Getting stuck into a creative project is a wonderful way to relieve stress and spend an enjoyable few hours either on your own or with friends. Even better, you can use the fruits of your labor to beautify your assisted living suite at Bethesda Gardens in Arlington. If you're just getting started with arts and crafts, it can be motivating to begin with a project that you can complete in a single day. Even experienced crafters sometimes appreciate seeing the results of their creativity quickly. Below, you can find a list of the best creative projects seniors can do in a day.
If you have a sewing machine, making your own covers for throw cushions is achievable for even beginner sewers in a single day. You can purchase cushions from home decor stores for a few dollars or replace the covers on your existing cushions if they're in need of a revamp. Brightly colored cushion covers are perfect for adding the finishing touches to your assisted living suite or giving as gifts.
Apart from a sewing machine, all you need is some plain or patterned cotton fabric, matching thread, a tape measure and dressmaking scissors. It's best to avoid stretchy or textured fabrics unless you're used to working with them. You'll be able to find plenty of free cushion cover patterns online. If you're already a confident sewer, you could consider adding some decorative trim or tassels to create a statement piece.
Knitting a dishcloth is a relaxing and worthwhile pastime whether you're an experienced knitter or just starting to learn. All you need to do is knit a large square, a task that you can easily complete in a day or even a couple of hours. More advanced crafters can experiment with decorative stitches or stripes to create something that's one-of-a-kind.
This project is a lovely way to take a mundane household item and make it beautiful. Knitted dishcloths can really brighten up your kitchen and are surprisingly efficient at getting dishes clean and sparkling. Even better, you can reuse knitted dishcloths again and again — good news for your wallet and the environment.
Coloring isn't just for kids. Recently, coloring has become a popular hobby for adults, and there are plenty of beautifully intricate grown-up coloring books on almost any theme you can imagine. This hobby is an effective way to build fine-motor dexterity, and it's budget-friendly. You can pick up an adult coloring book and pencils for very little money and start getting creative.
Coloring a good stress-reliever, but you'll also have some beautiful artwork to decorate your assisted living apartment when you finish. Many of the images in adult coloring books are so intricate and attractive that you'll be proud to adorn your walls with them.
Decoupage is a traditional craft that creates decorative effects by gluing pictures to surfaces. While you can even decoupage furniture, you'll need to think a little smaller if you want to complete the project in a day. Terracotta plant pots provide the ideal surface for decoupage, and you'll have enough time to complete a set to create a coherent scheme throughout your assisted living apartment at Bethesda Gardens in Arlington.
All you need to get started with decoupaging terracotta pots is some printed images and decoupage glue, which you can buy cheaply from craft stores or online. You can use any pictures that catch your eye, from magazine cutouts to gift wrap or even favorite family photographs. Please note that you'll need to add a waterproof topcoat if you want your pots to withstand watering.
Terrariums are enjoying a revival at the moment, and they're a charming way to bring a little of the outdoors into your assisted living suite. While the equipment for this craft is a little more expensive, it's an achievable project for beginners and a lovely activity to enjoy with visiting grandchildren. Consider adding some ornaments alongside your terrarium plants to make a beautiful present that anyone would be delighted to receive.
Although you can purchase glass terrariums ready to fill, they're relatively expensive. If you're on a budget, you can use any large transparent plastic or glass container such as a jar or even an old fishbowl.
Everyone loves receiving a card from a loved one on a special occasion, and a handmade card is even more meaningful. This project is small and quick enough to complete in a single afternoon. Making greetings cards is a wonderful way to explore your creativity, and you can adapt your designs to suit your recipient. Adding decorative elements like beads, photographs or even pressed flowers can transform a simple card into a keepsake.
You can purchase blank cards and card-making materials relatively inexpensively from most good craft stores. If you're stuck for ideas, there are plenty of cardmaking tutorials available on YouTube where you can learn how to make impressive-looking cards from expert crafters.