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Christmas Crafts for Seniors

How do you like to get into the Christmas spirit? You could watch your favorite holiday movies, listen to some Christmas carols, or eat special treats like gingerbread and candy canes. Or perhaps you would like to keep your hands busy with a craft project? Not only is crafting fun, but also it can help you decorate your home and share some festive cheer with others. If you’re looking for a few ideas to get started, check out our list of Christmas crafts for seniors.

Christmas Crafts for Seniors

Homemade Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are an ideal craft no matter what your age, as they allow you to connect with friends and family around the globe. Of course, you could also purchase some cards if you’re short on time, but crafting a card by hand and then writing a heartfelt message is one of the best Christmas gifts you could give. Check out the following ideas:

  • If you have some artistic talent, you could simply draw or paint on blank cards. You might sketch a Christmas tree, create a snowy scene with watercolor, or draw Santa Claus with colored pencils.
  • Have some pretty paper lying around? Cut it into circles and then form those circles into wreaths on a blank card. View the full tutorial on White House Crafts.
  • Are you a fan of embroidery? You could embroider on paper instead of fabric to create a merry card. Check out the tutorial on The Spruce.

Homemade Ornaments

When you’re trimming your tree this year, remember that handmade ornaments can be just as beautiful – and are often more meaningful – than store-bought ornaments. Review the following tips and tutorials for ideas:

  • Hang candy canes or dried orange slices with ribbon.
  • Prepare salt dough, shape it, and bake it. Then, you can paint your ornaments and hang them with ribbon. This time-honored craft goes back centuries!
  • Cinnamon ornaments are also long-lasting crafts that are easy and fun to make. Plus, they smell heavenly!
  • If you’ve always wanted to try cross-stitch, an ornament is a great place to start. Prepare it using a tiny embroidery hoop so that you can easily hang your creation by stringing ribbon through the top of the hoop. Check out Thread Bare’s tutorial.

Homemade Wreaths

Hung on your doors or windows, wreaths provide an excellent way to inject your home with a bit of Christmas cheer. Whether you prefer a wreath made of classic greenery or you’re open to some more avant-garde ideas, a wreath is one of the most versatile Christmas crafts for seniors. Check out the following ideas:

  • Looking for an inexpensive, unique wreath? Grab some bows (the same type you would buy for wrapping presents) and use hot glue to attach them to a wreath form. You can find a full tutorial at Design Improvised
  • If you want a colorful and incredibly festive wreath, consider making one out of bauble ornaments. You can choose whatever color palette you like! Check out the tutorial on Studio DIY.


You don’t need to be an artist to create some charming cards, ornaments, and wreaths. You just need to have a little Christmas spirit!

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