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Countless seniors find themselves spending more and more time indoors. Unfortunately, once seniors stop being active, this leads to reduced mobility and stiffness in the body. Staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean a sedentary lifestyle when you know how to make the most of it.

Seniors should still continue trying to do things to stay fit in the comfort of their own home. Simply crafting is beneficial for seniors. Anyone can enjoy crafting; it is something that people of all ages, genders, and physical abilities can enjoy.

Crafts for the elderly are used as a way to keep mentally active and physically alert as they age. Crafts help them stay sharp, develop new skills and muscle memory, and create something that they can show off at home or give as a gift. It can also help them maintain a degree of independence.

Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers make beautiful craft projects for seniors that you can cherish forever. This project also offers a lot of variety since you can choose from different types of flowers, including roses, daisies and carnations. You can press them in books or between pieces of cardboard then string them together or glue them onto cards for an attractive decoration. You can even create a pressed flower bouquet using various colors and textures!

Greeting Cards

Watercolor-painted holidays greeting cards

Greeting cards are one of the most popular craft ideas for the elderly. If you have a printer, you can even print photos onto the cards. No matter which option you choose, handmade greeting cards are a great way to show your sincerity when celebrating birthdays, holidays and other special occasions with your loved ones.

Wind Chimes

If you enjoy sitting outside in the yard or garden on warm summer days, then a wind chime is a perfect craft project for seniors to add some color and sound to your outdoor space while enjoying the weather at the same time.

Using metal cans, glass bottles, CDs, or even seashells, you can create a beautiful piece of art for your outdoor space. The trick is finding materials that are light enough to move with the breeze but sturdy enough not to break easily. You can use twine or yarn (for bursts of color) to tie them up.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Christmas tree ornament is a great seasonal crafting project for seniors. It’s small and simple, yet it still has a festive feel to it. You can make ornaments from many materials such as felt, yarn, and even clay. If you have time and resources, you can also make more elaborate ornaments like those made with polymer clay. If you’re looking for something a little more unique and natural, you can make pinecone snowflakes. Just cut them out and decorate with glitter glue or paint them white for a wintery look.

Beaded Jewelry

Woman making bead accessories at a coffee table

You can make all kinds of things with beads — bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more which makes them one of the easier crafts for seniors. If you are looking for some beads to start with, you can find them at any bead shop or craft store. You can also find bead kits online that come with everything you need to make your own piece of jewelry that suits your personal style. The best part is that you can use them as gifts or party favors!

Memory Quilt

A memory quilt is a great way to preserve memories and provide comfort at the same time. They are made by sewing together pieces of fabric. Each piece represents an important person or moment in the life of the person who receives the memory quilt. These pieces can include clothing, photographs, or other objects that hold a special meaning to you.


Hand holding an open scrapbook

A scrapbook is another documentation-type craft idea perfect for seniors who want to preserve photos and other memorabilia. You can use scrapbooks as a way to keep track of family history or as a creative outlet for your memories. Scrapbooks can be made with photos, newspaper clippings, or magazine articles that have special meanings.

Handmade Bath Salts

Bath salts are easy to make and they make for a beautiful craft gift from seniors. All you need is some Epsom salt, baking soda, essential oils (whatever scent you prefer), and any kind of container you want to use for storing the finished product in. Some ideas for containers include mason jars, decorative tins, or even wine bottles.

The best advice for crafting with seniors is to start with something simple that they enjoy. It’s important to discover their interests and then tailor their crafting activities around that as much as possible. Crafts can be a big hit in the home, especially with the elderly, since it’s a way to be engaged and mentally active. So have fun, explore, and enjoy creating something new!

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