Travel Around the World

Travel Around the World – Grafika – 48000 pieces

Today’s puzzle was completed by a reader from the UK who has completed MANY large piece puzzles – congratulations on your achievement Derek, it looks beautiful!

This is the current World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle at 48,000 pieces and is made by Grafika, a French puzzle manufacturer. The puzzle comes in 24 bags of 2000 pieces each, much easier to deal with than some sections of the larger piece count puzzles; and storing the completed sections would be easier as well. The image forms a world tour that represents countries and places from every continent – stunning! The finished puzzle measures approximately 25.2 feet long and 6.7 feet high (768 x 204 cm). It’s absolutely breathtaking!

Derek says it’s the best quality jigsaw puzzle he’s ever worked on. Wow! That’s saying something, because he’s worked a LOT of different puzzle brands. I’m dying to try a Grafika puzzle, but they’re not very readily available here in the US.


The colors are soft and beautiful, I bet it’s gorgeous in person! Derek raises money for charities by auctioning off the final 10 pieces of the puzzle, giving a few people a chance to “complete” the World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle – isn’t that a great idea? I love it! So far with this puzzle he’s raised about £6000 for cancer research and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – amazing!

To date Derek has completed two 32,000 piece puzzles, a 24,000 piece, two 18,000 pieces, a 13,200 piece, and two 9,000 pieces – and he raises money for charities with every one – what an awe-inspiring accomplishment! All of his puzzles are framed and on display at his place of work, Dove Mill. I’m definitely inspired by both his dedication to puzzling and his use of puzzles to help raise money for charities that are important to him.

Look at all those cute little guys in front of that giant puzzle!

Well done my friend!  👏👏👏  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Final Assembly Day!

The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle is finally put together! It was amazing to see the entire puzzle assembled, all 10 sections completed and connected. WOW! You can know the measurements in your head, but then seeing it in person is another thing altogether. It’s a beautiful puzzle, and it fit together perfectly; it was stunning in it’s enormity – I can hardly believe I did all that!


This is myself, mom, and my 3 children.  Not the best picture, but at least it gives you scale, that’s one enormous puzzle! When you look back at the pictures I took along the way, the every day updates, each section looks like your average size puzzle, nothing too extraordinary. This picture gives you a much better appreciation for just how large each section actually is!


So everyone there who was taking pictures was supposed to send them to me too, so I could pick the best ones for the blog. Of course no one has so far, so unfortunately the pictures I have aren’t the best ones from the day. The one above is a good one taken by a friend of my parents (although I’m unclear why my oldest son is crouched like a frog – he’s just got to be himself I guess!)

My husband arranged for a professional photographer to come and take pics of the puzzle, so I’m hoping when I get those they’ll be awesome pictures to share. 😎 We left the puzzle at the church Saturday night, and are going back to get more pictures today and to package it back up into it’s 10 sections. Hopefully in a day or so everyone will have forwarded me all the pictures and I can pick the best ones to show.

I was so nervous and anxious all morning! I can’t explain exactly why, but I was worried that a section would fall apart or something would go wrong.  (I’m a worrier – an almost Olympic level, award winning worrier) But everything went smoothly thank goodness! It’s hard to believe that this puzzle took up 6 months of my life! 😮


I have to say I’m pretty darn proud of myself! This is quite the accomplishment, and not a lot of people can say they’ve actually assembled the world’s largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle! I can – I did it!!

Again, tons of thanks to my dad and husband for doing all the heavy lifting and carting things around for the big day. And to mom for helping me make cookies and refreshments for everyone who came out to see the puzzle; to my 3 wonderful kids for showing up for mom’s weird puzzle day and being good sports about it. Thanks also to everyone who showed up to share my accomplishment today, it meant so much to me!

I’m hoping to have more pictures of the completed puzzle in the next few days to share with everyone, but at the very least I wanted to get a few of them in today’s post – because I promised I would.

I’m wiped out! Exhaustion has set in, I overdid it getting all of this set up and accomplished and will definitely be paying for it for the next few days – but it was worth it! This is not something that happens every day, so I wanted to enjoy it, and I did. I completed the Guinness World Record Largest Jigsaw Puzzle! I’m proud of myself, grateful to all my family and friends for their help, support, and encouragement; and thankful that I have this blog where I can share my puzzles with you.

I may be posting lots more pictures of the puzzle in the next few days, bear with me. I’m a proud momma who wants to show off her adorable overly large baby to everyone! 😉