Coming Monday in The Star: Kid-designed holiday wrapping paper

By Michael Hooper, 11, of Overland Park
By Michael Hooper, 11, of Overland Park

We’re in the innovation business here at The Kansas City Star.

Last year at this festive time, we ran one kid-created wrapping paper design on the front cover of the FYI section and a different one on the back.

Problem was, one newspaper page isn’t enough to wrap anything but small gifts.

So in Monday’s print version of The Star, we alternated the designs of four talented kids in a checkerboard pattern across two pages, which means you can spread it out and really cover some gift ground.

Plus, we eliminated that pesky “gutter” of white space in between, giving you more wrapping bang for the buck.

(By the way, The Star’s Sunday “KC Strips” comics pages also make great gift wrap.)

Our plan was to declare one winner in the 6-and-younger category and another in the 7-12 category. But there were so many adorable designs, we couldn’t pick just two. So we picked four, and even that was tough.

Click through the photos to see this year’s winning designs:

▪ Snowman: Michael Hooper, 11, son of Scott and Anne Hooper of Overland Park

▪ Santa: Adele Van Lieshout, 8, daughter of Steve and Kathy Van Lieshout of Leawood

▪ Elf: Elizabeth Moore, 9, daughter of Sam and Stephanie Moore of Shawnee

▪ Penguin: Spencer Beltram, 6, son of Kent and Tracy Beltram of Kansas City

Our thanks to everyone who entered. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at FYI.

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