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19 Artistic Expression Through Crafts For Seniors! (+Ideas)

Written by Dayna C
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Keen to learn about artistic expression through crafts? Look no further than CRAFTING:

Arts engagement within communities is ubiquitous across cultures globally and previous research has suggested its benefits for mental health and wellbeing” reveal researchers Wang, et al [1].

Crafting is a beautiful form of artistic expression that allows you to create unique and eye-catching objects using your hands and imagination.

As a lover of crafts myself, I can’t wait to share with you my FAVORITE crafts you’ll adore…

Read on to discover which ones are my favorite

Key Takeaways

  • Crafting is a fun and engaging way to express creativity and improve cognitive function.
  • Artistic expression through crafts can improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote socialization in seniors.
  • Crafts can be modified to accommodate physical limitations, and artistic skills are not necessary to participate.
  • Crafts can be incorporated into seniors’ activity programs by providing materials, instructions, and support, as well as inviting guest artists and providing opportunities for group art shows.

19 Fun and Engaging Artistic Crafts To Try TODAY!

#1 Spring Flower Coloring Craft

Spring is a time of — you guessed it —  COLOR!

Express yourself through art with our spring coloring page nature craft and draw!

Whether you’re an expert artist or just starting out, this craft is a great way to relax, unwind, and explore your creativity.

spring craft coloring

#2 Easy Puffy Paint Rocks

There’s an expression that goes “between a rock and a hard place,” but did they tell you rocks are simply AMAZING?

Transform ordinary rocks into stunning works of art with our easy puffy paint rocks craft!

With just a few simple materials, you can create unique and colorful designs that add a touch of whimsy to your home decor.

puffy paint rocks

#3 Personalized Candles

Add a personal touch to your home with our personalized candle craft!

With endless design possibilities, you can create a one-of-a-kind candle that reflects your unique style and personality.

personalized candles

#4 Tissue Paper Flower Bracelet Craft

Take your fashion game to the next level with our tissue paper flower bracelet craft!

This fun and easy craft are perfect for kids and adults alike, and the end result is a beautiful and unique accessory that will make you stand out from the crowd.

tissue paper bracelet

#5 Oil and Water Droplet Painting

Discover the mesmerizing beauty of oil and water droplet painting through this project.

Using just a few simple materials, you can create a stunning box of art that is sure to IMPRESS (No, it doesn’t have to be PINK!):

oil and water droplet painting

#6 Adorable Accordion Folded Paper Butterflies Craft

Bring a sprinkle of whimsy to your home with our adorable accordion folded paper butterflies craft!

This cool craft is perfect for you, and the end result is a beautiful and colorful decoration that will brighten up any room with its rainbow colors…

Accordian-Fold-Butterflies-Craft-for-kids

#7 Pom Pom Splat Fall Tree Craft

Embrace the beauty of fall with our pom pom splat fall tree craft!

This creative and colorful craft is a great way to celebrate the changing seasons and create a stunning work of art in the process.

fall art tree

#8 Tulips Galore

Explore the science of color with our tulips, an ancient depiction of FORTUNE and FAME!

Tulips Galore

#9 Pressed Flower Craft

Preserve the beauty of nature with our pressed flower craft!

With just a few simple materials, you can create stunning works of art that capture the essence and beauty of real flowers.

Pressed Flower Craft

#10 Gelatine Flower Suncatcher Nature Craft

Capture the beauty of the outdoors with our gelatine flower suncatcher nature craft!

This fun and easy craft are perfect for the whole family, and the end result is a beautiful and unique decoration that will add a touch of nature to your home.

gelatine flower suncatcher

#11 Print & Cut Out Flower

Create your own beautiful flower bouquet with our print & cut-out flower craft! 

Who says a triplet of flowers isn’t beautiful. You know what they say about flowers and good luck, don’t you… [3]

Print & Cut Out Flower

#12 Leaf Pinch Pots:

Create your own unique pinch pots with our leaf pinch pots craft!

