Yesterday my husband and I got together with our friends to meet their new handsome baby boy. I had a little gift for him, but lacked any baby boy appropriate gift wrap. After wrapping the gift in green tissue paper, I wanted something fun for on top. I remembered a gift I had to wrap for a white elephant exchange my husband participated in. The rules were that no part of the gift, even the wrapping could be bought. So I wrapped his gift in magazine pages. It was around the time I had been making tissue puffs for my daughter's birthday and had the idea to make half a puff out of magazine pages and put it as a flower on top. I had seen my friend, Jesi Haack, make something similar with newspaper as a "floral" centerpiece.
Just because it has a toilet on it doesn't mean it can't be used. Keep in mind what is on the other side of the page too. Ideally both sides would be colorful so that you don't get too much white in your flower.
Stack the six pages and then begin a one inch accordion fold down the length of the magazine page.
After the pages have been folded, secure the middle with a ribbon or string. You can try to use a staple, but I found the magazine pages tend to be too thick for a staple.
Cut the ends with a rounded edge. You can also cut the ends to a point to for a different looking "flower."
Starting with the top magazine page, gently pull each side towards the center. Fan out the folds as wide as possible to make pulling the page easier and allowing more of the page to be pulled out from in between the folds. Continue to pull each layer, one at a time, towards the center.
After pulling each layer you should have a little flower to put on top of your package. Feel free to "fluff" your flower if there are places that look sparse. Be gentle because magazine pages rip really easily.
Tie your creation to the top of the package for a fun look that adds color and texture while clearing out your magazine rack!