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How to Make a Creative Valentine

Candy and flowers are nice, but why not make your love something special this year? These ideas are sure to make their heart go pitter patter.


  • Step 1: Give them a message in a bottle Give them a message in a bottle: Age a white piece of paper by brushing it with cooled tea and setting it on a piece of waxed paper. Once it's dry, write a love note on it, roll it up, tie it with a ribbon, and stick it in a clean, corked bottle. Hide it for your love to find.
  • Step 2: Let them puzzle it out Make a jigsaw puzzle out of a favorite photo: Glue a photo that's at least 8-by-10 onto a thin piece of cardboard; trace puzzle pieces on the back; then cut them out with a craft knife. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper, and present the pieces in a gift box.
  • Step 3: Personalize a box of candy Personalize a box of candy by writing messages like "I love you" and "you're hot" on adhesive-backed paper and sticking them onto the bottom of each candy's brown-paper cup.
  • Step 4: Create a calendar Take a calendar, cover each month's picture with a photo of people, places, and things your partner loves, and mark days that are special to the two of you – along with "mystery holidays" throughout the coming year when you'll surprise them with something special.
  • Step 5: Make a set of playing cards Make an adult set of playing cards by taking a regular deck and assigning a sexy favor to the same cards in each suit – with aces being truly wild. Then invite them to join you for a provocative night of poker.
  • FACT: About 44 percent of all American households plan a Valentine's Day "date night."

You Will Need

  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Imagination
  • Patience

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