Love with a Personal Touch

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, but before running out of time, try to make a personal gift to show even more love.


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The traditional chocolate and flowers on Valentine’s Day can be seen as generic but creating gifts with a personal touch will make a larger impact.

In elementary school, students cherished the day when they could decorate boxes with pink and red colored hearts and receive an assortment of cards from their classmates. Even though Valentine’s Day is not as prominent as it was in elementary school, there are still fun ways to celebrate this holiday in a creative way now.

DIY Picture Frame

What is needed:

  • White picture frame (without ridges)
  • Hot glue
  • Red and pink buttons
  • Photo of you and the receiver (optional)


After purchasing the picture frame, place the buttons around the picture frame. Then, use hot glue to stick the buttons on. When the frame is completed, insert a photo of you and the receiver. For an extra touch, write the person a note and place it in the frame.

“I like the picture frame idea because it is something you and your partner can do together,” senior Betty Palmero said. “You can frame a really special moment between you two to display and decorate your space with it.”

Valentine’s Explosion Box

What is needed:

  • Scissors
  • Double adhesive tape
  • Ribbon
  • Colored cardboard (45×45 inches)
  • Design paper
  • Ruler (25.2×25.2 inches)


Take colored paper and mark 15 and 30 centimeters on both sides. Then, draw a line connecting all of the markings. Next, draw a heart shape in each corner. Cut the unwanted portion to make the heart. Fold the sides and center of the heart. Mark four centimeters on the design paper on each side and fold the sides up. After cutting one line in each corner and adding adhesive tape on the corners, stick the sides together. Add finishing details by decorating the box.

Valentine’s Day Bath Bombs

What is needed:

  • 1 cup of citric acid
  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 oz shea butter or coconut butter (melted)
  • 5-6 drops of an essential oil
  • 1-2 drops of red food coloring
  • Spray bottle of witch hazel
  • Plastic gloves
  • Silicone mold


Wearing gloves, combine cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Use a fork, and make sure to remove all lumps. Then add in the red food coloring, essential oil and melted butter, continue to mix. Then take the spray bottle and spray into the bowl two to three times until the mixture retains its shape. Then press the mixture into the mold and let dry for 12 hours. After the 12 hours, remove and let the bath bomb dry for an additional 24 hours.