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Does anyone know any simple but gorgeous crafts for seniors?

I work in a nursing home with several patients who aren't very high functioning but loved to do crafts. Does anyone have an idea for me. Something simple but elegant. I don't want to make them feel like a 5 year old.

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Poppuri bottles, you need a small string of Christmas lights,( no more than 20 bulbs). I usually get these at Hobby Lobby.Get a quart size mason jar and alternate putting floral smelling poppuri while stuffing the lights in to. Fill the jar with both at the same time leaving the plug end out about 3 ft. For the top you get a cotton doilie 6 inches and lay across the top of the jar and tie with a thin piece of ribbon around the top, securing the doilie. Plug in and the warm lights cause the poppuri to give off sweet scents. I have made these for years and they are quite safe, just turn off before leaving home. You can also change out your poppuri and ribbons with the seasons. People love these as gifts also, Sandie

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Paper mache sculptures.

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Check out Pinterest.com in the DIY/Craft section.

Lots of really cool fun ideas!
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not nice people! have some respect..
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fernandezs, I love your pic.
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Thank you skwuffy!
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Some of the crafts for seniors include: patriotic picture frames, patriotic ornaments, candy wreaths, gift baskets and soap decoupages. You can find more ideas at http://www.elder-one-stop.com/crafts-for-the-elderly.html.

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soap decoupage lol what XD
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making small art figurines out of wood.

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kjr1217

Canvas tote bags and fabric paints would be simple and fun, they are also practical. They can be purchased at any hobby store inexpensively.

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Girlie Night Shirts - take a man's XL V-neck t-shirt add three rows of lace around the bottom . Then add lace around the neck-line and a tiny-ribbon bow at the V. Finish off with 3 rows of lace around each sleeve. Cute!!!

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Check out the Amazing UFO at toydirectory.com/victoria for a safe, interesting, unusual and beautiful fold-up coloring toy for all ages.

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Craft gawker is also a great site/app. Also, see if there are any skills or interests your seniors can share or teach others.

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barbarabliss

Phvassistant, I am so pleased that you asked this question. I live in a retirement area; and we have a large resident/meeting area with tables and chairs for various activities. I help teach an arts and crafts class there once per week; and we have many elderly and some handicapped residents who will benefit from the information you received here. I unashamedly am going to partake of all the good info you've received here. Best wishes.

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sliceoflife
Yeah barb
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Make duck tape flowers or origami

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Good one
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Yes I hold a mens shed/craft time at a small retirement home in Tasmania and the men are between 70&100. Animal&fish shapes can be precut using a scroll saw, the edges are filed and sanded then painted and can be made any size from 1.5""upwards.Small ones for pendants for children to wear & larger ones as toys.Another for those who very active is to cut out their own animal shape and using a dremel tool with sanding drums to make it more realistic. When painted it can be glued to a 6x4"board and fitted in a picture frame without the glass.At the moment I am precutting ply to make boxes for indoor bowls sets that the men will put together. The animals can have moveable legs as well for the skilled. JDTassie.

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have them paint watercolors

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As long as it is a good craft: paper mch or a good drawing will do.

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You can get a picture of a beautiful flower 5X7 and duplicate it on a printer and let them cut out one flower and silicone the middle and glue it on the same print. Now you have a beautiful 3D picture. You can also let them make there own frame out of construction paper. Cut the frame with a durasharp scissor so it will make the edges fancy. They will love it!

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making paper beans as necklaces. Since there are a few steps, have different levels of function work on different steps-----beautiful!!!!!

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Making small habitats. An example: Take a bucket then glue a fake birds nest in it. Then glue in fake bird eggs and fake birds. Or, fill a clear vase with sand mixed with clear diluted glue and stick in fake plants and glue paper fish to the edge of the vase. Or just carve soap. :)

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scrapbooks, sculptures, origami or using Popsicle sticks to do a village.

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Make little boxes they can keep anything in like treasures in it.
You can glue the little pieces of card board like fiber plastic poster boards you and your children and grand children used for school and home projects.It is easy to cut and mend with hot glue guns or ect.. Have fun...

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Hi There. I volunteer at a nursing home and find that the residents love fun crafts. We do all sorts of paper crafts as a group from bubble wrap bunting, warhol-style self portraits to making fascinator hats. http://speckledsydney.wordpress.com/category/nursing-home-craft/

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peanut butter and pine cone bird feeders. Just spread the peanut butter on the pine cone and roll in bird seed. Take field trip outdoors to hang from a tree with yarn. Place outside a window so the residents of the home can watch the birds enjoy their crafts!

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