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For topping off the wrapping of a very special gift, make a one-of-a-kind bow with the added surprise of carrying an exotic designer scent!  Your recipient need never know that this lovely and festive gift bow was made out of junk ads  -- unless, of course, you want to gain big repurposing DIY cred by revealing this.

Materials: One fold-out paper perfume sampler advertising insert (the kind you rub on your wrist).
Tools needed: Scissors and a bit of scotch tape.

Step 1: Locate smelly perfume inserts in newspaper ads

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The Sunday newspaper, especially around holidays, carries several pounds of glossy advertising inserts. Many of the department store flyers contain inserts for designer perfumes, the sort containing a scent sample you can unfold and rub on your wrist.

Choose one of these, preferably one with a strong yet pleasant aroma. (Or pick a particularly stinky ad if intended for a disliked co-worker whose name you drew in the office pool.)

 
kcli5 years ago
I like it and will certainly try it!
CrLz5 years ago
Thanks for the idea! My wife and I made a few to use as ~potpourri around the house.  A little manly cologne makes my socks smell soooo... much better.