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Fun Fall & Winter Crafts to Make the Season Merry

The holidays pose a great time of year to find your inventive side and spend some time getting creative– whether to pass the time, to make a gift for a friend, or even just to brighten up your own living space. This season is a time to reflect on the positive things in life– things we’re thankful for– while enjoying time with the people we care about the most. A great way to add a little interest to time spent with friends or other residents at Regency Retirement Village of Jackson is crafting! Take a look at our list of fun, DIY project ideas that are sure to spice up your season.

1. DIY Pumpkin Flower Vase/Planter

Our first fun idea surrounds DIY pumpkin flower vases. A great way to extend the life of your fall pumpkins is to hollow them out and repurpose them as vases for beautiful flower arrangements. This makes a great centerpiece for a table, addition to any living area, or a gift for a loved one!

This fall craft is super simple, yet impressive looking. All you have to do is choose your pumpkin, cut a hole in the top and scrape out the inside– then add some water and your florals. With some pumpkins, depending on the size and shape, you may be able to hide a small glass or vase inside to hold the water. Check out this tutorial for inspiration and tips for completing this perfect-for-fall DIY project. Don’t wanna go with florals? Try adding potting soil to your hollowed-out pumpkin, and planting succulents inside.

Jazz up your assisted living community space with fun DIY projects like this pumpkin floral arrangement/planter.

2. Handmade Holiday Snow Globe

You can craft your own snow globe by repurposing an old mason jar! This winter craft is sure to be fun, and add a little cheer to your room. Using things like bottlebrush miniature Christmas trees, matchbox cars, and other figurines, you can put together a custom snow globe scene– a glittery winter wonderland that’s the stuff of dreams. Keep it on your desk or nightstand, or give it to a friend to spread Christmas cheer! Check out easy steps for how to make a waterless snow globe here!

3. Cookie Decorating Party

What’s Christmas without cookies? Another festive pastime for the fall and winter seasons is cookie decorating! Get creative with the cookies and savor a holiday treat at the same time! Just get all set up with your pre-baked cookies (or store-bought works well too), icing, and sprinkles or small candies, and then you can decorate sugar cookies or gingerbread men. Go crazy! Get festive! When you’re all finished with your decorating extravaganza, you can share your fancy holiday treats, or host a cookie swap party to share the joy with your friends and assisted living community neighbors. Take a peek at this simple tutorial for making snowman cookies with Fieldstone Gingerbread Snacks.

4. Make Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Did you make your own Christmas ornaments as a child? Of course you did! We all did it in grade school, and then lovingly brought them home to our mothers who prized them, and probably kept them for years and years. So why not revisit that simple pleasure of creating something that creates joy?

Making beautiful and unique holiday ornaments with ordinary, everyday items is simple! One craft project you can attempt is making ornaments from cookie cutters, new or old. The essential things you’ll need are cookie cutters, decorative paper or photos, and ribbon or string. These fun and festive ornaments will look lovely hanging on your tree, or make the sweetest, most thoughtful gifts for your friends and family. Maybe you could make some for your neighbors at Regency! Check out a complete list of supplies you’ll need and steps to make your own cookie cutter ornaments here.

Happy crafting and happy holidays!