Autumn is here, which means leaves are starting to fall, pumpkins are on sale, and the weather is getting cooler. If you’re spending your retirement at a retirement home or senior community with plenty of trees, it’s time to get crafty with those leaves! Below are some fun craft ideas for seniors to make autumn-themed crafts in your retirement homes that will help bring the season inside.
Wreath of Leaves
Did you know that creating a wreath of leaves has similar benefits of flower arranging for seniors?
To create your wreath, you could use a Styrofoam cone or anything else that will hold its shape and ribbon or twine for hanging. Measure the circumference of your wreath form and cut several lengths of ribbon/twine at that length plus about 10″ extra for tying on each end. Tie both ends together around the bottom edge of one side of your leafy mass so that it forms a neat little bundle with straight sides. Then tie another piece across each side so that it makes an X inside all those bundles. Continue doing this until every single leaf is tied down into place like this; if there are any gaps where some leaves are not touching their neighbors, fill them in with more strips! Make sure they’re nice and tight so they don’t get loose later on when you hang up your finished product! Once finished making these ties around each side edge line up all four corners to meet at center point where base meets stem tip area; tie securely together tightly but gently (they should stay put)!
Pumpkin Pie in a Bag
This fall-themed craft is simple enough to do and it will provide you with something delicious to eat as well. All you need is a bag, pie crust, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin purée.
Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl (you can also use brown sugar or honey if you prefer). Add the pumpkin purée to a pie shell and pour the sugar mixture over it. Bake according to instructions on your pie’s packaging or at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour or until golden brown on top.
You’ll need a bowl that’s made of a porous material like wood or clay. If you can’t find one, you can also use a large paper plate and cover it with foil before hanging the leaves on it.
Glue gun the leaves to the side of the bowl using a glue gun, then paint over them with more hot glue until you have covered them entirely. Let dry and remove any excess glue using a paper towel.
Celebrate Fall With Fun DIY Decorations
The fall season is one of the best times to be outdoors, and it’s also a great time to use your creative juices to craft. You can create leaf art for yourself or for friends and family members. You can use leaves to decorate your interior and exterior walls, as well as furniture pieces and other objects. For more information on the best retirement community, contact us today!