Seniors benefit from art projects in more ways than one
There are a number of artistic activities that seniors can find joy in; in fact, finding a new hobby or rediscovering an enjoyable craft from the past can be a rewarding experience. And most importantly, seniors do not need an artistic bone in their body to complete these art projects.
Keepsake mason jars
Mason jars have become a popular item these days, especially for décor, easy storage, and entertaining. Many seniors may have a number of mason jars they have collected over the years. Never quite wanting to throw mason jars away, but not quite sure what to do with them either. This new use for an old jar is the perfect opportunity to up-cycle something that is collecting dust and display some of your favorite memories in an unusual way.
Remember that trip to the beach for your daughter’s wedding? Perhaps you saved some seashells or even some sand. Pack it all up in a mason jar for a decorative display of your mementos without creating a mess or taking up too much space. You can also use a tie-on gift tag to write what trip and when the memories took place for a final touch.
Unique mosaic trivets
When embarking on an art project, it is always nice when the end result can be something you can use and enjoy on a daily basis. A trivet, which is placed under a hot dish to protect a table, is both useful and decorative by dressing up the table.
For seniors, whose eyesight and dexterity can vary greatly, mosaic trivets are scalable projects for any skill level. Larger pieces can be used to keep the design more abstract, while smaller pieces create intricate designs, such as flowers or landscape scenes.
Your local craft or hobby store will have all the resources you need to create a decorative, mosaic-style trivet. You can invest in a kit with a pre-determined design or mix and match mosaic tiles to create your very own design.
Decorative clay vases and bowls
As individuals age, time may catch up with their hands and fingers, but doing art projects with moldable clay, like polymer clay, can help exercise and strengthen hands and fingers. One such art project is creating decorative objects such as vases or bowls from polymer clay. This type of modeling clay can be hardened in a home oven and comes in a variety of colors, all readily available at a local craft or hobby store. Seniors can let their creativity run wild and mold small vases or bowls to decorate the dining room table or shelving in the living room.
At Holiday Retirement, we pride ourselves on offering our residents life-enriching activities and events that benefit them creatively. Art projects and activities such as these can be seen at the local communities as well as many others. Interested in learning more about a Holiday Retirement community near you or a loved one? Contact us today.
Kristine Hanson Farley has been teaching for 25 years and spent the last nine years as an elementary school art teacher sharing her love and expertise when it comes to art, offers these ideas for arts and crafts ideas that seniors can enjoy, without the need for an artistic background.