Christmas Decoration Ideas and Holiday Craft Ideas

by Elizabeth
(Florence, SC)

It's not always easy coming up with Christmas craft ideas for seniors, especially in group forums when everybody has different limitations, skills, and abilities. However, I've come up with a few handmade Christmas decorations ideas that might prove enjoyable.

The first one is relatively easy and involves candy canes, some wiggly eyes, small red pom-poms, and a bag full of brown pipe cleaners, and glue. Glue wiggly eyes and a small red pom-poms below them on the hook portion of the candy cane. Then, wrap the brown pipe cleaner around the very top of the hook to mimic antlers. These can be taped onto Christmas greetings such as if you make your own handmade Christmas cards, doors, or hung as Christmas tree crafts.

Felt stocking decorations are another Christmas craft idea that you can do with seniors diagnosed with advanced dementia. Use Christmas stockings or cutouts of felt in the shape of stockings and then place a variety of decorations on the table.

Decorating ideas can include buttons, sequins, glitter, and strips of fabric or felt cut out in the shapes of gingerbread men, snowman craft, snowflakes, Christmas trees, or Santa’s (cut out ahead of time). The seniors can pick and choose what they want to decorate their stockings with. It's an easy craft that promotes creativity and imagination.

Christmas decoration ideas you can help your elderly loved one create is a Christmas wreath out of last year's Christmas cards. This is easy to do by cutting out a cardboard "wreath" two to three inches in width all around. Using glue and the front pieces of old Christmas cards or store-bought ones, encourage your elderly loved one to glue the Christmas cards at different angles onto the wreath.

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Snowman Crafts
by: Anonymous

I find a lot of user-friendly Christmas crafts such as snowman crafts for young kids that I can use with my elderly mother, diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Because of her condition, it's hard for her to do close detail work, but some of the kid’s holiday craft ideas that I find at craft stores are perfect!

Christmas Craft Project for Dad
by: Sharlene

I found that there is nothing like encouraging my dad to get involved in Christmas craft projects to bring him out of his shell and enjoy more of the holiday spirit.

Last year, I helped him decorate stockings as homemade Christmas gifts that we then sent to all the kids in our family. They loved them!

Homemade Christmas Cards
by: Sue Ann

I've been saving my handmade Christmas cards for years, and found that the wreath idea to make your own Christmas decorations is a good one for my mom.

She can't use a scissors very well anymore, but she can tear the front off of the cards. The ragged edges are left for a more whimsical appearance.

Mom loves making these Christmas card "wreaths" to give to family and friends. Homemade Christmas Gifts are very well received within our family.

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