Preserve a Handwritten Note into a Photo Canvas

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handwriting on photo canvas

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! This could be a wonderful Valentine’s Day idea to consider.

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 have this special message on display as a photo canvas in my home!

3 photos canvases in various sizes

Where’s the best place to order a photo canvas and make something similar?


picture of handwritten note

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, and 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 I just uploaded the photo to a canvas printing website 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 make 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.

I hope you try this simple and sweet DIY to cherish your favorite words for years to come! ❤️


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 41

  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. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Carina

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

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Carina!

  12. redsoxgirl

    Love this idea! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh sure – thanks for stopping by today!

  13. 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 ❤️

  14. 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 👍

  15. 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. ❤️

  16. 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!

  17. Jen

    After my mother died, I had a beautiful note that she had written to me – copied exactly in her handwriting, as a tattoo on my arm- I see her everyday through that tattoo ❤️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a beautiful tribute Jen. Thanks for sharing.

  18. No

    My mom died in 2017 and I had been looking for my favorite recipe that she made. Just recently it fell out of an envelope. I was going to have it laminated because it is old and in her handwriting. This is so much better! Thank you ordering today.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I’m so happy for you that you found it! That will be so special <3

  19. Jlk62131

    I’ve made ornaments and wooden signs this way in cricut design space. Such a special keepsake!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that idea to utilize a Cricut! So smart!

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