Monday,23 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1233, (12 - 18 February 2015)
Monday,23 October, 2017
Issue 1233, (12 - 18 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous - Love is in the air

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us are thinking of ways to make it special. We may want to give our loved one a gift that tells him or her how much we appreciate them. Well, this year why not forget the flowers and chocolate and go for a handmade Valentine’s gift instead?

Believe me; nothing says “I love you” better than a unique gift made by hand. It’s the most romantic form of Valentine’s gift, and it will mean a lot to your loved one and show how much you care.

Here are some creative ideas for beautiful DIY gifts that will help you express your affection this Valentine’s Day:

Magnetic memos:
Cut decorative paper to fit inside a biscuit tray and glue it to the bottom of the tray. Add photographs of you and your loved one, a handwritten poem or a love card. By doing this you’ll have made a functional yet stylish magnetic memo board.

Passionate pillow:
It’s all about pillow talk this Valentine’s Day. Turn a pair of plain pillowcases into a romantic gift for your sweetie with a DIY iron-on message of love.

Love-quote apron:
The most thoughtful gifts are the ones we make ourselves. Print a favourite quote that expresses your feelings onto iron-on transfer paper. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to print it onto a cute apron. If your Valentine likes to cook, he or she will definitely love this amazing apron.

Memory candles:
Display your favourite photographs in a passionate way. Use black-and-white photocopies of your selected photographs and transparent contact paper to transfer the images to glass candleholders. By doing this you’ll turn a set of plain candleholders into a romantic gift that displays your much-loved moments forever.

Heart bookmark:
If your valentine is a booklover, this practical gift could be just right. A cute DIY heart bookmark can be used for holding pages in books, notepads and calendars. Your loved one holds a special place in your heart, and now he can keep his place in a book too.

Made-with-love jar:
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about celebrating your sweetheart. Let your friends, neighbours and family members know how much you love them in a quick but charming way. Nothing does the trick as well as a batch of homemade biscuits. Fill a wide-mouthed jar and then add pretty paper labelled “Made with Love” to dress up the jar.

Photograph pillows:
Pillows are something very personal, making them not only romantic gifts but also beautiful display pieces for your bedroom or family room. Turn a cherished photograph into a beautiful photograph pillow. Capture your memories using the technique described above.

Sharpie mugs:
Start your morning with a sweet message on a drinking mug that will put a smile on the faces of both you and your valentine! Remember to use an oil-based sharpie marker so that your messages don’t fade with time.

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