fall gourd craft lady

Gourd craft ideas are perfect for seniors and elderly!
They’re fun all year round,
but particularly make great fall craft projects.

I love the lumpy, bumpy kinds that suggest all sorts of funny and weird characters. And these gourds so easy! And can be adjusted to all activity levels. Just take a look at the size and shapes of the gourds you can get, and let your imagination go wild.And be sure to see ideas on our Fall Senior Activities page.

These particular gourd craft ideas have more of a fall theme, but also think in terms of gnomes or elves for winter, and summer centerpieces too. (Be sure to see our page on fall crafts for the elderly, also).

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Favorite Gourd Craft Ideas

Girlie Gourd

fall gourd craft girl

This frivolous miss was made of a mini pumpkin, topped with curly ribbon for her hair. You can attach it with a thumb tack, or glue it. Use googly eyes, of course, and a candy or pom-pom nose.

I drew on the face with a fine point Sharpie marker pen. The head is set on several artificial fall leaves that serve as a collar of sorts.

The stand is an upside-down inexpensive candle holder from a thrift store, atop a doily. Around the bottom is a sparkly bracelet.

The Gourd Ghoul

gourd craft halloween ghost

I loved this white gourd. It immediately made me think of a lumpy ghost floating on its side. First I sliced off the top of the thick part of the gourd to make an opening in which to insert a candle. (I use only flameless candles).

Gourds can be tough to cut, so keep in mind who is doing this project – they may need assistance. Scoop out the opening. (If you remove enough of the insides so the walls are thin, the candlelight will glow through the sides in the dark). Then I put in a flameless tea light candle.

Next the face – really easy. Googly eyes as usual, then marker to make a big oval for the mouth. And a couple slanted eyebrows.

Again, it’s on top of a turned over candle holder on a dish, filled with fall candy colors. Makes a great centerpiece, and is especially fun when several ghouls are lined up across a table. More gourd craft ideas below.

Gourd Ghosts

This lacy lady is one of our easiest gourd craft ideas. Perfect for elderly who may need an easier project.


White gourd
Black ribbon (mine was glittery)
Small artificial flower (mine was black)
Glue (for flower)
Black fine-tip marker
Large square of white lace
A stand: candle holder, jar, etc.
Small flameless candle

I first drew the face on the white gourd using the fine-tipped black marker. It is simply three ovals. Then I tied a long strand of black ribbon onto the stem. Next I glued on the artificial flower.

Then just place the square of lace over your stand, and drape it. Set the head onto the draped stand. And add a little candle at the bottom.

And if you don’t have lace…

You can also see another version using a simple white paper napkin, in case you don’t have lace. Or a white cloth napkin looks nice is well. For this sample, I used a little candy cup instead of a candle.

Gourd Goose

fall gourd craft goose

I used the same stand and candy dish for this one as I did for the Ghoul. But without the candle. Instead, I created a nest of dried moss on top of the candle stand. The natural curve of the gourd made a great goose neck, head and beak, with the googly eyes added to the head.

The natural ridge of the body of the gourd protrude enough to suggest wings. For the tail I used a gumdrop (you can also use half a Styrofoam ball), with craft feathers inserted. Since the tail end of the gourd had a little protrusion, I just stuck the gumdrop onto it. Otherwise you can glue it on, even making nail holes to insert the feathers, if needed.

Granny Gourd

One of my favorites, using a combination of two gourds. The bottom was a type of squash that had lumps suggestive of a “bosom.” When I saw it in the store I just about died laughing.

I’d already had the gourd for the head at home, and now knew what to do with it. Curly ribbon was placed around the stem, and also as a bow on the “skirt.”

The face has those googly eyes, plus a candy nose, and smiley face with eyebrows and lashes drawn on with the fine-tip marker. A doily was placed between the gourd head and body, like a lacy collar. These would also look cute with an apron (such as a doily cut in half, and ribbon).

Gourd Witch

gourd craft halloween witch

This granny is sitting on top of a small, black plastic dish with an artificial tea candle inside, creating an eerie glow. Her head is topped with a simple ribbon curl. The face is a study in fabulous lumps.

The eyes are glued onto lumps which cause them to protrude. The nose is another lump on which I drew large nostrils. The lopsided mouth wiggles around more bumps.

And then there is a wonderful natural chin. Her “feet” are a couple of artificial leaves. If I turned this gourd around, on the other side could have been a perfect grandpa gourd face as well… maybe another day.

Fancy-Hat Gourd Witch

Here’s another witch with a different look, to add to your gourd craft ideas. It’s very easy to put together, complete with a fancy hat which you can decorate any way you’d like. I got a lot of the items from a local thrift store.

The hat did come from a craft store, but we also explain how to make one from felt. You could also use colored paper.

Get the full instructions on our page all about easy Halloween crafts.

On that page we also describe how to make a really cute, frilly witch’s broom to go along with many projects.

Autumn Angel Gourd

Gourd craft ideas are varied. If you want a another look, that is un-spooky, then how about an angel gourd.

She can be used for many occasions — blessing your Thanksgiving table, or as a Christmas decoration. This project is made with a small white pumpkin-shaped gourd.

But if they’re not in season when you want to make it, there are other options. Learn more at our craft angels page.

Elf or Santa Gourd

There are gourd craft ideas for Christmas too. It’s all in the costume! In this case, a festive holiday paper napkin. It can really change the look of this guy.

This is an extremely easy project, and again, is made with a white pumpkin-like gourd. But we give other ideas too.

He can be based on a jar filled with candies, hidden under his “cape.” See just what I did on our simple Christmas crafts page.


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gourd craft face

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We have fall, winter, spring and summer crafts for seniors and elderly listed here; something for all seasons. And on the various pages we also give tips on how to change out details for other occasions and holidays!

(For a special selection of easier crafts for the elderly, see our page on Crafts For The Elderly.)

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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.
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).

Party Crafts:

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 too.
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!
Perfect Party Theme Ideas — Get lots more party ideas at our “party central” page.

Apple Crafts:

Including lots of summer and fall crafts for seniors…

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.
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.
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. Make them the from-scratch, home-made way. Or take the short cut.

General Crafts:

Lavender Pillow — 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!
Fancy Soap Decoupage Crafts — Soap decoupage crafts make lovely gifts to give away, or something special to keep for yourself. And they’re easy –  just a few inexpensive supplies.
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.
Bird Crafts for Seniors — Birds are a popular theme for crafts, and we have lots, plus many FREE templates!

How To Paint Glass — Easy even if you don’t think you’re an artist. These really are easy craft ideas. Get great results, either simple or fancy. Free-hand or use stencils. Try wine glasses, vases, jars, anything! Or for holidays, like in winter or Christmas. Perfect for 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. Many possibilities, whether making money or helping others. Use these easy craft ideas and activities for your event, party or gift. An excellent way for elderly to give and help others.
Painting Clay Pots — Painting terra cotta clay pots is easy, colorful, very versatile. And you can do the same project with plastic pots.

Angel Crafts

Perfect not only for holiday and winter crafts for seniors, but also for Easter crafts and special occasions.

Fun and Fabulous Craft Angels — Angels are a popular topic! This is our main angel craft page with projects and links to others, for big variety.
Feather Angel Craft
— Our fluffy feather angel craft is easy for anyone to make, and they’re great to do for elderly activities. These very easy craft ideas have many possibilities – tree ornaments, mobiles, or hanging from lights, attach to gifts with ribbons, and more
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. Or use plastic items instead of glass. Excellent for centerpieces at home or at an event. Or as a candle holder or 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. 

Mouse Crafts

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 alsoinclude food crafts: crafts with candy and chocolate.
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 centerpiece.
Whimsical Wood Mouse Crafts — These wood mouse crafts made with a honey stick are fun for both men and women to do. And you can actually use the honey stick later too, if you make them a certain way.

