Did you buy a jigsaw puzzle during quarantine? If so, you’re not alone. Puzzle sales have more than tripled this year, thanks to stay-at-home orders across the country. And if you were online shopping this past spring, you probably saw that puzzles were flying off virtual shelves. Thankfully, the madness has calmed down a bit and it’s now possible to score some sought-after designs that you can piece together and put on your walls as fun, custom framed art.
To turn your completed puzzle into DIY wall decor, you’ll need to first glue it to a ¼- or ⅛-inch foam board. Because puzzles often come in odd sizes, they typically require a custom frame—but unless the puzzle is unusually thick, a Gallery Classic frame should do the trick. (If you do have an extra thick puzzle to frame, opt for Gallery Deep or Gallery Mid.) We recommend framing puzzles full bleed, and select our Frame Only service to avoid the process of packaging and shipping your puzzle.
Sounds easy enough, right? But first thing’s first: finding the perfect, wall-worthy puzzle. Here are some of our favorite sources for buying super cute puzzles online.
From gorgeous designs to stylish packaging, JIGGY has mastered the art of the jigsaw puzzle—emphasis on art. We love how they partner with independent artists to create puzzles that beg to be custom framed. In fact, each comes with a tube of puzzle glue to help you get your finished piece onto your wall. And as if this creative puzzle brand wasn’t cool enough, they recently launched a special line of hand drawn and painted 500-piece puzzles that feature original art and support working artists and Covid relief efforts.
This female-founded brand made a splash on Instagram this year with a beautiful collection of chic and challenging puzzles that celebrate “quality time spent in the great indoors.” The original designs showcase meticulously styled still lifes, flatlays, and collections—and the beautiful boxes they come in will make you want to collect the puzzles themselves.
This large puzzle retailer has something for everyone, but what caught our art-loving eye were the ones featuring iconic mid-century works by Andy Warhol, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jonathan Adler. If you’re into mid-century modern decor, you’ll definitely want to snag one of these.
Liberty’s extra thick wood pieces give their puzzles the weight of a cherished family heirloom, and their Fall 2020 line is filled with designs inspired by vintage travel posters—making them (you guessed it!) ideal wall decor.
With only 285 pieces each, these puzzles provide a quick fix, with creative designs—all are made by independent artists and inspired by famous works of art, architecture, and film—that you’ll want to preserve for a lifetime.
We’re big fans of everything MoMA Design Store does, and their expertly curated collection of puzzles is no exception. Choose from artsy designs by Keith Haring, Frank Stella, and more to create your own personal version of a modern masterpiece.
Areaware specializes in puzzles that feel out of the ordinary, like their themed little puzzle thing series. We especially love their vibrant Gradient Puzzles, and think a collection of the small, 100-piece versions would make such a stunning gallery wall.
Food and art collide in Brittany Wright’s colorful photography. Her online print shop is filled with craveable art made to adorn the most stylish kitchens and dining rooms, and the puzzles (sold by CEACO) are fun, hands-on versions of some popular prints.
Brother and sister duo William and Ericka grew up loving to do puzzles together. But they realized that the puzzles they completed did not represent them, or any black artists or culture. The pair set out to create a puzzle company that showcases all work by artists of color. Bonus: their puzzles are meant to be framed so you can enjoy the artwork for years to come.