Jigsaw puzzle

How Are Jigsaw Puzzles Made?

We’ve all done our share of jigsaw puzzles, whether it’s when growing up, with kids or as a way to keep busy during a pandemic.

But have you ever wondered how are jigsaw puzzles made? With a puzzle you’re tasked with putting the puzzle pieces together in a way that will form a final picture or design. There are many different genres and styles but they all need your pieces to jigsaw or snap together.

A Brief History of Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles were first invented around the mid 1700s when British engineer John Spilsbury, who also dabbled in cartography, placed one of his map on a sheet of wood then cut around each country.

He thought the sawed pieces would make a fun game that could also help teach about world geography.

Jigsaw puzzles slowly gained popularity and over 200 years later, they are more popular than ever.

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

One of the UK’s largest manufacturers has shared what goes into going one of their Jigsaw puzzle sets.

It all starts with a great design, that is then imprinted onto a thin board. That is then cut out with a large machine.

The pieces are then broken apart with quality checks to ensure there’s no missing pieces while packaging — because we all know there’s nothing worse than doing a puzzle and discovering you have a missing piece in the box.