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Old 01-01-2003, 01:18 PM
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Craft ideas for Elderly

Hello All and Happy New Year

I am new to the site but am already enjoying all of your posts.
I have a real delema.
I am working with Seniors at a care center and they love to do crafts instead of the old daily BINGO. I even have 2 wonderful men that wait for me to get there to work with them.

I need ideas. We made Christmas ornaments and pins and had a craft sale at the facility. They thought that was the greatest. BUT, now they want more. and it gave us some money to buy more supplies. There budget, is very limited since the facility is for low income residents. I am struggling for ideas for Valentines Day and beyond. If you have easy ideas please contact me. They do have some limitations mostly hard to see small beads, but they give it all they can. It just makes me want to help them more.

Glad to be with all of you and will be waiting to hear from anyone, anytime.

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Old 01-19-2003, 06:00 AM
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senior crafts

There is a lot that you can do with felt!
I love felt because it is so inexpensive, and it can go a long way.
I am acutally planning on making felt valentines with my daughter this year for her class, just by glue felt to card board, or card stock, and tying it shut with ribbons. I got that Idea out the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, if you want to check it out. Also..check out . It has a lot of great Crafts that would be simple enough for the seniors.
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Old 01-19-2003, 06:51 AM
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picture frames

How about picture frames? I made these with my 4yr old daughter and they turned out very nice.
Cardboard, red posterboard, masking tape, paper clip and paint

We cut a heart out of cardboard (about 4 in.) And then cut a smaller heart (2in)ot of the center of the bigger heart. Then you tear off strips of masking tape and cover the large cardboard heart. making sure strips overlap each other. When heart is completely covered you sponge paint on the paint. We used red, white and pink paint. paint the entire heart front red, when dry paint back the same. Then when dry dabb on white, dry hen dab on pink. It will give it a uniqu look. Then using poster board cut nto a 3"X 3" square glue to back of haert for a pocket for picture to go into.Hot glue paperclip to top middle of heart back for hanger!

Note* You could even decorate the front of heart with flowers or beads if like.

These are in expensive and very nice.
I had recieved this idea from a 1994/95 Valentine issue of Pack-o-Fun
LOL That tells you how old my dd is now!! LOL

Good Luck! Wild
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Old 01-19-2003, 06:58 AM
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Picture Frame...add to..

Hi! I just thought of something....
In stead of may can use just posterboard... It would be easier for the elderly to handle,,,and the masking tape and paint might stiffen it up enough to make it a sturdy frame. It would be worth a try.
Just a thought! Wild
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Old 01-19-2003, 11:33 AM
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Hi! Here,s an idea you may be able to use. Take a four inch terra cotta pot and paint it red,put a small piece of styrofoam in the bottom.Put three to six roses in it staggering the heigths.Then take Hershey Kisses and place in the top of the pot,add a bow if you like.I always leave about a quarter of an inch of space at the top to fill with the hershey kisses.
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Old 01-19-2003, 03:51 PM
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How about making felt needle holders? If you pink the edges of the design, heart maybe, and make the top of a piece of lace over the felt, and tie it togeather with a ribbon bow? It would not have to be a heart shape, could be a rectangle .

also how about book marks? Not that great, but it is not that easy to come up with something that they can make and still sell cheap enough that people will buy them too.

Good luck
Take care
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Old 01-19-2003, 06:55 PM
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Pinkie Winky

I assist with crafts at a Senior Center now. The favorite craft was Soap Petals. Melt glycerin soap from the craft store in the microwave, toss in petals from "silk" roses, remove with tweezers (or fingers), dry on wax paper. Each petal lasts thru several handwashings. For Feb. use white, pink, and red petals. Do the light colors first as red will color the soap. For gifts, package in plastic sandwich bags tied with red ribbon. Several years ago I taught crafts at a retirement living complex. Most of the crafts I did there were directly from my Cub Scout books and the elderly loved them. Of course I did not let them know my source!
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Old 01-20-2003, 10:26 AM
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Here is a craft sight that has helped me out when I was working with kids. I bet a few ideas would also work with seniors.
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Old 01-21-2003, 11:28 AM
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Craft Ideas for Seniors

I haven't come up with a idea as of yet but will look in all my books. One little idea might be to save the craft idas and print them all out and have the seniors make them into little books for the children in their family. Decorate the cover any way you want. I do this for friends children (they know I search the web for Ideas and they don't have the internet. ) They could also be sold at a craft fair
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Old 01-21-2003, 04:40 PM
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Crafts for the Elderly

Hi CraftieAngel,

I think it is great you are doing crafts for the elderly. How about flower pounding. It could be done on paper to make cards or pictures for framing. It could be done on cloth to make pillows, pictures, napkins. You can find instructions on most of the craft sites on the net. It should be a low cost and easy craft.
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