Use everyday items at home to create postcards—two ways

Giving someone a picture you've made is a wonderful way to share art. But what if that person isn't close by? You can send art in the mail, too, by making one-of-a-kind postcards. It's a great way to surprise friends and loved ones with a message that's guaranteed to make them smile when they open the mailbox.

Teacher and visual artist Wyly Astley from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, a community art program that works with Amazon, shows you two ways to make eye-popping postcards. The first one involves stamping on colored paper by dipping objects in paint and pressing them on the surface. Wyly uses a potato masher, a funnel, and other kitchen tools, but you can use anything you want (with permission, of course).

The second postcard idea is a totally wild way to use shaving cream. You'll make what looks like a colorful cloud by adding streaks of food coloring to the shaving cream and then transferring the whole thing to paper. If this sounds a little messy, it is—but that's part of the fun! Follow Wyly's tip to use a baking sheet as your work surface to help keep things contained.

What you'll need:

  • Baking sheet
  • Acrylic paint
  • 6"x8" pieces of colored paper
  • Paper plate or other surface to use as a paint palette
  • Household items to use as paint stampers
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Chopstick, fork, or skewer
  • Ruler, bench scraper, or other straight-edged object

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.