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Crafts for Nursing Home Residents

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I've been doing volunteer work for years at nursing homes, and do monthly crafts at two separate places.

Crafts for one place is fairly easy...they are in extensive care, so lots of coloring and pasting. I must do any cutting out beforehand. They love colorful things. Sometimes I like to "Craft a Snack", and they LOVE putting mountains of sprinkles, etc. on cupcakes, for example.

My problem is the crafts at an assisted living center. These lovely people are still ambulatory on their own, and mostly take care of themselves. they are still able to cut things out, thread beads, etc. But they also don't want to be associated with coloring and pasting like children.

So, the only way I can get lots of people to come to crafts is by having community-service type crafts.
We have made stringers of colorful bird food to be hung on trees at the Childrens Museum.
We have decorated and stuffed stockings for a local organization to give to clients' children.
We have made small pins or bracelets for actual nursing home residents.

I'm running out of ideas for St. Patty's month. I don't have much money, but part of my volunteer ministry is to provide all the supplies, so I can't afford anything that requires expensive purchases.

If anyone knows a simple and inexpensive service (craft) project for my lovely senior citizens, I'd appreciate that! If you don't have any ideas, that's yourself a favor this week. Get a cute, silly card and send it to a local nursing home. Address it to "A resident who needs a card this week" and sign the card "With love, from a friend!"
I can tell you it will be a most wonderfully received gift...and some lonely person will show off that card for days or weeks to come. And you will feel great, too!

Here are a couple of my previous projects

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    You could decorate tongue depressors (from craft store) for identifying veggies in gardens or flowers. Then give to community gardens or perhaps put around their gardens. You can use seed catalogs for the pictures if you like!
    2194 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2011 7:52:44 PM
  • BECKYI39
    I work at a library and we do crafts for adults. I will look through the ideas and see if there is anything you would be able to use. What you are doing is great! I think I will send a card to a nursing home. My girl are going to be on mid-winter break. I think we will make some cards to send.
    2195 days ago
    Loved your craft ideas! How about decorating tissue boxes? Our 5th grade class recently covered tissue boxes in construction paper and decorated them with cuts of hearts (you could use 4-leaf clovers for St. Patty's) and added sparkles of glitter and colorful ribbons. Hope this SPARKS s'more ideas for you. God bless. emoticon BoinnieBlue~
    2195 days ago
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