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Simone LeBlanc’s Holiday Gift Wrapping DIY

By Simone LeBlanc for EyeSwoon.

Photography by Jenna Peffley 

Expert gift-giver Simone LeBlanc, whose ultra-refined curated gift boxes and wrapping tutorials we’ve featured time and again on EyeSwoon, is back with another brilliant take on holiday wrapping. Here she breaks down the exact steps and materials you’ll need to create these icy-palette parcels, and tells us a little about the inspiration behind the look. The packaging is so stunning, it’s a gift unto itself! For even more of Simone’s artful gift-wrapping ideas, help yourself to her hand-dyed tea and ruby-hued bundles and her soft and subtle Italian minimalist wrapping. So. Much. SWOON.

For our gift wrap this season, I was inspired by the look of an icy, glowing palette with a bit of old-world and luminescence. A hint of a Vermeer mood, a touch of waking to see the sunrise over a mountain top, with the feeling of gathering wildflowers along the way. An ode to optimism, hope.

Years ago, I studied clothing design in Paris and was fortunate enough to live in the beautiful carriage house of a fellow student. When visiting her home one afternoon, I walked up her narrow hall stairway to discover her Mom’s painting studio. One wall was completely made up of windows, which filtered a cool, dewy light throughout the room. The other wall was covered in an old silk brocade — it was beautifully tattered and careworn. There was a relaxed opulence that felt comfortable, regal and worldly all in one. Those memories come to mind with this wrapping inspiration. See details below with a focus on how to capture the mood, below!

How to build a floral bundle

For this particular look, we added some white paint to our floral “wispy” to add some extra dimension. Begin building by selecting the more robust stems, forming a sturdy backbone for the rest of the bundle. Continue to add around the main stem, adjusting for balance to the right and left. You will want to work from larger to smaller. Continue to work on the bundle, adding different textures and colors. Pull and tuck for balance and visual interest. Once you have a bundle you like, wrap it with your wire tightly. Wrapping it snugly, close to the foliage, will help it fan out. Add an additional layer of ribbon (or two!) for a more layered look. You can adjust the shape a bit once everything is tied together — think about fanning the pieces just a touch!

Tips for layered wrapping with fabric

Start with a basic base of matte wrapping paper. A simple, solid background acts as the perfect canvas to layer upon. For fabric layering, you can play around with different widths in accordance to the size of your floral bundle and also the size of your box. I love the look of an extra wide fabric band or alternatively, placing it off-center. You can easily adhere your fabric to the underside of the gift using a small dab from a glue gun or a string double adhesive scotch tape.We also have a very simple fabric wrap tutorial here!

I was inspired by the look of an icy, glowing palette with a bit of old-world and luminescence. -Simone LeBlanc

The final touch

To add your final touch to the gift, think about how to layer your foliage bundle a touch askew. Adhere with a very small dab from a glue gun, (too much will not allow them to remove the bundle), or tie it on with a separate, longer piece of your ribbon. For placement, some asymmetry adds just the right touch of natural happenstance.


Gift Wrapping Materials


Silk Dupioni
Jacquard Fabric (or any patterned, silky textured material)
White Wrapping Paper

Topper Foliage

Globe Amaranth
Dusty Miller
Plumosa fern
Eucalyptus (we used two types here)
Thin wire

Additional Materials

White paint
Ribbon (we used a ⅛” velvet)

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