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Preserve a Handwritten Note into a Photo Canvas

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Turn a special note into a keepsake. 💕

Photo canvases don’t have to be just for actual photos! Consider having a handwritten message, recipe, quote, or card printed on a photo canvas to display in your home. You can turn any image into a work of art, including handwriting!

handwritten note on a canvas as wall art

So many possibilities to display a canvas! 

You can hang a handwritten photo canvas up on the wall to include as part of a photo gallery or use a photo frame easel to display. There’s nothing more special or personal than a written sentiment, and this is such a fun way to preserve it and make it part of your home decor.

transferring greeting card note to canvas

Have a stack of old greeting cards from family?

I recently came across an old card my dad had sent me years ago and thought it’d be a nice message to see every day. He has the most recognizable handwriting in my family and ALWAYS signs cards and messages to me with how proud he is—I love that. ❤️

We are very close so I’m happy to now have this special message on display as a photo canvas in my home!

3 photos canvases in various sizes

Hip Tip: Check out the latest deals from SImple Canvas Prints where I had my canvas made.

How do you get the image as a photo to upload for purchase? 

I took a well-lit photo of the handwriting on the card using my phone making sure to keep my hand steady! I did some minor edits using Apple’s Photo app to brighten and add contrast to the image.

Then uploaded the photo to Simple Canvas Prints and purchased an 8″ x 10″ photo canvas. Easy peasy!

photo canvas in a shipping box

Ideas for mementos you can turn into photo canvases include:

  • Old handwritten family recipes.
  • Drawings or artwork from your kids.
  • A letter or a special handwritten note from a loved one who passed away.
  • Handwritten wedding vows.
  • Meaningful song lyrics or a poem.

handwriting on canvas keepsake

This would make the best gift! 

I truly think this would be an amazingly thoughtful gift for Christmas, Father’s Day, Mother’s day, or something special to do for yourself!

It’s a very meaningful way to memorialize the handwriting of someone who has passed. I have been looking for handwritten things from my grandparents and considering getting a few canvases made of recipes for my kitchen.


Make the perfect photo gallery in your home with these helpful tips.

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Comments 40

  1. HBee

    This is such a fantastic idea! I know there is a special note from my daughter that I will do this to. Thank you!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How sweet! You’re very welcome! 💕

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Jennifer

    Love this idea!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      ME TOO!

  3. Amy

    Love these! I think I will make some to give as graduation gifts!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a neat idea – love it Amy!

  4. Gscribble

    What a wonderful idea! I hadn’t thought of that!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Glad you like it!

  5. Jen

    Wow, I may have teared up. Love this!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aww I’m glad you like it Jen!

  6. Amy

    Love this! Thanks for another great deal Hip2Save!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Thx for stopping by today Amy!

  7. Becky08

    I just had something similar made for my mom on an Etsy shop with “love you” in my grandmother’s handwriting who recently passed. It wasn’t on canvas and was framed… but this looks very comparable (and less expensive). Such a good idea!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s so sweet. Sorry for your loss Becky. Thanks for sharing 😍

  8. Kalynn

    This is an unrelated question, but I was not sure where else to put it. For a few years, Amazon had a great deal on their holiday photo cards. Two years ago I got 75 double sided card stock cards for $22.50! Last year they didn’t have that deal, and now I am thinking they are not doing it again, as I ordered it on December 4th one year, and now it is the 10th. Did I miss the deal for it or do you think they just stopped doing their deal all together? It was a steal!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      We have not seen that deal either -darn! It was a good one too, I remember ordering.

    • Chris

      Not amazon, but I wanted to put out there how GREAT the cards are from Staples! I was using Photoaffection (I LOVE their products too, but the tax on the “MSRP” was an issue I couldn’t get past) The Groupon deal I used this year for Staples $23 for 100 cards, heavy cardstock, double-sided with photos each side, rounded corners, and return addresses. Shipping added $10.. This will be what I look for going forward.

  9. Dealzgurl

    Oh my! Ya’ll are seriously about to make me cry. Such a great idea. I’d love to see some of the notes my mom wrote captured in this way. Thanks!

  10. Christina

    My mom would love something like this of my grandma’s writing. She always write letters and taught us to write to people often too. My mom is now blind but I wonder if there is a way to make it so that she could feel the letters when she touched it. I will have to experiment and maybe gift something like this for her birthday/mother’s day!

  11. KS

    Hint – find a local Cricut crafter on your Facebook Marketplace and they can make these for probably much less than this site AND you’d be supporting local business!

  12. Carina

    Oh my this is such a genius idea and so sentimental. Love it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Carina!

  13. redsoxgirl

    Love this idea! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh sure – thanks for stopping by today!

  14. Michelle

    My mom passed away when I was 18. I have a note where she told me she loved me very, very much. I am going to have this made into a canvas for my Dad. Thank you SOOO MUCH!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ah that is very thoughtful and special ❤️

  15. Panda

    If you prefer wood, I had someone on the Facebook marketplace make me one. It is for someone whose mother had a stroke and lost her ability to write. I used the last handwritten card she sent her. They made it on wood with a built in frame for less than $20 shipped.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a nice gift idea – thanks for sharing 👍

  16. Jane

    Thank you, this is a fantastic idea! My father just passed away in September and I have some kid greeting cards from him. I’d love to do this with the messages he wrote in them!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I’m so sorry for your loss Jane. This sounds like such a nice idea for those cards. ❤️

  17. Mary Anne

    I have 2 pages from a cookbook that I would like put on canvas
    I only have a jpg is this something you could do?

  18. mary anne sofia

    Lind
    I have 2 pics from a recipe book that I would love to have put on canvas 1 canvas for each page maybe as an 8×10 or 8×12 is this something that can be done?

  19. Darla

    I had my mom’s handwritten “sentence” made into a bracelet. It was her handwriting from a note she wrote ” you are my sunshine” . it turned out beautiful! I got it on Etsy

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I love this, Darla! I am sure that bracelet is so special to you!

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