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2nd May 2017How to create a personalised jigsaw puzzle

It’s an extra special present for the person who has everything. Our custom jigsaws make great gifts and are easy to create, meaning you can get your unique jigsaw puzzle ordered in a matter of minutes. To make the process even easier, here is our step by step guide to making sure you get the best possible puzzle for a perfect surprise.

Step 1. Select your jigsaw

Personalised Jigsaw Puzzle Selection

First, take a look at the personalised jigsaw section on our website. We have lots of different puzzles available with exciting whimsy shapes, and you can even choose jigsaws that include hidden messages as letter shaped whimsies. Our new collection now includes different themed whimsy options to match your photo, and even an option to ‘let Wentworth choose’ where we will choose the best whimsies and cut to suit to your photo. Select your choice, and click on the jigsaw to start uploading your image.

Step 2. Select your image

 Image Upload for Personalised jigsaw puzzle

To make sure your jigsaw looks its absolute best, you need to upload a high quality image. Low quality images will leave your jigsaw blurry and will not upload to our site. Make sure you follow the top tips below to guarantee a great looking jigsaw. 

Top tips for a top image

  • Ensure your image is a jpeg file. That means that the file name has .jpg at the end on your computer (most images from cameras and smartphones will be jpegs).
  • Your image should be between 1MB and 5MB. Hover your cursor over the image to check its size, or on a Mac you can right click (or hold ctrl and click) then select ‘Get Info’ to bring up a box of details including the image size (both of these methods will also tell you whether it’s a jpeg)
  • Image quality
  • If you are scanning your image, make sure the resolution is no less than 300dpi — this should be an option within your scanner settings.
  • Don't scan your image from a photograph that is smaller than 5" x 7".
  • Don’t use a screenshot as your image as it won’t be high quality.

It is harder to check some of these elements if you are using a phone or a tablet, but most will take photos at a good resolution in jpeg format, and the next step will tell you if there are any issues.

Step 3. Check your image quality

 Image quality guidance

When you have uploaded your image, we will let you know whether it is good enough quality to be made into a custom jigsaw. If you can see that the image is ‘low quality’ or ‘not suitable’, you need to find another photo which fits the requirements outlined in our top tips above. 

Step 4. Choose your special features

 Special fetaures of personalised puzzles

 

Once your image is uploaded, you can choose how many pieces you would like in your jigsaw. Make sure to check the box if you have chosen a portrait image. You can also tick the ‘Clueless’ option at this stage. Clueless means that the puzzle image will not appear on the front of the box — keeping your puzzle a surprise until it’s completed!

 

There is also the option to add notes at this stage about cropping. Your image may need cropping during production, so please specify here which side you would prefer to be cropped. For our personalised wedding jigsaw puzzles and personal jigsaws for pet owners you can use this box to add initials and year or the pet’s name.

 notes for personalised puzzles

 

Step 5. Buy!

 How to buy a personalised jigsaw puzzle

 

If you are happy with your image and you have selected all the features you would like from your puzzle, you can go ahead and add it to your basket. To do this, select a quantity from the dropdown and then click "Add to My Basket".

Your puzzle is now ready to purchase — simple!

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23rd February 2017Step into Spring with our new jigsaw collection

Bursting with colour and life, our new Spring collection is full of exciting new jigsaw puzzles that will bring the new season into your home. If you are looking for that perfect puzzle gift for book lovers, bird lovers or animal lovers take a look at our pick of the new collection that will suit every hobby and pastime.

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22nd February 2017Celebrating Mother’s Day around the World

A special day to celebrate wonderful mums, Mother’s Day is the perfect chance to show your appreciation with a thoughtful gift. Traditionally, Mother’s Day has been a time to gather the family and give presents with the history of celebrating motherhood tracing all the way back to the Ancient Greeks.

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20th January 2017Discover great discounts on jigsaws in our Winter sale

It’s that time of year when the January sales are in full swing and it’s time to grab yourself a post Christmas bargain. Some of our bestselling jigsaws from the last year are now in the Winter sale collection, and it will be your last chance to get hold of the designs before they are discontinued. Take a look below at our pick of the sale to discover a great jigsaw puzzle that will suit you.

