What’s better than cozying up with a blanket, putting on your favorite Christmas movie, and creating a holiday craft? When the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, you might find yourself with more free time inside. Fill your days by channeling your inner artist and have fun with these holiday crafts for seniors. You can even invite your friends and family over for an afternoon of making memories and keepsakes.
Holiday Crafts for Seniors
Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank to buy craft supplies. It is amazing what you can create with just a pair of scissors and some paper:
- Paper snowflakes aren’t just for kids. One easy way to add Christmas cheer to your apartment or home is to tape paper snowflakes on your window. Need a refresher on how to make a paper snowflake? This tutorial by Martha Stewart can help.
- Paper garland can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. Enhance your paper chain garland with double-sided scrapbook paper. Or, make a paper snowman garland and add a little glitter.
- Scandinavian paper stars make beautiful ornaments for your tree. You can make them out of wrapping paper scraps or just plain paper.
Who knew a trip to the grocery store could help you decorate your home with Christmas cheer? Have fun with these food-inspired Christmas crafts:
- Popcorn and cranberry garland is a timeless and easy craft. In fact, cranberry garland was quite the rage in colonial America around Christmastime, thanks to cranberries’ bright red color and waxy coating, which acts as a natural preservative (source). Try to find cranberries that haven’t been refrigerated. Unrefrigerated cranberries will last longer than refrigerated ones.
- Spiced orange pomander balls smell just as amazing as they look. You can even use a citrus zester or sharp vegetable peeler to create designs on the orange. Then, make dried orange ornaments out of your extra oranges.
- Gingerbread dough is extremely versatile. You can make gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, and even ornaments. Your grandkids will love helping you with this craft.
Other Holiday Crafts for Seniors
Sometimes making a challenging craft can be rewarding. If you are seeking a feeling of accomplishment, invest in some holiday craft supplies and put your skills to the test:
- This fabric wreath with gold berries can be the perfect keepsake to pass on to your children. If you want more of a traditional wreath, gather wintergreens from your local florist and make a fresh wreath. The smell of pine will greet you each time you come home.
- Crocheted snowflakes make beautiful Christmas gifts. Tatted lace snowflakes are a bit trickier to make, but their beauty is your reward.
- DIY Snowglobes can be simple or elaborate. You can even hand-paint the figurines that you put inside.
- Marble Christmas ornaments require quite a few steps, but with the right materials, you’ll have one-of-a-kind ornaments.
Holiday crafts for seniors aren’t just fun – They are actually good for your health. Studies show that taking time to create art lowers your cortisol levels (source). Find ways to be creative all year long, not just during the holidays. And don’t worry about making something that looks perfect. Sometimes the real joy comes from making the craft, rather than staring at its beauty. If all else fails, have a good laugh if your craft turns out looking a little funny!
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