5 Fun & Easy Summer Crafts for Seniors

group of seniors making pottery

Engaging in artistic and creative activities can be enjoyable and fulfilling for individuals of all ages, yes, even including us older adults. Arts and crafts provide opportunities for self-expression, relaxation, and social interaction. They can also stimulate cognitive abilities and help maintain dexterity and fine motor skills.

Arts and crafts can also be a way for older adults to learn new skills, explore their creativity, and generate beautiful and meaningful handmade gifts for loved ones.

If you're looking for creative ideas to engage your mind, check out my top 5 crafts for the summer:


1. Seashell Picture Frame

Collect seashells from the beach and use them to decorate a plain wooden picture frame. Seniors can use hot glue to attach the shells in various patterns and designs. Once completed, they can insert a favorite summer photo or a cherished memory into the frame.


2. Paper Fan Decorations

Create colorful paper fans to bring a festive touch to any summer gathering. Seniors can fold and accordion-style fold colorful paper or use patterned scrapbooking paper. Secure the ends with tape or a decorative paper clip, and voila! They have beautiful handheld fans to keep cool or hang as decorations.


3. Pottery

Purchase small terracotta pots and let seniors showcase their artistic flair by painting them. They can use acrylic paints or waterproof markers to add designs, patterns, or vibrant colors. After painting, they can plant small succulents or flowers in the pots for a lovely summer display.


4. Sun-Catcher Mobile

Create a sun catcher mobile to capture the sunlight and create beautiful reflections. Seniors can use old CDs or clear plastic lids as the base and decorate them with transparent paints or permanent markers. Attach strings or fishing line to the edges and hang the sun catchers from a wooden dowel or a branch collected from outdoors.


5. DIY Bird Feeder

Help seniors make their own bird feeders to attract colorful feathered friends to their gardens or balconies. They can repurpose empty plastic bottles, cut holes for the birds to access the food, and decorate the outside with paints or colored tape. Fill the feeder with birdseed, hang it from a tree branch, and enjoy watching the birds feast.


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