Catch the travel bug

 europe jigsaw puzzle

From Paris to Rome, travel around Europe in moments with our Best of Europe jigsaw puzzle. See if you can spot and name all the famous cultural landmarks around the puzzle whilst you complete this intricate jigsaw.

Discover a masterpiece

 The Scream Jigsaw Puzzle

The famous painting ‘ The Scream’ by Edvard Munch has a rich backstory that will fascinate all art lovers. The piece has been targeted by several successful robberies, with the most recent in 2004. After the painting was finally recovered, it went on to become the most expensive painting ever to sell at auction in 2012. The angst-ridden painting is now renowned worldwide and is an excellent addition to any jigsaw collection.

Test your brain cells

Difficult Daffodils Jigsaw Puzzle

If you’re looking for a serious challenge, this repetitive Difficult Daffodils design is the perfect brain teaser. To really test your puzzle skills, you can even get this jigsaw in a difficult cut that has irregular and uneven pieces, for the expert puzzler.

Try a traditional chocolate box jigsaw

Country Cottage Jigsaw Puzzle

Peasant Village Life by Steve Crisp conveys a beautiful and tranquil scene of everyday village life. This puzzle is great for those who enjoy a traditional chocolate box design, with thatched roofs and a village church making up the peaceful scene.

Escape to paradise

Dolphin Jigsaw Puzzle

Already dreaming of your Summer holiday? Transport yourself to this Dolphin Utopia packed full of vibrant colour and animals. Themed animal whimsy pieces make this puzzle extra special for anyone who loves the animal kingdom.

 

 

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8th November 2016Our new Christmas collection Gift Guide

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without gathering the family together to complete a jigsaw puzzle whilst wrapped up warm inside. Our 2016 Christmas jigsaw collection has lots of new and exciting designs to discover, with a wide range of jigsaws to suit all tastes. Whether you prefer fine art or famous places, traditional chocolate box puzzles or challenging brain teasers we can guarantee you will find the perfect gift for all the family.

This year a selection of our puzzles will also be stocked in selected John Lewis stores! You can purchase our delightful wooden jigsaws at John Lewis Bluewater, Kingston, Birmingham, Leicester, Reading, York, Trafford and Newcastle.

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles has also been hand-picked to be part of the exclusive shopping event taking place this Christmas at Highgrove. The home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The exclusive event will be running every Wednesday – Sunday between 23rd November and 16th December 2016. Make sure you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. You can find more information about purchasing tickets and the events here  

Take a look at our special Christmas gift guide below to find the perfect present for every member of the family.

The alternative Christmas cracker: Playful Santa

Make your Christmas dinner table extra special with our beautifully packaged alternative Christmas cracker. Presented in stylish red and gold cracker packaging, this Father Christmas jigsaw is the perfect addition to your festivities.

 cracker jigsaw puzzle

Count down the days to Christmas: Advent Calendar Puzzle

There’s no better way to start your Christmas countdown than with this Christmas Village Advent Calendar Puzzle. Watch the magic unfold as your Christmas Village comes to life right up until Christmas Eve when you add the final character.

advent calendar jigsaw puzzle 

Just right for Mum: Snow is Falling

Our ever-popular artist Steve Crisp has returned again to design a special Christmas Wentworth Puzzle. This festive snow scene of a traditional British village is brought to life and captured in a delightful Christmas jar. With specially themed whimsy pieces, this shaped puzzle makes the perfect gift this Christmas.

 shaped jigsaw puzzle

Distract Dad for hours with The Puzzle That Wrapped Up Christmas

​The Puzzle That Wrapped Up Christmas is an extra difficult jigsaw, with its repetitive reindeer shape pieces and irregular edges, it is enough to make any puzzler weep. This Christmas puzzle is sure to have you in a spin with its festive wrapping paper design.       

 Puzzle that wrapped up chistmas jigsaw puzzle

Great for Grandma: Vintage St. Nicholas

Celebrate Christmas with this amazing montage of Vintage St Nicholas images. The colourful design holds plenty of detail and will undoubtedly keep you entertained! This fantastic British jigsaw puzzle is a perfect gift idea this Christmas. Includes letter shaped whimsies that spell out ‘Merry Christmas’.

