Christmas Cards from Students to Parents

Christmas cards for parents that students can make

Here are two of my favorite Christmas cards for students to create for their parents.  They both use students’ fingerprints making them treasured keepsakes for the parents.

Candy Cane Christmas Card & Poem

construction paper
candy cane poem printable
red and white paint
small red bows (optional)

Copy the candy cane poem onto construction paper.

Have students use their thumbprints to create a candy cane alongside the poem.  I had students put red paint on one thumb and white on the other and alternate. For very young students, you can draw a faint candy cane with a pencil or help guide them.

Write students’ names and the year.

Optional: Small red bows can be glued onto the candy cane for added decoration.

candy cane poem and thumbprint Christmas card for parents

candy cane poem and thumbprint Christmas card for parents

Christmas Lights Fingerprint Card

I have done several different versions of the card over the years. They all have the word “love” as the light string and then the following phrases have been used:

  • You make my world merry and bright!
  • You are the light of my life!
  • You are the light of my world!
  • You are the bright light in my life!
  • May your Christmas be merry and bright!

You can create your own card templates or you can download mine here.

Students press their fingerprints on the “love” string to create Christmas lights of different colors.

Christmas lights card for parents

After the paint has dried, students can write or sign the inside of the card.

Christmas card for parents from students

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  1. I have been trying to download the candy cane poem for about 20 minutes, and I keep getting a runaround. I am finally going to give up and make my own. Just thought I would let you know.

    1. I’m sorry you experienced a problem with the download. Once you sign up, you will see a thank you page with a link to all of my free Christmas downloads. Please feel free to email me at with any questions.

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