With the major fall holidays beginning at the end of October, it is time to think of some easy fall decoration ideas that you can do at home with your senior loved one. If you live near a farm or local pumpkin patch, take a look around for some beautiful, large gourds that can be easily turned into unique vases for tabletop flowers. A small, swan shaped gourd could be used as a hanging vase by cutting a hole near the neck and hollow out enough space for fall flowers like mums, black-eyed Susans and other favorites.
If your elderly loved one would prefer a craft that is geared toward home décor, perhaps a visit to a craft store could prove inspiring. Find a simple straw wreath, either new or recycle an old unused one by removing any attached ornaments, and spray paint it white. Cut out some white felt ghost shapes and hot glue to the wreath. When a few are placed on the wreath, the final touch is a sheer bow made of black and silver or white wide ribbon. Now you have a festive way to welcome all guests to the home.
If you and your senior are adventurous when it comes to crafts, you could venture outdoors to collect pine cones. These not only smell really nice, but could be glued onto a wreath to create a new festive decoration for your loved one’s front door. Simple additions such as and orange bow and some artificial fall leaves will be the perfect touch to your fall decoration idea.
One fun Halloween craft for seniors and caregivers to create together is to turn some empty plastic milk jugs into ghost lights. Simply wash out the empty containers and remove any branding and nutritional labels from the exterior. Cut out a small hole in the bottom the jug to insert a few bulbs of a white Christmas tree light strand. Do this to several jugs and link them together with the white lights. When complete, simply draw various ghost eyes and mouths to with a permanent marker. Now you have a fun and spooky front porch decoration!
Another fun ghostly craft for seniors and caregivers can also involve the grandchildren. Simply gather up some rocks and paint the tops of them white. With the permanent marker, draw on the eyes and mouths to create interesting and creative table dinner place markers.
You may remember as a child the simple beauty of tracing over an impressive leaf and viewing that as art. There are many ways to incorporate the wide range of fall colors in the falling leaves in a new form of art. You could press some orange, yellow and red leaves, and then tape them to crafting paper to create simple, seasonal art that can be hung on the wall over the couch or in other rooms of the house that could use some livening up. Sometimes just a mini arrangement of freshly fallen leaves placed in a tiny vase is enough to bring fall into the home.
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