Crafts with Food:

Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries — We show different easy ways! Plus fun colors and decorating for holidays and seasons.
Easy Dipping Chocolate
— Dipping chocolates are more fun and yummy easy craft ideas – that you can eat! Very easy for elderly to do. Decorating ideas too.
Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters — Simple fruit salads with unique, whimsical characters – like making a craft with food. (Plus great fruit salad dressing)!
Strawberry Bouquets — Both a craft and a food project. They have a choice of topping and are fabulous bouquet gifts you can make.
Halloween Treats for Seniors — Creative, crafty projects and characters – to eat!

Holiday Crafts

(Also see the Angel Crafts, listed above).
Senior crafts for winter, spring, summer, fall…

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.
Lollipop Valentine Centerpiece — This fun lollipop valentine centerpiece is really two crafts in one. You can paint its clay pot too!
Apple Valentine Centerpiece — A couple of truly unique apple valentine centerpieces that include hand-painted apples that may look fancy, but are easy craft ideas.
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.
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.
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. 

Easy Halloween Crafts –  And easy to change out the colors and themes for other seasons and holidays. Lots of ideas!
Creative Halloween Treats for Seniors – Make whimsical food crafts to eat!
Fall Crafts For The Elderly — Lots of unique things to do in the fall, both elegant and whimsical, and all of them are easy. Use items from nature and things that you already have around your home.
Easy Pinecone Crafts — Pinecones come in many shapes and sizes, and we have lots of projects for them. Perfect for fall, even Halloween.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies –  You can almost always get some kind of gourd at the grocery store, especially fall. These funny characters are so easy, and decorated with odds and ends.
Painting Pumpkins and Gourds — Painting pumpkins and small (smooth) gourds is a great alternative to carving, and they’re quite colorful! Wonderful for centerpieces and all sorts of decorations.
Make Fun and Affordable Centerpieces — Nice variety of really easy centerpieces  for different seasons and festivities.
Simple Christmas Crafts For Seniors — Our Christmas craft central!
Snowman Crafts — From golf balls to ornaments, get a fun variety!
Christmas Elf and Santa Crafts — Very easy crafts ideas with ways to make them into whatever you’d like.

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About Craft Supplies…

It’s a good idea to have a craft supply box (or boxes!) on hand. And ways to get inexpensive or free arts and crafts supplies. Just have family, friends, your group, or staff bring in items that may have around home. Or get them cheap at garage sales, thrift stores and dollar stores.

We’re into recycled crafts, using lots of things that you don’t need to buy new. We often give suggestions for other materials to use too. For a good list of supplies to have on hand or ask for, see Recycled Crafts and Supplies.

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Our apple craft ideas are more than just caramel apples! An apple is one of the most versatile fruits to use for crafts. And apples are available all year round.

These apple projects are fun and easy ways to incorporate apples into your activities, and are really good for senior activity ideas. Take a look and see how you can modify them or give extra assistance for elderly activities for those who may be experiencing various elderly issues that may cause some limitations.

You can use these apple craft ideas as special projects for getting ready for parties, to use in conjunction with centerpieces, or to make as gifts to give away. Keepsake ideas are always possible, by incorporating special items that can be passed on. Keep this in the back of your mind as you read about these activities.

(Be sure to see our craft forum with awesome ideas submitted by our readers at Share Your Crafts for Adults ).

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Easy Apple Crafts

Apple Frog

This whimsical apple craft frog is perky and fun. Sure to bring lots of smiles.

Besides a large green apple, you only need a few other items. And it’s all edible (that is, after you take off the googly eyes, the legs and arms.) Even the mouth and nose are edible – they are drawn on with edible food coloring gel. I am including a template below for the legs and face. Here’s what you need and what you do.

You need:

Large-screen apple
2 green cone shaped candies, or large green gumdrops
Black edible food coloring gel and a pen, or find tip black marker
Medium-sized googly eyes
White squirt frosting in a tube, or craft glue
Decorative paper, or green paper

If you want your apple craft to be edible, then use squirt frosting to adhere pieces together. And you see edible marker gel. If you do not plan on eating the craft later, or plan to peel it before eating. Then you can use regular marker for the mouth and nose. Or even craft glue. But be sure to wash the apple well and also peel it before eating, in that case.

First I took the legs template and drew it onto some colorful paper that I had, and cut them out. There is a tab on the thigh that you bend backwards to adhere the legs to the apple body. You also fold the feet so they stick out.

So the first step was to attach the legs, with frosting, to the body.
The next step was to glue, with frosting, the green candy eyeballs to the top of the head. Then I glued the googly eyes onto the green eyeballs, also with frosting… so they can just be removed before eating the apple. Lastly, I could then see whereabouts to draw the mouth and nose, so put those on as the final step.

Very easy and lots of fun! They would make cute gifts, part of a centerpiece, or part of a giveaway. You could even make one for each place setting if you don’t have too many people. This apple craft could also be made with a small green squash or gourd.

And be sure to see how to fit your apple frog into a centerpiece on our make affordable centerpieces page!

See templates below.
You can print it out, and also change the size according to the size of your apple. The thigh area has a “tab” that is bent back to attach the leg. Also fold the foot so it sticks out.

apple candle craft

Apple Candle Holder

You need:
Large red apple
Knife, and a spoon for scooping
Lemon or lemon juice
Tea light or votive candle
Ribbon or raffia
Upside down candle holder (or other stand)
Plate or shallow dish
Candies or nuts

As for any of the apple craft ideas, choose a large apple that stands nice and upright (I like red the best for these). You will be inserting either a tea light candle or a votive candle. On top of the apple, trace a circle around the largest part of the candle.

Squirt lemon juice on your knife and spoon, to help the apple avoid becoming brown as you cut it. Apples can brown quickly, so I get the lemon juice on them right away. Cut a hole just a little bigger than the size you traced, and as deep as you’d like. This will allow the candle to easily sit inside the hole. Immediately squirt lemon juice on the cut apple area. Drop the candle into the hole.

You can use a variety of objects for the stand, even float one or two in a bowl of water. I got an inexpensive glass candle holder to serve as a pedestal and turned it upside down. They also look nice nested on the top of a wine glass. If you are making this apple craft as a gift, think of a keepsake candle holder, wine glass, etc. that you can use, to pass it on.

I set the apple in the indentation of the bottom side of the candle holder. Next, tie on a raffia bow or use ribbon. The pedestal with apple is then centered on a small glass plate. Spread out a good quantity of candy on the plate, surrounding the pedestal with candle. I used small gumdrops. Nuts work well too. Carefully light the candle and voila, you have a really nice centerpiece or gift. (Besides for apple craft ideas, a version of this can also be done with a small pumpkin, squash or gourd).

Granny Apple Doll

apple doll head

The apple doll has traditionally been one of the favorite folk apple craft ideas, for over a hundred years. It’s very easy to make, but is done over a time frame.

It is best to do this project either in fall when it is not humid out, or else in a very dry room in your home. If you try to dry the apples near humidity, they could mold.

This cute apple doll is lots of fun to decorate, and we have many ideas for you. (We show just the head of the doll to the right). A great project for all ages. Learn how to make the full doll by clicking the link: Granny Apple Doll.

Spicy Aromatic Apple Wreaths

dried apple wreath

These apple wreaths are easy apple craft ideas and fun to make simply because of the delicious aroma — like baking apple pie. In fact, you use many of the same ingredients and spices. These apple wreaths very popular senior activity ideas too — make them simple or fancy, so perfect for all ability levels.

The wreaths can be used for many seasons and occasions. Just decide on yours, and then the color scheme you want for ribbon and any other decorations. Since apples are in stores all year round, you can modify these ideas for any season or holiday. Just click on the following link to learn how to make them — Aromatic Apple Wreaths.

Pear or Apple Gramps

apple or pear character craft

Again, this another one of the easy apple craft ideas, and it can also be made with a pear, as I did in this project. Use what you have at home.

In this case, I used many of the items listed above in the previous projects, with the same process of “gluing” pieces on with tube frosting.

The hat is an ice cream cone with candy on top. For the arms, I took florist wire, made a dip in the middle so it could sit in the glass, and then put on candy hands.

The pear goes on top of the glass (filled with candy) to keep the wire in place. The hair and mustache is just chocolate frosting in a tub.

