How to Make Your Own Soundwave Art Step by Step

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How to Make Soundwave Art - Converting a Video to a Soundwave Image. Learn step by step how to convert a video into an audio file to use as soundwave art.

What is Soundwave Art?

Lately, I have seen sound wave art trending more and more. I decided it was time to teach myself, and you, how to create this precious idea as a DIY. But first, what exactly is sound wave art?

Sound wave art is a sign or picture of a soundwave image taken from an audio or video. So quite literally the sound is being translated into an image that you can see. Often used with wedding vows, songs, the voice of a loved one who passed away, or something special said by your kids, soundwave is a great way to cherish a memory. I’ve seen so many of you create them after watching my Youtube video and sharing them in my Facebook group!

Today I will show you how to make custom sound wave art for your home or as a personalized gift to give at Christmas or any special occasion.

If you are not up to generating your own sound wave art as a DIY then check out some of my fellow crafty besties below who will make the sound wave gift for you!

How to Make Sound Wave Art - Converting a Video to a Sound Wave Image. Learn step by step how to convert a video into an audio file to use as soundwave art.

The process of making these is not at all hard, but rather just a lot of little steps. I have a full step-by-step video tutorial on this below and will also share all my free resources for converting video files into an image that can be cut and placed onto a wood sign or canvas.

Soundwave Art Video Tutorial


Let’s review the supplies I used for both a simple wood sign for placing my sound wave art and QR code and also tried this craft on a canvas decorated with paper flowers.

Personalized sound wave art on a wood sign.

Instructions for a Converting Video to Sound wave Art

Details are shown step by step in the video above.

  1. If you filmed the video on your phone, start by emailing yourself the video you recorded so you can access it on your computer. Download and save the video.
  2. Upload the video to https://online-audio-converter.com/ and follow their instructions to convert your video to audio. Download and save your new audio file.
  3. Next, upload your audio file to this this sound wave generator.
  4. Scroll down and click Upload. Once the file has converted it will ask you to select color etc. I change these settings to Black and select the large waveform size at 3600 x 1200 pixels. This ensures a good resolution for the PNG wave image download.
  5. Scroll down and click OK. You will be presented with your waveform image.
  6. Right-click and save the file to your computer. It will save as a PNG image.
How to make sound wave art with your Cricut machine. Wedding vows sound wave on a custom sign.

Bringing the Sound wave Image into Design Space

  1. Open a new Canvas and upload your PNG image.
  2. When you get to the part where Cricut asks if you wish to save the file as a Print Then Cut or a Cut Image be sure to select Cut Image.
  3. Select and bring the wave art into the Design Space Canvas.
  4. Measure your sign or canvas and scale your waveform to the correct size.

Decorating the Sign

In my video above I use a Print Then Cut image on printable vinyl as one option to decorate my sign above the wavelength.

Personalized sound wave art DIY gift with vinyl and paper flowers.
Tip: Use iron-on vinyl on your canvas or wood sign for added sparkle and texture!

You can also use paper flowers which really adds a special pop! You can find lots of flowers for download in my shop or check out some freebies here on the blog!

Keep reading to see my suggestions for adding a QR code to the sound wave sign.

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Adding the QR Code to Your Sound Wave Art Sign

  1. To add the QR code, upload the original video to YouTube. Make sure to set the video as Unlisted so no one can see it but the person scanning the code.
  2. Navigate to https://www.flowcode.com/. Create an account then select the video option and input the URL from your Youtube video. You can have up to 10 QR codes with them for free.
  3. Set a title or message under your video and save it. At this point, you will be able to download your QR code image.
  4. Download your QR code and print it out on sticker paper or printable vinyl
  5. Attach the code to the back of your sign. You could also add it to a card or tag attached to the sign.

Viola! You have created a special one-of-a-kind keepsake with lots of handmade love and meaning!

If you have any questions for me feel free to leave a comment below!

How to make your own custom sound wave art.

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  1. I attempted this today using your exact instructions. The problem I have is the waveform has so many VERY THIN lines it doesnt cut out well, it kinda shreds the vinyl. Any suggestions? is there a way of just capturing the bulk of the waveform without all the spindly lines?

  2. I am interested in converting an audio file to sound wave art using the website convert.ing-now.com. However I’m uncomfortable entering my credit card info on their site to use the free software. Is there a way to use that website without the credit card info being entered? Many thanks,

  3. Love this! Can you say what text you used in the note from your kiddies? Love you memaw

  4. Hey, loved this tutorial, thanks! I just have one issue, wondering if you have any suggestions. When my video gets to the end, the final image it freezes on is the still from one of my other saved youtube videos. The viewer can then scroll through all the stills/highlight images from ALL of my other youtube videos in my library. Any ideas? I double and triple checked that I have the correct URL for the specific video I want to share. No luck.

    1. Hi Michaelle!

      This is an algorithm that is customized to your browser and activity. Other users will see their info. 🙂

      1. So, can I hear the voice with the QR code ? My grandpa died and my mom has his voice mail saved. I thought this would be a better way for her to save it just incase something goes wrong with her phone. I just want to make sure I can make it so she can hear his voice on this,if that’s possible.

  5. Hi Abbi, I love this soundwave art. I created the soundwave and uploaded to DS.
    My canvas is 16″ s0 I’m making it 14′ long but I’m not sure how wide I should the waveform.
    I dont want to make it too narrow and have a problem weeding it.
    Thank you, Mary

  6. Hi! LOVE this idea and my husband is going to love our toddler saying “love you daddy” with the finished father’s day project! My question is also about cutting the vinyl. I have a silhouette. I read the previous comments and followed the links and directions as closely as possible (with my silhouette) and am still having trouble getting some of the middle section of the sound wave to “thicken up” so it will cut without shredding.
    Just for reference, in the silhouette software, when I upload a PNG file into the design space and I want to essentially quickly make it an SVG file, I use the trace function. (Not that I know what these mean…) but I can mess around with the threshold, filter and other scales within the trace panel and none of those seem to thicken up that middle section. When I search for help videos, I’m mostly finding videos where people are also using other programs such as Inkspace.
    Any suggestions? Thank you so much!!

  7. Thank you for the editorial. It was perfectly explained. Your time is greatly appreciated! On the QR code link, I know it says free account and I did sign up as suggested. It has given me the free pro account trial. My question is this: are there unlimited QR scans on the code or will it eventually force me into a paid subscription? I’m using an MP3 only instead of a video. Someone requested this sign as an order from me and I wanted to make sure before using this site.

  8. Hi Abbi,

    It is possible to record longer than a minute and will it still come out amazing? I want to do to my maid of honor speech as a Xmas present to my friend.

    1. Yes, you can do that. The soundwave line may just be thinner due to needing to shrink it down to fit your canvas. 🙂

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