Explore the Benefits of Crafts for Seniors

The current COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of social distancing to the senior citizen community. Physical health is important, but emotional and mental well-being are just as critical. That’s why we’ve developed a list of at-home craft ideas for seniors. Crafting offers a wide range of benefits for older people. Engaging in hands-on creative activities positively impacts motor, social, and cognitive skills. Crafting can also help to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety seniors may be feeling right now.

These general crafts don’t require any particular area of expertise and make use of a lot of common items. That means you don’t have to go buy things because most items are already in your house. These are also a great way to upcycle things that might otherwise go to waste.

  • Mason jar cookies are an easy craft that double as a great gift for someone special—or yourself! Several varieties can be found here.
  • Making wrapping paper envelopes is a great way to get rid of some of your old wrapping paper. It also doubles as a reason to write a letter to someone and send some love the old-fashioned way.
  • Know any wine lovers? Upcycle old wine corks into a trivet to set hot pots and pans on!
  • Tin can lanterns are another way to make use of some things that might end up in the trash. They’re relatively simple and make for a great, whimsical outdoor light.

Sewing, knitting and crocheting are particularly great for seniors. They don’t require a lot of equipment, and they can be done comfortably seated. Make adjustments for physical limitations by doing things like using larger needles or heavier yarn if needed.

  • Memory quilts add sentimental value to things that might be gathering dust in a closet. They’re also a great way to hold on to cherished moments.
  • Microwave heat packs are a great alternative to electric heating pads. There are many options for things to fill them with, and you can make them smell great with the addition of essential oils.
  • Let’s face it, grandchildren are the apples of grandparents’ eyes. These crochet baby hats (ranging in size from preemies to toddlers) are easy and adorable.
  • Don’t forget about your fur babies! This precious knitted bow tie is a perfect way to ensure your four-legged companions are looking their best.

There are also subscription services that will send craft boxes right to your home. Most of them include all the tools you’ll need for a project, as well as detailed instructions.

  • Adults and Crafts offers subscriptions as well as one-time purchases. Projects range from homemade soap to wreaths and everything in between.
  • Knit Picks is another source that offers subscription boxes as well as single purchases. There are kits for various skill levels as well as some great tutorials, guides and other learning resources.
  • If paper crafts and scrapbooking are your thing, give Paper Pumpkin a try. Everything they send is precut and ready to go, so you can get right to crafting.

Crafting can be a fun and relaxing way for seniors to pass the time. It can also result in some great gifts for others. Throw in the added health benefits, and it’s a win-win. There are countless craft ideas out there. All it takes is a little research to find something that fits your needs and creative style. So, go ahead – pick a project, roll up your sleeves, and get creative!