It is set in the base of a terra cotta pot, which is filled with moss and then candy. Under the base are two artificial fall leaves, which almost look like feet.

painted apple craft

Painted Apple Centerpiece

This centerpiece includes a very unique hand-painted apple that’s easy to make! And the flameless candle adds sparkle.

Although we decorated it for Valentine’s Day, you can use the idea for any occasion by simply changing the candies and any other surrounding decor. Very versatile!
See the Painted Apple Centerpiece page.

I’ve used painted apples for summer activities too, and also in Christmas arrangements. If you want a different look, use black marker on green apples.

Apple Santa

I happened to like the shape of a red pear, so used it in this project. But of course you can use a red apple too. Find out all the details on our simple Christmas crafts page.

Besides our apple craft ideas,
check these out…

Apple and Strawberry Fruit Kabob — This towering strawberry and apple fruit kabob is both a craft and a food project! Strawberries are a versatile fruit to use for any occasion, so you can decorate this kabob for lots of holidays and parties.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies — Gourd craft ideas are fun all year round and make great fall craft projects. These whimsical characters are really easy and fast to make. Great for all ages, both elderly and kids!

lady bug apple craft

Creative and Simple Fruit Salad Characters — Simple fruit salad is fun to make for all ages, and ours includes unique whimsical ideas, like our apple ladybug salad. Plus we have yummy recipes for Carrot Slaw and delicious fruit salad dressings!
Mini Mouse Crafts – Amusing & Easy — Mouse crafts and mice themes are always popular. And we even have crafts with candy, as well as fun chocolate crafts. These are simple senior activity ideas, as well as elderly activities for those who may have some limitations.

Be sure to see:
Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make”
— And get lots more simple yet quality crafts in our e-book — Over 120 projects for many seasons and abilities; plus an extra booklet of FREE templates you can use for a variety of projects. Here’s another sneak peak, below…

to Easy Craft Ideas

coconut haystack trees

Welcome to our page about simple Christmas crafts for seniors and elderly (fun to do with kids too)! The craft supplies we use are inexpensive and easy to get, including at craft stores.

Be sure to also see more Christmas crafts by following the link to our special page all about pinecone crafts – You’ll find ideas for both fall and winter. Change out the decor for different seasons and holidays.

Our Simple Christmas Crafts

Cookie Cutter Decoration

These simple Christmas crafts can be made from any holiday cookie cutter shape, and filled with whatever décor you like. They can be used for hanging, or as part of a centerpiece.

Colorful holiday cookie cutter (i.e. a tree)
Glue gun or strong craft glue
Small decorative items to stuff into cookie cutter
Decorative ribbon (I used wired ribbon)
Nylon thread of fishing line for hanging

I used a length of wired artificial pine greens, and bent and wrapped in and around the cookie cutter, gluing it in several areas. Then glue in small decorative items such as pine cones, berries, mini ornaments, stars, etc. Keep it simple.

Lastly, tie a bow with a length of ribbon and glue it onto the cookie cutter. I like wired ribbon because you can shape the ends. Let the glue dry thoroughly. Very simple.

Cardinal Collage

All kinds of collages can be included in simple Christmas crafts. The template and instructions for this one are on on January Senior Activities page, but it’s also perfect for December holidays. And you could use another bird instead.

As seen, the materials include fabric (or colored paper) for the background, black marker, burlap (or just paper) for the bird, and paint or cotton for snow. The branch could also be a real twig rather than marker.

Lacy Snowlady

Styrofoam balls are great for all sorts of simple Christmas crafts. This little lady sits on the table. But if you glue the parts securely and insert a nylon thread hanger into the top of the head, she can also hang.

Styrofoam ball, medium
Large square of lace fabric to cover ball & gather at top
2 craft googly eyes
Orange paper triangle
Mini cupcake or candy paper, for collar
Small bottle lid
1 striped plastic straws for legs, cut in half
2 red pompoms, small
Black 3D squirt paint
Ribbon, strand of beads, or garland for neck
Plastic bag twisty, or ribbon
Bundle of curly white ribbon
Accents for hair/head
Straight pins
Glue gun or strong craft glue

Cut a square of lace fabric large enough to wrap around your styro ball and gather at the top. Secure at the top with a twisty or length of white ribbon. Let the gathered top of the lace cascade down, forming a sort of hat.

Attach a bundle of curled ribbon on top of the lace with straight pins, as hair. Also pin in or glue decorations like feathers, beads, artificial greens. Glue on googly eyes. Cut a orange paper triangle, and fold over a tab at the wide end. Put a dab of glue on the tab, and attach to face.

With black 3D paint, make some dots for the mouth. Glue the head into the mini cupcake/candy paper collar. Glue that into the small bottle lid. Glue on straw legs (1 straw cut in half is a good length). Glue on red pompom feet. Arrange and glue on the bead or garland “necklace.” Let all the glue dry well before moving.

See more snowman ideas on our special snowman crafts page, like the samples below.

Coconut Haystack Trees

Simple Christmas crafts also include food fun! Learn to make these festive coconut haystack trees with colored white chocolate, on our food activities page – just follow the steps and then mold it with your fingers into a tree shape. You can also add a little peppermint extract flavoring for extra zest!

Candy Wreath

Although wreaths are simple Christmas crafts, and you can use them for other holidays too — changing out the colors — i.e.; Halloween, 4th of July, Valentine’s Day. A candy wreath can also be done with a small group of 2 to 3 people together.

NOTE: This is easiest made with plastic candies from a craft or dollar store!

Otherwise, you can get a bag of candy inexpensively at a dollar store, or have people bring some from home and share.

With real candy…To help preserve real candy, it’s coated with both spray varnish to first set it, and then a couple coats of craft water-base varnish. Use a strong glue to attach the candy onto a styrofoam wreath. A glue gun might melt some candies.

This does take drying time, so the two coats of finishing varnish will need to be done on two separate days. The results are worth the extra effort! (And although real candy lasts for a long time – often months – it most likely will not last “forever.”)

Small Styrofoam wreath (colored is ideal)
…OR spray paint to paint it, or leave it white
Water container
Newspapers to cover surface
Plastic candies
…OR variety of hard candies
Tacky craft glue
If using real candy:
Spray water-base varnish to set it
Water-base craft varnish for final coating

If you need to paint the wreath, do that first, with spray paint or acrylics, then dry. Then glue on the candies randomly, both large and small pieces, whichever way you want to.

If you varnish… If you used real candy, when the glue is dry, spray on a coat of water-base varnish. Dry thoroughly.  I used spray-on varnish first to coat the candy. Then when painting on the liquid varnish, the colors of the candy do not bleed as much – such as the peppermints. That can sometimes happen, but it is very slight and still looks fine. If you carefully dab the varnish onto the candy, any bleeding will be minimal.

Get varnish into all the cracks around the candies to doubly secure them in place. Use two coats of varnish, each coat drying at lease 24 hours between. After 24 hours it may still feel a little sticky, but can be handled to put on a bow if desired. Eventually the sticky feeling will dry out.

The wreath can also be laid flat and used as a candle ring instead. I actually recommend a flameless candle (not shown here).

Mitten Ornament or Door Hanger

These simple Christmas crafts are especially cute when made with home-knitted mittens! You can also get used ones at thrift stores and garage sales.

Just decorate a mitten in whatever way you wish, such as weaving a thin ribbon in and out into the yarn at the wrist, then attaching a rose or holiday novelty item. Perhaps add a sprig of real or artificial pine bough behind it, and/or red berries. Then hang with a ribbon or hook.

If you’re going to use it as a door hanger,  I suggest first bundling a bunch of foliage, berries on stalks, etc. Twisty-tie them together, then cover that with holiday ribbon. Perhaps create long trailing ends on the ribbon that hang down. Attach the mitten and any other novelty items you like. Then hang.

snowflake ornament craft

Snowflake Ornament

Some of the most simple Christmas crafts are ornaments. This snowflake design is very easy (see the template below). You can also use other designs instead, such as a basic snowman or Santa face. (See some ideas further below).

Either paint the snowflake with acrylics; or the easiest way is to use a white opaque marker.

