14, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Just finished a 3,000 piece and found a piece missing and a duplicate piece (an identical edge piece). I can’t tell you how frustrating that was.

  13. Gameskyjumper on May 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Holding it up to see the light is the #1 tip for me.

  14. Joeliney on May 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Karen, I’ve not done a puzzle, since I lost my eye sight back in 86. I came Arcoss your channel by chance, while listening to some videos my friend sent me. I now complete a braille puzzle for the the first time in my life. Thank you Karen. (Signed joe Sam grandson)

  15. Kim Shultz on May 14, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I realize this video was made a couple years ago but have a suggestion for the foam core. If you have a dollar tree store around you, go there and buy their foam poster board. They come in white or white with a black covering on them. I always get the white ones, and like Karen says, I move them from the couch, to the bed at times or from my card table I usually work my puzzles on. The card table is an easy move too in case you want to be in the living room watching and or listening to the tv while working on a puzzle. The Dollar Tree foam poster boards are only $1.00, so I buy several at once, just to keep some on hand at home. They don’t take up much room, but do go to your dollar tree! Hope this don’t bite me in my tail, and next time I go get some it’s all gone….LOL I just did 4 deer, cabin related puzzles for my deer hunting brother to put on his walls, so I also glue the puzzles to the boards. Don’t have alot to trim off either with the 1,000 piece puzzles. I’ve got 2 puzzles coming from Amazon that are for my walls, and one I had personalized with a picture from my grandsons graduation from high school that will definitely be a living room picture. If the quality of it turns out ok, I’ve got 4 more graduation related pics to get done and make him his own collage. Happy Puzzling Everyone!!

  16. Yolanda Manion on May 14, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I have started doing puzzles, but they are wood puzzles. Do you have any experience with wood puzzles. I completed my first one and I want to keep it together and frame it. Do you have any tips on how I can secure it in order to have it framed.

  17. Brenton White on May 14, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Repeat a puzzle? That’s very difficult once the glue dries!!! Thanks for your channel. I’m currently working on a puzzle of an owl that is the hardest puzzle I’ve ever worked on. And it’s going to look great hanging on the wall when I eventually finish it.

  18. Rick Vaillancourt on May 14, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Ha ha, I just started making puzzles at a young 60 yrs and sharing other puzzles with family and friends and I have begged them to bag the edges separately.

  19. Jacob Giocondo on May 14, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Just getting in to the puzzle scene. Thanks for the tips.

    And oh my God, you are so hot πŸ₯΅πŸ˜‰

  20. Hayden Thompson on May 14, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    I did a hole puzzle sideways

  21. Benjamin William Rasmussen on May 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    You should clean your baking pan!!

  22. God Is Agape Love 41 on May 14, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    What about a puzzle sorter?

  23. Tom Leyssen on May 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    U have been a huge help in my life as a puzzle fan…. Been using all your tips to become a good puzzler… Doing 1000 2000 and 3000 and developed a really fast system….. now gonna start my first time 9000 Ravensburger Dragon Wood;;; bit afraid but watch your videos about big puzzles πŸ™‚

  24. Mine antoine on May 14, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Puzzles less than 1500 pieces are too fast to do and easy the problem is that i have back pain so i must do puzzles on a table so 1000-1500 is the limit. Good time it was.Last time i tried a big one it was a 4000 or 5000 thanks to lockdown 2 weeks

  25. Interdimensional Being on May 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I’m doing a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle

  26. Sabina on May 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    The sky and stuff it’s hard lol

  27. Uversusog on May 14, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    what a karen

  28. h on May 14, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I started getting really interested in jigsaw puzzles summer of 2021 and the first time I got my 1000 piece puzzle I really underestimated how difficult it was for me but I came to this video and it helped me dramatically that I finished the puzzle in 3 days, people probably finish it in 3 hours but I was very happy that I at least completed it, ever since my love for puzzles grew and I got more of them, Im coming back to this video cause my most recent puzzle is pretty difficult to me but im sure that this will help a lot, thank you very much for the tips.

