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Name: Treehugger
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treehugger
Nov 3, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Does anyone have an easy craft for the holiday season that seniors can do? Anything with maybe candy canes or flowers?
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DaisyI
Nov 3, 2017 3:31 PM CST
There are all those candy cane reindeer projects that range from pretty simple to more complicated. My personal favorite is Santa Claus's made from empty toilet paper rolls.
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Nov 4, 2017 12:22 AM CST
DaisyI said:There are all those candy cane reindeer projects that range from pretty simple to more complicated. My personal favorite is Santa Claus's made from empty toilet paper rolls.


I remember doing hot glue pine cones onto a wood circle. And tying red ribbons in the spaces.

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Frenchy21
Nov 4, 2017 12:02 PM CST
Another fairly easy project is to put peanut butter into pinecones and roll in birdseed. Tie a ribbon or pipecleaner at the top for hanging.

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Name: greene
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greene
Nov 4, 2017 1:18 PM CST
In my experience...hot glue guns and senior citizens are not a good match. Rolling on the floor laughing Seniors often have very thin skin and that glue is hot, hot, hot. Yikes!

The peanut butter/bird seed/pinecone is a good activity provided no one has a peanut allergy. Thumbs up

Mini heating/cooling pad:
Do your seniors have access to a sewing machine? If so, you can use an inexpensive terry cloth towel cut in half, sew on three sides, turn right side out, fill with regular white rice, sew up the remaining side. You have a heating pad that can be warmed in the microwave to ease aches and pains, or keep it in the freezer for bumps and bruises.

Book mark:
A very simple idea is to get paint sample cards, use the special cut out tool to cut shapes such as trees, holly leaves, etc. Punch one hole at the top; tie a piece of yarn and you have an instant bookmark. Some of the paper punches work like scissors and not all seniors may be able to do that; there are other types that you just need to lean on to make the cutouts -
much easier for those with limited mobility. Here is one example:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C90WMLE/

Edited to add:
For the paint sample bookmark idea, you can also use stamps to add interest. There are tons of examples of these paint sample bookmarks on Google Images so you can see the possibilities.
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Nov 4, 2017 2:54 PM CST
greene said:In my experience...hot glue guns and senior citizens are not a good match. Rolling on the floor laughing Seniors often have very thin skin and that glue is hot, hot, hot. Yikes!

The peanut butter/bird seed/pinecone is a good activity provided no one has a peanut allergy. Thumbs up


No glue required. Pipe cleaners, ribbons are tied on. Use lard instead of peanut butter Smiling .
Name: Yardenman
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Nov 7, 2017 4:51 AM CST
greene said:In my experience...hot glue guns and senior citizens are not a good match. Rolling on the floor laughing Seniors often have very thin skin and that glue is hot, hot, hot. Yikes!

The peanut butter/bird seed/pinecone is a good activity provided no one has a peanut allergy. Thumbs up

Mini heating/cooling pad:
Do your seniors have access to a sewing machine? If so, you can use an inexpensive terry cloth towel cut in half, sew on three sides, turn right side out, fill with regular white rice, sew up the remaining side. You have a heating pad that can be warmed in the microwave to ease aches and pains, or keep it in the freezer for bumps and bruises.

Book mark:
A very simple idea is to get paint sample cards, use the special cut out tool to cut shapes such as trees, holly leaves, etc. Punch one hole at the top; tie a piece of yarn and you have an instant bookmark. Some of the paper punches work like scissors and not all seniors may be able to do that; there are other types that you just need to lean on to make the cutouts -
much easier for those with limited mobility. Here is one example:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C90WMLE/

Edited to add:
For the paint sample bookmark idea, you can also use stamps to add interest. There are tons of examples of these paint sample bookmarks on Google Images so you can see the possibilities.


And a sewing machine is safer? LOL! But I get your point. Elmers glue is safer for seniors and that will work for one season.

A thought: spray an adhesive on pine cones and let them pour glitter on the cones. Reuse whatever shakes off.

Name: greene
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greene
Nov 7, 2017 2:30 PM CST
After posting on this thread I visited our local Goodwill Outlet store where they sell stuff by the pound. I purchased 7 linen napkins and will be making the rice-filled heating/cooling pads. Thumbs up
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springcolor
Nov 7, 2017 8:28 PM CST
Can you look on Pinterest? I just searched candy cane crafts and tons of things came up.
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