Ornament ball
White fine-tip opaque marker
If you are painting…
Acrylic paint: white and light blue
Plastic picnic plate for a palette, as needed
Water base craft varnish
Small pointed brush
Wider brush to apply varnish (I like flat)
Small square cut from a sponge, about 1” square
Water container, rag
Piece of paper

The easy way – Use a white marker, available at craft stores. See snowflake template below to help with the snowflake pattern. You can make them as fancy or easy as you like. I suggest one large snowflake, with a few small ones surrounding it.

OR for painting -  First I made a swirl of “snow” in the background. This step is  optional. Take the small piece of sponge, dab it in light blue paint, and then remove the excess by “patting” it on a piece of paper.

When the excess is removed, lightly “pat” the painty sponge onto the ornament – in a swirl design from top to bottom. The sponge texture gives it a “flaky” airy look like snow. Let the paint dry. Then take the pointed brush and paint on the snowflake design with white acrylics.

Varnish – When everything is dry, I recommend a coat or two of water base craft varnish, to protect the design and keep it from peeling off. Follow the directions on the bottle. Hang it to dry, or stand it in the cap of a small bottle. Then it’s ready to hang.

Below are 2 snowflake patterns; one is a more detailed example. Make them as fancy as you want.

snowflake template for winter crafts

Patriotic Ornament

If you’d like a patriotic ornament idea, just follow the link to a different page and learn how to make this.

(There are many projects you can modify with a little imagination, to use for other seasons and holidays).

Elf and Santa Crafts

Our elves and Santas are whimsical, simple Christmas crafts – and we have several. Here are just three of them. There are a variety of others as well. You can use them as gifts, for decorations, in centerpieces, for give-aways, etc. Re-use many of the items you already have around. Visit our page about Christmas Elf and Santa Crafts, and see them all!

Mini Christmas Boxes

Any kind of tiny box, or even blocks, can be used for these very simple Christmas crafts. You can get old toy blocks from thrift stores and garage sales, or people you know. Wrap and ribbon the little boxes in a variety of papers and colors. They look really cute in a varied group.

The boxes can be hung from the ceiling mobile style, attached to garlands and wreaths, hung on trees, or used in centerpieces. Or write names on them and they become place savers at a table.

If you’re using real boxes, of course a tiny gift can be included inside. And candy. These are also fun to attach to presents as a little extra.

Easy Fleece Blanket

A cozy fleece blanket is always appreciated, whether for a child or older senior. And although these are really simple Christmas crafts to make, they do take some finger dexterity (or extra help).

They’re perfect for oneself, to give as a gift, and also for charity projects, such as the sick, church member, or group member. Use them at raffles and silent auctions. Get all the instructions (including what to do with the corners) at making fleece blankets.

Paint A Festive Window

Painting on glass can provide all sorts of ideas for simple Christmas crafts, and a favorite is painting on an old window, or mirror. (See our page on how to paint glass for lots more tips).

Another option is painting on the glass of an empty picture frame. You could even have some subtle paper (i.e. wrapping paper) or cloth behind the glass as an enhancement to the background, and to make it more opaque so the painting stands out. There are many kinds of glass paint, and some of them are more opaque and provide thicker coverage.

Old window, mirror, or picture frame with glass
Acrylic paint colors, depending on your design
   (I used white, medium blue, dark green, brown, red, black)
3-D squirt paint, white (optional)
Permanent fine-tip black marker (for lines)
Several paint brush sizes, both flat and round
Water container, rags
Plastic picnic plate or palette
Small square cut from sponge, about 1”
Water base craft varnish

First, draw your design on the window. (More template ideas useful for painting on windows on our craft templates page.) Trace it by putting your design under the glass. I used the black marker to make lines. You can use the template below for a basic idea.

cottage template for crafts

Base coats – Paint an undercoat of snow with the sponge, by dabbing the sponge in paint, dabbing off the excess, and then sponging the paint onto the glass.

I used 2 layers for the snow: sponging on first blue, then white over it, letting the blue show through a little. Then sponge on blue for a little sky around the cottage area. Brown for the road. And green for the tree shapes and front bushes.

(You can paint on any of this with a brush instead of sponging. The sponging is fast and provides a quick base that helps the other layers of paint look more opaque instead of streaky on the glass). Let your base coats dry.

Details – Paint on the next layer of details with a brush…
White strokes with a flat brush to make “boards” on the house. Red for the door, chimney and window boxes. Green swooshes for tree branches. Dry. Apply another coat where necessary.

Lastly – I added touches of snow to the roof top, on the tree branches, and on the tops of the bushes, using a standard round-tip paint brush. Or sponge paint on snow with the edge of the sponge.

If you want a more 3-D look, you could use squirt 3-D squirt paint directly onto those areas (rather than using a brush).

Do whatever touch-ups you need until it’s finished.
When dry, apply a coat or two of water base craft varnish to keep it from peeling, if you’d like.

Holiday Centerpiece

easy centerpiece Christmas craft

Making simple Christmas crafts can also include centerpieces, and here’s a really easy one. Add anything else to it that you like. I had all of these items already, others are from the thrift store.

Jar or vase
Variety of ornaments (sizes and colors)
Fresh or artificial greens
String of beads
Gold curly reeds
Paper clip or hook to hang an ornament on the side

You can also arrange this on a platter so it’s portable. First place several inches of the string of beads into the bottom of the jar, and let the rest drape over one side. Fill the jar with a variety of ornaments. (This will also help keep the beads in place). I put the large ball on top, for interest.

Stick a few pieces of greenery into the back of the arrangement, and also along the bottom in the back. Insert a few curly reeds. Then hang a small ornament from the other side opposite the beads, with a paper clip. Also see many more affordable centerpieces.

Make An Angel

Angels are classic and simple Christmas crafts that you can use yourself or give away as a gift. We have quite a few ideas, including the wooden angel ornament on the right.

There are others that can be used in centerpieces or to just stand on a mantle or hutch. See the various projects at Fun and Fabulous Craft Angels.

Make Marizpan

You probably have, at some point in your life, eaten delicious marzipan candy (it often comes in the shape of fruit). It’s traditionally made in Europe, especially at the holidays.

We’ve got a really good recipe for making some yourself. It makes a great project whether for a senior group, with your family, or by yourself. You can form marzipan into lots of different shapes, similar to clay. They’re a fun addition to so many other simple Christmas crafts. (You can make shapes for other holidays too, like Valentine’s Day, and in any color) Learn how at our marzipan recipe page.

bead candy cane Christmas craft

Beaded Candy Cane

Beading is also an excellent way of making simple Christmas crafts. In this case, a basic beaded candy cane. (Making a wreath shape is just as easy – you simply form a circle). They can be used for ornaments, included in centerpieces, wreaths and garlands, or tied with a ribbon around a napkin at the table.

Thin craft wire
Wire cutter or appropriate scissors.
Red and white (or clear) beads; any size
Needle-nose pliers
Ribbon (optional)

Determine how long you want your candy cane (i.e., 8 inches). Add another inch or so to the measurement, for the ends. Cut a length of wire to that size. With the pliers, form a small, tight loop at the bottom of the wire so the beads won’t slide off.

Begin stringing the beads, alternating colors. My beads had a sort of flower shape, which made an interesting textured look.

String until you have about 1/3 inch of wire left on top. Use the pliers to make another tight loop to keep the beads on. Then bend the beaded wire into a cane shape. Now you can add a bow if you’d like.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are very satisfying and simple Christmas crafts – more of an activity than a craft, really. But we will include it as a link on this page.

We give a lot of detailed ideas about themes and what to put in the baskets, plus many things they can be used for – as gifts, of course. But also for raffles, parties, prizes, and to take when visiting anyone.

And if you have a particular person in mind, we talk about planning a theme around their special interests. Read more on our page, Make A Gift Basket.

Hershey Kiss Mouse

These little Hershey Kiss mouse ornaments have almost become a tradition. They’re simple Christmas crafts for the tree, or at a table place setting. And of course they’re edible (although we keep ours from year to year for our tree).

