Simple Craft Ideas for Senior Citizens?

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I am looking for easy crafts for seniors who have very limited fine motor skills. Any ideas offered will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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October 2, 20110 found this helpful

My late mother ran a senior citizens' craft program for years - & let me share some pointers I heard from her. They love to make something they can give as a present. And crafts that can be done in 1 or 2 sessions.

Making Christmas ornaments with styrofoam bases & pinning/gluing on decorations is an example. Roll them in glitter? Decoupage a box using Mod Podge or even white glue, slightly thinned with water. Pre-cut shapes to glue onto various bases? Put the shapes under a glass base/plate to make a coaster.

Put little items glued on a base under a glass jar with some glitter to make snowballs. Make eyeglass cases out of pre-cut felt pieces. Think of things that are useful but easy to make. Beading necklaces - there are so many nice beads out there nowadays.

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P.S. A few more ideas - wrap string/yarn/raffia around bottles or jars to make lamp bases, or cans to make pencil holders.


Shellac river rocks - the smaller ones with small printed mottos, or larger ones to use as doorstops. - You can also decoupage designs onto these or paint designs onto them.

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