Using real leaves as molds, you can create stunning and natural-looking pots perfect for holding small items or displaying them as decoration.

Leaf Pinch Pots:

#13 Paper Plate Owl Craft

Get in touch with your wild side with our paper plate owl craft!

The end result is a cute and colorful decoration that will add a touch of whimsy to your home.

Paper Plate Owl Craft

#14 Easy Mosaic Heart Craft

Create a work of art that speaks to the heart with our easy mosaic heart craft!

This fun and easy craft are perfect for kids and adults alike, and the end result is a stunning and colorful heart-shaped decoration that will make you smile every time you see it.

-mosaic heart craft

#15 DIY Valentines Cards

Who says Cupids have to hurt?

Look at these beautiful hearts made of yarn scraps, and give them to that special someone!

diy valentine card

#16 Rainbow Butterfly

All the colors of the rainbow make my heart skip a bit. Get busy painting every color on this beautiful butterfly canvas…

butterfly craft

#17 Rainbow Wall Hanging

Look at this: a pictorial treasure I wish I had on my wall.

Beat me to it: I’ll make myself one — will you?

#18 Spring Nature Crafts

Beautiful flowers representing spring and nature at BEST:

Spring-nature-crafts

Check out this video for other Spring Crafts ideas:

#19 Colors in a Pot

Brighten up your day and bring a touch of nature indoors with a colorful pot of blooming flowers!

flower craft

FAQs

1. What are the benefits of artistic expression through crafts for seniors?

Artistic expression through crafts has been shown to improve cognitive function, boost mood, and reduce stress and anxiety in seniors. 
It also provides a sense of accomplishment and can promote socialization.

2. Can seniors with physical limitations still participate in crafts?

Yes!
Crafts can be modified to accommodate the physical limitations of seniors.
For example, those with arthritis can use larger brushes or knitting needles, and those with visual impairments can work with tactile materials like clay or textured fabrics.

3. Is it necessary to have artistic skills to participate in crafts?

No, artistic skills are not necessary to participate in crafts.
The goal is to express oneself through creativity, regardless of the outcome. Seniors can enjoy the process of creating without the pressure of producing a “perfect” end result.

4. How can I incorporate crafts into a seniors’ activity program?

By providing materials, instructions, and support for various crafts.
You can also invite guest artists to lead workshops or provide opportunities for seniors to display their work in a group art show.

Conclusion

Crafting is an enjoyable and fulfilling way to express creativity and enhance cognitive function.

It has numerous benefits for individuals’ mental health and well-being and can be used to promote socialization among seniors.

Crafting can be modified to fit physical limitations and artistic skills are not necessary to participate.

As a lover of crafts, I have shared my favorite artistic crafts to try, including spring flower coloring, easy puffy paint rocks, personalized candles, and many more.

So why not get started today, and discover the beauty and therapeutic effects of crafting?

hands holding a flower craft

Resources

1. Wang S, Mak HW, Fancourt D. Arts, mental distress, mental health functioning & life satisfaction: fixed-effects analyses of a nationally-representative panel study. BMC Public Health. 2020;20.

2. B P, Bee P. Types Of Flowers For Bouquets. wwwacademiaedu [Internet]. [cited 2023 Mar 12]; Available from: https://www.academia.edu/9311197/Types_Of_Flowers_For_Bouquets

3. Vinal M. The Surprising Mental Health Benefits of DIY Gifts [Internet]. Healthline. 2020. Available from: https://www.healthline.com/health/diy-gifts-that-double-as-mental-health-boosts#benefits

About Author

Dayna C
Dayna has an incredible passion for helping others and a background as an in-home caregiver for the elderly. She left the field temporarily three years ago to stay at home with her twins, but found that she really missed working with senior citizens. She launched LoAids as a way to help not just her own loved ones and former clients, but ALL seniors live life to the fullest in their golden years.  Follow her on LINKEDIN and TWITTER. Read her LATEST POSTS. Learn more about her HERE.

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