- Arts and Design
Easy Flag Craft
Great Craft for Seniors
Senior citizens seem to enjoy celebrating patriotic holidays. I am always looking for craft ideas for the people at my Moms nursing home. With Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day in May, June and July it seems like a great time to do a project with a flag. Many of the crafts seemed geared mainly for the ladies at the home, but this is a craft in which the men can also participate.
In looking for a craft, I needed something simple and I like to find something involving painting. The group that I have been working with seem to really enjoy painting their projects. My solution was to create a simple flag stand which they could make themselves and then use in their rooms to display the flag.
all photos are by myself, mbgphoto
Flag Stand Project - easy project
This flag stand project is easy and enjoyable for all ages. I developed it for a craft for my Mom's Alzheimer unit but I can see where it could be easily adapted for all ages of children and adults.
The stand could be painted in red, white and blue for an extra touch for those who can handle more difficult patterns. It could also be decorated with painted stars rather than the stick on variety that I used.
Supplies for the Flag Project - patriotic flag stands
This is the type of placques that I used for the flag stands.
I used foam stars to decorate the flag stands.
Step 1 - drill a hole in the stand
My husband drilled a hole in the center of each of the wood plaques. He first measured to make sure the hole was in the center. He had the flag we wanted to use available to make sure the hole was the right size.
Step 2 - Paint the stand
The next step is to paint the stand. We stuck with a solid color in order to make it easy for the people at Mom's home. We gave them a choice of either red, white or blue paint to use. We used acrylic paint that dried quickly, so they could add the flag and decorations all in one setting. It is important with this group to have a project they can complete in one sitting.
Step 3 - Star Decorations
We let the paint dry for about 1/2 an hour. Since we worked on this project on Memorial Day weekend,while the paint was drying I had a discussion with the group about Memorial Day.
We talked about the meaning of the day and what it meant to them. This is a group of people with different forms of dementia but most of them knew about Memorial Day. They talked about Memorial day being a day to honor soldiers that had fought in the war. Most of these people had lived through WWII. Several of the men had been in the war and most of the women had husbands that were in the service. The discussion was meaningful and also passed the time while the paint dried.
After the paint dried we added some foam star stickers for decorations on the base. We added two stars to each stand. We then added the flag and the stand was ready for them to display in their rooms! We also made extra stands to give to all of the men in the home who were veterans.
Advanced Painted Stand
Here is a stand for those with a bit more skills in the painting department. I used a heart shaped piece of wood and painted a red, white, and blue design. I thought this one would be a bit difficult for Mom's group, but I made two of them to use for decoration during the flag holidays.