By Aussie mom
A.C. Moore has fabulous crafts all for one dollar! Frames, flowers pots etc. Have fun!
I work in an indep. living apartment complex and my seniors are very active but some are very rusty on crafts. They loved making their own canvas tote bags. Depending on the amount you need a place like oriental trading co. has bulk for cheap. I just let them go crazy with paint, stencils, ribbon and lace. It was fun and easy for them. Most of them used their bags for BINGO!
Try gluing, with Elmer's white glue, non-toxic, washes off easily, or hot glue guns if there is no danger with the elderly people burning themselves, to decorate picture/photo frames. Flat frames are best, or those with a dip in the middle so the decorative pieces won't fall off. Inexpensive shells from a craft store or dollar store come in bags, acorns, and dried flowers, or silk flowers work well. Or glass beeds, buttons layered on top of each other in a haphazard style look great! I have received and made many decorated frames and people love them. Then the fun is to pick a photo to put in them!
P.S. Some stores sell photo frames for buy one, get the second one for a penny!
Spool knits are easy to do, all you need is some tube like objects with four pins in them and some yarn.
Quilting/Sewing can be fun for many elder residents - talk to some local interior designers/architects and you'll get regular sources of fabric to use so all you'd have to pick up is the thread and needles.
I've found scrapbooking to be quite popular when my community group goes - esp. during one of those "record a story" activities.
This is a Christmas craft, I saw it recently on TV. I like it because it''s easy & inexpensive & can be done by any age, from 6 to 99! ...You simply take an old fashion magazine & fold down the top corner, then tuck it between the pages, This forms a "Triangle" of sorts... Do this on EVERY page! ... When they've folded down EACH & EVERY page including the front & back cover, take the Back cover & tape it to the Front cover... You will have a Christmas "Tree"... Then take these "Trees" outside & spray paint them Green! ... Then if you like, use spray on adhesive & glitter, or instead, buy a bag of plastic Pony Beads at the craft store & glue these on as "Ornaments"....
*When they've done several of these, they can set in the center of their tables for decoration around the Holidays...
Here are the directions:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Gre ... king-Christmas-Tree-from-a-Magazine/
Using cards and magazines, cut out nice pictures and paste them onto construction paper and have them write something nice on the folded card for the occassion as "thinking of you, Happy Birthday, Get Well" or another special time of year. They could pass them on to their resident friends or family member and if they can't write due to health issues, they could cut out letters or words from the card or magazine and paste it in the homemade card what they want to say.
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