Our easy craft ideas for seniors are perfect for all abilities
Welcome to "Crafts Central"
This page points you to crafts for parties, seasonal and holiday crafts, our templates and patterns, fun food activities, gift items, and more. All excellent crafts for seniors and elderly. (Do them with kids too!) Plus we'll talk about craft supplies.
About Craft Supplies...
It’s a good idea to have a craft supply box (or boxes!) on hand. And there are ways to get inexpensive (or free) arts and crafts supplies. Just have family, friends, your group, or staff if you’re an activities director, bring in items that may have around home. Or get them cheap at garage sales, thrift stores and dollar stores.
We’re really into
recycled crafts, using lots of things that you don’t need to buy new
(unless necessary). So our projects often give suggestions for other
ideas too. If you’d like a comprehensive list of supplies that you could have on hand or make requests for, just jump to our page on Recycled Crafts and Supplies.
Yes, we do have lots of crafts in many places on our web site. And they're listed below. But why hunt all over?
Our crafts are all consolidated and organized, along with dozens of new never-seen-before projects, in our e-book! You get over 120 projects! Plus, bundled with a free booklet of more than 30 brand new templates. Two books for one:
“Easy Crafts and Gifts – For Little Money & Lots of Fun,”
“Bonus Templates & Patterns.”
Click here to get more information about these easy craft ideas and gifts to make!
(For a special selection of easier crafts for the elderly, see our page on Crafts For The Elderly.)
Templates and Patterns:
Collage and Craft Templates
-- If you'd like ideas for attractive page layouts, take a look at our
templates for collages, scrapbooking (very popular with elderly), and good design. Learn how to
break up a page into pleasing and balanced areas. Twelve free templates
to print out and use. Many possibilities for arts and crafts.
Flower Templates and Designs -- Flower templates and designs come in really handy if drawing is not your strength, or if you just need some new ideas for your arts and crafts projects.
Leaf Template and Pattern Ideas -- Our free leaf template and pattern ideas are great for arts, crafts, collages, painting, etc. Check it out if you want a new idea or easy pattern without drawing it yourself!
Free Animal Template Ideas -- We have several fun animals here that can be used for many seasons and in many ways (which we explain on the page).
Fiesta Party Ideas -- Seniors love parties! See our fiesta party ideas and easy recipes, including for some
delicious Sangrias. Fun projects for party decorations and centerpieces
Gone Fishing Party and Activities
-- Check out our food ideas and fish party activities and easy craft
ideas to make for a fun theme-based party - all about fishing! Lots of
senior activity ideas. Bad weather? Take it indoors and have a
Gone-Fishing party any time of year!
Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas -- Try these really easy craft ideas (for all ages). Apples are not
only abundant in fall, they are available all year long, so these ideas
are perfect any time. The sky is the limit as far as decorating them for
Whimsical Granny Apple Doll -- The apple doll is a traditional folk apple craft dating back over a hundred years. Many of the elderly I know used to make them. And we have some really fun ideas. They’re easy to make, using things from home; plus imagination!
Aromatic Apple Wreaths -- These aromatic apple wreaths are wonderful to make just because of the aroma – some smell like baking apple pie, with many of the same ingredients and spices! Great nostalgia for seniors. You can make them the from-scratch, home-made way. Or take the short cut. Learn how to do both.
-- If you like projects with aromas, learn how to make an soothing
lavender pillow craft using real lavender and flax seed. You can either
warm in the microwave or chill in the freezer! Make one for a gift or
for yourself, in whatever size you’d like.
Fancy Soap Decoupage Crafts -- Soap decoupage crafts make lovely gifts to give away, or something special to keep for yourself. And they’re easy – you just need a few inexpensive supplies, some of which you may already have at home.
Picture Frame Crafts -- Picture frame crafts can be simple or very fancy, and perfect to give as gifts. Plus, frame your own art or photo. see our ideas.
Bird Planter Feather Craft -- This fancy feather craft is an amusing tropical bird that is actually a decorative planter stick. Change the feather color for any holiday or occasion. Great for gifts and give-aways at senior functions too.
How To Paint Glass
-- Learn how to paint glass with our tips and ideas, even if you don’t
think you’re an artist. These really are easy craft ideas. Get great
results, either simple or fancy. You can paint free-hand or use stencils
– it couldn’t be simpler! A really nice senior activity. Try wine
glasses, vases, jars, anything! Use them at parties, to give away, or
make a set for yourself. Paint colors can be used to match anyone's
decor and dishes. Or for holidays, like in winter or Christmas. Perfect
for making gifts.
