The history of American Mother's Day can be traced to 1870 when Julia Ward Howe (author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) called upon mothers to put an end to war. But it wasn't until 1912 when West Virginia created an official state Mother's Day, and two years later that President Woodrow Wilson made it a national observance on the second Sunday in May.
These cute printable cards are easy to customize with your own message, or even with your photo (how cool is that?) In addition to printable cards, MES Cards has printable certificates for World's Best Mom and Mother of the Year, which can be created either with or a personal photo. The site also offers birthday cards, Valentine's Day cards, Father's Day cards, and cards with simple shaped templates (such as hearts and stars) for inserting an image or photo.
Care2 is an activist network that promotes causes such as animal welfare, climate change, and human rights, while giving consumers a selection of free ecards to send to moms and other important folks. There are nearly eighty Flash Mother's Day cards to choose from, as well as cards for Father's Day, Groundhog Day, St. Patrick's Day and so on. For every ecard sent, Care2 makes a donation to an environmental nonprofit to save a square foot of rainforest. They also connect site visitors with over 350 non-profits, promoting many ways to make a difference in the world.
Danielle's Place offers both Mother's Day crafts and instructions on making homemade cards. My picks include Refrigerator Photo Magnets (I'm crazy about fridge magnets!), Window Clings (the kind you might put on a sliding door so the birds don't fly into the glass), the Button Bracelet on an elastic band, and the Mother's Day Poem on a Doily. "When I see all the things you do / I can tell your love is true."
DLTK never disappoints, and their Mother's Day section is no exception. Custom Greeting Cards guides through choosing your occasion (select Seasonal Cards for Mother's Day), and then offers a black/white option for those who want to color their own card. Next pick an image (such as flowers or a #1 mom trophy), write your message, and then print it all out. Other Mother's Day projects include handprint poems (a perennial favorite) and my personal pick, the four-fold card that "opens to reveal a secret message."
Wow, these craft cards are so beautiful! With over twenty unique ideas (and step-by-step instructions) you can create a stained glass card with tissue paper to hand in a window, a cupcake card for moms with a sweet tooth, or a teacup card with ribbon and pearl beads. Each craft includes a difficulty rating, suggested age range and user ratings on a scale of five.