Making nice things, like a lavender pillow, that can be used, or given as gifts are favorite senior activities. And this also makes a great craft for the elderly who may have some limitations too, with a little extra help.
A pillow filled with lavender is a popular aromatherapy project, and really easy to make. Plus, working with the lavender smells wonderful!
This project does take a little sewing, so some elderly may need a little help. But along with fabric glue, you can sew by hand if you’d like. (Using fabric glue, too, ensures that the seams will be tight so the flax seeds do not seep out).
Use small pillows for drawers as a sachet, or put them over your
eyes for soothing relaxation, or lay one next to your pillow at night or
when napping. Larger pillows are great for warming hands and your lap,
or holding against your chest. For those who have issues
pertaining to sleep, relaxation or warmth, a lavender pillow is very
comforting.You can also chill them, to use when you need to cool off.
These are one of our favorite easy craft ideas, and also great gifts. Decorate it with artificial flowers, and/or sew or tie a little ribbon around it, then slip into a gift bag.
(If you are going to use these warmed up, I recommend testing artificial flowers and ribbon in a microwave first, to make sure they won't get ruined. You want something sturdy enough, not too delicate, and nothing with metal, such as wiring).
If you are looking for elderly activities for older seniors, these are fun to make for those who have finger dexterity.
You Will Need:
To Make the Lavender Pillow:
Mix together in a bowl:
You can heat the pillows in the microwave. Test the time frame for your pillow size, by setting the timer for 30-second, then 15-second intervals, until you arrive at the amount of minutes you need. The pillow should be warm but not hot -- very cozy on a chilly day.
They can also be put in the freezer for cooling off! Also see more activities for those who may have limitations, on our page for Elderly Activities.
Also check out:
Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make, and find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas for many seasons, reasons, ages and ability levels; plus free templates you can use for a variety of projects.