Seniors often enjoy getting ready for upcoming holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. There are numerous simple craft projects your loved one is capable of completing. Here are four popular craft options discussed by professionals at a Palm Desert elder care organization.
1. Paper Roses
This basic craft requires pink and red tissue paper and green pipe cleaners. Cut the tissue paper into 3-inch x 4-inch rectangles. Create up to 10 layers of all pink, all red, or a combination of pink and red papers. Fold the stack of papers accordion-style. Wrap one of the pipe cleaners around the middle of the folded paper to replicate the center of the flower and the stem. Use additional pipe cleaners to fashion one or two leaves on the stem. Carefully fold one sheet of paper upward, toward the center of the flower. Alternate folding one side up and then the other.
2. Heart Wreath
Use a poster board or other suitable material for the base. Cut the board into the desired size circle, then cut another hole from the center of the circular base. Create variable-sized hearts from colored tissue paper, festive fabric, or shelf paper. Overlap and glue the hearts onto the base. Make one or more wreaths to hang on windows and doors.
3. Candle Centerpieces
Put a red candle into a glass hurricane lamp-styled candle holder. Use one old CD for each base. Put one glass candle holder on each CD, and decorate the bases using holiday-appropriate stickers. Decorate the glass container using red ribbon or wrap Valentine’s Day garland in a spiral fashion around the lamp.
4. Giant Heart Decoration
Make the base of the heart from poster board. Create an arrow long enough to extend from either side of the heart. Use straws and poster board scraps to fashion the arrow. Cover the arrow with gold or silver foil paper and attach it to the heart base, then cover the entire heart with different colors of paper flowers. Hang your creation and enjoy.
As you’re engaged with your senior loved one in crafting, it may be useful to hire a part-time caregiver to assist with daily tasks. Home Care Assistance offers comprehensive senior care programs that can include meal preparation, light housekeeping services, and help with much more. This allows you to spend quality time with your loved one and create beautiful crafts without having to worry about your caregiver duties. To hire high-quality hourly care in Palm Desert, CA, call us today at (760) 345-0001.