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20 Easy Winter Crafts for Seniors to Add the Holiday Cheer

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During the winter months, fun outside is few and far between. Unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere warm all year round, chances are you will be spending most of your winter days indoors this year.

These craft ideas are perfect if you’re looking for a new way to keep busy or have some indoor fun this winter! You need a few simple supplies and you’re ready to do any of these winter craft ideas.

Winter can be a depressing time of year, so these crafts are a great way to spend your winter days. Here are the best winter crafts for seniors.

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20 Fun Winter Crafts for Seniors

1. Snowy Owl Winter Craft

This simple craft project is perfect for seniors with limited dexterity [1]. It requires basic craft supplies and is an easy fun craft.


2. Paper Polar Bear on Ice Craft

How cute is this polar bear!!

This craft is an easy way to add some festive flair to any room, and it’s also a fun activity for children.

This craft can be made using just a few items around your house, and it takes less than an hour to complete. You will need paper, tape or glue, and scissors or craft knife.

3. Egg Carton Penguins

These penguins are perfect for a winter wonderland. They are so easy to make and they can be used over and over again. You can make them with any kind of egg carton you have available in your house.


4. Waddling Penguin Winter Craft

It’s never too early to think about winter fun! This craft is a fun, easy and inexpensive way to spend time together.


5. DIY Winter Fairy Peg Dolls

This is a great way to spend the winter season making and decorating with your grandchildren. The project is perfect for little hands and gives grandparents a chance to enjoy being together.

DIY Winter Fairy Peg Dolls

6. Doily Snowman Craft

The Doily Snowman Craft is a great winter craft for senior citizens. It’s very easy to do and can be made with items that are already in your home.

7. Cute Origami Envelope: Winter Animals

Origami is a Japanese art and craft from the 17th century [2]. There are many origami books and models to choose from, but this is one of the easiest ones to make.

The finished product is a cute envelope that can be personalized with your own name or family crest.

8. Paper Plate Melting Snowman Winter Craft

This cute melting snowman is super easy to make. Seniors will enjoy an afternoon of crafting with this one.

Cute Origami Envelope: Winter Animals
Credit: redtedart

9. Paper Snow Globes

Paper snow globes are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate the winter holiday season. You can actually make these as gifts for your family or friends this year!

10. Cardinal Winter Art Project

As they frolic in the snow, bright red cardinals are guaranteed to attract your attention. Bring some of nature’s beauty into your home by creating a cardinal winter art project.

11. Pinecone Winter Owls Craft

These are great to make with the family and they are so easy to do together. You can even do this as a group activity if you have more than one senior in your home.

12. Paper Plate Penguin Craft

Paper crafts are great because they’re so simple to make.

This paper plate penguin project is quite simple. Its the whole shebang! from painting, gluing to cutting a guaranteed fun crafting experience.

Furthermore, you only need a few items, which you most likely already have in your crafts closet!

13. Winter Bubble Wrap Tree Kids Craft

Winter is a great time to get crafty, and this bubble wrap tree craft is perfect for seniors. You can use different colors to create a beautiful display.

14. Winter Hat Craft with Scratch Art

This winter hat project is very vibrant and fascinating! The oil pastels stand out against the black paint. Children will enjoy scratching in their drawings, making each hat distinctive.

This is an excellent activity for seniors to experiment with different sorts of lines and patterns.

15. How To Make Paper Snowflakes

This is the ultimate DIY winter decoration, as one can make various snowflake patterns in a snap. Seniors who enjoy crafts that can be used as home decor will love this.

From simple to intricate, there’s a perfect paper snowflake pattern for everyone.

16. Polar Bear Masks

If you’re looking for something that’s sure to delight, look no further than these polar bear masks. These large-eyed, furry creations are sure to make your winter fun memorable.

These masks will be the center of attention at any holiday party and can be worn by everyone in the family. You’ll want to keep one for yourself, too!

17. Polar Bear Handprint Craft

This is a great activity to encourage fine motor skills. Plus is super simple and cute.

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18. No-Sew Sock Penguin Craft

This is a fun craft for kids and adults. It’s made with no-sew materials, so it’s easy to do even if you’re not very crafty!

This project is also great for those who have trouble seeing or writing because it uses only felt and fabric paint. The finished product is adorable and makes a great gift for anyone on your list.

19. 3D Polar Bear Winter Craft

The 3D Polar Bear Winter Craft is an easy and fun way to get seniors excited about winter holidays by creating their own winter scenes with these cute and cuddly bears.

These crafts can be made with materials you may already have around the house or purchased at your local craft store.

20. Paper Plate Arctic Fox Craft

The arctic fox is a very beautiful animal and it is often used as a symbol for winter. This craft is also very easy to make, so it can be done with confidence by almost anyone.


All of these crafts for seniors citizens are great to do with older adults, but they can also be done with children or grandchildren. These will provide you with a fun afternoon with your spouse or a good time with friends.

Many are easy to make and require no pre-planning; they can be done on the spur of the moment. One of my favorites is the no-sew penguin craft. This craft goes very well with Christmas music and holiday decor.

Let me know which is your favorite winter craft in the comment section.

Various winter crafts for seniors



Martin JA, Ramsay J, Hughes C, Peters DM, Edwards MG. Age and Grip Strength Predict Hand Dexterity in Adults. Macaluso A, ed. PLOS ONE. 2015;10(2):e0117598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117598


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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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