12 heartfelt Mother's Day quotes for mom

Mother's Day

Cue in the flowers, the shiny jewelry, and the thoughtful dinners—Mother’s Day is here again for us to celebrate strong, empowered women who do it all. For most of us, our moms have been the pillar of support and love we needed from childhood. And on her special day, it’s time to give back.

It’s probably been a while since you’ve created a Mother’s Day card by hand, adorned with hand-drawn hearts and flowers. But love through words never gets old, especially for the special woman in our lives. How do we love mom on Mother’s Day? Let’s count the ways through these meaningful Mother’s Day quotes, along with design ideas and templates from Canva that you can remix as a gift or tribute to mom.

Powerful quotes about motherhood

Sometimes, mom doesn’t know the impact she makes by just being there. Make her feel extra loved with a quote that expresses everything you appreciate her for.

1. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” —Maya Angelou

There’s no better way to describe a mother than powerful.

And powerful words in folded card designs for Mother’s Day aren’t a bad idea at all. Remind mom of her strength with this Pink and Purple Feminine Scrapbook Mother's Day Portrait Folded Card from our templates collection.

2. “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.” —William Makepeace Thackeray

Mothers hold so much love for their sons or daughters, even as they grow old.

Call out for mommy with our Mother’s Day Instagram post templates as imagery for your touching tribute. Use this White Text & Gradient Background Pastel Soft Mother's Day Quote Greeting Instagram Post to show you are never too young or old for mom’s care.

3. “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale

Mothers tie the family together and bring so much love to the household while they do.

Meanwhile, we have Mother’s Day poster templates that stick and hold your wonderful quote for moms along with beautiful illustrations. How about this Colorful Flowers Cute & Friendly General Greetings Mother's Day Poster to include on your mini-exhibit?

4. “Mother is a verb. It's something you do. Not just who you are.” —Cheryl Lacey Donovan

Mom does it so well.

And so will you with our card designs for Mother’s Day. Personalize this Green Yellow and Peach Human Made Mother's Day Animated Card and do something extraordinary with quotes, fonts, colors, and icons from our library.

5. “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” —Leroy Brownlow

No house is complete without a mother figure. It’s no easy task to raise and nurture kids, and supermoms deserve just as much recognition. Everyone needs mom on their best and worst days.

Let her wear your heart. Why not create t-shirt designs for Mother’s Day worn by family members she nurtured through the years? Empower mom to be loud and proud with this Blue and Gold Modern Feminine Family Mother's Day T-Shirt.

Quotes for grandmothers

Raise your hand if your grandmother has ever spoiled you! There’s so much to be thankful for, especially for the second mom who’s raised us to be caring and compassionate. These beautiful quotes for Mother's Day perfectly describe the grandmothers we adore.

1. “It’s such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother—that’s why the world calls her grandmother.” —Unknown

It’s not an easy job, but grandma does it well.

Celebrate all the grand things that grandma did with our Mother's Day video templates. Produce a moving tribute with nostalgic photos, clips, music, and quotes in this Beige Simple Mothers Day Vintage Scrapbook Video you can personalize.

2. “A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” —Unknown

A grandmother is never just a grandmother. She’s a little bit of everything.

Make a surprise quiz for the family on everything about grandmom. You’ll never ran out of fun facts and trivia about her plus you can edit them on our Mother's Day presentation templates. Use this Lemon Yellow Light Pink Seafoam Green Children's Illustrative Trivia Game Mother's Day Presentation to test how well they know grandma.

3. “I know what it is like to be brought up with unconditional love. In my life that came from my grandmother.” —Andre Leon Talley

No one cares like grandma does.

Remember grandmothers and their love for you with our customizable Mother's Day postcard templates. Personalize this Dusty Pink Purple Feminine Scrapbook / Collage Personal Mother's Day Postcard with your favorite image and lovely elements that represents grandma.

Funny mom quotes

Who wouldn’t love a quick laugh on Mother’s Day? These quotes will surely put a smile on mom’s face and put her in a good mood.

1. “A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” —Tenneva Jordan

Moms always put their families first.

Share this beautiful anecdote along with your heartwarming greetings and Mother's Day Facebook post templates from Canva. Show your mom proudly to your friends online with this Beige Green Vintage Scrapbook Mother's Day Quotes Facebook Post.

2. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” —Rudyard Kipling

How does she do it? Like, prepping our early morning meals as we get ready for a big day ahead, gifting us with presents, and keeping up with our day-to-day. She’s simply a blessing!

Put a smile on her face when she sees this mug designed by you, with a quote she’ll love reading over and over. Brew something special from our Mother’s Day mug templates and try out this Red Blue and Pink Vivid Bold Family Mother's Day Mug to pair with mom’s favorite breakfast coffee.

3. “Any mother could do the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” —Lisa Alther

You’ll rarely hear her complaining too.

Have something fun that you can hang on mommy’s wall with customizable Mother's Day canvas print templates you can gift her. Try this Pink Green and Yellow Cute & Friendly Family Mother's Day Canvas for a colorful accent on her room.

4. “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” —Chinese Proverb

Well, you got it from your mama!

Gather your best snapshots with mom and dedicate a photo book design for Mother's Day from our collection. Use our photo editor to edit images and layout them in each page with icons and vectors from our library. You can start with this Brown Couple Modern Feminine Family Mother's Day Photo Book and add your personal touch.

5. “If at first you don't succeed, try doing it the way Mom told you to in the beginning.” —Unknown

Mothers know best.

Wouldn’t it also be best to use your Facebook cover as a digital billboard for mom? Remix this Brown and Tan Simple Abstract Mom Quotes Facebook Cover and display it in full glory on your profile.

Make it more personal with Canva

While flowers and cakes make for a thoughtful surprise, why not give her a gift created just for her? Take your pick from these Mother’s Day quotes and design ideas, customize a template on Canva, and wrap it up for mom!

Here’s a quick step-by-step to get you started before the second Sunday of May.

  1. Open Canva and search for a design project.
  2. Choose a template or start from scratch.
  3. Customize your work with mom quotes for Mother's Day.
  4. Add design elements from our rich media library.
  5. Download, share, or print your Mother’s Day surprise.

Signed, sealed, delivered

It’s never been this easy to customize a special gift. Along with the ideas we mentioned, your design can be printed on a ton of other options: wall calendars, stickers, and canvases. Have your Mother’s Day gift printed and delivered straight to your doorstep with Canva Print. Give her your surprise just the way you want it with a few clicks. Here’s how:

  1. On the editor, click “Share” in the upper right corner.
  2. Choose “Print Your Design” and select your preferred printing option.
  3. Resize and edit your design to your liking on a mock-up.
  4. Select the pages and the quantity you’ll print.
  5. Add in your delivery details and wait for your gift to arrive.

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