There are various ways in which elders might benefit from engaging in arts and crafts and other forms of creative expression. Crafting is only one example of a healthy way to keep the brain engaged and stress at bay. Also, they have the potential to boost confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, crafts can be a great way for seniors who are confined to their homes or senior assisted living facilities to interact with others. Arts & crafts are great to do with senior relatives. We’ll give you some senior-friendly arts and crafts ideas, from seasonal painting to limited dexterity hobbies.
Handmade Picture Frames
A picture of loved ones brings instant joy to any setting. Older people might use a one-of-a-kind photo frame as a home accent or a thoughtful present for friends and loved ones. DIY picture frames are a great project for the elderly to take on. There are several blank photo frames available in a range of sizes, and you may supply your guests with everything they need to personalize their own. Crafting photo frames is another fun activity for grandparents to do with their grandkids.
Books with Recipes
Your parents or grandparents may find it enjoyable to create a creative family recipe book if they have a tradition of preparing a special dish or dessert for Thanksgiving. All the family recipes passed down through the years can be collected in one beautiful, hand-bound cookbook. And they can take comfort in knowing that their favorite holiday dishes have been passed down through the generations and will be served at future family gatherings. After that, you can either use yarn or a binder to bind the pages together. Additionally, the senior might add a touch of personality by recording a story or fond recollection associated with each dish. Assist them in photographing their signature meals so they can be featured alongside the recipes.
Painting on Tape
For a senior with less nimble fingers, it may be challenging to paint detailed shapes by hand. By using tape instead of brushes, however, students can still enjoy the process of making something original and visually striking using paint. A large or medium paintbrush, some acrylic paint, painter’s tape, and poster board are all you need to create this DIY. The artist should use the tape to create geometric forms, and then paint in different colors over the tape. Take off the tape and you’ll see a stunning design of your own.
Decorative Clay Jars
Painting clay pots is another hobby that can help seniors decorate their assisted living apartments. It could be difficult and dirty to make a clay pot from scratch. However, it is far simpler and just as much fun to paint and decorate a pot. Give retirees a wide range of sizes and shapes of terra cotta containers. Perhaps they can each paint a picture for a loved one and keep one for themselves. Put out paper, a selection of paints, and some stencils. Glue and beads are two examples of optional adornments you could supply. When finished, the elders can plant succulents in the containers and display them wherever from their rooms to common areas. Alternatively, they can give them as presents to friends and relatives.