The eyes, nose and ears are typically non-edible (such as beads). But it is possible to make the whole thing from candies, using squirt frosting in a tube as “glue” to attach everything. Get the basic directions on our Hershey Kiss mouse chocolate crafts page.

Apple Wreath

Apple wreaths are very nostalgic and simple Christmas crafts. They were a tradition in days gone by, when apple slices were naturally dried the old-fashioned way.

We give a couple different ways to make these — by drying the apples yourself, or by using dried apple slices from the store (and guess which is easier). It depends on the approach you want. Check out the details at Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas. (And you may find a few more projects that you can modify to use for Christmas as well).

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Get lots more simple Christmas crafts and other holiday ideas! You get over 120 projects, special tips. PLUS, it’s bundled with a booklet of FREE template patterns for your projects. Two books for one!

Also see:

Holiday Treats for Seniors – Lots of whimsical food crafts included!
Winter Senior Activities – By The Month – Lots to do during any of the 3 months of winter: December, January February.
December Senior Activities – Much more than the holidays! December is packed with lots of surprises. Complete with calendar dates and special monthly commemorations.
Winter Holiday Activities for Seniors
– More activities here, besides our simple Christmas crafts page.
Perfect Party Theme Ideas – Great for holiday parties. And use some of these simple Christmas crafts for them too.

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pinecone craft fairy

Our easy pinecone crafts are perfect fall senior activities. Great for decorating the home, or for gifts, centerpieces, giveaways, and more. We’ll give you ideas that are both whimsical and elegant, and link you to other pinecone projects throughout our website.

Be sure to also check out our page on Fall Senior Activities to get all kinds of activities, projects, and crafts by month – for September, October, and November. Plus lots of unique calendar dates and events for each month.

Our Easy Pinecone Crafts

Pinecone Angel

pinecone angel craft

You can make pinecone crafts such as this angel with all natural materials, or some from the store. I set this on a rustic wooden napkin holder that I got inexpensively at a thrift store.

You will need:

Tall pinecone
2 leaves for wings (artificial leaves work well)
Raffia, or ribbon for the bow
A small bunch of moss for the hair
Acorn with “cap” for the head & hat
Circlet of ribbon
Glue gun or craft glue
Black fine tip marker

First I broke off the top tip of the pinecone in order to have a more even area on which to attach the acorn head.

The head – I drew a simple marker face on the acorn. The acorn already had a cap on its head, so I glued a small bunch of moss hair on the head around the cap. On the very top, the ribbon circlet was glued on as a halo. Then I set the head aside for a minute.     

Next came attaching the leaf wings. If you are using real leaves that you gathered from outside rather than artificial, you will need to iron them the old-fashioned way between wax paper and newspaper, to preserve them. I found that the wings tucked into the grooves of the pinecone, so I put them in place with a few dabs of glue.

Then I glued the acorn head onto the top of the pinecone. Lastly, I made a bow out of a length of raffia (or ribbon), and glued it to the front of the angel. Then put it on its stand.

These pinecone crafts look really nice with several sizes of pinecones, large and small, in a grouping. Add a few flameless candles, and you have a great centerpiece. Or use them at a place setting, or just on a windowsill or shelf for fun.

Pinecone Fairy

This whimsical fairy adds fun and delight wherever you put her. And she’s very easy to do. If you go on a fall walk outside, you could collect pinecones, colored leaves, and twigs or dried plants to use.

Make a couple of these pinecone crafts in different poses. You can also add 2 more twigs for arms if you’d like.

You will need:

Roundish shaped pinecone
2 leaves for wings
Large acorn or wooden bead for the head
A small bunch of moss for the hair
2 twigs or dried plants for the legs/feet
Black and red fine tip markers
Glue gun or craft glue

I cut off the top tip of the pinecone so that the head could sit there securely.
Cut or snap off your sticks or dried plants to the length that you want them. Glue them onto the bottom of the pinecone so that it will sit on the table securely. I found the sticks sort of fit into the grooves of the pinecone. Same with the leaves. They may fit into the grooves in the back of the body, attached with a dab of glue.

Make a smiling face on your acorn or bead with the markers. Glue on a small bunch of moss to the top of the head. This is a fairy, so it can look whimsical! Then glue the head to the top of the pinecone. And you’re done!

Pinecone Santa or Elf

Our easy pinecone crafts wouldn’t be complete without a colorful Santa (or elf – you choose).

You will need:

Pinecone, any shape or size
Googly eyes
Red pom-pom for nose (or bead)
2-3 cotton balls, or fake spider web
Toilet tissue or paper towel tube
Small Santa hat (or make one)
Black paper; & red paper or felt if making a hat
Colorful holiday paper
Bells for shoe toes (or beads or buttons)
Glue gun or craft glue like Tacky Glue

First I assembled the pinecone head by gluing on the eyes, nose, and stretching out a bit of fake spider webbing from Halloween for the beard. Or stretch out cottons balls or rolled cotton. Glue on the beard. Set aside to dry.

Next, I measured and cut a length of wrapping paper scrap to wrap around the cardboard tube. And spread a thin line of glue around the edges to glue it in place.

Then the shoes. These are a simple oval shape cut from black paper (or felt). After cutting, I glued a small bell onto each toe. I also put a line of glue along the bottom rim of the tube where it will touch the shoes, to glue it in place.

Lastly, the hat. I just used a small hat from the craft store. But you can make out of red paper or felt. Just cut a circle, make a slit, and form it into a cone, gluing the edges. (See our template pattern at the santa crafts link below). Decorate the bottom with cotton. Or holiday ribbon.

Make a few of the Santas and line them up on a table, mantle, or serving area. Or with a centerpiece. See more festive santa crafts at this link!

Pinecone Bird

This bird is one of the easier pinecone crafts, submitted by one of our readers in the craft Share Forum.

We wanted to provide the link here to her page so you can take a look at how she made this. She used basic craft items such as paper, feathers, and googly eyes. You can often get some of these materials in thrift stores or dollar stores too.

Just go to her pinecone craft directions.

Pinecone Door Hanger or Ornament

Several of our pinecone crafts can be found on our page all about fall crafts for the elderly.

This pinecone door hanger (for inside or out) could also be used as an ornament. As with many fall crafts, an outing to a park or out in the yard is perfect for gathering items from nature to use. In this case the pinecones, twigs, and dried up flowers stalks. Then add some festive fall ribbon. We explain how to make this at the link provided above.

Pinecone Napkin Tie

This simple but elegant napkin tie is an expensive enough to make for several place settings. You can see that the materials are very simple and gathered from nature.

So if you’re having a party or even for Thanksgiving dinner, check out how to make these.

Again, you can find out how to do it at the link provided above for our fall crafts for the elderly.

Pinecone Fall Centerpiece

If you’re looking for something a little bit more fancy, we show a couple of different centerpieces with pinecones for fall. (One is on our Halloween craft page – link below).

An easy way to make a fall centerpiece is with a terra-cotta pot. They already have a natural orange color, perfect for autumn. We explain how to paint on the clay pots, and give ideas for decorating them into centerpieces on our fall crafts for the elderly page.

Or, if you want something for Halloween, go to our easy Halloween crafts page and learn how to make the clay pot and pinecone centerpiece with harvest moon and bat design.

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If you want more crafts for seniors (and others), definitely check out our craft book,  “Easy Crafts and Gifts,” with over 120 ideas.

PLUS, you get a FREE booklet to go along, with dozens of templates and patterns to use for many of your projects. Yes – two books for the price of one.

Get loads of ideas for easy crafts and gifts you can make. Don’t miss it!

Our Halloween & Fall Kindle Book

Especially for fall and Halloween, you’ll want to be sure to take a sneak peak at our Kindle book –

Great for all age groups, and plenty of things to do with kids too. (And you don’t need a Kindle device.

It can be downloaded to your computer or any mobile device).

Be sure to also see:

Painting Pumpkins and Gourds  – Loads of colorful ideas to decorate as an alternative to carving.
Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls, & Grannies – Have tons of fun decorating some wild and whimsical characters with gourds!
Easy Apple Craft Ideas – Apple crafts are for summer, fall, and all year long. Get some really unique ideas.

