Crafts For Seniors Helps Keep Them
Out of the Hospital!
When planning crafts for seniors, it’s important to keep it simple and quick (because their attention span may be getting shorter) and suitable for their age.
That way, aging parents can have the joy of being creative and take pride in their handiwork, which does not lessen with age. What does diminish is their ability to do things as easily as when they were younger.
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You’ll be glad to learn there are many crafts for seniors that can still be enjoyed by those who have difficulties with their
- Painting is one of them, using various sizes of sponge brushes dipped in bowls of paints, to make lovely impressionist-style paintings, especially landscapes.
I’ve known aging amateur artists who never tire of viewing their painted masterpieces as they hang them with pride on the walls of their homes.
- You can also modify crocheting, using thicker needles hooks and heavier-gauge yarn for those who have a hard time holding standard size tools. You will need to recommend a color that contrasts sharply against the color of the hook being used, to help Mom see the yarn clearly.
- Plain wooden birdhouses, frames and seasonal décor can be painted just as easily. In the fall, you can also buy miniature pumpkins that can become sensational fall accents with a coat of metallic bronze, purple or gold-toned acrylic paint.
- Even creating a birdfeeder by spreading smooth peanut butter on a pinecone, then adding bird seed and hanging it from a tree branch with twine can be a fun and rewarding craft that will keep them entertained with a flurry of feathered friends long after the project itself is done.
- Scrapbooking is a popular, easy craft to do for those that are aging. So is making greeting cards by rubber stamping cardstock paper, then adding various frills as adornments and adding a thoughtful verse.
- A great holiday craft is painting white silk poinsettia blossoms. Simply spray the center of the flower with gold spray paint, just along the vein. Next, pour any color of acrylic paint into a Styrofoam cup and fill another with water. Dip a brush or cotton swab into the paint first, then the water, and brush the rest of the blossom with the diluted paint.
Once dry, spray it with a matte varnish. While still damp from the varnish, quickly dip the flower into glitter. The result is a beautiful custom-made poinsettia guaranteed to add seasonal glamour to any decor.
Other crafts for seniors could include
- making a collage with magazine cut-outs;
- making a leather-like bottle from strips of masking tape brushed with shoe polish;
- hot-gluing shells to a box or frame;
- creating a “personal crest” of the individual’s favorite pastimes and passions, using images cut from magazines, ticket stubs, etc. (glued into the sections of a crest design drawn on poster board or heavy paper);
- making decoratively-filled clear bottles of colored sands, beans, pastas, or oils and herbs.
- You can create scented or birdseed-filled lace sachets using a round piece of lace filled with potpourri, dried lavender or birdseed, and drawing it up into a pouch, then tying it with a silk ribbon.
- You could also make a decorative fan using wallpaper scraps and possibly add lace edging or a silk ribbon as fancy touches.
Once you begin tapping your aging parent’s creativity, you’re bound to find that what you make matters less than the pride they take in the finished result. And that should be, after all, what’s most important, anyway.
What unusual or usual crafts are your aging parents doing?
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