As summer comes to a close in the Heartland, Fall whisks in with milder days and a wonderful slate of seasonal activities. Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services draws inspiration from the world outside, using Autumn’s fiery landscape to bring light and beauty to everyday décor.
Yes, we’re talking about crafting: A quintessential hobby this time of year! With shorter days ahead, as well as a robust selection of harvest and natural materials at hand, now’s the perfect time to create.
Beyond crafting’s ability to spark inventiveness and keep the mind sharp, our Seniors Helping Seniors® caregivers know it also may help with hand-eye coordination. In this latest blog, we’ve jotted down three of our favorite Autumn craft activities. Sit back, take a look and let your ideas flow!
Tri-Colored Pinecone Wreath
Wreaths are so versatile, adding a major accent to any front porch or interior wall! Moreover, these focal pieces don’t just apply to the holidays here in the Heartland. Fall foliage lends itself to these timeless arrangements. At the same time, they’re the perfect art activity for any skill level. Just follow these instructions to get started.
- Purchase a wreath frame from any hobby or home décor store.
- Pick up some colorful, silk leaves.
- Take a walk outside, selecting your favorite pinecones.
- Wrap twine around the wreath frame. This will give your materials an easy-stick surface.
- Glue the silk leaves to the wrapped wreath frame, covering the entire surface.
- Position and glue your pinecones to the wreath frame.
- Feel free to add a colorful bow on the bottom of the wreath as a flourish.
CRAFT TIP: Take your pinecones to the next level by spray painting them with different Fall hue colors. Looking for some sparkle? Add glitter! Finish it off with an Autumn scented spray – something with an apple or pumpkin aroma never disappoints.
Carving a pumpkin can be difficult on your hands. Still, there are other ways to go all out with gourds! Using paints, stick-on jewels, beads, and lights, you can turn any jack-o’-lantern into a porch showstopper. Consider the following ideas as a starting point!
Grab circle stencils of various sizes and simply trace! Once you have the outlines sketched to your liking, fill them in with paint or colored markers. This is a relaxing creative outlet for adults and children alike, so invite others to join.
Pumpkin Light Globe
This activity takes a matter of minutes but makes a memorable welcome. Find your pumpkin of choice. Wrap outdoor holiday lights around the harvesttime staple. White bulbs look amazing, however, have fun with the color you select.
Autumn Leaf Lover
You can find all the materials needed for this craft right outside. Not only does it allow you to tap into your creativity, but it also serves as a workout! Just explore your yard or local park, gathering some beautiful Fall leaves. Next, simply glue them to your pumpkin to create a collage aesthetic.
Style runs from the stem down! Adhesive gems, beads and shimmering stickers can be found at most any crafts store. Apply these decorative flairs to your pumpkin or apples for a tabletop centerpiece.
After you make these candy-filled jack-o’-lanterns, everyone who visits will simply glow when they see the sweet seasonal treats!
1. Grab a handful of your favorite sugary confection.
2. Use some orange tissue paper to wrap up the sweets into a pumpkin-shaped pouch.
3. Tie up the whole bundle with green ribbon or some floral-themed tape, creating a stem.
4. Place the pumpkins in a patch! Garnish a tray with cinnamon sticks or decorative silk leaves.
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services loves creating memorable moments between our Heartland caregivers and care receivers. We hope these Fall crafts bring you warmth, happiness and festive feelings in the weeks ahead. Enjoy the fun!