Easy Holiday Décor for Seniors

For many people, one of the best parts about the holiday season is bringing one’s home to life with bright colors, lights, and festive cheer. Decorating for the season is a great activity for seniors, as it stimulates your brain with planning and encourages creative thinking.

Decorating for Christmas is much more than putting up a tree. These ideas for easy holiday décor for seniors will give you a fun craft to complete and help transform your home into a winter wonderland.

DIY candy containers

It’s amazing how a coat of paint and a layer of hot glue can totally change a few supplies. With paint terracotta plant holders, flip them upside down, glue a decorative glass jar on top, and fill it with holiday candy. Then, glue a wooden ball to the bottom of a paint saucer that you’ve painted a matching color, and use that as the lid to your candy container!

Decorate your candy container with ribbons and stickers, or leave it as-is. This craft comes together in about half an hour, but you may want to leave more time for drying. These supplies are found at any craft store, and potentially even at your local dollar store.

Easy Holiday Décor for Seniors

Homemade Christmas cards

Despite everything being automated by the internet, one still feels a great sense of joy when one receives a Christmas card. Make the experience even more special by creating your own homemade Christmas card.

Your card can be whatever you want it to be. Consider a collage of pictures throughout the year to show your loved ones what you’ve been up to. Alternatively, you could make a minimalist, classy design out of construction paper. If you’re unsure where to start, try these ideas.

A holiday wreath

With a new holiday comes a plethora of new wreath ideas! Swap out your autumnal wreath for a holiday or winter design. Decide your theme, and stop by a craft store for some wintery picks in addition to greenery to fill the wreath.

For a few holiday ideas, you could try an array of bows or ornaments. Each design will be certain to bring cheer into your home.

Tiny trees

Create a little winter wonderland on your mantle or as a centerpiece for your tables with an array of tiny trees. Using small bowls, pots, or egg holders as your base, place a square of soaked floral foam inside. Then, use clipped greenery to create a small tree shape. Decorate with fake snow, or leave it as is.

This craft can be completed with real or fake greenery. Just remember that real plant life will have to be periodically watered so it doesn’t turn into a dead forest.

Holiday display vase/terrarium

Another great option for a centerpiece is a display vase or terrarium. Let your creativity blossom here by constructing an arrangement of ornaments and vase filler, or an intricate winter scene. If you have the patience, you could make a different display for your kitchen table, your coffee table, or any other surfaces you have.


Garland is a quick, easy way to bring seasonal splendor into your home. Pine garland looks great draped along stair railings, around doorways, and along the walls of your home. You could decorate this garland with ribbon or ornaments to give it an additional seasonal flare.

But greenery isn’t the only option for holiday garland. You can make garland out of paper snowflakes, dried fruit, and just about anything else you can think of.

Make your home look festive with these decor ideas

Festive pillow covers

For whatever reason, holiday pillows come with a high price tag. However, you can dress up your existing throw pillows with a cheap blanket from any store. Essentially, you create an envelope shape with the blanket, sew it, and insert the pillow.

This can be done by hand or with a sewing machine (it’s faster with a sewing machine, but still very doable by hand). You can repeat this craft for each holiday if you’d like.

Dress up a candle holder

Decorating candle holders is a fast, easy way to bring a seasonal touch to the smallest places. Purchase a glass candle holder (or even a mason jar!) from your local craft and dollar store, and get creative. There are seemingly endless ideas, but here are a few places to get started.

  • Glitter candle holders
  • Cranberry, cedar floating candle jar
  • Dried orange holder
  • Cinnamon and ribbon holder

Popsicle snowflakes

For an alternative to fragile paper snowflakes, try snowflakes made of popsicle sticks. This craft gives you the ability to make more delicate, sturdier designs. You can choose to paint them, leave the wood exposed for a more rustic look, or do some combination of the two. Hang them on the wall, in a doorframe, or on the tree.

Your at-home caregiver can help you get ready for the holiday season

Between gift shopping, attending parties, and decorating your home, it can feel almost impossible to take care of each and every one of your needs. Instead of worrying, call upon the help of an at-home caregiver.

If you think you could benefit from a caregiver, call Home Care Powered by AUAF at 773-274-9262. We’d be happy to help.

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