Fun, Safe Crafts for Your Loved One from Our Pittsburgh Memory Care

Make memories and beautiful crafts with your loved one!

Residents Engage In Leisure Activities, Making Crafts In Nursing Home Setting

This beautiful time of year is the perfect opportunity to break out the art supplies! When assisting a loved one with memory care needs, it’s important to present multi-sensory cognitive activities, and crafts are a great avenue for that. Here at the Whitetail Springs Memory Care Community, we focus on preparing and scheduling activities rooted in our residents’ interests and capabilities. We’d love to offer you some fun and safe craft ideas that promote independence so you can build some lasting memories with your loved one this season!

Make a Nature-Inspired Bookmark

If your loved one enjoys reading, a homemade bookmark can be a pretty craft to create that’s useful, too! This craft idea from Buggy and Buddy also presents the chance to get outdoors as you take a walk to find your favorite leaves and flowers. To make these bookmarks, you’ll need:

  • Various leaves and flowers
  • Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Contact paper or laminator
  • Single hole punch
  • Yarn or ribbon

First, take a walk with your loved one to select several leaves and flowers, and press them into a book for a few days. When they’re dry and flat, place them on a piece of cardstock paper cut to the size of a bookmark, roughly six inches long and two inches wide. Your loved one can then arrange the flowers and leaves however they wish. Next, add a small amount of glue to each flower so they stay in place. Then, use a personal laminator or contact paper to cover your cardstock, and trim the edges. As the finishing touch, use a single hole punch to make a hole at the top of the bookmark and add a colorful piece of yarn or ribbon. Enjoy your beautiful natural bookmark!

Decorate a Personalized Mug

If a daily cup of coffee or tea is something your loved one enjoys, this personalized mug craft from Adventures of a Caregiver can be the perfect choice! While the mugs at the store are colorful and fun to look at, you’ll be surprised to learn that they can be replicated at home with just a few supplies. This is a cost-effective craft, too, as the mugs can be purchased from the dollar store! To make this craft, you’ll need:

  • Mugs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls or paper towels
  • Q-tips
  • Sharpie oil-based paint markers (these are bigger than typical Sharpies, making them more accessible for your loved one)
  • Stickers of choice (large letters, animals, shapes, etc)
  • Painter’s tape or masking tape
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven

First, wash your mug and then prepare the area you plan to decorate by cleaning it with alcohol. Next, have your loved one choose a sticker to place on the cleaned area and make sure it’s stuck on very securely. If your loved one would benefit from it, you can tape a border loosely framing the sticker so they use the markers in a defined area. Then, use the paint markers to make dots all around the sticker in as many colors as you choose. When your loved one is finished, allow the paint to dry and carefully remove the stickers and tape. If needed, you can use the Q-tip and alcohol to clean up any imperfections. Finally, to ensure the design stays intact, let your mug dry for at least 24 hours. Place it on a cookie sheet in a cold oven, bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for one hour, then allow the mug to cool completely. You should now have a beautiful masterpiece!

At Whitetail Springs Memory Care Community, we work to ensure our residents always have a plethora of activities to enjoy. Still, we know that planning and preparing age-appropriate, accessible, and enjoyable crafts for your loved one can take some trial and error to perfect! We hope these craft ideas are a useful resource for you, and we can’t wait to hear how your projects turn out!

If you’d like to take a tour of our community or get more information, please reach out to us today!

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