This is one of many free activities.
Golden Carers has 1000s of activities and resources for senior care.
Celebrate Volunteers Day with a lunch or High Tea in their honor. You can make it extra especial if you give them an inexpensive gift; preferably made by the residents. These gift jars and candle holders are a lovely and easy gift to make.
- Recycled jars or buy Mason jars at Discount or Dollar stores.
- Glue, scissors
- Small brushes
- Elastic or rubber bands
- Battery candles (if making the Candle Holder)
- Decorating materials: flowers, glass beads, buttons, glitter, lace, ribbons, strings, Christmas themed fabric, lace (new and recycled), cotton rickrack and whatever more you have.
- Wash jars and lids thoroughly and dry well.
- Sit participants around a large table and give each a jar to decorate. All jars should have lids in place so they stay clean inside.
- Place decorating materials in the middle of the table so participants can choose the ones they like.
- Give each participant a small container with glue and a brush.
- Allow decorated jars to dry for at least 2 hours then take lids off and fill them.
- What can you fill the jars with? Shells, Chai Tea, Cookies, Homemade Sugar Scrub, Homemade Lemon Curd (Butter), Salt Bath, chocolates, nuts.
- Close filled jars and cut a circle of fabric 1 ½ inches wider than the lid.
- Place fabric circle on top of lid and secure with rubber band or piece of elastic.
- Tie twine, string, or bow.
- Optional; download labels, print in quality paper and glue to jar.
If making Candle Holder: glue a ribbon around the rim of the jar to cover the glass’s rim entirely, then tie a bow with a wider ribbon. If making a Candle Holder for your facility remember, no live flame candles, only battery candles.