The other day I checked out "Trash Origami: 25 paper folding projects reusing everyday materials" by Michael G. Lafosse and Richard L. Alexander from the library. There are a lot of great ideas in there.
While flipping threw the pages, I was chewing some gum. Then I saw some pretty origami butterflies, and they started with a rectangle. It was the perfect project to try out with my gum wrappers. I had trouble with the centers / body, but I still think that they turned out nicely.
I think that both of these would make nice gift toppers. In face I am thinking about making another calendar wreath today but with smaller origami squares. Then I'll use that as a present topper for a birthday party that we are going to tomorrow.