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DIY Craft Ideas for Seniors this Summer

July 15, 2021

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While the summer months are filled with backyards, barbecues, hiking adventures and enjoying a good book outside, there are times when you want to flex your creative muscles. The good news is that there are plenty of summer craft ideas that seniors can do. Take a look at some of the summer activities for seniors below.

4 Crafty Summer Activities for Seniors

1. Try Your Hand at Painted Rocks 

Did you know that one of the best canvases for your next work of art can be found outside? Rock painting has grown in popularity because of how it lets people of all ages flex their creative muscles. All you need to get started is some paint, a paintbrush and a couple of rocks. Part of what makes rock painting such a great summer craft idea for seniors is that you can pick up your canvases when you’re spending time outside. In fact, when you’re going for a hike with the grandkids, you can look for the ideal painting rocks together. 

Once you have all your supplies collected it’s time to start painting. There’s no wrong way to paint a rock, so just let your imagination take over. If you’re looking for a pattern to get started with, many people enjoy painting pictures of animals on rocks and leaving on hiking trails for other people to find. 

2. Knit a Blanket 

Need a break from the summer heat? Why not try knitting a blanket for the upcoming fall and winter seasons? The great part about knitting is that it helps keep your mind active while boosting the dexterity in your hands. Plus, this summer DIY project doesn’t even have to involve needles. By using some jumbo weight yarn, you can use your fingers to knit a blanket. This method is a great way for beginners to learn the basics of knitting, so you can get more comfortable with the process before moving on to using needles. 

3. Accent a Window By Making a Suncatcher 

Could one of the windows in your home benefit from a little extra character? Add some decoration to your home without cluttering up the room by making a suncatcher. Suncatchers are a great craft idea for seniors because making them is fun and simple. There are plenty of video tutorials to help you create a suncatcher, and you’ll be able to choose colored beads that match your personal style. 

It’s also a great activity for grandchildren or other family members to help out with. To make the suncatcher, start by gluing different color beads all around the mason jar from the bottom up to the start of the lid. When you hang it up, the sunshine will reflect off the beads to create a dazzling array of colors. 

4. Get Some Coloring Books 

Coloring books are a great way to relax and de-stress after a busy day. Adult coloring books are flexible in the sense that you can find one that matches one of your other tastes. For example, if you love the outdoors, grab a coloring book that features landscapes. 

You can also show off your creativity by choosing which medium you’ll use to color the image. Gel pens, colored pencils and crayons all offer their own unique style and look. 

Explore Fulfilling Senior Activities at Franciscan Ministries 

If you’re looking for even more engaging and fulfilling senior activities, the communities at Franciscan Ministries can help. From locally sourced dining experiences to scenic outdoor activity spaces, our communities strive to help you or your loved one celebrate life in myriad ways. Learn more about how the lifestyle at Franciscan Ministries can help enjoy a more fulfilling lifestyle filled with engaging activities by contacting our team today.