  29. 21st Century Ninja on May 14, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    There really is an audience for every thing.
    I’m high functioning autistic and love doing puzzles as a casual thing to sit down and do if I feel like it. But my cats love sleeping on my puzzle while I’m working on it or in the box with all of the pieces in it so the zip lock bag trick will really help

  30. Cyntastic Gaming+ on May 14, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    I don’t do #2 as finding the edge pieces is part of the fun!
    #5….I guess you don’t have pets, children, or any sort of uncontrollable body movements in order to do that and not be asking for a disaster!
    A lot of the puzzles I get nowadays already come in a bag inside the box, so usually #1 is already done for me!
    Most of these are pretty good tips, some of which I always use 😸

  31. Amelia Wojnicz on May 14, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Sorting by color is practical. It doesn’t always mean it’s easier or quicker. I put my puzzle s together in sections.

  32. Airas Spielzeit on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Omg, My Cupcake Puzzle I Was doing for Two Weeks πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  33. CathyZack on May 14, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Hello Ms. Karen This is me Zackery and my son Zackery loves your fingernails and he is also impressed with your fingernails. By the way will you please remember to have your fingernails painted for my son Zackery the next time you decide to upload another YouTube video again one day.

  34. Michael Jenks on May 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    To enhance the challenge, try to not look at the box. If possible, ideally have someone open it for you so you don’t see it. Or, just put the box top away after you open and don’t reference it again. Somewhat frustrating, somewhat satisfying.

  35. Judith Dean on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I love your channel. I sort my pieces, and put them on sturdy paper plates.They stack and low cost.

  36. Julie Berci on May 14, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    I have always bagged my puzzle; separated the edge pieces; sorted by color/texture before I even start. A 1000 piece takes about an hour. I use small snack or sandwich baggie. Been going it this way for over 10 years.

  37. The Adirondack Kids on May 14, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for saving me a boatload of money with the foam board idea! (my wife thanks you, too!) i am one of those who likes to sort the border and colors right out of the box. When sorting i also like to set aside highly distinguished pieces (i.e. obvious people parts/animal parts/letters) and pieces that happen to fall out of the box that are already connected. πŸ™‚

  38. Mike on May 14, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t understand what the foam core sheet does. It looks like if you tipped it wrong the puzzle would spill everywhere, just like any other stiff sheet of stuff.

  39. hiseitz on May 14, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I guess I’m an expert. I already do these things.

  40. Amanda Dupuis on May 14, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    People do puzzles for fun??
    I honestly cant stand them but I have been given many over the years and need artwork for my house so here we are. Lol.

  41. Chris West on May 14, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    An alternative to foam core might be coroplast. Coroplast is tougher than foam core, and comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets.

  42. Pam Hatcher on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    After completing the puzzle, I like to mod podge, put in picture frames, and hang on wall! Very nice

  43. Airas Spielzeit on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Omg, My Cupcake Puzzle I Was doing for Two Weeks πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  44. Tina G on May 14, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Don’t dump the whole bag on the table when sorting for edge pieces (or colors) … dump a small bit at a time. Sort.Then dump another and sort, etc. This makes sorting less overwhelming.

  45. David-Mark Thomlinson on May 14, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Hi all, does anyone have a good lighting option for dull days and nights, in the UK. I was considering a head torch. As I wear glasses, glare can be a real pain. Thanks Dave

  46. Christopher Fletcher on May 14, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    My grandson got me a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle for Christmas he claimes that he didn’t see how many pieces it had😁 Foam boards are very helpful!

  47. Y U P on May 14, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    I got a 1000 piece puzzle and kept it in my wardrobe and never looked at it until now and I’m really happy I found this video

  48. andrea borgo on May 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    6:35 ..in what???? Ahahaha

  49. Lance O on May 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Great tips. So much fun. I use the cookie sheets to put all the extra (non edge) pieces on. After I finish the frame outline I go thru the various trays and ultimately sort according to colors or type or section theme. I also bag the puzzle but will do the smaller bag for the edges. Great idea.

  50. Reginald Dentry on May 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    What beautiful delightful girl

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