I just watched a video today from DigitalRev on Youtube, on how to make different 'bokeh' (background) shapes using your own materials at home. I was stunned by the beauty of the images, and this compelled me to immediately try it out on my own DSLR. Oh my, it was really difficult at first, but by the end of the day, I had some pretty good shots!
How about a glass of love?
No? Then care for a sparkly one of stars?
That image right above, the one with the glass of stars, is the best shot I've grabbed, in my opinion. Sometimes it can be tricky to adjust the focus on the glass (my camera has a mere 192,000 dot screen). But the basics are simple- cut out a shape from a piece of thick paper, paint it black, and then attach it to the front of your zoom lens, as shown below.
And then zoom in, with the light out of focus as much as possible (or a little less), and SNAP!