Easy Make A Gift Basket Ideas -- It’s easy to make a gift basket, and a very satisfying project for old or young. Our easy, imaginative ideas will make it simple. There are so many possibilities, whether making money or helping others. Use these easy craft ideas and activities for your event, party or gift. These easy craft ideas also provide excellent ways for elderly to have a way to give and help others.
Painting Clay Pots -- Painting terra cotta clay pots is a very versatile project, and the colorful pots have so many different uses. (Planting, being just one of them). Our ideas range from very simple (so they make nice crafts for the elderly) to more advanced. Keep in mind that if your group can't work on breakable pots, you can do the same project with plastic pots. See our instructions and ideas.
Fun and Fabulous Craft Angels -- Angels are a popular topic! This is our main angel craft page with
projects and links to others, including fantastic selections from our
craft Share page that our visitors have submitted.
Feather Angel Craft -- Our fluffy feather angel craft is easy for anyone to make, and they’re great to do for elderly activities. Plus, they have many possibilities - very easy craft ideas. Use them for tree ornaments, make a mobile with several, or hang one from lights, attach to gifts with ribbons, even insert a wooden skewer to make an angel plant stick for your favorite planter.
Elegant Glass Angel Craft -- This glass angel craft is elegant and easy to do. You can make it from everyday items you may already have. You could also use plastic items instead of glass. These angels are excellent for centerpieces at home or at an event. Or as a candle holder. Also wonderful for a gift.
Angel Cornhusk Doll -- The cornhusk doll is a traditional craft from Native Americans dating back hundreds of years. Our angel has a little bit of a different twist on the tradition. We don’t make it exactly the same way, if you’re familiar with the process, although we do use the cornhusks. Wonderful project for any season and many holidays. Or give it as a keepsake gift!
Mouse Bookmark Craft -- Our mouse bookmark craft is cute and created with large beads. It peeps out of the top of the book when it’s closed, and is very easy to make. Find out how here.
Mini Mouse Crafts – Amusing and Easy -- Mouse crafts and mice themes are always popular. We show several different mouse crafts on this page. And ours also include food crafts: crafts with candy and chocolate. These easy craft ideas are perfect for senior activities.
Hershey Kiss Mouse Chocolate Crafts -- Mouse chocolate crafts made with Hershey Kisses are simple, and can be made in minutes. Besides ornaments, we have other ideas for gifts and even a center piece. Ours is nestled in an antique heirloom teacup, which will be given away as a gift. Get more ideas here.
Whimsical Wood Mouse Crafts -- These wood mouse crafts made with a honey stick are fun for both men and women to do. They have loads of uses, plus they’re perfect gifts you can make. And you can actually use the honey stick later too, if you make them a certain way.
Crafts with Food:
Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries -- Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries – we show a few
different ways! And fun decorating projects that can be used for
holidays as well. These easy craft ideas are both a popular food
activity, and a craft.
Easy Dipping Chocolate -- Dipping chocolates are more fun and yummy easy craft ideas -- that you can eat! Very easy for elderly to do. Several decorating and gift giving samples are included. These are also very popular to make for get-togethers and parties.
Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters -- Simple fruit salad is fun to make for all ages, and ours includes several unique, whimsical characters -- like making a craft with food. (Plus some great fruit salad dressing)!
Strawberry Bouquets -- These strawberry desserts are both a craft and a food project. They have a choice of topping and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make. Do it the easy way or make chocolate covered strawberries. Make a candy vase bouquet or a parfait bouquet (which you eat right away)!
(Also see the Angel Crafts, listed above).
Festive Valentines Crafts -- These easy craft ideas are unique ways to give valentines, gifts, or to use as a centerpiece, place setting, or give-aways. Lots of possibilities! Easy to make with items from home, and lots of ways to modify the look.
Lollipop Valentine Centerpiece -- This fun lollipop valentine centerpiece is really two crafts in one. You can paint its clay pot too! There are many variations for decorating this project. Plus, eat it later!
Apple Valentine Centerpiece -- A couple truly unique apple valentine centerpieces that include hand-painted apples that may look fancy, but are simple to make! And the flameless candles (always better for the elderly to use) add sparkle. Learn how to create these easy craft ideas. We also point you to patterns and templates on our web site to help with drawings, if you’d like to use them.
