Are you someone who enjoys hands-on activities? If you said yes, then March - National Craft Month - is your chance to shine. Whether you're artistically inclined or just appreciate the satisfaction of having created something, people of every age and skill level are invited to partake. For residents of senior living, it can also provide the opportunity to share quality time with younger relatives or friends. If you're short on crafting ideas, take a cue from the coming St. Patrick's Day holiday or changing seasons, and consider one of these delightful decorations:
Keep it green: St. Patrick's Day planter
What better way to commemorate St. Patrick's Day than with a craft that is both eco-friendly and color-appropriate? A holiday-themed planter is simple to create, requiring only a few pieces of equipment, but allowing for as much imagination as you can muster. Here's what you'll need:
2 medium-sized clay or terra cotta pots
Additional accessories, such as ribbon, glue, glitter
This planter is as easy as it sounds. Mix up a palette of different shades of paint - green is optimal for St. Patrick's Day, of course - and then get creative. You might choose to decorate the pots with seasonal designs such as four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, or go for a spring theme by painting on symbols that represent the warming weather.
When the pots have dried, fill them about halfway with planting soil. Then add in the seeds and top off with additional soil until the pots are approximately three-quarters full. Watch a little bit of spring grow in your windowsill. For an outdoor option, use a weather-proofing spray on the pots after you finish painting, which can protect your artwork from April showers.
Give back to the birds: Springtime feeders
It's not just flowers that are returning to your backyard. Birds and other critters which headed to warmer climates or hibernated for the winter are coming back, and you can welcome them home with a little treat. These two homemade bird feeders, for instance, are not only fun to make, but also serve some of the creatures you're most likely to observe in your garden. The first one repurposes used containers, and the second is entirely eco-friendly.
Plastic container, such as a used milk jug or soda bottle
An orange, halved and scooped out
Several twigs or wooden posts
Twine or string
You have two choices in crafting your homemade bird feeder. For the first design, take an empty plastic bottle and poke a hole the width of the twig or wooden post all the way through the bottle about an inch and a half from the bottom. Punch two additional holes through the bottle, each several inches above the perches you just inserted. Uncap the bottle and fill the feeder with seed - be sure to do this over a piece of newspaper or outside, as some seed will escape through the holes. Then screw the top back on, tie a loop of string around the lid, and hang it securely from a tree branch.
For the second feeder, halve an orange so that it forms two bowl-like shapes, and poke a hole through opposite sides of each half. Then loop a piece of string through, tying it to form a sort of orange "basket." In a small bowl, mix together a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter with some bird seed. Scoop the mixture into the halves, and hang the feeder from a branch. Because the orange is biodegradable, you don't have to worry about any leftover waste - just be sure the string or twine is eco-friendly, too.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living