How to Make a Mother’s Day Video Your Mom Will Love

Megan O'Neill


Mother’s Day in the United States is coming up on Sunday, May 10. And while many of us won’t be able to celebrate with Mom in person, you can still show you care with a video this year.

How to Make a Mother's Day Slideshow Video

It doesn’t take long to make a video gift with a mix of old photographs, text, music, and even video clips. Read on to find Mother’s Day video template suggestions, color palettes, tips for finding photos, and even ideas for what to say in your videos.

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Make Mom a video in easy 5 steps

Your Mother’s Day video can bring you closer to your mom as you relive special moments together. Take a look at how you can create your own personalized Mother’s Day greeting using one of our video templates.

Step 1: Choose a template

Animoto has dozens of templates you can choose from. Each is built by our designers to make sure your videos look great. For a gift for Mom, we recommend the Mother’s Day Greeting template shown below.

You can also take a look at the Video Valentine and Happy Birthday Slideshow templates. Both have narratives that can easily be customized for Mom.

Step 2: Upload photos Mom will love

Now the fun begins! It’s time to upload photos to use in your video—and video clips too, if you have them. Take a trip down memory lane to find baby pictures that’ll tug on Mom’s heartstrings or other photos you know she’ll love.

Not sure where to go for photos? Check your phone, computer, or social media accounts. But you can also include the photos you’ve got on the mantle or in old photo albums. Scan them or simply take a quick photo of the old photographs with your phone, as was done in the video below.

Step 3: Drag and drop to build your video

Once you’ve uploaded your photos, it’s time to build your video. Simply drag your assets from the Media tray into your project.

When you’ve uploaded all your images, add a message that’ll make your mom feel special. The Mother’s Day Greeting template already has a sweet rhyming text, but you can add whatever words you like. Take a look at our collection of 20 silly and sweet quotes for Mother’s Day to find some inspiration or create your own custom message.

Step 4: Find the right colors for your Mother’s Day video

Animoto lets you customize your video’s colors. In other words, you can stick with the ones that are already in your video, or you can choose your own.

Not sure what colors to use? Take a look at our custom Mother’s Day color palette below. To add them to your video, look for color tools under the “Design” tab. Then, you can use the Hex codes to include our Mother’s Day colors in your video.


Step 5: Add music

Last but not least, choose a song to play in the background of your video. Click on “Music” in the toolbar to open up our music library. Want a few music suggestions? Check out our top 7 songs for Mother’s Day, or browse our music library to find a song you think your mom will love.

Once that’s done, you can preview your video to see it in action. Then finalize your greeting and it’s ready to share your video with Mom!

How to share your Mother's Day video

Ready to share? We’ll quickly explain how to share your video in three different ways—by email, on social media, or at an online watch party.

Sending your video via email

Sharing an Animoto video through email is easy. There are two ways to do it. The first way is to just copy the link to your video and paste it into an email.

However, you can also email videos right from Animoto! Head over to the video’s play page and click on the email icon. A window will pop up where you can fill in your Mom’s email address, plus add an optional personal message that’ll get sent along with your video. You can opt to send your video now, or if you’re preparing for Mother’s Day early you can schedule to have it delivered on May 10th.

Sharing your video on social media

If you’re friends with your mom on Facebook or another social media site, you can share the video with her there too. We recommend downloading the video, which you can also do on the play page, and then uploading it to the social profile. If your mom wants, you can send her the downloaded video so she can share it on social that way, too.

You can post the video directly to your mom’s profile, or share it on your own profile and tag your mom so all your friends can see it too.

Watching your video together online

Last but not least, you can share your video with your mom while you’re social distancing. Set up a Zoom meeting or a Google Hangout, and let the whole family know when they can log on to celebrate Mom. When you’re ready, share your screen and let everyone—Mom included—watch your video together.

And while we have your attention, did you know Mother's Day is a great opportunity to market your business with video too? To learn more, check out our blog post on video marketing tips for Mother's Day. And whether you're making a video for your mom, or for your business, happy video making!