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Finding easy yet satisfying crafts for the elderly can be challenging
Especially for those who may need more help. The crafts for the elderly that you choose, the craft supplies you use, and the way you modify our ideas will depend on your group.

We also sometimes offer other options and materials, and you may also get ideas of your own.

Some of our projects may be for a particular season or holiday, but that is just an example. In most cases the ideas can be used for almost any time frame or event.

If you’re looking for food activities in particular, see our special page!

Our Crafts For The Elderly

Patriotic Picture Frame

Patriotic themes and colors seem to be quite popular with crafts for the elderly. This could include national flag colors and symbols, as well as local. Here we used red, white and blue, including squiggly stripes for fun. I got the frame (already painted dark blue) in a thrift store. Use a frame with a flat, broad edges.

If you need to paint it a base color, I found the easiest way to cover a surface quickly is by dipping a dampened sponge square in acrylic paint and then patting the project with the sponge until covered. Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Usually you do not need 2 coats.

You will need:
Picture frame
Acrylic paint in your choice of colors
3-D paint (aka “puffy paint”) to make squiggles and outline stars
Water-base craft varnish
Star stencil, if you are not painting free-hand
Plastic picnic plate to use as a palette, unless paints are in a jar
Piece of sponge about ½ inch square, if you are going to sponge paint
Paint brush
Water container

Paint the frame your base color with a sponge. If you are using it as is, make sure it is clean and dry.

I then painted free-hand white stars of different sizes randomly around the frame, in groups of two to four stars. A stencil could be used instead.

Then I added the squiggly red stripes with 3-D paint at various intervals. Plus blue dots with 3-D paint. I also make circular spiral shapes in the inside of the largest stars for fun. Some spirals also have a dot in the center.

The entire design is very informal and playful, so it is hard to make a “mistake.” Crafts for the elderly can be even simpler. I put quite a few stars on mine, but you could just paint a few here and there.

When finished, dry thoroughly, at least a couple hours. Then paint on a coat of craft acrylic varnish, and dry again.

Patriotic Ornament

patriotic craft 4th of july craft ornament

(And ornaments are not just for Christmas and winter holidays!)
This one follows the same theme as the frame, and I used the same paints. This time I did sponge paint the ornament a navy blue base coat. You will use the same materials, except a non-breakable ornament instead of a frame.

It’s hard to hold a stencil against a curved surface, so it’s best to just paint the stars on yourself. In fact, drawing them on with 3-D squirt paint instead of using a brush is even easier. When finished and dry, brush on a coat of craft water-base acrylic varnish.

(When I was drying these ornaments, I used an old pill bottle or bottle cap as a drying stand.) Decorating ornaments makes nice crafts for the elderly, and they can be used for all kinds of holidays and events (such as the Fourth of July). You can also make ornaments for birthdays, Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc.

Burlap and Denim

Using both burlap or denim to decorate are classic ideas for crafts for the elderly.  This sample shows a band of burlap glued around a red jar (with treats in the inside). And tied with a piece of raffia. You could use twine too.

Also attractive is making flowers from the burlap or denim and gluing them on the band. Two layers of petals, one smaller than the other, gives pizzazz. Using jars and vases make lovely containers for real or dried flowers, and make nice gifts.

Decorative Sticks

Try decorative sticks for plants or centerpieces, or even to hang as mobiles and door hangers. Bird, flower and heart shapes are easy. In this sample I used old wall paper pieces from a dollar store. But I often use wrapping paper or fabric in my projects.

See the full instructions on how to make these on our page on Spring Senior Activities. t also shows the full centerpiece the sticks were used in. The bird template is also provided.

You can use other templates for decorative sticks too, or just draw free-hand.

Easy Affordable Centerpieces
– Our “centerpiece central” page has lots  easy centerpiece crafts for the elderly, some that can easily be assembled. Such as the attractive but simple seashell piece below. See other variations too. And most of these can include plastic items rather than glass. See how you can modify or use them for your group.

Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas
– Apples are an item you can use in your crafts for the elderly year round. They’re always available in stores and are inexpensive as well.

Change out the decorations and types of treats and use these ideas for any season or festivity. This particular candle is really simple to assemble.

Some participants may need a little help scooping out the apple pulp so as to insert the tea light candle.

Get this and other apple ideas at the link. (Like easy ways to draw flowers on apples with a white opaque marker).

Fabulous Fall Crafts for the Elderly — From elegant to whimsical, we have a variety of crafts for the elderly that are perfect for (but not limited to!) fall.

Such as these fanciful colored corn characters. We show easy pumpkin characters too. And even a couple of special treats.

Besides all new crafts on the fall page, we will also link you to a variety of seasonal crafts in various places on our web site, and pull them all together for easy access.

And they may also give you ideas on how to modify them to use for other seasons as well.

Aromatic Apple Wreaths — Aah, the nostalgia!
These spicy old-fashioned apple wreaths are not just a craft of days gone by. We show two methods: the longer but more authentic version; and then the one that’s very easy.

This craft has an added bonus — it is fun to make just because of its delicious aroma. Almost like baking apple pie. And excellent for many ability levels.

The apple wreath has many uses too, and we share some on its page. Be sure to check this one out, it’s been one of the favorite crafts for the elderly.

Feather Angel Craft – This is one of our most simple crafts for the elderly, yet charming. They “fly” in the air whenever there is an air current, such as an open window or a fan.Make several and hang them together, or perhaps make a simple mobile.

You can even attach one to a gift. These feather angels also frequently used as Christmas tree ornaments, and have also been included in wreaths.

Bookworm Bookmark

– This cute craft can be made to go along with a book gift. Or to use yourself. It just takes a few basic materials and is very fast to do. These are especially unique if made with large beads from colorful or sparkly costume jewelry!

Lavender Pillow – These crafts for the elderly are both soothing and fragrant. They can be made in any size, from large to small, and are easy to warm up in the microwave.You may know lavender is one of the most popular scents used in aromatherapy. And these are easy – you can use fabric glue instead of sewing them for those who can no longer use a needle and thread. Learn the details here.

Wood Angel Ornament – The wooden angel project on this page has a little more challenge, yet is still very simple. Participants will need to be able to handle small pieces, although extra assistance could be given. The process for making them is very easy.

You can get the wooden pieces from a lumber or hardware store, and if they have scraps around, they may just give them to you.

It’s also fun to add beads and rhinestones from old jewelry. If you like painting, these angels are easy to paint with acrylics.

Gourd Craft Ideas – Gifts, Ghouls & Grannies – Those lumpy, bumpy gourds in the grocery store can be found almost any time of year (not just fall), and make fabulous, funny crafts for the elderly. The possibilities are endless.

Every time I see a different type of gourd I get an new idea for a character. Take a look at our samples and you’re sure to come up with something of your own.

We have also used making funny gourd crafts as a project for memory care patients (with a little help of course) and they were a really big hit.

How To Paint Glass (or Plastic too) – Whether elegant wine glasses or a pretty vase, painting on a clear surface such as glass or a quality plastic piece can make a special project, and can be used as gifts and prizes, or at events such as silent auctions. Or if you have a craft fair, these are popular.

Many elderly are able to paint, and this page shows easy methods to paint wine glasses, vases, jars and more — whether on plastic or glass.

This basic technique can be used on ceramic pieces also, as well as ornaments. This page shows several designs to get your own imagination going, from simple to more fancy.

Hershey Kiss Mouse Chocolate Crafts – A whimsical way to make a mouse, and we have a unique idea of what to do with it when you’re done – give it with a keepsake teacup (or bowl, plate, etc.) Atop a bit of cheese, of course. They are also used traditionally as ornaments. Since Hershey Kisses come in colors for every season and holiday it seems, these can be made any time.

Make A Gift Basket – It’s easy to make a gift basket, and a very satisfying project. Our easy, imaginative ideas will make it simple. There are so many possibilities, whether making money or helping others. This make a great group project too.

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). We offer several easy designs to try. Or make up your own. Even painting on basic squiggles and shapes works well.

