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Hawaiian Crafts for Seniors: 20 Fun and Easy-to-Make Ideas!

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Aloha, seniors! GET READY to have fun and show off your creative skills with our Hawaiian crafts for seniors.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned crafter, I’ll introduce you to 20 projects that will transport you to the sunny beaches of Hawaii.

Better yet, you don’t need to travel to Hawaii to experience its rich culture and traditions.

DIVE IN NOW to discover the top 20 Hawaiian crafts you must master!

20 Fun Hawaiian Craft Ideas Seniors will Adore

#1 Floral Love: The beauty of 3 Flowers

There’s nothing dark about flowers: they are simply DIVINE. And you know what? they have the power to brighten up our lives and lift our spirits (1).

Let’s channel the Hawaiian spirit with this colorful floral arrangement craft…

flowers made of papers

#2 Hawaiian Luau Glass Skirt: Hula Your Way to Fun

Let’s create a fun and festive grass skirt with straw and glass that will transport you to a beachside luau. It’s a great project for those who want to bring sunshine into their homes.

Adorable Hawaiian Luau Grass Skirt Bottle

#3 Crafting in Paradise: Beach Jar Hula Girl

Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at crafting a beautiful Hula Girl using vibrant colors and patterns.

Beach Jar Hula Girl

Don’t forget to also check out my articles on spring crafts for seniors, seasonal crafts for adults, and easy garden crafts for some fun and creative ideas to try out this season!

#4 Get Creative: Colorful DIY Tissue Papers

With just a few simple steps, you can create unique tissue papers with the colors of the rainbow, ones that will transport you to the sunny beaches of Hawaii.

colorful craft

#5 Bring the Magic of the Beach to Your Home with These DIY Glass Lanterns

So why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and unwind with some crafting?

These beach glass lanterns are the perfect way to channel your creativity and bring a little bit of paradise to your home.


#6 Get Ready for the Beach with a DIY Tote Bag Made with Mod Podge

Not only is this a great way to channel your creativity, but you’ll also have a stylish and functional tote bag to use on your next beach vacation (2).

Add a pop of color with some tropical fabric, or personalize it with your own unique design.

diy beach tote

#7 DIY Moana Coconut Cups

I’m always looking for a fun and easy Hawaiian craft to do with your senior group, and I think you will too! These DIY Moana Coconut Cups are an excellent project that is both easy and timeless.

moana coconut

#8 Bug-Off! Hawaiian Bug-Repelling Candles for Seniors

These easy-to-make bug-repelling candles are just what you need!

All you need are some mason jars, citronella oil, and a few other simple ingredients to create these beautiful and functional candles that will keep the bugs at bay.

bug repelling candles

For a cinematic visual experience, check out this video about bug-repelling candles for seniors:

#9 Printable Flower Templates for a Moana Movie Night

Bring the tropical charm of Hawaii to your next senior group movie night with these printable flower templates inspired by the movie Moana!

All you need is some colored paper, scissors, and a printer to create these beautiful and easy-to-make leis that will add a fun and festive touch to any gathering.

Flower Lei

#10 DIY Hawaiian Beach Glass Vases for Seniors: Bring the Beach to You

Want to add a touch of the Hawaiian beach to your home or garden? These DIY Hawaiian Beach Glass Vases are just what you need!

Collect some sea glass and a few other simple supplies, and you can create these beautiful and unique vases that will make any space feel like a tranquil Hawaiian oasis.

Hawaiian Beach Glass vase

#11 DIY Hawaiian Paper Leis for Seniors: Say Aloha to Fun

As someone with crafting experience, I am charmed by this paper magic:

Try making these DIY Hawaiian paper leis! With some colorful paper, scissors, and string, you can create beautiful and vibrant leis that will make anyone feel like they’re in the heart of Hawaii.

Hawaiian paper lei craft

#12 Create Your Own Island Paradise: DIY Wood-Burned Hawaiian Signs for Seniors

With some simple tools like a wood-burning pen and some creativity, you can create beautiful and personalized signs that will add a touch of tropical charm to any space.

wood burned sign

#13 Get Your Hula On: DIY Plastic Tablecloth Hula Skirts for Seniors

Want to add some fun and flare to your next luau or tropical party?

Try making these DIY hula skirts made from plastic tablecloths!

With some scissors and a little bit of creativity, you can create colorful and festive hula skirts that will have everyone ready to hula the night away.

Hula Skirt made from plastic tablecloths

#14 Shell-ebrate the Beach: DIY Seashell Crafts for Seniors

There’s nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than a day spent on the beach collecting beautiful sea shells.

I made these DIY seashell crafts for seniors at one time and absolutely loved it! From simple seashell frames to intricate seashell wind chimes, there’s something for everyone to create and admire.


#15 Papercraft Paradise: DIY Paper Leis for Seniors

As a flower lover, I simply love these DIY paper leis are just as beautiful and much longer-lasting!

All you need is some colorful paper, scissors, and a little bit of creativity. So grab your supplies and let’s get crafting!

paper leis

#16 Get Crafty with Pineapple Corks: A Fun Activity for Seniors

As a lover of pineapples, I made myself a pineapple cork, and it absolutely BEWITCHED me:

Check out this pineapple cork project. All you need are a few wine corks and some paint to create adorable little pineapples.

pineapple kids craft

#17 Get Smooth Skin with this Yellow Beauty Scrub Bar DIY

Get this: smooth skin and pineapple skin don’t sound the same. But, pineapple sugar is another story!

 Made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and sugar, this scrub is perfect for exfoliating and moisturizing dry skin. 

Pineapple Sugar Scrub Bar

#18 Make a Splash with This Pool Noodle Reef Craft for Seniors

Who says pool noodles are just for swimming? No, they are excellent to spike your Haiwaiian creativity through crafts…

With this fun and easy pool noodle reef craft, seniors can create their very own underwater oasis.

Simply cut and glue pool noodles into a colorful coral reef, and top it off with shells, sea stars, and other fun decorations.

pool noodle craft

#19 The Island Crafting Experience: The Unforgettable Lei

Have you ever wanted to make your own lei? I did and I LOVED it!

Well, now you can! Use vibrant red flowers to create a beautiful red lei that will make heads turn.

red lei

#20 How to Create Vibrant Tropical Paper Flowers for a Taste of Hawaii at Home

Transform your home into a tropical paradise with these colorful paper flowers!

With just a few simple supplies like crepe paper, scissors, and glue, seniors can create a stunning display that will brighten up any space.

tropical paper flowers-


These crafts are perfect for the novice or elite. These crafts are MAGNETIC and will keep your seniors engaged for hours if not days.

So what are you waiting for? Dive in and experience the magic, and last but not least, let me know how much you enjoyed your Hawaiian crafting adventure.

Until next time…

woman making some Hawaiian CRAFTS FOR SENIORS


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2. Flood M, Phillips KD. CREATIVITY IN OLDER ADULTS: A PLETHORA OF POSSIBILITIES. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2007;28:389–411.

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