Surprise! 20 Happy Birthday Quotes To Gift To A Friend

Happy Birthday Quotes - Canvas FriendsIf you’re looking for a few loving happy birthday messages to include in a card, look no further as here we’ve curated 20 of the best Happy Birthday quotes.

However, we all wish the birthday love we receive would last all year round, so here’s a way to achieve that very thing for a friend or family member.

Surprise your loved one with some custom word art printed on a gorgeous colour canvas – a 30x45cm collage is perfect for this. Use Canva’s easy DIY design tool to design your own custom Word Art then use our CanvasApp to create the collage!

Here’s a ‘how to’ guide to get you started.

How To Create A Birthday Canvas Gift

Step 1: Choose a photo of you and your loved one having a wonderful time together. Ideally, find a couple of options that are at least 150 DPI and at least 30cm wide or deep so you have flexibility when it comes to the design. Later on, you will need to crop your photo into more of a squarish shape, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing a photo.

Step 2: Choose a birthday quote from the list below. While these quotes are excellent for happy birthday cards, to give the canvas print some longevity, you might like to remove the reference to ‘happy birthday’ and make it more generic.

Step 3: Go to Canva at, sign up for a free account and, once you’re logged in, select the Presentation: 16:9 design option. Here, you can choose from a whole range of designs. Some are free, some you have to purchase and others let you upload your own image. For this step, I prefer to keep it simple. Here’s one I like:

Happy Birthday Quotes - Canva Template

Step 4: Type in your favourite quote. Delete the sections you don’t need. Here, I deleted the title and the subtitle. I also increased the size of the text. I didn’t change the font type, but you can if you like. I quite liked the photo of the vines, so I left it but you can choose to upload any photo you like! Avoid putting text close to the edges of your image in case you need to crop it later.

Step 5: Once your happy with your Canva design, select Download and choose Download as an Image. Your design will be saved in your Downloads folder on your computer.

Step 6: Leave Canva and open our CanvasApp at

Happy Birthday Quotes - CanvasApp

Step 7: Select Canvas as your material then Collages and choose Traditional 5. Now just follow the prompts to upload the file you just downloaded from Canva as well as the photo (or photos) of you and your friend. Once uploaded, place your Canva images in the frame at the bottom and place your photo in the frame at the top. Use your mouse to position both items so they’re nicely balanced.

Step 8: Select a Style and any Effects you’d like to adjust and then print! Voila! One beautiful Birthday gift completed!

20 Happy Birthday Quotes

Birthday Quote 1: Happy Birthday, my dear friend. I don’t know if I could ever convey to you just how much you mean to me. I can’t imagine where I would be right now without you. You have changed my life for the better.

Birthday Quote 2: I’m so glad you were born, because you brighten my life and fill it with joy. Wishing you a day filled with love and cheer. Hoping your day will be as special as you are. Happy Birthday!

Birthday Quote 3: Your birthday is the first day of another 365-day journey. Be the shining thread in the beautiful tapestry of the world to make this year your best ever. Enjoy the ride!

Birthday Quote 4: 

May your special day be…
Surrounded with happiness,
Filled with laughter,
Wrapped with pleasure,
Brightened with fun,
Blessed with love,
Remembered with joy,
…and enriched with hope.


Birthday Quote 5: The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
– Madeleine L’Engle

Birthday Quote 6: If you look over the years, the styles have changed – the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavours. But if you really look at the cake itself, it’s really the same. – John Oates

Birthday Quote 7: Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. – Ausonius

Birthday Quote 8: You are my friend. You are always there for me, supporting me, encouraging me , listening to me and all those other things that friends do. Happy Birthday Friend.

Birthday Quote 9: William W. Purkey’s quote …

On this day …

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

Birthday Quote 10: A friend like you is more priceless than the most beautiful diamond. You are not only strong and wise, but kind and thoughtful as well. Your birthday is the perfect opportunity to show you much I care and how grateful I am to have you in my life.

Birthday Quote 11: When I paint my masterpiece, I am pretty sure there will be a spot for you. Happy Birthday.

Birthday Quote 12:

As you grow up,
make sure you have …
more dreams than memories
more opportunities than chances
more hard work than luck
and more friends than acquaintances
May you have the very best in life.

Happy Birthday

Birthday Quote 13: Ever since we were little, you’ve always been there for me. I’m so glad we’re still friends and I bet that, one day, we’ll be sitting side-by-side in our rocking chairs at the nursing home laughing at all of our crazy times together.

Happy Birthday Quotes - Quote

Birthday Quote 14: Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. – Franz Kafka

Birthday Quote 15: My birthday wish for you is that you continue to love life and never stop dreaming. May beauty and happiness surround you, not only on your special day, but always.

Birthday Quote 16: 

This is my birthday wish for you:

Comfort on difficult days
rainbows to follow the clouds
smiles when sadness intrudes
faith so that you can believe
sunsets to warm your heart
laughter to kiss your lips
courage to know yourself
hugs when spirits sag
patience to accept the truth
beauty for your eyes to see
confidence for when you doubt
friendships to brighten your being
and love to complete your life.

Birthday Quote 17: I wish you to love life and never stop dreaming! May beauty and happiness surround you today and always. Happy Birthday.

Birthday Quote 18: Happy Birthday means more than have a happy day. Within these words lie lots of things I forget to say. It means I love you first of all, then thanks for all you do. It means you mean a lot to me and that I’m proud of you. But most of all, I guess it means that I am thinking of you on this very special day. Happy Birthday.

Birthday Quote 19: Best wishes for a happy birthday and may you enjoy your next year on this planet – or wherever you happen to be.

Birthday Quote 20: Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr Seuss

Use one of the above Happy Birthday quotes and create a canvas gift for your nearest and dearest now.


Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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