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Check out this de-lightful Valentine's Day idea: lovebird votive holders. Is this not an adorable idea? Discovered on the site Ready Made (homepage of the magazine Ready Made), they are cleverly constructed from two aluminum beer cans. Yes, beer cans. Wait! The final result is classier than it sounds. You simply cut the cans open, flatten them, then trace on the lovebird design. Cut out the lovebird shapes and fasten 'em to a couple silver metal ashtrays or votive holders. Voila! When the lights are out and the candles are lit, your lovebirds (placed so they face each other, of course) will cast romantic shadows on the wall. Perfect for canoodling.

I love this candle holder concept for a bunch of reasons. It makes a nice alternative to candy, yet is doesn't involve shelling out lots of money, as you would for higher-end Valentine's Day gifts like jewelry. Yet its low-sheen metal look is hip. It's ideal for the budget-conscious couple, too -- just be absolutely certain your partner is on board with low cost romantic gestures, or you could end up sleeping on the couch! It's also a perfect little token for the very new, very casual relationship where something lighthearted is called for -- something that won't scream "let's shop for engagement rings!" Finally, you have to drink two beers in order to carry out this project. Sound like fun? Yes, it does! Do we have lots more DIY Valentine's Day ideas? Yes, we do!


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