And they make a great pick-me-up, cheerful activity any time of year. You can also do the same process on plastic pots, should you not be able to use the breakable kind. See our easy samples.

Fancy Purse Planter  – For the ladies. It seems just about everyone has, or knows someone who has an old-fashioned purse or a purse with pizzazz. Here’s a really fun way to put it to a new use. And if you have any teenagers in your life, they may definitely have an unusual purse or two.

Fun purses are also easily available and thrift stores and garage sales. Or have staff, family and friends bring their old purses over. You can make a planter to give them too!

Painting Pumpkins or Gourds – Another project for all year round, not just in the fall. You can usually find small pumpkin shaped gourds in the grocery store all year round, or various types of smooth squash. In the fall, this is a great alternative to carving, and they’re quite colorful! Designs can be a simple or fancy as you’d like so they make really good crafts for the elderly (we also have templates on our web site you can use for ideas). See the link here.

Soap Decoupage – There are many excellent decoupage crafts for the elderly, and doing soap is one of them. Our sample uses a flower, but for a more masculine or generic look, choose a different soap scent and use an image with a bird, a scene, farm, fish, wildlife, fall leaves, etc. You’ll get the idea when you take a look at our instructions. Once you get the knack of decoupage, you’ll probably get all kinds of ideas on using it for other projects.

Easy Halloween Crafts – This ghost made out of a white pumpkin type gourd and a simple white paper napkin couldn’t be easier for your crafts for the elderly. Get this and more Halloween ideas (we have a similar ghost made with lace) on our page.

Valentines Crafts – This page has several ideas that could be used as crafts for the elderly, and not just for Valentine’s Day. Think in terms of switching out colors, kinds of garlands, candies, shapes, etc., and use these as a general basis for activities for any holiday or season.

Simple Christmas Crafts – Holiday napkins and a white gourd (or styro ball) are basic items we used in this very easy Santa.

We have more ideas on our Christmas page to choose from and modify as needed too, including snowmen. And colorful projects to make with old scraps of holiday wrapping paper, and cardboard paper towel rolls (and who doesn’t have those).

And if you need a snowflake pattern, we have a couple possibilities on that page.

Learn about dipped strawberries at how to make chocolate covered strawberries. We have loads of other decoration ideas too!

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So consider the crafts for the elderly here, to be a springboard for projects you can tailor specifically to the needs of your older group or loved ones.

”200 Template Drawings”

Be sure to see loads of other ideas for activities and crafts for the elderly, 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 for endless possibilities. Perfect for crafts for the elderly. See some Sneak Peeks of the templates in the book.

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Flower templates and designs come in really handy…

Do you like to do art or craft projects? If drawing is not your strength, or if you just need some new ideas for your arts and crafts for seniors and elderly, we have some flower designs here.

About using these templates –
Here are some guidelines for using our templates and patterns…

The flower templates here are copyrighted, but may be used for any of your personal projects. They can be used in the size provided, or simply enlarge or reduce them on your copy machine.

Some designs are simpler, some a little fancier. But with any of them, you can always use parts of the designs – just the flower and a few leaves, for instance. You can simplify them as much as you’d like, depending on your use in your crafts for the elderly. Or you can add in even more details.

Also try combining two or more of the different types of flower templates together to create a sort of bouquet or arrangement effect. Another option is having a set of flowers placed vertically, while another is placed horizontally, overlapping together across the bottom.

Additionally, you can try the mirror image technique, with the same flowers side by side, but facing in opposite directions. They can be transferred onto most surfaces by using carbon paper or transfer paper. And see our Leaf Template page too — you can add in more designs from there.

These flower templates can be used for many different purposes
including greeting cards, invitations, posters, flyers, paintings, painting in and then using with decoupage projects, painting on wood, making placemats (with clear contact paper), coloring pages, faux stained glass projects, painting on glass, glass etching, or even patterns for needlework and embroidery.

You can also use the simpler parts of the designs to trace onto colored paper and cut out, just drawing in any line detail, by hand. Any time you need a flower design for your crafts for seniors, there are many possibilities for these. It’s easy to make modifications for crafts for elderly who need simpler designs.

You can share these drawings with others — Feel free to give your friends and contacts the link to this flower templates page too!

Copyright Notice — Please note that art on this web site is copyrighted and may not be distributed, sold, or published elsewhere. Thank you.

Our Flower Templates

Our Template and Craft Books

”200 Template Drawings”
We have loads of other templates for crafts and activities in our handy little e-book called “200 Template Drawings – For Arts and Activities,” including dozens of flowers. It has 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”
We have lots of crafts in many places on our web site, for many ability levels. But why hunt all over? Our crafts (and other activity ideas too) are all consolidated and organized, along with dozens of new never-seen-before projects for both men and women, in our e-book! You get over 120 projects, with plenty of tips on different ways to make them! Plus, bundled with a free mini booklet of about 30 templates.

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2) “Bonus Templates & Patterns.”
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Be sure to also see other activity pages:

Design, Collage and Craft Templates — If you’d like ideas for attractive page layouts, take a look at our templates for collages, scrapbooking, 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.
Senior Activity Ideas — Lots of very cool senior activity ideas, some great to do alone, or some in groups.
Free Animal Template Ideas — Get some new animal drawing to use in projects for many seasons. And also along with out other nature templates.
Free For Seniors — Get lots of free downloads ranging from free photos to use with your projects, free art images, song lyrics, quotes, great information, and more.

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  • Ghosts galore – some glam, some ghoulish
  • Sea themes
  • Whimsical apple ideas (like a cottage)
  • Artistic serving trays
  • Pine cone creatures
  • Ideas for all seasons, and most holidays
  • Special projects for Christmas, Halloween Easter, etc.
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  • Many nature crafts
  • Unique plastic egg creatures
  • Festive candles and holders
  • Making fabulous flowers
  • If pigs could fly – would it have money wings like this one?
  • Lots of creative money gifts!
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  • More fun with picture frames
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  • “Painting” with tissue paper
  • Crafts with wooden spools
  • Giant paper clip cartoons
  • Flying bat clip
  • Easy ornaments – for many seasons
  • Unique, easy centerpieces
  • What to do with old vases
  • Creative clay pot projects
  • More easy glass painting – with detailed tutorial
  • Lots with candy and food
  • What is a Jam-O-Gram?
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Bird crafts and bird themes are popular with senior activities all year round. In fact, it was quite surprising! When we developed our Senior Activities By The Month pages, we learned that special monthly commemorations and calendar dates about birds came at unusual times. For instance, January 5 is National Bird Day! Here are a few fun ideas to try throughout the year…

Popular Bird Crafts

Burlap Bird Collage

We provide several bird templates throughout this page, so feel to use any of them for any project, not just the one shown (below).

Small frame with cardboard backing, and glass
Piece of fabric cut to fit
Piece of burlap
Black 3D “puffy” paint (outlines)
…or black acrylics with pointed paint brush
…or black marker
Water container
Glue gun or good craft glue
Button or googly eye (optional, for eye)
Stick to use as a branch (optional, not shown)

Trace a simple bird pattern onto the burlap and cut it out. Center and glue the burlap onto the middle of your fabric. Let glue dry.

Then outline the bird shape in black. I used 3D paint, as it gives dimension. But black marker or acrylics will work too. I added marker feet on the bottom, also an eye. Or glue on a googly eye or button.

Optional: Use markers to also draw on a wing and feather design. Also, instead or making feet, you could glue on a flat twig under the bird, as if he’s sitting on it.

When everything is dry, place the collage with cardboard backing into its frame. I also suggest using a frame that has a piece of glass for protection.

The cardinal (with template) below was created in a similar manner, using gingham for the backdrop. A real branch could also be used. I dabbed on paint for the snow, but cotton would look cute instead.

Cardinal Collage

Money Bird

These bird crafts are fun if you’re going to be giving money as a gift. They can be tied onto a wreath, tree, on a gift, or at a place setting.