Angel Valentine & Candy Holder -- This cute angel valentine craft has so many possibilities. Use it to hold candy, give a valentine or gift, or as a centerpiece. If you’d like to make a boy angel, we have ideas for that also. Or change the color scheme to fit your preference.
Cork Leprechaun Craft -- This little leprechaun craft is made of corks! (And perhaps the leprechauns are from Cork County itself). I used two different types of corks. One came from a champagne bottle and had a rounded top that looked like a head. The other was a straight cylindrical type. Just use what you have around. You can even re-use one of them to cork a bottle.
4th of July and Patriotic -- Our patriotic and 4th of July crafts are now all on one easy page. Use these for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, or any patriotic event. Lots of unique projects to give you ideas for other holidays too. Patriotic themes are always popular with seniors.
Easy Halloween Crafts -- This page consolidates various Halloween and fall ideas throughout our web site and has several new ones too! Easy to change out the colors and theme for other seasons and holidays. Lots of ideas!
Fall Crafts For The Elderly -- Lots of unique things to do in the fall, both elegant and whimsical, and all of them are easy. You can use lots of items from nature and also things that you already have around to re-purpose.
Gourd Craft Ideas - Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies -- These have already proved to be popular easy craft ideas on our web site. Gourds are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. You can almost always get some kind of gourd at the grocery store. These funny characters are very easy and ideal for decorating with odds and ends from around your home or craft box. Think outside the box and how you can embellish them for any season or holiday.
Painting Pumpkins and Gourds -- Painting pumpkins and small (smooth) gourds makes a fun and easy project all year round, not just in the fall. A great alternative to carving too, and they’re quite colorful! You can make them very simple or more advance. See our ideas. Wonderful for centerpieces and all sorts of decorations. Plus, you can of course cook and eat the vegetable later if you want too -- it is, after all, a type of squash!
Make Fun and Affordable Centerpieces -- See our nice variety of really easy centerpieces for elderly to make for many different seasons and festivities. We also give tips on different ways to make them and change details to fit different occasions. Think of all the parties, events and get-togethers that could use a fun centerpiece. You'll see why these are affordable...
Simple Christmas Crafts For Seniors -- This page is our Christmas craft central, a "directory" of sorts. Because we have projects all around our web site, we pull them together and organize them on one page so you don't have to hunt around. Plus new projects too.
Free Downloads For Your Crafts:
Free Art to Download for Your Projects
-- Our copyright-free original art is ready for you to download and
use, on the computer or for your activities. If you make greeting cards,
posters, flyers, collages, or a variety of easy craft ideas. Perhaps
you may want something for your computer, or may need new ideas -- so
check these out.
Free Photo Art -- This is a collection of a variety of photos that have been digitally enhanced on the computer to look like painted art. They may be just what you need for your computer projects or to print out.
Free Photos -- Several original photos for you to download to use for computer projects, photo crafts, or to print out. Use for activities, flyers, greeting cards, posters, or just e-mailing to friends with your message. If you need a good quote, check out this page: Cool Quotes and Messages.
Free Frame Images -- These unique frame images were designed on the computer (greeting card size). Use them on the computer, e-mail to friends, or print out for other uses. These are empty frames are ready for you to put your own message in. (If you’d like a frame that already has an inspirational message in it and is ready to go, we have two choices.
Free For Seniors -- Go to our Free For Seniors page at this link and scroll down until you see the images of the frames with quotes in them.
Our Craft Books!
”200 Template Drawings” Book
We have loads of templates for other easy craft ideas, using our handy little e-book called “200 Template Drawings – For Arts and Activities,” with 239 pages of nature patterns and templates. It’s 200+ pre-drawn pictures of all kinds of subjects to give you a hand with the art part of any project. They range from silhouettes, to simple, to fancy. You can use them as is, or mix and match them for endless possibilities. Perfect for either individuals or groups. See some Sneak Peeks of the pictures in this comprehensive template book.
"Easy Crafts and Gifts" Book
Besides almost all of the easy craft ideas from our web site (nice and organized and in one place), in this e-book you'll get dozens of absolutely new projects! With lots of detail and how-to. Plus, its' bundled with a FREE mini book of about 30 templates. So you get Two books for one!
Click here for a Peek!
Be sure to also visit:
Crafts For The Elderly -- Finding satisfying yet easy craft ideas for the elderly can be challenging, especially for those who may have limited ability levels or elderly issues that cause restrictions. We have lots of very easy craft ideas for you here.
And don't miss our Share Your Craft Forum, where you can find new crafts, and share your own!