 Vintage Santa jigsaw puzzle

Keep Grandpa out the kitchen with The Puzzle That Burnt the Turkey

​This stunning snow scene from Yorkshire based landscape photographer Chris Ceaser makes a perfect winter puzzle — but beware, with its repeated shapes and irregular edges, this puzzle is not for the faint-hearted. This high quality wooden jigsaw makes the perfect gift for an expert puzzler.

 burnt the turkey jigsaw puzzle

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2nd November 2016Mindfulness Expert Simon Alexander Ong discusses the benefits of completing jigsaws

This National Jigsaw Day we wanted to focus on the benefits of using jigsaw puzzles to help you bring mindfulness into your everyday life. To discover a bit more about how mindfulness can help you, we asked life coach and mindfulness expert Simon Alexander Ong to talk to us about what exactly mindfulness is, and how jigsaw puzzles can be the perfect way to practise.

So what exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the activity of being fully focused on the present moment while letting go of judgment. And when we are more mindful, we are able to experience life as we live it and cultivate a deeper understanding of how our minds work in the process.

What are the benefits of practising mindfulness?

The greatest benefit of all of this is a greater appreciation for how our 'invisible world' creates our 'visible world', in that we are always living in the feeling of our thinking.

How can I build in practising mindfulness to my everyday life?

An activity that can help us experience some of the many benefits of mindfulness is focusing on completing jigsaw puzzles. In a similar fashion to popular adult colouring books, it provides us with a relaxing distraction away from screens and concentrating our attention on the present moment. This activity allows us to achieve a state of creative meditation as well as leveraging the left (logical) and right (creative) sides of the brain.

But how can doing a jigsaw benefit my health?

Some studies, such as the MacArthur Study, have even concluded that people who solve jigsaw puzzles in addition to other activities that provide a mental workout, can actually lead to longer life expectancy, better quality of life and reduced chances of developing certain types of mental illnesses (e.g. memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease) by up to a third.

Sometimes we have to slow down, cut off distractions and spend time being still, to allow our inner wisdom and creativity to rise from within. It's no wonder that some of our best creative breakthroughs come from that long, relaxing shower or bath. Because clarity and calmness often comes more from a mind that is still than one that is chaotically busy."

Simon Alexander Ong is a life coach, business strategist and motivational speaker. He brings magic into people's lives and businesses through deep, insightful and powerful conversations, taking them from ordinary to extraordinary. He's also a Virgin Startup mentor and has been featured in publications such as the FT, Forbes and the Huffington Post.

You can find more out about Simon at his website here: www.simoninspires.com

Twitter: @SimonAlexanderO

Instagram: @simonalexandero

Facebook: www.facebook.com/simonalexanderong.official

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18th October 2016Come and visit us at the Spirit of Christmas Fair!

Come and visit us at the Spirit of Christmas Fair!

If you’re already starting to get excited that the Christmas season is just around the corner, you may want to visit us at this year’s Spirit of Christmas fair!


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6th October 2016Celebrate National Jigsaw Day on 3rd November!

Celebrate National Jigsaw Day on 3rd November!

On Thursday 3rd November we will be celebrating the second annual National Jigsaw Day. It’s the perfect time to celebrate all things jigsaw, when puzzle enthusiasts are encouraged to take some time out of their day to ditch the gadgets, unwind and immerse themselves in a jigsaw.

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29th September 2016Keeping the kids entertained: bloggers review our children’s puzzles

Keeping the kids entertained: bloggers review our children’s puzzles

Keeping the children entertained on a rainy day can be difficult, especially if you don’t want them plugged into technology for hours at a time. If you are looking for a great alternative to staring at a TV or prodding a tablet screen, jigsaw puzzles can provide a fun distraction that will keep the children busy whilst focussing their minds and providing learning at the same time. But don’t just take our word for it - these bloggers reviewed our favourite children’s puzzles and then told us how their little ones got on!

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8th September 2016Wentworth Puzzles: The best of British craftsmanship

All of the wooden boards used for our jigsaws are sourced from FSC-certified sustainable forests. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests. So when buying a product with the FSC mark you can be sure you are buying responsibly for the environment and that Wentworth puzzles are an eco-friendly product! 

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