Clothes pin
Small orange or yellow paper (beak)
Acrylic paints in colors you like
6 to 8 craft feathers
Paint brush
Water container and rag
Craft glue
2 googly eyes (optional) instead of painted eye

Paint the clothes pin with acrylics and dry. Add eyes in black (marker works too), or glue on googly eyes. After the paint dried, I tied a thread through the slit of the clothes pin for hanging, before adding the money and feathers.

Beak: Fold the small square of orange paper in half and cut out a triangle on the fold. Flatten the fold area, so you can glue the beak onto the bird’s head.

Wings: Dab a little glue onto the ends of the feathers (2 to 3 on each side). Slide them into the clothes pin slit. Also glue some in at the tail end. Let the glue dry.

Fold the paper money into a fan shape. Gently slide it into the slit of the clothes pin, over the feathers. 

Plastic Egg Bird

Bird crafts are popular for spring and Easter, especially in pastel colors. Also get them at garage sales and dollars stores. Ours is shown in blue, but any color will do!

Colored plastic egg
Craft feathers
Curled ribbon
Googly eyes; or use black marker
Small orange paper square (for beak)
Wider ribbon for stand
…or use a small bottle cap for a stand
Craft glue
Treats for inside the egg!

Stand: Make a circlet with wider ribbon to form a stand, gluing the ends together. Or just use a plastic cap from a small jar or bottle.

Glue feathers and curled ribbons onto the sides of the lower egg, as wings. Also glue a bunch onto the back side for a tail. Add a small tuft onto top of the head. Glue on googly eyes. (Or you can draw on eyes with black marker). Place the bird in its stand.

Beak: Fold the small orange square of paper and cut a triangle on the fold. Press the fold area flat so it can be glued onto the bird’s face.
Put the treats into the egg, and it’s ready!

Colorful Paper Bird

I used an old painting for this colorful bird. But you could also use wrapping paper or fabric. Easy when using a template below.

Colorful old art work, wrapping paper, wallpaper, or fabric
Black marker
Optional: kabob skewer (planter stick)
Hole punch, and thread (if making a mobile)
Craft glue

Uses: If you want to use the birds as a mobile or to attach to a kabob skewer stick as a planter decoration, then you would make it double-sided. If using using as a piece of art work, collage, or on a hand-made greeting card, single-sided is fine.

For double-sided, fold the paper or fabric and cut back-to-back. Glue the 2 pieces together. If you are going to insert a kabob stick, then leave a small opening at the bottom of the bird. Put a dab of glue on the stick and insert. Let the glue dry.

Cut wings separately and glue on. The wings can also be of an entirely different pattern, for a mix-and-match look! Then outline the pieces in black marker.

The similar sample below, made into a planter decoration, is detailed on our Spring Senior Activities page.

Bird with Dried Flowers

Bird crafts can also be used in centerpieces, and even to display flowers, as with this colorful idea. Made with bright wrapping paper, a cardboard tissue tube, and dried flowers, it is really easy. Again, see full info on our Spring Senior Activities page.

Watercolor Bird

Ever made a watercolor that didn’t “turn out”? Don’t throw them away! They can be used to cut into bookmarks, or to use in collages, like the watercolor bird crafts featured here. Or make a free flowing painting from scratch…

Simply dampen watercolor paper with a very wet sponge, then load your paint brush with paint (do one color at a time) and dab the color onto the wet paper. Rinse the brush, then add another color. Watch the colors flow into each other. Let the painting dry thoroughly. Then it’s ready for cutting out a bird shape for your collage. (Or even cut several double-sided and make a mobile).

Previous watercolor painting
Fabric for background
Frame (with backing and glass)
Craft glue
Black marker
Twigs for bird feet
Optional: googly eye
Watercolor Materials:
Watercolor paper
Watercolor paints
Water container and rag
½ or ¼ of a sponge

To assemble:
Cut fabric to the size of the frame. Use a template to draw the bird onto your watercolor. Outline the edges with black marker. Then cut out the bird. Make a wing from another section of the painting, and outline it. It’s nice if the wing can be different and stand out.

With spots of glue on the back of the bird, attach it to the center of the fabric (leaving room at the bottom to add feet). Then add the wing.

Darken the beak, and add an eye. Or use a craft googly eye. Add 2 little twigs to the bottom of the bird for feet. Let all glue dry. Then place in the frame.

…Plant Stick – You can also make these watercolor craft birds double-sided by folding the painting in half, then cutting it out. Glue together, leaving a little opening at the bottom to insert a kabob skewer to make a plant stick.

Painted Pot

Painting on pots is another creative project for bird crafts. If you really want to keep it simple, leave the pot in its original terra cotta color, instead of painting the background (like red). Just paint your design directly on the pot. (But something colorful is really uplifting).

Uses: For dried plants, real plants, holders for pillar candles, to give with packets of seeds, or even fill with treats. And if you use pastel colors, they’re perfect to fill with Easter grass and candies!

Get full directions (and designs for other occasions) on our Painting Clay Pots page.

You can use the template below for this design. The acrylic colors I used were red, turquoise, ultramarine blue, green, brown for branches, and black marker.

First I sponge painted the lower pot red. Then made a turquoise stripe around the bottom of the rim. Then added ultramarine blue dots. Above the blue, I made red stripes. When that was dry, I made the branches, leaves, and birds. Using black marker is an easy way to outline.

 Ideas for foliage are on our leaf template page.

Gourd Goose

You can make bird crafts in the Fall too. Like the whimsical gourd goose. Gourds come in all shapes and sizes, and many are perfect for birds – especially those with a long “neck,”and stem “beak”!

Ideal for centerpieces, especially with a moss nest, and candies.

We have a nice group of creative projects on our Gourd Craft Ideas page. (Lots of other fun things for fall and Halloween too!)

Pinecone Bird

Pinecones are another item from nature that come in a great array of sizes -  from tall and thin, to round and chubby, to very small. All of them are delightful for making bird crafts.

Decorate them with feathers, cut paper, googly eyes, curly ribbon, buttons and bows, and just about anything else you may have around.

Great for using in centerpieces, to hang on trees and wreaths, or at place settings. Perhaps with a little candy cup too. See what we did on our Pinecone Crafts page.

“Painted” Oranges

Bird crafts “painted” on fruit? I used a branch and blackbird theme for this orange trilogy. But any design that you can make in a continuous flow will work (i.e. florals). All you need are 3 oranges and a black marker! Later, just peel the oranges and eat.

(P.S. – You can also do this on apples. But you’d have to peel them before eating).

These are created as part of an overall centerpiece. You can use any part of the template below to help with your design.

Golf Ball Owl

Owls are often used for Fall and Halloween as well. This cute one is made from golf balls, feathers, and paper. We have many other ideas on our Easy Halloween Crafts page.

You may find a few bats too. (Not exactly birds, but they do fly).

Chocolate Strawberry Birds

Speaking of owls, make edible bird crafts like chocolate strawberries. This owl is just one example. We have many more ideas too, and ways to decorate. See how to do this chocolate strawberry owl on our page about Halloween Treats for Seniors.

And there are more chocolate strawberry birds for other occasions too – spring, Easter, even Valentines Day. You might even invent your own. See the variety on our page about how to make chocolate covered strawberries.  Like the bluebird with jelly beans shown below.

Feather Bird

Feather bird crafts have many possibilities. The one shown here is done in red and white, perfect for Valentines Day, and displayed as a plant decoration. It was part of a table centerpiece.

You can see that it has 2 styro balls and a pipe cleaner neck. Get the full directions on our feather craft page.

But maybe you want simpler. You can always use just one styro ball, or egg shape. Cover with feathers in your choice of colors. (Black is great for Halloween, browns for Fall).

Add a long beak that sticks out from amongst the feathers, and big googly eyes. Then perch in a small bowl of dried moss or raffia.

If you attach a hanger from the top, you can hang it on a wreath or tree too.

More Templates

We have a few more templates below that you can mix and match with our bird crafts, or use in something else…

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Easy Crafts and Gifts

Why hunt all over our web site? You can get a huge variety of lots of New crafts, and also a selection featured on our many pages – all in one book. Over 120 projects! PLUS a FREE bonus booklet of templates.
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