Crafts for Seniors

The poets call it the sweet season of delight. Yes — spring is the time when everything comes back to life. When sunlight, warmth, and the fragrance of new vegetation and the sounds of songbirds fill the air. We all embrace the feelings of spring, no matter our age. That’s why springtime crafts for seniors are a great way to reconnect with loved ones in assisted living. Even if crafting isn’t their strong suit, your loved ones are bound to enjoy spending time with you working on these easy spring craft ideas for seniors. Spring crafts will engage their mind, provide a pleasant pastime, and perhaps help them create something to beautify their living space.


We’ve scoured the web to find the easiest, most fun, and most beautiful spring craft projects for seniors. Each idea below links to detailed, how-to instructions for completing the project, providing a list of materials needed, photo illustrations and, in some cases, an instructional video. You might preview some of your favorites to find the right project for your loved one, and to think about how you can best help them approach it. Then gather your materials, choose a time to get together, and welcome spring with some quality time together.

1. Do-It-Yourself May Day Basket

May Day celebrates the joy and beauty of spring and the neighborly tradition of giving a basket of treats to mark the season. Made with paper, ribbon and a paper doily, these easy May Day baskets can be filled with flowers and treats.

2. Wax Paper Luminaries 

Flower pressing is a simple process that dries plant materials in a natural manner that maintains much of the color and integrity of the plant. Making these pressed flower luminaries is easy and fun.

3. Pastel Easter Egg Wreath

All you need are a few simple materials to create this pretty pastel wreath.

4. Fabric Flower Bouquet

Create a burst of color with beautiful fabric flowers that never wilt.

5. Wine Cork Succulent Magnets

These cute, colorful refrigerator magnets add a touch of spring to any kitchen. 

6. Salt Painted Easter Eggs

Anyone can make these colorful, puffy, salt painted eggs. And making them is as much fun as cutting them out and displaying them.

7. Light Bulb Birds

Just use tissue paper and light bulbs to create these colorful decoupage birds to hang from shelves or the ceiling.

8. Q-Tip Flowers

All it takes is a few simple steps and a handful of supplies. You’ll be amazed how they can brighten any décor.

9. Pressed Flower Bookmarks

You’ll want to make them for yourselves as well as extras for gifts.