These free printable mother and child coloring pages are beautiful for Mother's Day, baby showers, or even birthdays. It's very easy to make them into homemade Mother's Day cards when you follow the simple directions in the post. Unlike these coloring pages with quotes about motherhood, all mom/child duos in these images are human. The other pages have some cute animals, too, so make sure to stop by and check them out!
Each of these pages includes an image to color with a mom and her child. Most of the pages have a frame, as if it where a photo, but a few have a complex mandala to color.
If you're looking for inexpensive, DIY Mother's Day gifts, make sure to check out this set of free printables for Mother's Day with bookmarks, teabags, additional card options, and more. You may also enjoy these other Mother's Day themed printables:
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How to print your own Mother's Day cards from coloring pages
Making your own budget-friendly Mother's Day cards is super easy with these coloring pages. You (or your child) can color the card for a sweet handmade gift, or you can give the card with a pack of pencils.
For postcard style cards, print multiple pages on one page (this is called "multi up"). This is easy to do in most programs. The screenshot below is from Acrobat Reader, which is free to download. You can print 2 or 4 pages to a page, depending on how big you want the card to be.
You can also make a larger, fold over style card. Select "booklet" and left binding, as shown. You can trim the card down to size for a smaller white border.
Printer paper for coloring pages
I recommend using 32 lb bright white paper for coloring pages. It's thicker than copy paper, which means your coloring is less likely to bleed and feather. It's also smoother for a more enjoyable coloring experience. If it's out of stock, this HP 24# paper is the second best choice. I love that both options are bright white, acid free, made in the US, and that HP is dedicated to replanting trees so their papers don't cause deforestation.
- Made in USA: HP Papers is sourced from renewable forest resources and has achieved production with 0% deforestation in North America.
- Heavyweight premium printing: HP Premium32 is a heavyweight (32 pounds), brighter (100 bright) and whiter (163 whiteness) paper with a super-smooth...
- Certified sustainable: HP Premium32 presentation paper is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and contributes toward satisfying credit MR1...
You will probably want to use a heavy duty, bright white cardstock if you're making Mother's Day card. I use Neenah Exact Index 140 lb for postcards and 110 lb for fold-over cards. You can see side-by-side comparisons of the papers I recommend in this post on the best paper for planner printables.
Pencils & markers for adult coloring
Copic markers are amazing, but they are pricey and can be hard to find. That's why m favorite markers for "everyday" coloring are inexpensive Crayola Supertips. They’re affordable, come in a huge range of colors, and they're fun for kids and adults. They have a fine tip for details, but can also be used on the nib’s side for broader areas of coloring. People even use them for calligraphy and hand lettering!
Prismacolors are my favorite coloring pencils. I enjoy coloring with pencils because they don't feather and bleed like markers can. Even the “student” lines of Prismacolor colored pencils are softer and creamier than brands like Crayola. Prismacolors color easily and are great for blending.
- Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
- Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
- Lightfast, richly saturated pigments
For some extra sparkle, color these pages with gel pens. Even if you don't want to color the whole sheet with gel pens, you can add accent sparkles. Check out this post for the best gel pens for coloring, including a budget pick that actually colors well. The short version is that the pens shown below are the best overall and best budget pick:
I love these mom and child coloring pages. They capture some really sweet moments. Below you can see one coloring page with a frame and one with a mandala background. Previews of all images are just a bit further down the page.
Free printable mother and child coloring pages
The coloring sheets are shown in groups to help this page load more quickly, but each sheet has its own page in the printable PDF. Any blurriness is because of image compression. The PDF is high resolution. License and PDF download information are located below the previews. Look for the row of purple arrows pointing the way.
These coloring pages are licensed for personal use. You are welcome to print and give the cards as a gift, but you are not licensed to redistribute the digital files or printouts to other adults for use with their own children/students. Please refer your friends and coworkers to this blog post so they can download their own copies.
I hope you enjoy these coloring pages for Mother's Day! Make sure to check out these additional free printable coloring sheets here on The Artisan Life: