Homemade gifts from the heart
A flower, a photo album, a mix CD—sometimes it’s the homemade gift that means the most. Relatively easy-to-do, inexpensive gifts you can make for your friends and family.
One of the greatest gifts I've ever gotten was from my boyfriend, Sean. He made me a metal flower. You may think that real flowers are better, but they only last a couple days, and this one will last the rest of my life.
My boyfriend braided his electric bass strings for the stem and took a sheet of metal and cut it to make the petals. Then he soldered the petals onto the stem and stuck nails facing downward as the center of the flower. I love it because he spent a lot of time on it and it's not just like a rose that dies. I keep it wound around the post of my bed.
—Jennifer Gottesfeld, 16, Beverly Hills HS