Pick a December afternoon to host a fun Craft Ornaments Party for your residents to help you make ornaments for your facility’s Christmas trees and garlands. Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo.com to consider.
If you have a Woodshop Club at your facility or even a group of men who enjoy tinkering, invite them to help you assemble wooden ornaments like mini wooden sleds. If they need a more simple craft, they can decorate holiday characters. Use colorful paint from the kits to make them stand out in vibrant colors on your Christmas trees. Designate one of your facility’s Christmas trees or a smaller tabletop tree as your Woodshop Club Christmas tree, and adorn it with the finished crafts made by your club members.
Gather the participants of your facility’s Beading Club to make pretty ornaments using pipe cleaners and holiday beads. If your residents would rather make specific ones, then supply easy-to-use kits to create candy canes, hearts, or snowflakes. If your residents enjoy this beading activity, then add it to the weekends for residents to hand them out as holiday favors to visitors throughout the holidays.
Encourage the members of your facility’s Sewing Club to assemble ornaments using sewing kits to make bird and heart. In addition, if you have professional sewers in your club, then ask them to use needle and thread to sew holiday words like “Noel”, “Joy”, and “Peace” onto fabric that can be hung on your Christmas trees or around the facility.
Finally, provide easy-to-assemble ornaments, like self-stick kits, for your residents who may have a hard time using wood, beads, or needles. For instance, show residents how to peel-and-stick foam pieces to make foam snowmen. This simple craft also makes for a fun intergenerational activity for your residents and their grandchildren.
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